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A Tour de France for women?

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Meg Munn MP took part in a discussion on BBC Radio Leeds on whether there should be a Tour de France cycling competition for women. She was joined by Chrissie Wellington, one of the four sports women who organised a petition in support of the idea which has attracted the support of over 85,000 people so far.

Meg pointed out that over the years women have been told that they are not capable of taking part in various sporting challenges. However women now run marathons, play football and rugby at international level, and women’s tennis is growing in popularity and sponsorship support. Her view was that women should have the chance to take part in the world’s most famous cycling event.

During the broadcast Radio Leeds was able to announce that the director of the Tour de France has agreed to meet Olympic cycling silver medallist Lizzie Armitstead to discuss the idea further.

Meg said:

"At the moment more boys than girls regularly take part in sport and the drop off in participation for women is greater than for men. It’s a vicious circle. Fewer women’s events means less media coverage, which means less public support leading to less sponsorship and fewer role models for the next generation.

However the visibility of women taking part in sports last year helped increase interest and participation. Given the acknowledged importance of the Olympic legacy we need more opportunities for women, both at the elite level and in our local communities."

To sign the petition visit:

https://www.change.org/petitions/aso-amaury-sports-organization-allow-female-professional-cycling-teams-to-race-the-tour-de-france?utm_source=action_alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=29025&alert_id=zlHBBIYtgu_GSNUzSJZKp

 


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