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Tour de France to host women's event

Updated: February 1, 2014, 4:24 PM ET
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PARIS -- Finally, the Tour de France is giving women a more visible role than just congratulating the male riders during cycling's marquee event.

On July 27, the race will stage "La Course by Le Tour de France" -- a one-day women's race that will take place just hours before Tour riders race on the same circuit to finish the three-week event on the Champs-Elysees in Paris.

The Amaury Sport Organisation announced the event Saturday as part of its 2014 racing calendar. The Organisation, ...

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