Har­man call for a women’s Tour

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LABOUR deputy leader Har­riet Har­man has called for a women’s cy­cle race to be held along­side the open­ing stages of the 2014 Tour de France when the “Grand De­part” comes to the UK.

In a let­ter to Tour de France di­rec­tor Chris­tian Prud­homme, Ms Har­man added her voice to calls for the es­tab­lish­ment of a women’s ver­sion of the event, days af­ter Chris Froome be­came the sec­ond suc­ces­sive Bri­tish win­ner of the men’s race.

A women’s ver­sion of the Tour was held in France be­tween 1984 and 2009, but has not been run in re­cent years, largely due to prob­lems find­ing spon­sors.

Ms Har­man said the suc­cess of Bri­tain’s women cy­clists in last year’s Lon­don Olympics made it an ideal time to stage a fe­male race along­side the open­ing stages of the 101st Tour.

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