“It is not the present that we give to the runners that deserve it,” underlines Marion Rousse, the occasion director.

No race on French soil has ever had such a beautiful ladies’s cycle on the earth. The primary version of the Girls’s Tour of France begins in Paris, Sunday 24 July. After eight editions of La Course Le Tour’s sponsorship (2014-2021), which every year afforded the ladies’s peloton the chance to run a street race reserved for the lads, Amaury determined that the game’s coaching would minimize the way in which to a prolonged occasion. eight levels.

Franceinfo: The sport met on 11 June with Marion Rousse, director of the race and ex-professional rider of the yr from 2010 to 2015. They hope this occasion will likely be a part of the long-term, whereas permitting the ladies’s cycle to proceed their ascent.

Franceinfo Sport: What does this Tour de France imply within the historical past of the ladies’s cycle?

Marion Rousse It is not a present we give to runners. It was not the results of strain on Amaury’s recreation group (ASO). They deserve it. It’s largely athletic {and professional}. It has been confirmed that the ladies’s cycle is prepared and developed. I feel all of us have the keys to proceed this course of. The plan is to stay there for 30 years.

Has ladies’s biking fully modified your expertise as an expert rider?

Nothing extra to do with it. As an expert bike owner, he solely had a reputation. I needed to go to work within the morning and prepare later. In my time (2010-2015) solely three or 4 ladies had been counted within the peloton. There have been actually variations in grade. With minimal wages from UCI World Tour groups, issues have turn out to be extra reliable.

“The genes have turn out to be extra pleasant. With France Tv, we’ve the chance to touch upon all of them yr spherical, and typically we’ve extra enjoyable than folks.”

Marion Rousse, director of the Girls’s Tour de France

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After I was operating, there have been no ladies racing on TV. You also needs to search them on the web. We handed by silence with none acknowledgment.

In concrete phrases, how did this program happen contained in the peloton?

It appears to be like like one thing bizarre, however we’ll get the buses quickly. We needed to change foot ache anyway. All is properly afterward. So far as lodging, doorways, colleges, and dormitories have been examined… We’ve tried all the things.

Additional, many liaisons between women and men can be found. I simply assume that it’s not “doing properly”.

Are you positive that the ladies’s cycle is heading in the right direction…

After all there are nonetheless issues to do, however we’re on the right track. Our occasion, the Girls’s Tour of France, is a superb improvement. Whether or not or not it’s males or ladies, she is probably the most stunning class on the earth. The game goes past the boundaries. We are going to speak concerning the cycle of ladies and find out how to make it a significant a part of males’s day by day life; one thing else variety on the earth can do.

What advantages do you count on from this primary version?

We hope the main distributors, who flip their TVs on, will suppose that the ladies’s cruise will likely be nice and need to find them. As a result of although it exists, the ladies’s financial cycle continues to be weak right now.

Marion Rousse on the French championship podium after the victory on the road at the stadium on 23 June 2011, in Saint-Amand-les-Eaux (Nord).  PHILIPPE HUGUEN / AFP)

We need to contact on this so long as they supply vocational providers to women who will likely be on the aspect of the street on or earlier than their TV in July.

Have you ever skilled any difficulties attracting sponsors for a brand new occasion?

Many historians of the Tour de France launched into the arrival of the ladies’s cycle: LCL, Leclerc… had been gained over fairly shortly. Along with what’s fascinating, we have seen the arrival of companions who solely need to find in a ladies’s cycle, equivalent to Zwift (additionally the title of the writer’s digital cycle utility) and Lib. We handle to seek out our sponsors whereas we watch tales. It is an awesome combine.

The format of the occasion, is it anticipated to comply with the Males’s Tour de France for 3 weeks of operating?

Within the first yr, the madness would begin three weeks straight. We won’t exit of enterprise after three years. We misplaced an excessive amount of cash. I favor eight-day racing with the identical requirements that folks on Tour de France go away with prepare and lodges items. I do not suppose we’ll nonetheless run eight days. Discover the shape. We need to unwrap and never shut the door to anybody.

How can there be everlasting comparisons with the course of males?

It is usually requested why ladies do not mix Tour de France collectively as males. It will have been the toughest factor everybody might do. We had been at all times within the shadows. I feel we discovered the right angle. It’s the fourth week in Tour de France and there will likely be no higher offense than on Télévisions France. We have been speaking about our trial for 3 weeks. It is like a lion.

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