By VeloNews Interactive, Copyright 2001 AFP
A criterium after the Tour of France, in which Lance Amstrong and about sixty American professional racing cyclists will take part, will be organized for the first time in New York in August.
This 100 km criterium, informally baptized “The Tour of New York,” will be contested on a loop of three streets in lower Manhattan on August 4 and will have a prize list of $50,000 dollars shared among the first 20 finishers.
This race, intended like all post-Tour criteriums to appeal to spectators, “will be a great addition to the many sporting events that New York welcomes each year,” commented mayor Rudolph Giuliani.
The race promoters indicated that they hoped to be able to organize five criteriums, one in each borough of New York, during one week in 2002.