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by Shane Stokes
August 16, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Gesbert takes stage one of the Tour du Limousin; Landa signs two-year contract with Movistar Team; Van Baarle signs on for two more years with Cannondale-Drapac; Terpstra continues with QuickStep Floors, Leezer with LottoNL-Jumbo; Lappartient says UCI should set up a new top-level women’s stage race; Cycling world mourns death of 2004 Olympic champion Wooldridge; Threatened boycott of world team time trial championships appears to be over; Retired pro Iris Slappendel chases new land speed record; Bewley extends with Orica-Scott, says he wants to help squad achieve a major milestone; Preliminary order made against cyber-squatters in LeMond case; Greg Henderson ends pro cycling career; Meet the oldest female BMX racer in the US; Video: Phil Gaimon’s “Worst Retirement Ever,” Episode 7: Lookout Mountain
With just weeks to go until a UCI presidential election he believes he can win, David Lappartient has said the UCI must step up its efforts to grow women’s cycling, and that the governing body should establish its own top-level stage race.
Speaking to CyclingTips, Lappartient stresses that having such an event with international TV coverage is vital for the development of this wing of the sport, and that the UCI itself should tap into its budget to make this happen.
“My proposition is that this can be under the umbrella of the UCI. We can spend some money on this. We can be the owner of the race, even if we will not organise it ourselves, because that is not the job of the UCI. We can work with ASO, with RCS, with Flanders [Classics], will all the other organisers just to be sure that we will be able to have this.”
Lappartient has also said that ASO needs to step up its efforts in this area. It runs the La Course event at the same time as the Tour de France, but there were just two days of racing this year. “I think that yes, they can do more,” he said. “I don’t know what is the best situation to organise this. But yes, I think ASO can maybe continue to do more for women’s cycling. It is good what they are doing this year, but I think that they must continue.
“They must expand, and consider that is also part of the future of their company to be involved in women’s cycling.”
Click through to read the full interview on CyclingTips.