North American wrap: Anticipation builds ahead of inaugural La Course

After a second rest day at the Tour de France on Monday, the North American pros are facing the final week of racing that includes three stages through the Pyrenees and a lengthy time trial before finishing in Paris on Sunday. But before the men conclude the 101st edition of the French Grand Tour, the elite women’s field will race the inaugural La Course by Le Tour de France, run along the same finishing circuit that the Tour de France takes on, with a finish line on the Champs-Élysées. This week in the US, there were some notable performances at National Racing Calendar (NRC) Cascade Cycling Classic in Bend and the National Criterium Calendar (NCC) Intelligentsia Cup Prairie States Cycling Series in Lake Bluff.

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