Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Women Get Mini Tour De France

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Women Get Mini Tour De France

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PARIS - World and Olympic champion Marianne Vos says women cyclists got a "big boost" when Tour de France organizers agreed to host a one-day race for them in Paris this year - but she's not stopping there.

The first "La Course by Le Tour de France" - a women's race - takes place on July 27, just hours before men riders end their three-week jaunt through Britain and France to the Champs-Elysees in Paris.

Vos and Britain's Emma Pooley were among four women riders who launched a petition last year seeking a women's version of the Tour. Tour director Christian Prudhomme first dismissed the idea, then grumbled about the petition's timing, and relented to pressure.

Vos called the race an important step, "and let's see what other opportunities we can get," the Dutchwoman said today, at the same time race organizers announced details.

MLB: TULOWITZKI PACES ROCKIES

PHOENIX - Troy Tulowitzki homered, had two doubles and drove in three runs to lead the big-hitting Colorado Rockies to an 8-5 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night.

Baseball's best offensive team so far this season, the Rockies roughed up Wade Miley (2-3) for seven extra-base hits in the first six innings, including a pair of homers.

Tulowitzki led off the sixth with his sixth homer, and Justin Morneau added a two-run shot later in the inning to extend his hitting streak to 12 games. Nolan Arenado had one of Colorado's six doubles to stretch his hitting streak to a baseball-best 18 games, and the Rockies had 12 hits overall.

Franklin Morales (3-1) allowed four runs in five innings and LaTroy Hawkins worked a perfect ninth for his eighth straight save.

Gerardo Parra homered for Arizona.

PADRES TOP GIANTS

SAN FRANCISCO - Rene Rivera hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the fifth to follow his two-run double for a career-high five RBIs, single-handedly backing Tyson Ross in the San Diego Padres' 6-4 victory against the San Francisco Giants.

Ross (3-3) did just enough over 5 1/3 innings to beat the Giants for the second time in 11 days, allowing eight hits and four runs with four strikeouts and two walks.

Rivera hadn't driven in a run all season before Monday, and the five RBIs were most by a Padres player at 15-year-old AT&T Park.

Brandon Hicks homered for the second straight day, following his walkoff a day earlier against Cleveland with a leadoff shot in the fifth.

Giants starter Madison Bumgarner (2-3) walked a season-high four in the loss.

First base umpire Angel Hernandez had two calls overturned by replay.

ANGELS TOP INDIANS

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Mike Trout had a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth inning, and Raul Ibanez added a two-run triple, leading the Angels to a 6-3 victory over the Indians.

Fernando Salas (2-0) got the victory with a hitless eighth inning after relieving starter Tyler Skaggs, and former Indians setup man Joe Smith got three outs for his first save after replacing the ineffective Ernesto Frieri as the Angels' closer. …

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