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Women teams in the TDF
Last Post 07/12/2013 08:25 PM by Coup de Pedale. 13 Replies.
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RNDDUDE

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07/12/2013 10:05 AM
Seems Marianne Vos and some other elite women athletes have created a petition to allow women team into the tour. Comments?
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Oldfart

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07/12/2013 10:12 AM
Publicity stunt. Like Lindsay Vonn wanting to race the Lake Louise World Cup with the men. Checking the times, Vonn would have been 5 seconds off first for the men. And that's on a women's course versus men's course. A women's team at Le Tour would get shelled so fast.
longslowdistance

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07/12/2013 01:20 PM
With gender- normed time cuts of course.
Cosmic Kid

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07/12/2013 02:31 PM
Just to clarify - they don't want to compete against the men. They just want their own race, held at the same time, following the same course.

We seek not to race against the men, but to have our own professional field running in conjunction with the men's event, at the same time, over the same distances, on the same days, with modifications in start/finish times so neither gender's race interferes with the other.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
cycling chick

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07/12/2013 02:41 PM
We seek not to race against the men, but to have our own professional field running in conjunction with the men's event, at the same time, over the same distances, on the same days, with modifications in start/finish times so neither gender's race interferes with the other.


Why the hell not? The only issue that I see is that the roads would be closed for twice the amount of time...
mahoba

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07/12/2013 02:47 PM
I'd love to see that. Closer to home I wish they did the same with the California and Colorado tours.
Oldfart

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07/12/2013 02:58 PM
If that's the case why not then. Same stages but a day ahead or behind and perhaps shorter.
Cosmic Kid

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07/12/2013 03:18 PM
No, they want the same days, same stages, same lengths, etc.

What I can't ascertain is whether they want to be in the same group with seperate timing or on a different start time.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
CERV

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07/12/2013 04:09 PM
Sounds like they want a different start time. If they were to start 30 minutes after the mens race, it would be very unlikely to interfere, although it would be nice from the POV of building womens cycling if they were to roll through first so fans would stick around on the road.

I think it's a great idea.
SideBySide

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07/12/2013 04:19 PM
If they (the organizers) don't want to commit to the whole three weeks, pick one week and see how it goes.
Keith Richards

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07/12/2013 04:59 PM
https://www.change.org/petitions/aso-amaury-sports-organization-allow-female-professional-cycling-teams-to-race-the-tour-de-france

They only need another 200 signatures. Let's help the women out!
----- It is his word versus ours. We like our word. We like where we stand and we like our credibility."--Lance Armstrong.
Orange Crush

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07/12/2013 08:06 PM
Posted By Cycling Chick on 07/12/2013 02:41 PM
We seek not to race against the men, but to have our own professional field running in conjunction with the men's event, at the same time, over the same distances, on the same days, with modifications in start/finish times so neither gender's race interferes with the other.


Why the hell not? The only issue that I see is that the roads would be closed for twice the amount of time...


On that premise, which is far from new, yes why the hell not. It is the best way for womens' race to get better coverage,
mtnbkr

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07/12/2013 08:16 PM
Posted By Cycling Chick on 07/12/2013 02:41 PM

Why the hell not? The only issue that I see is that the roads would be closed for twice the amount of time...


I agree, why the hell not!? And if you take into account a single caravan perhaps it wouldn't be quite twice the time -- but they might need to think about starting a bit earlier so that both groups could finish at a reasonable time.
laurentja

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07/12/2013 08:25 PM
How many of the women really want 200+ km stages? The long road stages in the Giro Donna and Tour de l'Aude Feminine or le Tour Feminine were never more than 130km. That's a big ask. I think it would be awesome however if the women started a shorter route in some town along the day's route but finished in the same town as the men a couple of hours before, in order to experience the atmosphere and media attention after the stages. It would also keep the spectators amused, particularly on mountain stages as they spend the entire day up there (the roads are typically closed in the morning).
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