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why is there no women’s tour de france?

The Tour de France is a sprawling pandemonium of bike racing, product launches, and roadside parties. But the sport’s biggest event, the Tour itself, has largely left women riders out of the festivities. This year, they’ll participate for just two days, in a race called La Course, which runs ahead of the men’s race.

Why is there no Tour de France for women? Ask 12-time World Champion Marianne Vos, and she’ll laugh and say in her distinctive, Dutch-inflected English, “Well, that’s going to be a very long answer.” — Read the story A Chronicle of Persistance over at Bicycling.

Women racing bikes

lea davison doing her bike racing thing

“It drives me nuts when companies don’t use imagery of their top female pros. They’re assuming that women are these feeble creatures. I don’t see Venus Williams and think, ‘I’m scared.’ I’m totally inspired by that!” said Davison, whose sponsor Specialized has a long-standing commitment to elite racing and supports three women at the World Cup level. — Step Aside, Boys.

I believe women athletes deserve more media coverage. I believe there should be more images of women athletes that celebrate them for what they do, rather than for how they look.

Sometimes, I get to do projects that are the change I want to see in the world. Thanks to the Brian and Trina at Mountain Flyer.

Marianne Vos and the Ronde

I couldn’t believe that Vos had not yet won this race. But it’s true! Sunday was her first time.

Marianne Vos and the Ronde


Kirsten Wild (Argos-Shimano) won the second stage of the Ladies Tour of Qatar ahead of Specialized-lululemon’s Ellen van Dijk and Trixi Worrack.


Ladies Tour of Qatar, Stage 1. Chloe Hosking of Hitec won it from a four-up break. Hosking, who rode for Specialized-lululemon in 2012, is new to Hitec, and is also studying journalism.