With the last stage of the Tour de France upon us, it is now time for the best female cyclists in the world to show what they’re made of.
La Course offers a women’s field a high-speed circuit race around the Champs-Elysees in Paris, just ahead of the final day of the Tour de France,
La Course which, was last won by Olympic champion Marianne Vos in a sprint finish, saw impressive crowds line the streets and was broadcast in more than 100 countries.
It’s the third edition of the race with a 21-team line-up for the event that included defending champion Anna van der Breggen’s team Rabo-Liv and world champion Lizzie Armitstead’s.
Chloe Hosking (Wiggle-High5) won La Course by Le Tour de France, taking the sprint of a reduced field.
The finale was marked by a series of crashes on the cobblestones. Second place went to Lotta Lepistö (Cervelo-Bigla), with Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv) in third.
However what is happening to the once vibrant and popular women’s chain of cycling?
Tour de France organisers hope that their ultimate aim is for a women’s Tour de France to take place on an equal footing with the men’s race.
Issues such as media attraction and having to compete with men’s cyclung, have continuously affected women’s road cycling as a whole, but why is women’s cycling not as popular as men’s cycling? And is anyone actually able to justify an answer…