Women's Tour de France possible by 2022

Anna van der Breggen (Rabo-Liv) wins La Course by one second
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Christian Prudhomme, race director of the Tour de France, told AFP that women's professional cycling could anticipate a Tour de France of its own as soon as 2022. The suggestion comes after the UCI announced Tuesday that Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) agreed to host a first-ever women's Paris-Roubaix as part of the post-COVID-19 revised Women's WorldTour calendar.

"We want to expand, step by step, the number of women’s races," Prudhomme told AFP. "The UCI has clearly set the path for women’s cycling. We have to keep adapting."

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Kirsten Frattini
Deputy Editor

Kirsten Frattini is the Deputy Editor of Cyclingnews, overseeing the global racing content plan.

Kirsten has a background in Kinesiology and Health Science. She has been involved in cycling from the community and grassroots level to professional cycling's biggest races, reporting on the WorldTour, Spring Classics, Tours de France, World Championships and Olympic Games.

She began her sports journalism career with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. In 2018, Kirsten became Women's Editor – overseeing the content strategy, race coverage and growth of women's professional cycling – before becoming Deputy Editor in 2023.