'Until this year I'd have written off a women's Tour de France,' says Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio

The South African says she's more hopeful for a women's Tour de France than ever

Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio at the Tour of Guangxi 2019 (Photo by Artur Widak/NurPhoto)

(Image credit: NurPhoto via Getty Images)

If you told Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio last year she'd be winning a bike race up Mont Ventoux her response would have likely been a confused one. She probably would have also expected to not be talking about her victory via video link, beamed into the homes of journalists moments after stepping off her turbo.

The South African CCC-Liv rider put on a masterclass as she dispensed with the entire field and finally the yellow jersey of Sarah Gigante (Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank) up the mythical French climb on stage five of the virtual Tour de France.

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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.