There will be a women’s Tour de l’Avenir next year

With less than a fortnight before the long-awaited first edition of the Tour de France Women, there is still good news for the growth and development of women’s road cycling: the Tour de l’Avenir is expanding to include a women’s edition from 2023.

Created in 1961, the Tour de l’Avenir is considered the Tour de France U23, the most important stage race for young male riders. Previous winners are Greg LeMond, Miguel Indurain, Nairo Quintana, Egan Bernal and Tadej Pogačar.

In an announcement during the Tour de France rest day in Morzine, the organizers of the Tour de l’Avenir announced a women’s edition of the race, “contested under the same format and open to aspiring cyclists under the age of 23. , in perfect harmony with the general movement initiated this year with the Women’s Tour de France.

Details on the women’s Tour de l’Avenir are scarce at this stage, but we do know that it will be contested over five days (compared to the men’s 10 stages) and will start on the Wednesday after the finish of the men’s race. . .

The men’s race is contested by national teams and although the following remains to be confirmed, the fact that the women’s event “will be contested in the same format” as the men’s suggests that national teams could also tackle the new race.

While men’s road races have a separate U23 category and U23-specific race calendar, women’s races are mostly devoid of such opportunities. As a result, riders are forced to jump straight from the junior ranks to the elite peloton – a significant leap.

While the Women’s Tour de l’Avenir will not solve this systemic problem, it will at least provide an opportunity for U23 women to compete against their peers in an event of significant prestige and difficulty.

The Tour de l’Avenir traditionally takes place from mid to late August.

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