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Tour will open without prologue in '10

Updated: January 26, 2010, 7:52 AM ET
Associated Press

LES HERBIERS, France -- The 2011 Tour de France will start with a flat stage in the Vendee region on the western coast.

The race will start on July 2, 2011, in the windy Vendee region -- also famed for the Vendee Globe sailing race -- for the fourth time in the race's 107-year history. The previous races that started there were in 1993, '99 and 2005.

Race director Christian Prudhomme said Tuesday that dispensing with the traditional opening prologue, which favors sprinters and often ...

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