ASO (Amaury Sports Organization): Allow female professional cycling teams to race the Tour de France
  • Petitioned Christian Prudhomme

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Director of Tour de France
Christian Prudhomme

ASO (Amaury Sports Organization): Allow female professional cycling teams to race the Tour de France

    1. Kathryn Bertine
    2. Petition by

      Kathryn Bertine

      Tucson, United States

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February 2014

Victory

We're happy to announce that La Course by Le Tour de France will take place in 2014! While this is not a full three week race, it is a huge step forward. We now have the opportunity to showcase our talents to the world and grow the sport. Thank you to more than 97,000 people who signed our petition on Change.org. We look forward to your continued support for women's cycling and thank you for your commitment to equality.

For 100 years, the Tour de France has been the pinnacle endurance sports event of the world, watched by and inspiring millions of people. And for 100 years, it has been an exclusively male race (there was a separate Tour Feminin in the 1980s, but it lacked parity, media coverage, and sponsorship). After a century, it is about time women are allowed to race the Tour de France, too. While many women's sports face battles of inequity, road cycling remains one of the worst offenders: fewer race opportunities, no televised coverage, shorter distances, and therefore salary and prize money inequity. We seek not to race against the men, but to have our own professional field running in conjunction with the men's event, at the same time, over the same distances, on the same days, with modifications in start/finish times so neither gender's race interferes with the other.

The women's road race at the London Olympics was a showcase for how impressive, exciting, and entertaining women's cycling can be. The Tour of Flanders and Flèche Wallonne hold similar top ranked men's and women's races on the same day, with great success. Having a women's pro field at the Tour de France will also create an equal opportunity to debunk the myths of physical "limitations" placed upon female athletes. In the late 1960s people assumed that women couldn't run the marathon. 30 years on we can look back and see how erroneous this was. Hopefully 30 years from now, we will see 2014 as the year that opened people's eyes to true equality in the sport of cycling.

If you'd like to see more women's road racing on television and from the roadside, please sign this petition to call for road cycling to take a major step in the right direction. Help us break down the barriers that unjustly keep female athletes from the same opportunities as men. 

Please sign this petition to show you agree that:

-- Women should have the opportunity to compete at the same cycling events as men.
-- Women should be on the starting line of the 101st Tour de France in 2014.

Thank you for your support,

Emma Pooley, GBR Olympian & World Champion Cyclist
Kathryn Bertine, SKN National Champion Cyclist and Filmmaker
Marianne Vos, NED World and Olympic Champion Cyclist
Chrissie Wellington, GBR World Ironman Triathlon Champion

 

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Petition in French

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Support us on July 27

      Kathryn Bertine
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Friends and Petitioner-signers of the Tour de France,

      As you know, we have achieved an historic victory in creating a women's race at the Tour de France this year. La Course by Tour de France will air live from the streets of Paris on Sunday, July 27th. If all 98,000 of you tune in, the tv and web ratings will help secure the future of our sport! Please know that your viewership counts as a vote for progress, just as your signature did. Let's make women's pro cycling shine this Sunday!

      For TV broadcast listings abroad: http://www.letour.fr/la-course-by-le-tour-de-france/

      For TV Broadcast listings in the United States at 7:30am ET: http://bit.ly/FindUSN

      For all web info: http://bit.ly/LaCourse14 @LaCoursebyTdF @LeTourEntier

      Also, we are thrilled to announce all four of us of Le Tour Entier will be participating in the race as either athletes or ambassadors. Emma Pooley (Lotto Belisol), Marianne Vos (Rabobank-Liv) & I (Kathryn Bertine, Wiggle Honda) will be racing, and Chrissie Wellington will be the ambassador for our big day.

      Thank you for making this dream a reality, it was your voices and Change.org that made the difference.

      Kind regards,
      Kathryn Bertine

      Follow us on Twitter! @LeTourEntier @kathrynbertine @pooleyemma @chrissiesmiles @marianne_vos

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    2. Reached 75,000 signatures
    3. 50K and counting!

      Kathryn Bertine
      Petition Organizer

      We've hit 50,000 signatures in less than a week. Let's get 101,000...in a statement that the 101st Tour de France should let the women's peloton race!

    4. Reached 40,000 signatures
    5. 10K and counting in less than 48 hours!

      Kathryn Bertine
      Petition Organizer

      Great comments, everyone. Keep them coming! Thanks for all you're doing to help make this happen.

    6. Reached 10,000 signatures
    7. 3K signatures in first 12 hours!

      Kathryn Bertine
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you, world. You are sending a message and making a difference. Keep it coming. Share, Tweet and talk about this change and it will happen. It WILL happen.

    8. Reached 3,000 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Phil Rankin WITNEY, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 8 months ago

      Cycling is seen as a progressive, forward thinking sport. How can elite events like the Grand Tours, of which the Tour de France is the most prestigious, not consider holding a women's event over the same course at the same time? I would watch it.

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    • Stephanie Block PFLUGERVILLE, TX
      • 8 months ago

      Female triathlete :) we NEED women cyclists!

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    • Gabriel Romeu CHESTERFIELD, NJ
      • 8 months ago

      equal rights

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    • Peter Koskinen TUMACACORI, AZ
      • 8 months ago

      Because Womens racing is great to watch and support

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    • Cian Hogan TRALEE, IRELAND
      • 8 months ago

      Because women are more than capable.

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