London - The British government says it will provide £10 million, almost half the expected cost, for the start of the 2014 Tour de France.
The first two stages run through Yorkshire in northeast England, with the third going from Cambridge to London.
Sport minister Hugh Robertson says "we want to help deliver a world class event that boosts all local economies where the race will pass through and encourages more people to get involved in cycling."
The rest of the £21 million will come from local authorities and other partners. The Tour is expected to boost the economy in Yorkshire by more than £100 million.
The Tour starts on July 5, with the first stage taking riders from Leeds to Harrogate.