By Anthony Tan
A proposed nine-day women's stage race that was to follow the La Grande Boucle Féminine, or women's Tour de France, has been cancelled, confirmed race organiser Hervé Gérardin.
La Grande Route de France Feminine was to be run by Routes et Cycles, who put on the Trophée des Grimpeurs and a few other women's races, and was scheduled from August 6-14 this year. However, on sport.fr, Gérardin cited "the insufficiency of financial partnerships necessary to realise the required budget, the lack of cooperation from certain cities and local councils, and the Racing Club Olympique de Toulouse taking Routes et Cycles to court" (over a previous disagreement) were contributing factors that forced him to cancel the event. No future dates have been discussed.