The Tour de France is the oldest and most prestigious professional cycling race in the world. Sadly, however, it still shuns pro-cyclists who also happen to be women.
For the fourth year running, 13 female cyclists rode the entire Tour de France route one day ahead of the men. Meet Donnons Des Elles au Vélo J-1. In English, Give Them The Bike. The aim of this challenging race is to give female cyclists a presence, break the stereotypes and encourage gender equality in sport.
On July 6th - July 28th 2018 the female cycling team competed across all 21 stages of the 2018 Tour de France and covered a total distance of 3,351 kilometres.
Unlike a traditional race though, there was no ultimate winner. The 13 women of the J-1 team all finished together in unison. A gesture of the equality being sought.
The message is clear: Gender discrimination has no place on The Tour.