The ladies’s Tour de France is ready to be revived subsequent yr after a 33-year absence as race director Christian Prudhomme mentioned it will likely 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 [men’s] Tour, so the most effective riders might not be obtainable,” Prudhomme informed The Guardian.
“However the choice has been taken. There can be a Tour de France femmes in 2022 following carefully after the [men’s] Tour.”
The ladies’s Tour de France was beforehand held from 1984 to 1989 and Prudhomme mentioned 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 need to do is create a race that may keep the course, that can be arrange and stand the take a look at of time,” he added. “What which means is that the race can’t lose cash. At present, all the ladies’s races that we organise lose us cash.
“If it makes cash, that is nice, however it mustn’t lose cash or it’s going to find yourself just like the Tour within the 80s and it’ll die.”
Prudhomme mentioned the problem was to arrange a race that may “reside for 100 years.”
“That is why we would like it to observe 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.