Chaos and emnity as women's Tour Féminin International des Pyrenees cancels final stage on safety grounds

GC victory goes to Marta Cavalli, but organiser brands riders "spoiled children" for not wanting to start stage three

Izulia Women 2023
Marta Cavalli in action at the Itzulia Women last month
(Image credit: Dario Belingheri / Getty Images)

The second running of the CIC-Tour Feminin International des Pyrenees descended into chaos and enmity after riders refused to race the final stage on safety grounds and the race was cancelled.

Organiser Pascal Baudron accused the women of acting childishly, saying: "Quite honestly I don't think it's worth organising a race to see all these months of effort ruined by the whims of spoiled children."

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After cutting his teeth on local and national newspapers, James began at Cycling Weekly as a sub-editor in 2000 when the current office was literally all fields. 

Eventually becoming chief sub-editor, in 2016 he switched to the job of full-time writer, and covers news, racing and features.

A lifelong cyclist and cycling fan, James's racing days (and most of his fitness) are now behind him. But he still rides regularly, both on the road and on the gravelly stuff.