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SBD Global/July 29, 2014/Events and Attractions
Münster Planning To Host Grand Depart Of Tour De France; Kazakhstan Also Interested
Published July 29, 2014
OUT EAST: The AAP reported Kazakh Cycling President Kairat Kelimbetov said that "his country wants to host the start of the race like England did this year." Kelimbetov, who is also head of Kazakhstan's central bank, said that "the idea may seem 'a joke' now," but his oil-rich country "is serious and is negotiating for a chance before 2020." He said, "The Tour de France has become global and cycling has become global and everyone was absolutely excited when five million people came onto the streets. The idea is to one day bring it to Kazakhstan." It is some 4,800km (3,000 miles) from Astana, capital of the world's biggest landlocked country, to Paris. But Kelimbetov said that "the western tip of Kazakhstan is part of Europe 'so why not?'" (AAP, 7/28).