Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig criticises Tokyo 2020 course: I think it's a real shame the women aren't going over Mount Fuji

The Dane says including the lower slopes of Mount Fuji is a great way to bring attention to the road cycling event, but can't understand why it's only the men who will be tackling the iconic mountain

Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

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Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig has criticised the disparity between the road cycling events at the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games, saying it's a "real shame" the women won't be tackling the iconic Mount Fuji as the men will.

"They [the men] are going over Mount Fuji, which is just ‘wow’. Mount Fuji is so iconic - I feel that everyone knows Mount Fuji, and that we should not go over that...I just think it's a real shame," Uttrup Ludwig told an Olympic preview show on television channel Discovery+.

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Hi. I'm Cycling Weekly's Weekend Editor. I like writing offbeat features and eating too much bread when working out on the road at bike races.

Before joining Cycling Weekly I worked at The Tab and I've also written for Vice, Time Out, and worked freelance for The Telegraph (I know, but I needed the money at the time so let me live).

I also worked for ITV Cycling between 2011-2018 on their Tour de France and Vuelta a España coverage. Sometimes I'd be helping the producers make the programme and other times I'd be getting the lunches. Just in case you were wondering - Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen had the same ham sandwich every day, it was great.