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by Shane Stokes
October 21, 2017
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The one day format for La Course in 2018 is “not enough” so recently-elected UCI president David Lappartient said he will be urging Tour de France organiser ASO to step up its involvement in women’s cycling.
In 2017 there was an experimental two-stage approach to the women’s race. In 2018 La Course will be held on Tuesday, July 17th, in conjunction with the 10th stage of the men’s Tour de France. The women’s peloton will complete a 118-kilometre course from Annecy to Le Grand-Bornand with an identical finish as the men’s race up Col de la Romme and Col de la Colombière.
The scaling back of the event to one day again was a move that left women’s cycling advocates disappointed. Since the inception of La Course in 2014, advocates have held out hope that it would be the first step toward the return of a women’s tour through France.
CyclingTips Dave Everett was on site for the revealing of the 2018 Tour de France and La Course routes, and was quick to press Lappartient on the matter. In a previous interview with CyclingTips, the Frenchman had pledged to grow women’s cycling, and reiterated his intent in Paris this week.
“I think [La Course] is a good step but it is not enough,” Lappartient said. “I think that we must continue in women’s cycling to make women’s cycling richer, and that is something the UCI must concentrate on. That is why I will speak to the organisers of the Tour de France because they are leaders in the world for organising races and we need them to maybe be more involved in women’s cycling.”
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