Moolman-Pasio: ASO's promotion of women's cycling has been surprising

Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio wins the Virtual Tour de France Ventoux stage
(Image credit: ASO)

Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (CCC-Liv) celebrated her first victory in the Virtual Tour de France on Saturday, soloing to the win on stage 5 on the simulation of the Mont Ventoux climb to Chalet Reynard on Zwift. The South African champion was shut out of last week's stage when her computer locked up but this time enjoyed a flawless race and, surprisingly, all of the exposure that comes with a Tour de France stage win.

In the virtual post-race press conference, Moolman-Pasio expressed her pleasure at the sudden turnaround by the Amaury Sport Organisation. Before the coronavirus pandemic, they put on women's Classics – La Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège – as well as La Course by Tour de France but never afforded the riders the same level of promotion. This year, ASO not only added equal stages for women in the Virtual Tour de France but surprised everyone by announcing a Paris-Roubaix for women and a possible women's Tour de France by 2022.

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Laura Weislo
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Laura Weislo has been with Cyclingnews since 2006 after making a switch from a career in science. As Managing Editor, she coordinates coverage for North American events and global news. As former elite-level road racer who dabbled in cyclo-cross and track, Laura has a passion for all three disciplines. When not working she likes to go camping and explore lesser traveled roads, paths and gravel tracks. Laura specialises in covering doping, anti-doping, UCI governance and performing data analysis.