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Teams announced for 2020 La Course by Le Tour de France

The Netherlands Marianne Vos C celebrates as she crosses the finish line of La Course by Le Tour as part of the 106th edition of the Tour de France cycling race in Pau on July 19 2019 Photo by JEFF PACHOUD AFP Photo credit should read JEFF PACHOUDAFP via Getty Images
Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv) won the 2019 edition of the race in Pau (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

ASO has announced the teams to take part in the 2020 edition of La Course by Le Tour de France. 2019 winner Marianne Vos' CCC-Liv team are among the automatic selections for the race, which is set to run on August 29.

The seven other Women's WorldTour teams – Alé BTC Ljubljana, Canyon-SRAM, FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope, Mitchelton-Scott, Movistar, Team Sunweb and Trek-Segafredo – also receive automatic invitations, while 15 women's Continental teams will also take part.

Other teams to race the seventh edition of the one-day race include Boels Dolmans, Lotto Soudal and Paule Ka, the newly rebranded Bigla-Katusha team.

The race was originally set to be held on July 19 in Paris, though the original date was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the new date coinciding with the opening stage of the men's Tour de France in Nice, it's likely that La Course will be held in the southern city, though that has yet to be confirmed by ASO.

Founded in 2014, La Course has been dominated by Dutch riders since its inception, with Chloe Hosking's win in 2016 the only edition won by a non-Dutchwoman. Vos took victory in 2014 and 2019, Anna van der Breggen triumphed in 2015, and Annemiek van Vleuten won the two-stage event in 2017 and in 2018.

After 2017 and the unofficial second 'pursuit' time trial stage, the race reverted to a one-day format, with the thrilling 2018 edition seeing Van Vleuten hunt down Van der Breggen during the final 14km of the race, catching and passing her compatriot in the final metres of the 112km race.

An expansion of the race into a full women's Tour de France looks possible in the future, with Tour race director Christian Prudhomme commenting in May that it would be "logical to envision" a race for 2022. The comments came shortly after the 2020 Women's WorldTour was expanded with the surprise addition of a women's Paris-Roubaix, which will be held on October 25.

Full list of teams at La Course by Le Tour 2020

Alé BTC Ljubljana

Canyon-SRAM Racing

CCC-Liv

FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope

Mitchelton-Scott

Movistar Team Women

Team Sunweb

Trek-Segafredo 

 

Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano

Astana Women's Team

Bizkaia-Durango 

Boels Dolmans

Cereatizit-WNT

Charente-Maritime

Cogeas Mettlere Look

Hitec Products-Birk Sport

Lotto Soudal Ladies

Parkhotel Valkenburg

Paule Ka

Rally Cycling

Team Arkéa

Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank

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