Nostalgia and celebration - Women's Tour de France pioneers reunite in Paris

Former women pros and cycling pioneers at the 2022 Tour de France Femmes
Among the group of female cycling pioneers to make the trip to Paris are Mandy Bishop (née) Jones and Trish Liggett (née) Tipper (Image credit: Kirsten Frattini/Cyclingnews)

A group of women standing together on the metro on their way toward the exit to the Eiffel Tower might have been mistaken for tourists if not for the bright yellow self-made T-shirts that read - T de F Originals on Tour 1984-1989 - that, for anyone who has followed professional cycling would recognise them as the pioneers of the women's Tour de France.

On the same train and headed in the same direction to the start of stage 1 of the rebirth of women's Tour de France, now called the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift, Cyclingnews spoke with Mandy Bishop (née) Jones and Trish Liggett (née) Tipper about their journey to watch the new generation of women racing in one of the biggest sporting events in the world.

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