Harman call for a women’s Tour
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.