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Women’s Tour de France organisers hoping the race will live long

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PARIS, Oct 14 (Reuters) – The ladies’s Tour de France will be revived subsequent 12 months and Christian Prudhomme, biking director at Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), stated he hoped the race would survive him.

The ladies’s Tour had not been held since 1989 and will this 12 months begin from Paris and finish eight days later at the prime of the Super Planche des Belles Filles climb at the finish of an eight-stage experience by way of jap France.

“It’s a balanced route, that will suit several types of riders,” race director Marion Rousse advised reporters.

Prudhomme, who’s the males’s Tour director, stated the greatest problem was to make the race a financially sustainable occasion.

“If it had been (sustainable), the women’s Tour would have been held for 40 years,” he advised reporters on Thursday forward of a presentation ceremony for the 2022 males’s and girls’s Tours.

“The biggest challenge is to broadcast the race. I think we’ve done a good job, with the race starting the same day as the men’s race ends in Paris,” Prudhomme stated, including the occasion can be broadcast in 170 nations.

The males’s race is broadcast in about 190 nations.

While greater than 300 cities apply and pay to host a stage of the males’s Tour yearly, Prudhomme needed to method candidates himself for the ladies’s race.

“But they are all paying an entry fee and to give you an element of comparison, it’s more than for (the week-long men’s stage races) Paris-Nice and the Criterium du Dauphine,” he added.

“The goal is to organise a race that will stay, that will still exist in 100 years, that I can watch when I’m old and using a walker,” the 60-year-old Prudhomme stated.

The 2022 ladies’s Tour will run from July 24-31, beginning two weeks after the finish of the longest ladies’s race on the calendar, the Giro Donne (July 1-10).

Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Ken Ferris

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