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2009 Grande Boucle Féminine starts in Britain

The first details of the 2009 Grande Boucle Féminine have been released. Next year's race, scheduled to take place from June 14-21, will start and spend a full three days in southern Great Britain. Judging from the map released on, the race is set to take off somewhere in Cornwall or Devon.

After crossing the Channel, cyclists will head south through the French regions of Basse-Normandie, Bretagne, Pays-de-la-Loire, Centre, Poitou-Charentes, Limousin and Aquitaine. The final stage will see the riders arrive in the Spanish Basque Country in the Pyrenees.

Moreover, since the race made its come-back in 2005, struggling to extend over five or six stages, it will next year last a full eight days.