Amaury Sport Organization (ASO) Managing Director Christian Prudhomme has officially confirmed that the Women’s Tour will return to the racing calendar for the first time since 1989.Rumors have it that the race has been in preparation for some time with UCI President David Lappartient confirming last year that the event will take place in 2022.
Prudhomme has now officially confirmed this news to The Guardian saying the event was due to take place this year, but with the Covid-19 pandemic and the Olympics probably taking all the top runners, they decided to delay until 2022.
Prudhomme said: “The decision has been made. There will be a Women’s Tour de France in 2022 which will closely follow the [men’s] To visit. “
He added that women’s running should have its own identity away from the male side of the sport and create its own history.
“In my opinion, we have to put aside the idea of parity between men and women,” said Prudhomme. “Why? Because there was a reason this race only lasted six years, and it was a lack of economic balance. What we want to do is create a race that will stay the course, be put in place and stand the test of time. This means that the race cannot lose money. ”
Prudhomme said every women’s race ASO runs loses money but continues to fund Flèche Wallonne, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, La Course, and will host a first Paris-Roubaix later this year.
He added that if the women’s circuit loses money, it will look a lot like the racing of the 1980s and “die” again.
“If this balance had been achieved then, we would now be on our 35th Women’s Tour,” said Prudhomme. “The challenge is to set up a race that can last 100 years. That’s why we want him to follow the Men’s Tour, so that the majority of channels that broadcast the Men’s Tour will also cover him.
Women’s cycling is booming with new races added to the calendar for upcoming seasons, including the new six-day ‘Battle of the North’ six-day stage race in Scandinavia alongside live coverage of the Giro Rosa. The British stage race, the Women’s Tour, will also regain its place in the calendar after a year of absence due to Covid-19.
There was no information on the route of the new Tour de France next year, but Prudhomme said they won’t be looking for the hardest or steepest climbs, but rather a connection to the past. , which could potentially mean using some of the climbs made famous by men’s running.