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Tour Du Pont moves finish line for May 11 stage to Columbia

The Tour Du Pont cycling race will be coming to the Baltimore area, after all.

Race organizers and Howard County officials will hold a news conference today in Ellicott City, Tour spokesman Steve Brunner said. Columbia apparently will be the site for the finish of a 130-mile stage race May 11. The event, which appeared the previous two years under the Tour de Trump banner, was bumped out of Baltimore's Inner Harbor because of a conflict with this year's Preakness Festival celebrations.

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The 11-stage, 1,100-mile tour begins with a prologue in Wilmington, Del., May 9. The race to Columbia starts in Newark, Del.

Among the cyclists expected to compete are three-time Tour de France champion Greg LeMond, 1989 Tour de Trump winner Dag-Otta Lauritzen of Norway and Olympic gold-medalist Viatcheslav Ekimov of the Soviet Union.



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