Road Cycling

A History of Women Cyclists Who’ve Blazed a Trail for the Sport

Women will ride in the Tour de France for the first time this year! Here are the historic female heroes who helped push the sport forward

6. Jeannie Longo

France’s Queen Bee of the road is Jeannie Longo, who starting competing in 1995 and won her last title (French Elite Time Trial Champion) in 2011 at the age of 53.

She’s the longest-racing high profile female competitor in the sport and has nine road world championship titles to her name.

She and her husband ran into trouble over doping accusations in 2011, but she was cleared and is now suing the hell out of the French government for it. Nice.

7. Marianne Vos

Instrumental in the creation of La Course, Marianne Vos will be a top contender for the inaugural title.

This Dutch wonder has done and won bloody everything, with her Wikipedia entry going on for months. Between Olympic medals and world championship titles, she’s owned every road.

She’s also great because her achievements span cyclocross, road racing and track. Genuinely would not be surprised if she reinvented the wheel.

How to spot her when the peloton descends the Champs-Élysées? Fiver says she’s at the front.

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