(Reuters) – The World Biking Union (UCI) is hopeful it may possibly persuade Excursion de France organizers to carry a girls’s identical that may spice up the game, its president David Lappartient has mentioned.
FILE PHOTO: Biking – fifth Los angeles Path by way of Le Excursion de France – 112.5-km from Annecy to Le Grand-Bornand – July 17, 2018 – UCI President David Lappartient attends the rostrum rite. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier/Report Picture
Ladies riders recently take part in Los angeles Path, a one-day festival all over the Excursion and this 12 months’s version is a 121-km circuit race round Pau in southwestern France earlier than the lads start degree 13 on Friday.
Frenchman Lappartient mentioned that he had held discussions with organizers Amaury Recreation Organisation (ASO) to extend the development to 10 levels in long term and fit the continued Giro Rosa, probably the most major races in girls’s highway biking.
“What is lacking in our game is a huge degree race for girls that may be observed international. The Excursion de France can in reality lend a hand with this,” Lappartient instructed BBC Radio Five Reside right here
The 46-year-old mentioned he would proceed preventing for a girls’s Excursion and was hoping ASO would triumph over logistical hurdles that save you an extended race all over the lads’s race.
“At some point of racing is obviously no longer sufficient for girls … if we would like a girls’s Excursion de France, we will be able to,” Lappartient added.
“For girls’s biking we will be able to proceed to push — I’ve had sturdy discussions with (ASO) and I’m hoping we will be able to succeed in an settlement for the long run.”
British bike owner Sarah Storey mentioned Los angeles Path, which used to be presented in 2014, felt like a “token gesture”.
“I imagined the race would possibly develop … till it turned into a fully-fledged girls’s Excursion. It is truthful to mention that isn’t took place,” she wrote in a column for The Telegraph right here
“Don’t get me unsuitable. It’s higher to have any race than no race. However whilst you take a look at Friday’s providing and position it facet by way of facet with the lads’s Excursion … it appears like a token gesture.”
Reporting by way of Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; enhancing by way of Sudipto Ganguly