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Old 02-04-14, 09:52 AM   #26
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I look forward to watching it. It would make for quite the atmosphere on the Champs-Elysees with having two races.

I'm interested to see how the Tour progresses over the next decade. I heard a rumor it might be slashed down to two weeks due to the long pro season. I could see the Tour getting cut down to two weeks, and then hand the women's side of the pro peloton that week holding a Tour for men and women again.
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I love the idea of a women's TdF!!!! I hope Emilia will be racing, she's just too cute!!!

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How much did they lose versus how much they made on the men's tour? How much extra would it cost to start the girls 30 minutes after the boys.

I like visiting France a lot but it's still a sexist society.
I'm all for womens racing, but really... Do you want to see podium guys?
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I would very much like this. I like cycling and I like girls. I find men in spandex somewhat of an awkward thing, women on the other hand ! I am sure it is just as good as the racing among men.
This sums it up very nicely
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While this obviously not a women's stage race, if promoted and televised correctly it has the potential of being the mostly highly watched women's bike race ever. And hopefully some of those people watching it will go, "Dang, that was exciting to watch!" after which sponsors go, "Hmmm, maybe there is some money in this." At least that would be my hope.

When I go to CX or mountain bike races, the top women's heats are just as exciting as the men's. Good, strong & talented athletes busting their butts to beat their competitors makes for a good afternoon of spectating - gender has nothing to do with it. This is why the prize money in women's tennis is often on par with the men's money. The women playing are so flippin' good these days that it makes for good watching.
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Women's Race at TDF

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tour_de_France.

Why do you think a women's crit at the TDF is going to create this swell of interest on women's racing when 20 years of the Tour Feminin didn't
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I wonder if doping is a problem in female cycling as well.
Doping is a problem in professional sport, period. There is too much at stake for it not to be. Thread drift, I realize, but seriously, cycling is being punished for being too transparent - off the top of my head pro baseball and pro football (both kinds) are full of dopers, but the approach of the powers-that-be in those sports has largely been to keep the problem hidden.

And sadly, the message most people will take home is that cycling has dopers, not that cycling does less to hide its' dopers.
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Since there will be minimal incremental expense to hold this race, and it will have heavy TV coverage plus a big crowd of spectators, it seems like a safe thing for ASO to do. Hopefully it will be a stepping stone to more.
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It's a fairly common startegy for bike race promoters. Have a finishing circuit downtown. It's already going to be blocked off for the end of the men's stage. have a women's crit there during the early part of the men's stage It entertains the crowds waiting for the race, and hopefully draws more spectators.

A number of races in the U.S. have done this. The Tour doesn't need to boost crowds in Paris, but it's a nice addition.

I doubt you'll see substantial TV coverage of it though, because it will be going on during the final stage. If they run before the start of the stage, I don't think many Americans are getting up early to watch that live on Sunday morning.

My bet is NBCSports will put some out takes of the women's race in their coverage of the men's stage, but won't actually cover the women's race.

It will likely be a bigger deal for spectators in person in Paris.
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Who stands next to the podium on stage, and kisses the Women's race winner ..

on both cheeks (of their face), at the same time, for the cameras? ..
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Yeah, but what next? Women's basketball?...
Google up the "Legends Football League", formally know as Lingerie Football.
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Anyways, it was supposed to be funny remark since girls can be so catty that they make guys look harmless.
Ha I guess you've never been on a men's bike race team!
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I, too like the idea; I'll definitely watch. Tour of CA has dabbled in women's events - a time trial one year, crit another - each event coinciding with the men's tour for that day.
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Doping is a problem in professional sport, period. There is too much at stake for it not to be. Thread drift, I realize, but seriously, cycling is being punished for being too transparent - off the top of my head pro baseball and pro football (both kinds) are full of dopers, but the approach of the powers-that-be in those sports has largely been to keep the problem hidden.

And sadly, the message most people will take home is that cycling has dopers, not that cycling does less to hide its' dopers.
By both kinds I take it you mean Gridiron and Soccer. Let's not forget Rugby (Union and League) Gallic Football and Australian rules!

Honestly I think cycling has found the unhappy medium. Transparent, sort of, so riders get caught and get bad press.

Rugby Union has instead been stringent and has fewer issues.

remember some of the post dated doctors notes in cycling? Let me give an example of what happened in Rugby. A player who had asthma had a medical waiver to take a medication that could be a masking agent. Had it for a couple of years and then one year he messed up his paperwork at the start of the season. He then tested positive, he got a 2-3 month suspension. If this was cycling it would have been one more instance it being ignored because he had a doctors note. Not in Rugby, the decision on appeal is that the suspension would stand, but that because the paper trail made it obvious it was only a paperwork failure that would be noted in his file and it would not count against him in any future incidents.

See the difference?
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Pretty ignorant about rugby, but if that is true, I agree.
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I don't see a cyclist getting away with this one...
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/rug...g-scandal.html
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I don't see a cyclist getting away with this one...
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/rug...g-scandal.html
Obviously you do not follow cycling and also did not read the article you posted.

In cycling this would have been completely dismissed. As it was even thought they were found to not be at fault in any way they still received an official reprimand.
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