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Tour de France to visit Barcelona

The 2009 Tour de France will visit Barcelona 44 years after José Perez-Frances claimed stage victory in the 52nd race edition. The capital of Catalunya is set to host a stage finish and a stage start, July 8 and 9, according to L'Equipe.

Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), organisers of the Tour de France, announced in December that its 96th edition would start in Monaco, July 4. The race will travel west and arrive in Barcelona in the first week, but it is unknown if the Pyrenees will be tackled before or after the run into the Iberian Peninsula.

Despite a statement by Barcelona's mayor, Jordi Hereu, ASO has not confirmed the news.

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