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La Route de France race under threat

Cycling News
December 15, 2013, 09:40,
December 15, 2013, 23:11
First Edition Cycling News, Monday, December 16, 2013
La Route de France
Linda Villumsen (New Zealand)

Linda Villumsen (New Zealand)

  • Linda Villumsen (New Zealand)
  • Emma Pooley (Garmin-Cervelo) on "Hankaberg", followed by Emma Johansson  (Hitec Products)
  • Young rider competition winner Elizabeth Armitstead (Cervelo TestTeam) wins the final stage of the Route de France 2010 ahead of Giorgia Bronzini (Gauss RDZ Ormu) and Annemiek Van Vleuten (Nederland Bloeit).
  • Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle Honda) salutes as she takes the victory on stage 5 of la Route de France

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Status of 2014 edition of women's stage race in question

La Route de France feminine, a women's road stage race in France, is under threat for 2014. Despite the success of the seventh edition this season, race organiser Hervé Gérardin has not yet found a host town for the grand depart for the next edition.

The parcours is planned to take place from the August 9th to 14th, from Bretagne to l'Alsace.

"Many of the mayors are involved in municipal elections [and cannot commit at the moment], it is impossible to set up such an event in less than four months [after the elections will have taken place and decisions made]," said Gérardin.

Less than a year before the eighth edition, the final route is still unconfirmed. With the lack of a host town, Gérardin is concerned and has warned that "without the assistance of sponsors and municipalities, the 2014 event cannot take place. This would be a great shame for women's cycling".

La Route de France feminine is a UCI stage race in which professional and national teams compete. The nine days of competition include a prologue, a time trial and seven road stages totalling around 900 kilometres.

The 2013 podium featured Linda Villumsen (New Zealand), Emma Johansson (Sweden) and Evelyn Stevens (USA).

DAVE P 10 months ago
Sexual inequality obviously still exists and politicians, even at a local council levels, are self centred idiots.
welker3257 10 months ago
I see no sexual inequality from the politicians. They can't commit to anything since the person who might replace them might not support having the race finish or start in the town.
wrinklyvet 10 months ago
You would think that if they really want to see the event happen in their town, the competing politicians could at least reach consensus on that. But then. I don't know enough about French provincial politics.
Ratherbbikin1956 10 months ago
OK, this is a test to see if I have been censored for some reason. I don't believe that this had anything to do with sexual equality. This is pure and simple economics, specifically of the capitalist variety. Society packs arenas, stadiums, fields, etc., in order to watch the best men's teams in the world compete. Women's sports, not so much. Look at American collegiate basketball for instance. If you try to get tickets for the best basketball programs (both men and women) in the country (I.e. Tennessee, Ohio State, USC), you will find tickets to the men's contests hard to find and expensive. The women's events will be far less expensive and easy to find. Why? Supply and demand. People want to see the men's events, but are not so interested in the women's contests. I cannot explain this phenomena. I coached women's athletics at the high school level, and no one appreciates more the effort the ladies put forth and what sports mean to them. But facts are facts. Thus is not sexist behavior. This is simple capitalist economy at work. Now, let's see if this gets by the Cyclingnews censors.
wrinklyvet 10 months ago
Yes of course it gets by. There is some kind of filter for particular words and phrases, including naughty ones but also other words you could not imagine might be a problem. As I posted before, just try using "opportunity" without the quotes and it goes to moderation. That really means the machine has rejected it. The content of your text is something most of us would agree with, but it is a sad story. The majority of men fail to appreciate most women's sport and with similar exceptions women fail to get behind it as well. I think the culture can be changed to some extent and I welcome all efforts to increase support and appreciation. That will, in this capitalist world (which itself I don't regret) give some hope for the future.