Great news for female cyclists who have long been wanted to be a part of the illustrious Tour de France!
All thank to the very dynamic Olympic silver winner Brit cyclist Emma Pooley, the Tour France organizers are presently considering the rider’s proposal on launching a women’s version of the most prestigious cycling championship of the world- Pooley herself has confirmed the news.
As per the statements from the erstwhile time trial world champion, discussions are going on between the women race campaigners & Tour France organizers off late with the recently elected UCI President Cookson donning a significant role in organizing the meet.
“We have contacted & communicated with Amaury Sports Organization (ASO), the Tour France organizers- by ‘we’ it refers to 4 of us fighting with the petition & some who have assisted us in the mission- & Cookson was really helpful in setting the meet with ASO pretty early on. It’s just so amazing of him”, stated a naturally satisfied Pooley. “I can just say that we’re into discussions presently & ASO isn’t averse to any kind of women’s race at the Tour.”
The ASO spokesperson acknowledged that they are into the phase of echoing the notion forwarded by Poolwy. “Nothing is decided till now but we would declare about the possibilities and impossibilities on the right time”, shared the ASO spokesperson.
Pooley came up with her petition of women’s race alongside men’s Tour France championship this year in July. Initially she gathered support from 3 other campaigners- Marianne Vos, the reigning female world champion, 4 time Ironman world championship winner Chrissie Wellington & author Kathryn Bertine. The petition pulled in over as many as 80 thousand signatures within weeks.
According to sources, Pooley’s petition on women’s race at Tour France was cited as a troubled plan by ASO Chairman Jean Amaury who highlighted different organizational difficulties associated with the plan.