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Route de France cancelled 2011 

The penultimate week of May is when, in previous years, the peloton would be midway through racing the Tour de l'Aude. But ''Aude' was run for the final time in 2010, after 26 editions, unable to survive budget cuts of its major backer for many years, the Aude Region itself.  Instead, in this week of May in 2011, it has been confirmed that the nine day, 2011 edition, of the Route de France has been cancelled. It would have been the seventh running of the event, the only other major stage race in France since the demise of the Grand Boucle after several years of fighting for survival.

The organiser of the Route de France, Herve Geradin (Organisation Routes et Cycles) has announced that problems with the stage routes and logistics in a number of the regions in the proposed parcours had left him with the unenviable decision to cancel the 2011 event with such a short time before the event remaining.

Geradin is hopeful that the event will return to the calendar in 2012. He is apparently already seeking early commitment from some of those municipalities who would have participated in the 2011 edition.

The loss of the event leaves just one major stage race (greater than six days) on the calendar - the Giro Donne, which takes place from 1st until 10th July, from the Rome area to near Torino for its finale.

 

Image: The podium from the 2010 Route de France                                                                                                       (Top, clockwise) Lizzie Armistead, Annemieke van Vleuten, Judith Arndt, Olga Zabelinskaya


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