UCI President: ‘The women’s peloton at the highest level is not yet big enough’

The rapid expansion of the women’s top-tier race calendar may soon be slow, with UCI President David Lappartient warning that as things currently stand the organization is not far off needing to say no to organizers that want to run a Women’s WorldTour event.

“We are now almost at the maximum of the number of competition days that we can still add to the calendar,” Lappartient told Dutch website Wielerflits. “In recent years, many new, good competitions have been added, such as the Tour de France Femmes this year. You can now see that more and more organizers are being encouraged by the local authorities to also organize a women’s competition. Of course this is nice, but the question is whether there are enough riders for all those new races. ”

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