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am delighted that the ASO has decided to organize a women race this year, she wrote on the official Tour de France site. am very excited to be taking part, especially with the majestic finish on the Champs Elys
In the alternative, while everyone around the globe is tuned in to watch le Tour, why not run a parallel but separate women's Tour that picky backs on le Tour's popularity to highlight the female professionals?
Saturday announcement from the ASO is only a partial victory for the women Tour advocates. La Course will be a one day, criterium style event, not a three week Grand Tour.
In this context, the initiative from the ASO is cause for celebration for many in women cycling. La Course is not only an addition to the women calendar, but also a Nike Windrunner Black And White Mens
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Although Chris Froome might defend his Tour de France title this year, he won be the first rider to cross the finish line on the Champs Elysees on July 27. Race organizers from the Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) recently announced that an elite women race, La Course by Le Tour de France, will finish on the storied avenue ahead of the men.
I think that would be great but I'm trying to imagine the extra cost of running a concurrent Tour. Personally I wouldn't mind seeing at least one women's team running at the same time as the men next year as an experiment. I don't know how they would do it but maybe female teams could qualify for a spot the same way the men do and may the best team win as it were. Or maybe the invited teams could be women's teams. Or maybe have a one week Tour to begin with one day is ridiculous. There used to be a women's Tour but if I remember correctly viewership was less than expected so maybe the solution IS to have them race with the men. I would never object to that. I think it would be cool. And would play perfectly into the hands of those women who proclaim they can do anything as well or better than men. I'd love to see female riders win some stages.
The push for a women race at the Tour de France began this past July when four women cyclists Kathryn Bertine, Emma Pooley, and Marianne Vos, and four time world Ironman champion Chrissie Wellington a petition, which received more than 90,000 signatures. Their goal was a full length Tour for the women run concurrently with the men race.
Advocates for women cycling disagree over the merits of trying to tie women races to men events. The 2014 women Tour of Britain, for example, will run independently of the men race. But the Tour de France remains the biggest event in world cycling. Broadcast in 190 countries, the Tour receives more media attention than any other race.
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a women's race at the Tour de France is fantastic, said Specialized lululemon team owner Kristy Scrymgeour. never been a big advocate of adding women's races to men's races, because I think the best way to grow women's cycling Nike Hoodie Dark Blue is to create something uniquely for women, built around what inspires women. The Tour de France, however, is something special.
on the Champs Elys on the same day as the men Tour.
The ASO, which also runs the Ladies Tour of Qatar and women Fl Wallonne, will announce the full details of the race course and format at a press conference this spring. Organizers say La Course will be covered live by French television and Eurosport International.
Click below to watch American pro cyclist Alison Tetrick explain why she prefers to race at the same events as men.
Pooley still hopes to see a three week women event at the Tour someday, but views the announcement as an important first step. am confident that La Course by Le Tour de France marks just the beginning of a long term and very exciting strategy for women cycling at the Tour de France, she says. wasn built in a day.
Is it possible men are afraid to compete alongside women? Imagine the shame if a man is beaten to the line by a woman, or even finishes behind some (or all!) of them. Can a fragile male ego withstand that? Perhaps they believe it's better not to find out!
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The 1989 edition was the last time the women raced at the same time as the men. The race was not held again until 1992, when it was moved to August. Over the next decade, the event struggled due to financial shortfalls and organizational difficulties. In 1998, after Tour de France organizers contended that the race name was a breach of trademark, the women event was renamed the Grande Boucle Feminine. Controversy over unpaid prize money dogged the race in 2003 and longtime title sponsor Monoprix withdrew.
After a year off, a new organizer stepped in and revived the Grande Boucle, but it was a national level, as opposed to UCI level, race. The final edition ran in 2009, when Emma Pooley won the overall. By then, the event had been reduced to four stages.
To some degree, the women race calendar has paralleled the story of the women Tour de France. In recent seasons, races have steadily dropped off the calendar due to the difficulties of finding sponsorship. The ten day Tour de l was discontinued after the 2010 edition, and the women Tour of Italy Giro Donne, renamed the Giro Rosa by its new organizer from ten Nike White Sweatshirts
This is not the first time a women race has taken place during the Tour de France. Between 1984 and 1989, a women stage race took place during the men event. The first Tour Cycliste Feminine included eighteen stages and was won by American Marianne Martin. The women endured long transfers, but they finished Nike Hoodie Obsidian
is an important start to improving the quality of our races and to drawing new fans to our sport, says US time trial champion Carmen Small. cycling is on the upturn right now, and this can only help our cause.
Reactions from women riders were overwhelmingly positive. Olympic and world champion Marianne Vos is a lifelong cycling fan and used to travel every year with her family to watch the Tour de France. She never imagined that she would race there.
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