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La Course by Le Tour de France 2021: June 26, 2021
Start: Brest, France
Finish: Landerneau, France
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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.
- 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
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- Massi - Tactic Women Team
- Parkhotel Valkenburg
- Rally Cycling Women
- Stade Rochelais Charente-Maritime Women Cycling
- Team TIBCO - SVB
- Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
La Course by Le Tour de France 202126 June 2021 | Bretagne | Women's WorldTour
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