Fifty-six miles doesn't sound like much, especially compared to the 2,272 miles men will cover during their three-week event, but still this is no small feat for women's cycling. The much-anticipated women's one-day race will take place on the Tour de France's last day, July 27, on the most famous final circuit: the Champs-Élysées.
Female pro cyclists couldn't ask for a bigger or better stage to showcase their worth. Within that distance, they will get 13 glorious (and difficult) laps to parade their superb skills.
"It's a historic day. I'm delighted to see the [Amaury Sport Organization] understands the importance of promoting women's cycling and throw its weight behind it. We needed a stage and they've given it to us. We've now got the chance to make our dream come true!” gushed the Dutch Olympic champion Marianne Vos (pictured) at the official press conference.
You can count on seeing Vos, who rides for Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team, along with 99 of her strongest, most elite competitors, including some Americans from Team Specialized-lululemon, which is considered the world's fastest pro cycling team.
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The champion of La Course by Le Tour de France will not only be the queen of Paris for the day but also get to pocket 22,500 Euros, or $31,208, which is the same amount their male counterparts make for winning one of 21 stages.
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