Women’s race to be included in final day of Tour de France

The final day of the 2014 Tour de France will be accompanied by a women’s race for the first time. ‘La Course by the Tour de France’ will take place on the finishing circuit of the men’s race on Sunday July 27 – around the iconic Champs Éysées in Paris.

The women’s race will commence a few hours before the Tour riders arrive in the city – and will be televised on Eurosport.

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“Making a contribution to the development of all forms of cycling is a vocation for the Tour de France,” said Yann Le Moenner, Managing Director of Tour organiser ASO. “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.”

Brian Cookson, UCI president added: “I am delighted to see this exciting development for women’s cycling. The UCI is committed to support the development of women’s cycling, and following my election to the UCI Presidency in 2013 we established a Women’s Commission to focus our efforts here.

“The quality of professional women’s road racing has long deserved a wider audience, and we are very happy that this initiative by ASO will bring the sport to many fans, new and old. Women’s racing on the iconic parcours of the Champs Élysées is a tremendous step forward, and we are pleased to welcome this addition to the UCI calendar.”

More details of ‘La Course’ will be revealed in the spring, ASO announced.