Cycling – Tour de France
Tour de France: Marion Rousse gets knocked out
Posted on July 27, 2022 at 4:35 p.m. by Dan Marciano
Legend of women’s cycling and French sport, Jeannie Longo did not hesitate to address a tackle to Marion Rousse, new director of the women’s Tour de France. Holder of ten world championship titles, the former cyclist, now 63, criticizes the manager for too easily forgetting the pioneers of the discipline.
She is one of the pioneers of the discipline. Holder of 34 national titles, 10 world champion titles and an Olympic title in 1996, Jeannie Longo is considered one of the legends of French sport. While the Tour de France féminin was relaunched under the direction of Marion Rousse, the former cyclist, aged 63, was honored on the Champs-Elysees last Sunday, before the start of the first stage. But in an interview with Parisian, longo did not hesitate to tackle the new director of the Tour de France Women with Zwift, who said: When I was a little girl, it was impossible for me to dream one day of participating in the Tour de France, but ladies, this dream is finally possible for you”.
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“It’s not very respectful for those who have already run it”
During this interview, Jeannie Longo blames Marion Rousse to forget the pioneers of the discipline, who had notably disputed the Tour de France feminine between 1984 and 1989.” It must be made clear because I have been hearing for several weeks that this is the first women’s Tour de France, and it is not very respectful for those who have already raced it, for the winners like Marianne Martin, maria Canins or me. We marked cycling and we are a little sad » confided the former cyclist, winner of the Tour de France female three times (1987, 1988, 1989).
“At one point, before going there, I got a little nervous”
To the extent that Jeannie Longo hesitated to go to Paris in order to receive the first yellow jersey. A way for Marion Rousse to salute the extraordinary career of the cyclist. ” HAS a moment, before going there, I got a little nervous. Why go to the Champs-Élysées? If it’s to play the puppet… I was annoyed to hear about the old pros who said that now cycling is something else. We also climbed the Granon, the Izoard, all the mythical passes. Sweeping all that away is as if we didn’t recognize Bernard Hinault or Bernard Thévenet.” told Longo.
Marion Rousse must manage a first controversy
As a reminder, this first edition of the Women’s Tour de France with Swift consists of eight steps. The final step will connect Hard to the Super Board of Beautiful Girls next July 31. A climb crossed by men a few days ago. But since the start of the race, many cyclists have fallen, mainly due to nervousness. “ As the stages unfold, the less nervousness there will be. But we have witnessed falls and unfortunately, it is never pleasant to see “declared Marion Rousse, trying to defuse what looks like a first controversy.