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La Course by Le Tour de France 2021

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Marianne Vos and Lizzie Deignan

La Course by Le Tour de France - Marianne Vos and Lizzie Deignan sprint in 2020 (Image credit: Getty Images)

La Course by Le Tour de France 2021: June 26, 2021
Start: Brest, France
Finish: Landerneau, France
Distance: 107.4km
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La Course by Le Tour de France, originally scheduled to take place on circuits at Mûr-de-Bretagne on June 27, has been shifted to June 26 and a route similar to that of the Tour de France stage 1 from Brest to Landerneau.

The women's peloton will race a 107.4km starting in Brest and finishing with three laps of a 14-kilometre with the finish line atop the Côte de la Fosse aux Loups in Landerneau.

Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo) won the 2020 edition of La Course by Le Tour de France.

La Course by Le Tour de France - History

La Course by Le Tour de France will embark on it's 8th edition on June 26 in Brest in 2021. 

The event was launched in 2014 after a successful petition to ASO to include women's racing alongside the Tour de France.

It started as a circuit race on the Champs Elysées on the final day of the Tour de France. Those sprinter-style circuit races were held for three editions won by Marianne Vos, Anna van der Breggen and Chloe Hosking.

ASO shifted it to a two-day experiment in 2017, which saw a summit finish on the Col d'Izoard, held on the same day as stage 18 of the men's race, followed by a handicapped time trial in Marseille. Annemiek van Vleuten won both stages and the overall title.

ASO shifted it back to just one day event in 2018, a mountainous road race linked Annecy and to Le Grand-Bornand, also won by Van Vleuten. 

The event was then moved to a circuit race in Pau in 2019 won by Vos. Last year's La Course was held in Nice won by Lizzie Diegnan.

UCI President David Lappartient confirmed that ASO will launch a stage race for women in 2022, that could potentially see the return of a women's Tour de France.

The route - key climb

The women's peloton will race a 107.4km starting in Brest and finishing with three laps of a 14-kilometre with the finish line atop the Côte de la Fosse aux Loups in Landerneau. There is a total elevation gain of 1,800m and the race will favour the punchiest riders.

Teams

  • Movistar Team
  •  Trek-Segafredo Women
  •  Alé BTC Ljubljana
  •  Canyon SRAM Racing
  •  FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope
  •  Liv Racing
  •  Team BikeExchange
  •  Team DSM
  •  SD Worx
  •  Team Jumbo-Visma Women
  •  Team Arkéa Samsic
  •  A.R. Monex Women's Pro Cycling Team
  •  Bizkaia Durango
  •  Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling
  •  Drops - Le Col s/b TEMPUR
  •  Massi - Tactic Women Team
  •  Parkhotel Valkenburg
  •  Rally Cycling Women
  •  Stade Rochelais Charente-Maritime Women Cycling
  •  Team TIBCO - SVB
  •  Top Girls Fassa Bortolo

Stages

  • La Course by Le Tour de France 2021
    26 June 2021 | Bretagne | Women's WorldTour
    • Elite Women | Brest - Landerneau
      2021-06-26 107.4km

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