There is only one Tour De France (TDF) and it can never be replicated. The amount of history, organization and logistics to put it together is mind boggling. It is a 21 day race mostly through France but also with several stages in other countries. It is comprised of the best MALE cyclists in the world.
My 5 year old daughter just learned to ride her bicycle and loves it. When i convinced her to watch a little of the Tour De France with me, the first thing she said was “where are the girl riders?”. I did not have an appropriate answer other than they are not allowed to race with the men. She immediately lost interest in watching the race and in some measurable way riding her own bicycle. This is why it is a big deal.
It wasn’t until 1972 that woman were allowed to run in the Boston Marathon. Now there are three winners each year, the handicap winner, woman winner and man winner. Having woman participate was simple to do and did not detract from the race. In fact, it made the marathon more interesting to watch or participate in. In the Tour de France it would be simple to allow the woman to start a few hours earlier and let the crowd see two amazing group of athletes compete at each stage. They can have their own color jerseys that can be similar to the mens but with a slight variation. I am sure all the companies that sponsor the riders would love the additional opportunity to reach out to all the woman that will start watching the TDF!! Here is an informative article on this very subject.
Hopefully, the TDF will soon become part of the right part of history and allow woman to ride. I know my daughter would then love to watch!!
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