The Tokyo Olympic Games are about to come to fruition following their postponement last summer due the COVID-19 pandemic.
Athletes are descending into Tokyo prepared for a different kind of Olympic experience without the spectators, fanfare, media frenzy or the athlete village, and there will be numerous protocols and restrictions in place that are meant to keep everyone at the venue as safe as possible.
The heart of the competition remains intact, and so, competing athletes, and fans watching from their televisions at home around the globe, can expect a compelling elite women’s road race on Sunday July 25.
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The UCI announced the number of athletes that each National Olympic Committee has qualified for road events for the Tokyo Olympic Games with 130 spots for the elite men’s road race and only 67 for the women’s road race.
It showed a startling, but historic, lack of parity, which had many questioning the UCI’s commitment to equality in professional cycling, but the sport governing body has since promised full gender parity in terms of athlete numbers in cycling events at the 2024 Paris Olympic Games. At the next summer Olympics, there will be a total of 180 spots allocated to the cycling road races that will redistributed and divided evenly between the elite men’s and women’s races, with 90 athletes […]