A big increase in the number of female cyclists to compete in future Olympics

The changes will see an increase in the number of places for women in the road events

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For the first ever time, an equal number of female and male cyclists will compete at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

The UCI and the IOC, the organisation that oversees the Olympics, announced on Monday that the changes will begin in three years’ time, but will not apply to the reschedule Tokyo Olympics, now set to take place in the summer of 2021.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and feature writing across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in a number of places, but mostly in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.

He lives in Valencia, Spain.