The rise of women’s cycling: “We will reach 21 stages”

In this 2023, the women’s Tour de France will consist of eight stages, the Giro (which from 2024 will also be under the official name) will have ten and the Vuelta a España will have seven. Yesterday, in Torrevieja, the most illustrious cyclist of hers could not be missing: Sandra Alonso (24 years old) from Alicante. In the ranks of the German Ceratizit, she is one of the present and future Spanish runners, and she shows her ambition: “It is an advance to be separated from the men’s and to have our own stage. I hope we continue to grow. I don’t know if in five years, ten or whenever, but we will reach 21 stages and run three weeks in the future. Women’s cycling is booming and we will achieve it”.

“It is a beautiful and total Tour, because it will go from south to north and it will have everything: flat days, team time trials, mountains…”, adds Alonso, who notes the rapid expansion of his sport today: “Now I a lot of messages from acquaintances arrive about how colorful women’s cycling is. I would say that he is crazy, aggressive, uncontrollable… and that makes the viewer very hooked”. He made his debut in 2022 in Paris-Roubaix with a creditable tenth place and this campaign will return to the pavés. “It’s one of my goals this year,” concluded the ‘hostess’, whose presence in La Vuelta 2023 is in serious doubt because his team may not go to the Spanish round.

Two Movistar riders (defending the title with Van Vleuten), such as the Serbian Jelena Eric and the Colombian Paula Patiño (both residents of Alicante) they did not miss the opportunity to witness in situ, in Torrevieja, the revelation of the 2023 route. “La Vuelta continues to grow every year and we did expect a route this hard, really,” admitted Eric, a vision similar to that of his compañero Patino: “It is a very open route, we will not know what will happen until the last stage, which will make it much more exciting and have a great show.”

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