Sport Minister Hugh Robertson has repeated that the government will not fund next year’s Tour de France Grand Depart in Yorkshire beyond the £10 million already pledged to support the event.
The BBC reports that while visiting Yorkshire on Tuesday, Mr Robertson said that the allocation of funding was “a very generous grant” compared to other events.
However, Yorkshire police bosses have complained that organisers do not appear to have properly assessed the cost of supervising the two days of racing in Yorkshire.
North Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan says her force could face a £1 million shortfall in policing the race.
Mr Robertson said: "If you look at the money given to comparable events such as the Rugby League World Cup, that's about half-a-million pounds, £10m is a very generous grant from central government that will enable Yorkshire to run an absolutely fantastic event next year.
"I'm confident that everybody here is focused on delivering a fantastic event for the county for cycling and for this country's sporting reputation."
Event co-ordinator TDF 2014 Ltd said it was in talks with police forces.
Tourism body Welcome to Yorkshire's chief executive Gary Verity, said: "In just over nine months' time the world's leading cyclists will be lining up in Leeds for the start of what will undoubtedly be one of the proudest moments in Yorkshire's sporting history.
"We expect millions of people to be lining the roadside creating an atmosphere not seen before in the UK.
"Yorkshire is proud to be playing such a pivotal part in this global sporting event, the county will be ready to welcome the world and to host an unforgettable Grand Départ."
Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.
Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.
Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.
The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.