Chrissie Wellington Pushing For Women’s Tour De France

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  • Published Jul 25, 2013
  • Updated Jul 27, 2013 at 3:11 PM UTC
Chrissie Wellington at the 2011 Ironman World Championship. Photo: Nils Nilsen

Four-time Ironman world champion is part of a group trying to get a women’s Tour de France reinstated.

Ironman legend Chrissie Wellington says the prospect of a women’s Tour de France has made “massive progress” after Tour organizers said they were open to the idea.

The Amaury Sport Organisation has confirmed it will discuss the proposal.

“We’re really excited about that. We are excited about the prospect of feeding into the discussions and the process,” Wellington told BBC Sport.

“That’s a huge step forward and it’s massive progress.”

Labor deputy leader Harriet Harman has written to Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme calling for a women’s race at the event.

The Tour de France Feminin has existed in numerous guises, being held on and off since 1984, with its last appearance coming in 2009.

Four-time Ironman world champion Wellington, from Norfolk, Olympic medal-winning cyclists Emma Pooley and Marianne Vos and cyclist-turned-filmmaker Kathryn Bertine have teamed up to campaign for its return from next year.

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