Following the announcement in February of a women’s one day race to coincide with the final day of the Tour de France, Amaury Sports Organisation (ASO) have revealed the parcours for La Course by Le Tour de France.
Multi-discipline world champion and Olympic champion Marianne Vos was in Paris to present the route and is looking forward to the July 27 race. "It's a historic day. I'm delighted to see ASO understands the importance of promoting women's cycling and throws its weight behind it: we needed a stage and they've given it to us. We've now got the chance to make our dream come true," Vos said.
The women's peloton will race on a 90km course which includes 13 laps of the Tour's final circuit on the Champs-Élysées and is likely to end in a sprint finish. Prizes on offer besides line honours will include intermediate sprints for the best sprinter's classification on each of the first 11 laps and a prize for the best young rider under 25-years-of-age.
In addition to the 100 cyclists in the peloton, policewomen from the Paris Police Prefecture will be responsible for watching over La Course, which will also have a 100% female jury. The winner of La Course will collect a prize of €22,500, the same sum awarded to Tour stage winners.
The race will differ slightly from normal Tour procedures though with the blackboard official to be a man, while rider who make it onto the podium will receive kisses from podium boys instead.
In the attempt to further grow women's cycling, La Course by Le Tour de France will be broadcast in 147 countries, with 12 channels covering it live for 104 countries.The coverage is above and beyond anything previously afforded to ladies' cycling outside the previous Olympic Games.