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La course women's race by le Tour de France

2nd May 2014

Opera Charles Garnier, Paris

The organisers of the Tour de France have arranged a women's race in Paris for 27th July 2014, the day of the final stage of the men's Tour de France. The women's race is to be known as La Course by Le Tour de France

One hundred and twenty cyclists will take part in La Course, which is scheduled to start at 12.45pm. The racers will do 13 laps of the finishing circuit, which includes the Champs Elysées. The 2 hour event will be broadcast in 147 countries. Mirroring the men's event, where hostesses stand on the podium with the winners, there will be male 'hosts' on the podium.

La Course precedes the final stage of the men's Tour de France, which is due to finish at 7.30pm.

Marianne Vos, one of the founders of Le Tour Entier, which campaigns for a women's Tour, said, 'I am delighted that ASO has decided to organise a women's race this year, to accompany the Tour de France. I am very excited to be taking part, especially with the majestic finish on the Champs Elysées. The launch of this race is a revolutionary development in our sport. The Tour is the pinnacle of professional cycling, and I have no doubt that La Course by le Tour identifies a new era for women's cycling and will significantly contribute to the growth of road racing.'

Brian Cookson, President of the UCI, said, 'Making a contribution to the development of cycling is a vocation for the Tour de France. This is even more so when it is about supporting a discipline that is clearly on the up and has been making its mark in professional sport for many years now. As the event par excellence that attracts enormous crowds and TV viewers, the Tour has decided to welcome a women's race during one of its outstanding stages, in an event that will have maximum exposure.'

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