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1993 TOUR DU PONT PROMISES LONGER, MORE MOUNTAINOUS RACE

 1993 TOUR DU PONT PROMISES LONGER, MORE MOUNTAINOUS RACE
 WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The 1993 Tour Du Pont, America's


premier cycling race, will start in Wilmington, Del., May 6, and route through parts of Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia before finishing in the Piedmont Triad (Winston-Salem, High Point, Greensboro) area of North Carolina, May 15 and 16, race officials announced today.
 "As for the course, it appears to be the longest yet, with more than 1,100 miles of racing, and an additional mountain top finish," said Michael Plant, the race's executive director. "It will be more mountainous than the previous four Tours. For the first time there are no circuit races, only road races and time trials will be included. All the courses will be logged over the winter months and exact distances and course details will be announced in each city in February or March of 1993.
 "It is the earliest courses have been established in the five-year history of the event," Plant added. "Because of long-term support of Du Pont through a new five-year agreement and the recent success of the event, more cities than ever made serious bids to land a leg of this year's Tour Du Pont. For the first time, we had to make the tough decision of choosing cities."
 The start and finish cities (in chronological order; map available) earning a spot on this year's Tour Du Pont: Wilmington and Dover, Del.; Hagerstown, Md.; Hershey, Pa.; Front Royal, Massanutten Resort, Richmond, Wintergreen Resort, The Homestead (Hot Springs, Va.) and Blacksburg, Va.; Beech Mountain, N.C., and the Piedmont Triad.
 "Du Pont is an international company that does business in more than 40 countries," Jack L. Conmy, Du Pont's special events manager, said. "Because of the attention it attracts, we view this race as an innovative way to underscore our position as an economic leader globally."
 Blacksburg, Beech Mountain Resort, and the Piedmont Triad, made up of Greensboro, High Point, and Winston-Salem, are all new cities/resorts that have never played host to the Tour. The 5,050-foot summit finish at Beech Mountain Resort will be the highest elevation climbed in the five Tours.
 The small town of Front Royal, home to a Du Pont automotive division plant, returns to the event after hosting a start in the 1989 Tour and sprint line in 1992. The other start and finish cities/resorts selected this year all hosted a start or finish in the 1992 Tour Du Pont.
 This year's event marks milestones for Wilmington, which earns the selection as the overall start city for the fourth consecutive year, and for Richmond, which becomes the only city or resort selected as a stop on all five Tours.
 While the Tour has visited the Northeastern states of Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey, this year marks its first journey south of Richmond and into North Carolina.
 Plant added: "We always said the Tour will visit new cities each year. One of the unique things about this event is the change of venues. It spreads the wealth and exposes the race to new markets and new people. However, we also like going back to certain cities year after year. Some cities now look at the event as a rite of spring."
 Plant added that the middle-Atlantic region is perfect for a major international cycling race. "We look at three things when organizing an event of this magnitude: city support, markets, and competitive terrain for cyclists. The eastern United States has all that."
 Cyclists will be challenged by varying terrain. The race begins with a flat road race from Dover to Wilmington, a replica of last year's Stage 1. A team time trial will test squad strength later that evening through the streets of Wilmington. For the next two days, cyclists will compete over the rolling farm country of northern Maryland and south- central Pennsylvania. The cyclists will meet tougher challenges climbing the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains of Virginia.
 Cyclists, however, may face their steepest challenge on the slopes of the Appalachians at Beech Mountain near the Tennessee border, before finishing with a long road race into Winston-Salem and a time trial the final day throughout High Point and Greensboro.
 The 11-stage race will be chronicled with extensive television coverage. ESPN will telecast 14 hours of the event. A 30-minute telecast summarizing each day's race will be telecast before prime time at 6:30- 7 p.m. EST prior to Sportscenter. The show will be repeated later at 2:30 a.m. EST, guaranteeing increased viewership in the western United States, Plant said.
 Du Pont (NYSE: DD), maker of more than 40 ingredients that have applications in cycling-related products, is the title sponsor. Medalist Sports, Inc. of Richmond, Va., is the event organizer. The event is sanctioned by USPRO, the governing body for professional cycling in America, and the FICP, the international governing body for professional cycling.
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 /CONTACT: Jack L. Conmy, manager of Du Pont Special Events, 302-773-0490, or fax, 302-773-0492, or Steven G. Brunner, media director of Tour Du Pont, 804-354-9934, or fax, 804-354-9968/
 (DD) CO: Du Pont; Medalist Sports, Inc. ST: Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North America IN: SU:


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