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.
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.