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The women’s Tour de France will make history, and inspire a new generation of young cyclists too

The women’s Tour de France will make history, and inspire a new generation of young cyclists too

Lizzie Deignan competing in October 2021 (Photo: FRANCOIS LO PRESTI / AFP) The Tour de France Femmes will take to the roads of Northern France…

Tuesday, Mar 08

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Lizzie Deignan competing in October 2021 (Photo: FRANCOIS LO PRESTI / AFP) The Tour de France Femmes will take to the roads of Northern France for a multi-day stage race in July 2022 – the first of its kind within the modern era of professional female cycling.

While the Tour de France is globally renowned for the male peloton , the female professionals have ridden only single stages in the recent past. Year on year the pressure has built, thanks to campaigns like the one from female cyclists InternationElles, and the previous “token gesture” has now become a highly anticipated eight-day stage race this summer.

I grew up in a cycling family; we had bikes but were not heavily into competitive cycling. Yet we knew about the Tour de France. It is a world-famous sporting event that almost everyone has heard of, and is a massive opportunity and platform that female cyclists have been denied to date. Have I felt left out watching the men’s event? Definitely.

This is an exciting opportunity and will be a pivotal moment for the female peloton as it will grab the attention of a world-wide audience – there is no going back on establishing this race in the calendar and the mark has been made in the sand.

Having my daughter, Orla, has made me think about the future and opportunities the next generation will have. It’s comforting that when the time comes for me to sit down and talk about my career that I will not […]

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