THE WOMEN’S WORLDTOUR WAS A GOOD START
It’s not perfect, and there’s a long way to go, particularly in the areas of salaries, prize money, TV coverage and good races. But the first Women’s WorldTour gave the female calendar a coherence and the beginnings of a vision that never existed in the days of the World Cup. Ironically, the men’s WorldTour has struggled to capture the fans’ attention as anything other than a political entity. If the men’s WorldTour disappeared, every one of the races in it would continue to exist and attract the same amount of attention, and the impression is that the WorldTour is dependent on the Tour de France and the other races for its prestige. But for the women, it seems to have added a layer of narrative that was previously missing.
The coverage of some of the races was terrible (though the Women’s Tour got a lot of air time), so the organisers and the UCI will need to improve that in the future. There’s also the question of when ASO will expand La Course into an event worthy of its potential. But as long as these improvements happen, women’s cycling should continue to grow.