The organizers of the Tour de France opened the door to a female Tour de France from 2022.
Race director Christian Prudhomme says a woman equivalent to the famous grand tour is in the works.
Earlier this week, a very first female Paris-Roubaix (October 25) was included in the revised UCI calendar for the rest of 2020.
The season should start – for both sexes – on August 1 with the Strade Bianche in Italy.
“We want to step up the number of female events step by step,” said Prudhomme. AFP.
He added: “We always have in mind the opinion of cyclists, in particular (multiple world champion) Marianne Vos, who told us” What you can offer us is media coverage “”.
Prudhomme says the Paris-Roubaix women’s edition will take the place of the junior race, which is usually held on the cobblestones the morning of the men’s race.
The ASO chief denies that it would only be once, “We will have to find a solution in the future, which we will adapt.
“But it’s inherent in our profession, this year more than ever. “
From 1984 to 1989, ASO organized a race called the Tour de France Féminin which covered a shorter course than that of the men but it was largely ignored at the time.
Since then, other variants have followed one another but Prudhomme sees it as a real opportunity to finally link the two races.
ASO previously said it would be “logistically impossible” to run both races at the same time.
But Prudhomme maintains: “Our objective remains the same, with the idea of having a race which would take place after the Tour de France.
“Now the schedule is considerably turned upside down. And now, in 2021, there will be the Olympic Games. It would be logical to envisage it for 2022. “
Prudhomme also confirmed that The Tour de France Race, which touches the men’s route for a stage, will take place during the first stage of this year in Nice.
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