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A lawyer for the defendant declined to comment on the trial.

The Tour de France withdrew its own lawsuit in July, saying that although race safety was key, the case had been blown out of proportion after it triggered a media frenzy.

Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme unveils the 2022 route.

Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme unveils the 2022 route.Credit:AP

The Tour de France organizers also announced on Thursday the route for the 2022 edition of the race, which starts with a 13 km individual time trial in Copenhagen, before the second stage takes the peloton over 18 km Storebæltsbro between the Danish islands of Zealand and Funen.

The women’s ride will be revived next year, and Christian Prudhomme, cycling director of the Amaury Sport Organization (ASO), said he hoped the race would survive him.

The Women’s Tour had not been held since 1989 and starts this year from Paris and ends eight days later on top of the Super Planche des Belles Filles climb at the end of an eight-storey tour through eastern France.

“It’s a balanced route that will suit several types of riders,” said race director Marion Rousse.

Prudhomme, who is the tour director for men, said the biggest challenge was to make the race an economically sustainable event.

“If it had been (sustainable), the women’s tour would have been held for 40 years,” he told reporters Thursday ahead of a 2022 tour presentation ceremony for men and women.

“The biggest challenge is to broadcast the race. I think we did a good job when the race started the same day as the men’s race ends in Paris, “said Prudhomme, adding that the event would be broadcast in 170 countries.

The men’s race is broadcast in about 190 countries.

While more than 300 cities apply and pay to host a stage of the men’s race each year, Prudhomme himself had to turn to candidates for the women’s race.

“But they all pay an entrance fee, and to give you an element of comparison, it’s more than for (the week-long men’s stage race) Paris-Nice and the Criterium du Dauphine,” he added.

Road cyclist Amanda Spratt could be an Australian participant in the Women's Tour.

Road cyclist Amanda Spratt could be an Australian participant in the Women’s Tour.Credit:Veil

“The goal is to organize a race that will remain that will still exist in 100 years, as I can see when I am old and use a walker,” said the 60-year-old Prudhomme.

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The 2022 women’s tour runs from July 24 to 31 and starts two weeks after the end of the longest women’s race on the calendar, the Giro Donne (July 1-10). Possible Australian female candidates could include Amanda Spratt, who is currently out of action after leg surgery, and Sarah Roy.

Double Tour champion Tadej Pogacar from Slovenia, who is defending his men’s title, is very interested in the event.

“Probably when I finish my Tour, I’ll take in a RV to see the Ladies’ Tour,” he said. “It’s a historic moment for cycling, it’s going to be a great event.”

“It is a big step to have this race. It is a dream come true, ”added French champion Evita Muzic.

“When I was young, I wanted to see the boys ride on the Tour, and now it’s going to be little girls watching girls participate in the Tour.”

Reuters

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