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UCI President: The women’s peloton at the highest level is not yet big enough

Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes 2022 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport) The rapid expansion of the women’s top-tier race calendar may soon slow, with UCI President David Lappartient…

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Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes 2022 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

The rapid expansion of the women’s top-tier race calendar may soon slow, with UCI President David Lappartient warning that they are not far off needing to reject requests to run new Women’s WorldTour events.

"We are now almost at the maximum of the number of competition days that we can still add to the calendar," Lappartient told Dutch website Wielerflits . "In recent years, many new, good competitions have been added, such as the Tour de France Femmes this year. You can now see that more and more organizers are being encouraged by the local authorities to create a women’s competition. Of course this is nice, but the question is whether there are enough riders for all those new races.”

Along with the Tour de France Femmes , a women’s version of the Tour de Romandie has joined the Women’s WorldTour in 2022 and the Giro d’Italia Donne has been re-started after its 2021 absence. A number of other races are also working to align the status of their men’s and women’s events more closely.

Flanders Classics, with its four year Closing the Gap initiative in 2023 requested a shift in its 1.Pro ranked Omloop Het Nieuwsblad to Women’s WorldTour level and CEO Tomas Van Den Spiegel told Cyclingnews the organisation would ultimately like to have the women’s Dwars door Vlaanderen in the top league as well. The race director of the Women’s Tour Down Under , Kimberley Conte, also said earlier this year […]

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