Mayor goes to France to promote Le Tour — sponsored race in Saitama


The city of Saitama will hold a cycling event, in a 2.7-km track, named after Le Tour de France, Mayor Hayato Shimizu said on the French island town of Mont-St-Michel.

The planned event, Saitama Criterium by Le Tour de France, starting Oct. 26, will be the first race outside France to bear the name of the world’s No. 1 cycling event. It is officially accredited by the Amaury Sport Organization of France, which organizes the Tour, he said Wednesday.

The top 30 winners of the ongoing Tour de France and 30 selected Japanese contestants will compete in the Saitama race.