Emma Pooley calls for women's Tour de France

Emma Pooley, 2010 World TT champ R

Emma Pooley has called for a women's Tour de France to be held alongside the men's race when it comes to Yorkshire next year, believing a women's Tour is the ‘only real hope' she can see for her sport.

"I think Cycling Weekly should start a petition or a campaign to have a women's Tour de France in 2014," she said last week. "It's starting in the UK and I can't believe that Yorkshire doesn't want Lizzie Armitstead riding in the Tour de France.

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Richard Abraham is an award-winning writer, based in New Zealand. He has reported from major sporting events including the Tour de France and Olympic Games, and is also a part-time travel guide who has delivered luxury cycle tours and events across Europe. In 2019 he was awarded Writer of the Year at the PPA Awards.