Tour organiser ASO will organise a women’s stage race starting in 2022. Whether the race will be named Tour de France, just like the men’s race, is not yet certain.
Contest will last eight days
“I have been assured that the ASO will be ready to put this event on the calendar in 2022. This is an enormously good step in the further development of women’s cycling,” said UCI president David Lappartient, who confirmed the news to Wielerflits.
The cycling website reports that the race will last eight days and that the start will take place in Paris on the day the men finish their Tour de France on the Champs Elysées.
Van Vleuten: ‘So much fun in’
Annemiek van Vleuten welcomed the news, because the 37-year-old world champion has decided to continue cycling for at least another two years.
“I’m very happy with that, especially because I know I’m going to go on for another two years, so that’s just right”, she said Thursday afternoon before the start of the road race at the European Championships in Plouay, France
“I’m having so much fun. My contract does end, but I’m still going to sign for at least two years”, says Van Vleuten.