BEDFORDSHIRE’S double Olympic champion cyclist Victoria Pendleton has welcomed the introduction of The Women’s Tour as she believes female road racers have been getting a ‘raw deal’.
The UK’s first international stage race for women gets under way tomorrow and will pass through the county on Thursday as part of the second stage from Hinckley to Bedford.
Although sprint specialist Pendleton would not have competed in a multi-day event such as the Tour, the retired Stotfold ace is glad to see it on the calendar.
“It’s great that there are opportunities for the road women to showcase their skills,” said the nine times world champion.
“There is a massive inequality between events for male and female cyclists, especially on the road.
“For the road the girls get a raw deal, there is probably the biggest gap on the road across the whole sport.
“They are getting the opportunity to race in a high profile event for a change so I’m all for that.”