The 13 Female Cyclists Who Completed The Tour De France
But there wasn't prize money or a yellow jersey waiting for them when they arrived at the Champ-Elysees.
They rode all 3,351 kilometres of the Tour de France, but when a group of 13 women arrived at the Champ-Elysees on Saturday there was no champagne or yellow jersey waiting for them.
The 13 amateur female cyclists instead hope for recognition, respect and the restatement of the Tour de France Feminin -- the female Tour de France. The all-girls race ran alongside the men's race between 1984 and 1989, but it is no more.
Tetiana Kalachova and her team mates rose early to compete in the three-week event, just like the male riders, but they did it the day before.
"We want a women's stage race with the same media coverage and the same attention as men have," Tetiana Kalachova told The Associated Press.
"Not necessarily the same roads and not necessarily the same quantity of dates, but with the same appreciation."
There are many differences between the official men's race and the women's unofficial one. For starters, the women have to compete with the traffic as they navigate the steep inclines of the French alps and harsh cobblestones in Roubaix, where the men have roads blocked off for them to pass.
"We respect the traffic signs. We stop at red lights. We respect the rules," Kalachova said.
"We are trying to prove that women, even amateurs, totally clean --no doping, no special assistance -- are able for this kind of effort."
The 13 women also want to highlight the inequality that exists within cycling. They are calling for a stage race of some description that would be just as important as the Tour de France, but for women.
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