TV coverage of the women’s peloton, pictured here at Tre Valli Varesine, still isn’t up to scratch Both the men’s and the women’s WorldTour pelotons are currently in China, racing the Tour of Guangxi and Tour of Chongming Island stage races, respectively.
The men’s race consists of six stages, including a hilltop finish, and covers much of the province of Guangxi. The women’s race, one for the sprinters, is only three stages long and takes place exclusively on the islands of Chongming and Changxing in the Yangtze estuary, though the women will travel to Guangxi afterwards for a one-day race on the day of the men’s final stage.
The difference in live coverage, however, highlights how much women’s cycling still is short-changed.
While the Tour of Guangxi had been on broadcast schedules well in advance, live coverage of the Tour of Chongming Island was only confirmed the day before stage 1 when the race organisers said that the final hour of racing would be transmitted live.
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