The Tour de France is one of the world’s biggest sporting events, alongside the football World Cup and Wimbledon. But so far, it’s only open to men. A group of female cyclists in France wants to change this.
A few years ago, a group of women cyclists started cycling the same route as the Tour de France, just one day before the men – without an entourage, without big-name sponsors and without the roads being closed off. The route is a challenge in itself — a physical ordeal — but the women, who are generally not professional cyclists but make a living as sports teachers, engineers and consultants, have other battles. The main one is that some people in the industry do not think that women have a place on the Tour de France at all. A report by Eva Beyer.
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