n.— «The sport’s governing bodies, the Union Cycliste International and USA Cycling, gave the seven-day stage race a ranking of 2.HC, putting it on a par with the Tour of California as the premier cycling events in the U.S. “HC” is an abbreviation of the French term “hors categorie,” or “beyond classification.” The ranking means that the race will offer more prize money, which should draw more top teams from around the world.» —“Sports Roundup” STLtoday (St. Louis, Missouri) Dec. 11, 2008. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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