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Tour de France Thailand? Maybe in 2016, but Organizers Not Sure

By    |   Friday, 03 Oct 2014 07:51 AM

Thailand is making a bid to host the Tour de France in 2016, but organizers appear to be leaning toward a one-day criterium race instead.

"Thailand is the perfect location for this highly prestigious competition, not to mention that cycling as a sport is enjoying enormous popularity here at the moment," Thawatchai Arunyik, the governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, told Reuters.

Arunyik revealed this week that talks held in Paris last month with Jean-Etienne Amaury, chairman of the Amaury Sport Organisation, the Tour's organizing body, went swimmingly.

"We are still talking with Tour de France organizers but we are looking at next fiscal year. So 2016, not 2015," said Arunyik.

"We're not sure yet how many stages we will hold whether it is one or two stages or the whole competition. This is something that still needs to be discussed."

The Guardian U.K. reported that something may have been lost in translation, however, as they are unlikely to host the full tour in Thailand.

"There are talks indeed but not to bring the Tour to Thailand," said a spokesman in response to the TAT's public comments. "There are discussions to settle in Thailand via a criterium, just like we did in Japan with the 'Saitama Criterium by Le Tour de France.'"

Unlike the full Tour — which takes more than 20 days — criteriums are usually held on a city circuit for one day, often with Tour champions attending.

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