On Jezebel I found out some somewhat big sports news, women can now compete in the Tour De France, but they will have an event known as the “La Course.” The article is a little bit confusing, but I think the term alongside is not a proper one in regards to the idea that women will compete with men. It took me a few times to read, but it seems that women will not compete amongst men, but will still be included in the Tour De France. Since 1989 women were no longer permitted to compete in their own events at the Tour De France, but this will not be the case any longer. Thanks to a petition that was highly promoted by Emma Pooley, who is a world time-rail champion from the United Kingdom, 80,000 signatures were easily signed and now women can compete in the Tour De France, making cycling somewhat of an equal sport opportunity for both sexes.
According to the article some people in the world of cycling raised eyebrows, but they will have to deal with the fact that women are now a part of the race that is watched around the globe. But for right now all we know is that for this year’s Tour De France women will be included again in their own separate events. But no route has been determined as of now. Do you feel that this a big step for women’s rights why or why not?