Could 12 (Reuters) – The ladies’s Tour de France is ready to be revived subsequent yr after a 33-year absence with race director Christian Prudhomme saying will probably be held after the lads’s occasion.
“It will have occurred this yr if it had not been for the COVID-19 pandemic, clearly, and above all if the Tokyo Olympics had not been after the (males’s) Tour, so the most effective riders might not be out there,” Prudhomme informed The Guardian.
“However the determination has been taken. There will likely be a Tour de France femmes in 2022 following carefully after the (males’s) Tour.”
The ladies’s Tour de France was beforehand held from 1984 to 1989 and Prudhomme stated they wanted to make sure the race didn’t find yourself dropping cash if it was to have a everlasting slot on the calendar.
“What we wish to do is create a race that can keep the course, that will likely be arrange and stand the check of time,” he added.
“What which means is that the race can not lose cash. Right this moment, all the ladies’s races that we organise lose us cash.
“If it makes cash, that’s nice, but it surely mustn’t lose cash or it would find yourself just like the Tour within the 80s and it’ll die.”
Prudhomme stated the problem was to arrange a race that may “dwell for 100 years”.
“That is why we wish it to comply with the lads’s Tour, so that almost all of the channels which broadcast the lads’s Tour will cowl it as nicely.”
The 2022 males’s Tour is scheduled to run from July 1-25.
(Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Enhancing by Peter Rutherford )
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