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La Route de France 2014 edition under threat

Lack of host town for 'Grand Depart' throws 8th edition into question

Local elections early in 2014 mean that commitment cannot be given to send-off the race in August

Sadly, following the success of the 7th edtion of La Route de France feminine, organiser, Hervé Gérardin has not yet found a host town for the ‘grand depart’ for the next edition. The parcours is planned to take place from the 9th to the 14th of August, from Bretagne to l’Alsace (the Brittany region to the Alsace region).

“Many of the mayors are involved in municipal elections [and cannot commit at the moment], it is impossible to set up such an event in less than four months [after the elections will have taken place and decisions made]”,  explained Mr Gérardin.

Less than a year before the 8th edition, the final route is still unconfirmed. With the lack of a host town, Gérardin is concerned and has warned that “without the assistance of sponsors and municipalities, the 2014 event cannot take place. This would be a great shame for women’s cycling.”

The 2013 race was won by Linda Villumsen (Wiggle), thanks to an escape on the final stage, where she rode away from Emma Johansson (Orica-AIS), who had worn the leader's jersey since the prologue. The event did not run in 2011 due to budget deficiencies and a lack of host towns.

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