La Course Arc de Triomphe

Organisers have announced the 20 teams invited to race La Course, the one day event that shares a finish line with The Tour de France.

Now in its second year, the race has been hailed as a step towards reinstatement of the women's Tour and the equal prize money on offer is a leap in the direction of equality.

Timeline: How La Course by Le Tour de France Came About

Racing hours ahead of the men's finale on July 26, the 120 selected riders will benefit from ready crowds and the hype around The Tour.

The criterium style race will consist of fast racing over short laps, finishing on the cobbles of the Champs-Élysées, where Marianne Vos triumphed last year.

Gallery: The Importance of La Course by Le Tour de France

The star studded list includes hardy long term pro teams such as Rab Liv Women Cycling, Boels Dolmans and Specialized-Luluemon, plus Wiggle Honda and Orica-AIS.

UK team Matrix Fitness, who became a professional outfit just this year, have also earned themselves a place - an honour that was celebrated among riders....

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The full list of teams that will race the event includes:

Velocia-SRAM

Orica-AIS

Lotto Soudal Ladies

Lenswold.eu - Zannata

Topsport Vlaanderen-Pro-Duo

Bizkaia-Durango

Optium P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies

United Healthcare Pro Cycling Team

Poitou Charentes Futurscope 86

Wiggle Honda

Matrix Fitness

Ale Cipollini

Inpa Sottoli Giusfredi

Hitec Products

Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team

Boels Dolmans Cycling Team

Team Liv-Plantur

BTC City Ljubljana

Bigla Pro Cycling Team

France National Team