Opinion: As the highest level of racing, UCI and ASO must be held accountable for change

A wet and muddy first edition of Paris-Roubaix Femmes in 2021
A wet and muddy first edition of Paris-Roubaix Femmes in 2021 (Image credit: Getty Images)

Céline Oberholzer is an aspiring professional cyclist. She is passionate about empowering women and advocating for gender equality in a male-dominated sport. She is currently spending the winter living and training at The HomeStretch Foundation in Tucson, AZ.

On October 2, I awoke to the sound of my alarm trilling. I wasted no time and tuned in to catch the start of the Paris-Roubaix Femmes live broadcast on Peacock TV. As an aspiring professional cyclist in the US, I was especially excited for this momentous day in the history of women’s cycling. Yet, within a matter of minutes, the broadcast experience was dampened. The livestream began more than halfway through the race, with less than 55 kilometers to go. Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo) was off the front with a well-established two-minute gap, but it took me a second to process what had already happened in the unseen first half of the race. I was never able to fully immerse myself in the rest of the broadcast, in spite of the compelling narrative unfolding for the next ninety minutes. 

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