Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme has been criticised for stating that all of the women’s races organised by the Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) lose money. Prudhomme made the controversial comment in an interview with the Guardian while at the same time confirming that the organisation would launch a return of the women’s Tour de France in 2022.

“In my view, you have to put to one side the idea of parity between men and women. Why? Because there was a reason why [the women’s Tour de France held between 1984-89] only lasted for six years, and that was a lack of economic balance. What we want to do is create a race that will stay the course, that will be set up and stand the test of time. What that means is that the race cannot lose money,” Prudhomme said, while also warning that if the new women’s Tour de France loses ASO money, then it could face another cancellation.

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