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'89 Tour de France Begins in Luxenbourg

December 27, 1987|Associated Press

PARIS — The 1989 Tour de France cycling race will begin in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, marking the ninth time it will start outside of France, the French sports newspaper L'Equipe reported Monday.

The start for the race is scheduled for July 1 in a 3 1/2-mile prologue. On Sunday, July 2, there will be two stages: a 87-93-mile stage through Luxembourg and a 20 1/2-mile team trial on the Luxembourg-Treves autoroute, said L'Equipe, a sponsor of the annual cycling classic.

The final agreements were signed over the weekend between the race organizers and the Luxembourg cycling federations, the newspaper said.

The 1988 Tour de France will be run entirely in France. The 1987 Tour, won by Ireland's Stephen Roche, started in West Berlin.

Other starts outside of France have included Amsterdam (1954), Brussels (1958), Cologne (1965) and Frankfurt (1980).

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