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  • James Belford

    What a bloody legend! This story made me laugh out loud.

  • Luke Bartlett

    dio mio

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  • J Evans

    No reason women should be banned from ‘male’ cycling – if you’re good enough it doesn’t matter if your genitals are in or out.
    But judging by the speeds of women’s races it’s a moot point.

    • Kerr Avon

      Maybe women would not like to be the perpetual pack fodder you’d wish them to be.

    • Dylan Nicholson

      The obvious issue with that is that men could then not unreasonably argue they shouldn’t be banned from women’s events. And it’s not like there’s anything unusual about cycling in this regard – in any sport where the biological difference between male and female physiologies have a significant outcome on the ability to compete we recognise the need to have separate categories for each, just as there are separate categories for junior and veteran athletes.
      There’s no reason why there shouldn’t be grand tours in women’s cycling, provided enough competitors are willing to put themselves forth – it’s something I hope we’ll see sooner or later. The important thing that is women should never be made to feel unwelcome in any sport, and from what I’ve personally observed, most amateur cycling bunches are more than happy to have women join their ranks, it’s just a reality that there will only ever be a small percentage of women who have the physical capacity to keep pace with a bunch of guys with over-charged competitive natures. But recently I’ve noticed a significant increase in the number of female riders out on the roads, quite often in all-female bunches, and hopefully stories like this can inspire more of them to get out there.

  • Derek Maher

    A true heroine and such a pity that women were relegated to short races and they only have one 10 day tour. Time the UCI rethought their restrictive rules and gave the women a proper chance. This would finally boost their sport and bring true equality to UCI and national racing.

    • Kerr Avon

      The status quo is always prevailing and change can only happen radically. No one is willing to put forth the effort as no one really cares.

      • More should be done to support the likes of Rochelle Gilmore ! Single handed( Minded) she is involved in the running of 3 Teams !

        With the correct support , i feel sure that she could find the Sponsorship to create a Women’s GRAND TOUR , here in OZ !

        Today , Cycling Australia advertised the INTENT to be the Leading Cycling Nation in 2020 , SO , GET ON WITH IT !

        • Derek Maher

          Got to agree Skippy. Rochelle is doing a hell of a lot for womens cycling and she still finds the time to keep putting in the personal Ks on the road.
          Just maybe in Europe the one day races in the TDF and TOS will be upgraded to stage races.

        • mouse

          Jesus Christ!!
          Is skippy mc carthy really an angry Phil Anderson with a CAPS LOCK addiction????

    • Sherry

      This is the best and most inspiring story I have read. I honestly think more should be done to encourage women cycling around the world.Personally, I have seen many exceptional women cyclists who can compete against their men counterpart any day.>>>> http://amzn.to/2qkE7Aq

  • John

    Now that was a story worth reading, how awesome.

  • Larry @CycleItalia

    Great piece, thanks for posting! The story goes the parents weren’t so keen on Alfonsina’s racing UNTIL the day she came home with a nice prize – a pig! As many know, back-in-the-day more than a few men entered stage races more because of the food rations provided rather than any great interest in bike racing. Our small rental bike fleet in Italy has each bike named after Italian winners of the Giro…but one of them is “Alfonsina” in honor of the only woman to race La Corsa Rosa.

  • Cruz er

    Great story!
    I hope the women get their own, true Grand Tour that is as epic as the mens.

  • Bakers Dozen

    Super cool.

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