End Gender Discrimination in Tour de France


Target: Christian Prudhomme, Director of Tour de France

Goal: Give female professional cyclist teams equal opportunities

There has been a century of all-male biking in the Tour de France race and not one more year can go without consideration of females. Female cyclists are not provided with as many opportunities as male cyclists are; this results in many negative outcomes for female cyclists. Christian Prudhomme needs to allow female cyclists to race in Tour de France and set notice that there is much room for the women on the road.

Women’s sports face challenges of not being as popular as male sports; they are not as publicized, nor are they with the same amount of sponsorship. Women’s cycling wreaks of these same offenses and Tour de France is a part of the reason for this. Though there was a separate Tour Feminin in the 1980s, it is still an act of discrimination to have an event as popular and motivating as Tour de France consist of only male competitors. If Tour de France allowed female cyclists into the race it could easily set standards for other important races and open the eyes of the public to how exciting women’s racing is as well.

Problems such as having only an all-male race are the cause of myths about women’s sports and female competitors. There are thoughts that women are weaker, not as motivated or grueling in their competitions as men are, but to the contrary women are every bit as invested and dedicated to competing and winning as their male counterparts. Women deserve a chance at racing in Tour de France to prove themselves.

By signing this petition you are encouraging Christian Prudhomme to include female cyclists in Tour de France of 2014.


Dear Christian Prudhomme,

For a century Tour de France has been composed of nothing but male cyclists and I believe that 2014 should be different. I am suggesting the inclusion of female cyclists into Tour de France in 2014. Not including women is only a barrier that is limiting Tour de France from reaching its peak of excitement and prosperity and it needs to be overcome.

I am of strong belief that female cyclists are every bit as determined and hard working as male cyclists are. There have been proven occasions to defend my claim, such as Tour de Feminin which occurred during the 1980s. If Tour de France were to include female cyclists it could only add to the current excitement of the race by bringing more competition, more hard work.

If there is no proven or justifiable reason to keep women out of Tour de France then I believe it is time to include them. Cycling was made for men and women and both have displayed a passion for the sport. Allow women into the 2014 Tour de France and hold a race void of discrimination.


[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. I am all for women competing in any activity, be it sports or work related. But it must be done from the point of view of a completely level playing field, with no concessions and handicaps being made for the women competitors.
    Give them exactly the same access to professional coaching, training facilities and equipment that the men have. There must be no staggered starts with the female competitors beginning each race ahead of the men.
    If a female believes she is able to race or do any other activity against men let her try.

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