Dimanche, le Tour de France se terminera comme chaque année à Paris.
Mais avant que les hommes forts du cyclisme ne frottent leurs roues sur les pavés des Champs-Élysées, un événement inédit aura lieu. Pour la première fois, quelques heures avant les hommes, sur l'avenue prestigieuse, les meilleures cyclistes professionnelles féminines s'affronteront aussi devant les spectateurs du monde entier.
This Sunday, the Tour de France will end like every year in Paris.
But before the strong men of cycling rub their wheels on the cobbles of the Champs-Élysées, a new event will take place. For the first time, a few hours before the men ride on the prestigious avenue, best female professional cyclists will also compete in front of the audience around the world.
Named "La Course by Le Tour de France," the event is presented by the organizers of the Tour (ASO) as a fabulous showcase for the promotion of women's cycling, and this will be the case, as it will be broadcasted in 147 countries. However, it is worth remembering that neither ASO nor any cycling brand have been at the origin of this event.
There is a year ago during the Tour, four female professional cyclists, internationally renowned, including Marianne Vos and Emma Pooley, asked ASO creating a true Tour de France for women. These exceptional athletes wished to draw attention to women's cycling, which, for lack of means and media, suffers from a few years of the disappearance of their Grand Tours.
Their request was initially rejected and even mocked, but it was not enough to discourage them. They then decided to mobilize social networks with a petition. In just 48 hours, they got 10,000 signatures, including some of male professional cyclists, and today they accumulate 98,000 signatures. Faced with this incredible mobilization, ASO and brands could not ignore them any longer and the female peloton has earned the right to ride on the cobbles of the Champs-Élysées! Do not blame the fact that brands have decided to support the event, no matter their reasons for doing that. It will hopefully help to put light for a long period of time on the pro female peloton. But for now, pay tribute to the determination of these athletes who prove that in addition to physical abilities, they also have the mental abilities to undergo the length of a Grand Tour. So, ladies first!