“Why wait any longer? – Support for the Women’s Tour de France after the race confirmed for 2022 – fr

“Why wait any longer? – Support for the Women’s Tour de France after the race confirmed for 2022 – fr

Eurosport experts Orla Chennaoui and Hannah Walker welcomed the relaunch of a women’s Tour de France in 2022.
ASO chief Christian Prudhomme made the long-awaited announcement earlier this week. The race should be called the Tour de France Women.

It will be a stand-alone event and will take place after the men’s race, with ASO saying it would be “logistically impossible” to hold them simultaneously.

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“It will take place next year, for sure,” Prudhomme told The Guardian.

Speaking on The Breakaway, Chennaoui said it would help boost the profile of women’s cycling.

“I have to admit that I’ve always been a bit divided on this because I think there has been so much clamor for a women’s Tour de France, like it’s going to be the savior of women’s cycling, as we already have an incredible schedule. and we have an incredible level of racing, ”she said.

“However, the fact that we have a women’s Tour de France, the simple title places it on a world stage as it should.

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Walker agreed and wondered if some of the big names in the sport planning to retire – Anna van der Breggen, Chantal van den Broek-Blaak – might be tempted to give up on those plans after the announcement.

“Why wait any longer? Let’s go, ”Walker said.

“We had it for five years [1984-89] and since then we’ve seen different versions of it with the Route de France, the Tour de l’Aude, but with that now – I guess they’ll take the name – it’s wonderful.

“And we have an incredible schedule anyway. But to add a long stage race, I think that’s something pretty cool and necessary for the peloton. It’s incredibly exciting. It will be interesting, some of those runners who are retiring at the end of the year, are they a bit [uncertain]? »

ASO said Covid and the Olympics prevented them from entering the race in 2021.

“I think it’s a really good thing for women’s cycling to have the Tour de France and to have it out of the men’s straight away,” added Dan Lloyd.

“With Paris-Roubaix, things are really getting better and better.”

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