The proposed route for the start of the 2017 Tour de France would have seen three days of racing in London, East Sussex, Kent, Surrey and West Sussex.

Transport for London, the body running the bid, rejected the chance to host the start in September, just days before a deal was set to be announced.

But a Freedom of Information request has revealed just how far talks with ASO, the Tour’s owner, had gone.

Reported by BBC News. You can read the full story here. 

I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.