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On the podium in Paris on July 22, 1984, Marianne Martin is joined by Laurent Fignon, another Tour de France champion. For her victory, Martin won about $1,000; Fignon received more than $100,000.
via Getty Images, AFP/AFP Anyone pondering the significance of women having their own Tour de France should take into account the following: The 1984 race winner, Marianne Martin, claims this year’s competition inspired her to go racing again after a long absence.
“I won’t feel this way if I watch the men’s race. However, I miss the women’s race so much when I watch it “Martin spoke to NPR. “And up until the moment I’m saying this, I hadn’t even considered it. But the main benefit of having a women’s Tour is that it gives other women the opportunity to witness women competing and to picture themselves doing it.”
SPORTS The Tour de France Fminin, the first women’s edition of the storied race from its longtime organizers, was unexpectedly won by Colorado resident Martin (a 1955 event was set up by a journalist).
The treatment of women both on and off the course had a gap. In comparison to the male racers, Martin and her fellow riders in 1984 had a totally different experience. Martin’s response when asked to characterize the gap was, “It was big.”
Her male counterpart Laurent Fignon, who won more than $100,000, and she both stood on the podium. Although Martin received about $1,000, both cyclists who finished in yellow were the overall winners.
The women’s race in 1984 comprised 18 stages totaling around 1,000 kilometers, or about one-fourth of the distance traveled by the men. The women competed on the same days as the men, and Martin said it was “really cool” since “the spectators were already there and it was just wonderful” that they rode the final 60 kilometers of the same course ahead of the men.
The agreement mandated that the ladies complete the Tour’s renowned, arduous climbs and summit finishes in the Alps and Pyrenees highlands.
Martin remarked, “The French didn’t think we’d finish the race. Additionally, the male bikers ate better meals and stayed in better lodgings.
But, Martin said, “here’s the thing.” “It didn’t disturb me at all because I didn’t have any different expectations. It doesn’t matter to me if they are staying in a luxurious location. I simply want to be racing in France.”
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Paula Andrea Patino of Colombia, a Movistar cyclist, competes in the seventh stage of the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift while spectators line the roadside.
AFP via Getty Images, Jeff Pachoud She said, pointing out the female athletes’ push for fair wages and prizes in cycling and other sports, “There’s a different sense about that now.”
Around $250,000 in prizes were available for this year’s Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift , including $50,000 for the winner, Annemiek van Vleuten of the Netherlands.
Martin barely made the Tour de France team. Martin confessed, “I didn’t practice for the race.
Due to health issues, she wasn’t chosen for the U.S. Team for the 1984 Tour de France for women, which pitted national teams against one another.
“I was unable to ride, thus I was cut from the team. But there was still one opening “said Martin.
When Martin performed well in a race against national riders in Colorado, she realized her body was recovering. She was driven to the Olympic training facility by her friend and fellow cyclist Steve Tilford, where they begged national team coach Edward Borysewicz to give her a seat.
Martin was competing at the same time to make the American cycling squad for the Olympics. When she was given the go-ahead to ride in the Tour, however, the plan was altered.
She claimed, “I actually competed in three of the four races at the Olympic trials and immediately took a flight to France.
She remarked, “I was eagerly looking forward to the Olympics, but even if I hadn’t made the team, I still would have traveled to France. “It’s like an entire month as opposed to a single day, and it’s in France. The Tour de France is simply the best thing I can think of, you know.”
WHAT MARTIN DID TO GET PREPARED FOR THE RACE? Martin claimed that if she had more time to train for the most prestigious cycling race in the world, she would have attempted to do more back-to-back cycles. However, as evidenced by the more than 3-minute victory gap, her preparation was strong.
Martin added, “My belief about training, and I have strong opinions about this, is that there should be a clear purpose for every time you get on the bike.
“I pedaled quite hard every time I went out on the bike. I then took it very gently. I occasionally needed two days of rest to fully recuperate. And I wouldn’t ride my bike hard until I had fully recovered. And I never, ever rode my bike in the medium gear. I just approached it in a very scientific manner.”
She claims that in just one month, the strategy increased the intensity and degree of her fitness.
“To race hard, you must train hard. I believe few people now practice that, “added Martin.
Her tactics enabled her to control the Tour de France over the challenging climbing stages, earning her the titles of “queen of the mountains” and “icon of the yellow jersey.”
HOW CAN WOMEN’S CYCLING CONTINUE TO GAIN STRENGTH? “Whatever transpires must benefit the sponsor. The bottom line is that. And I believe that occasionally cyclists forget that “said Martin.
Marianne Vos of Team Jumbo Visma won the green jersey for the best sprinter after eight days of competition. Annemiek van Vleuten of Movistar Team won the yellow jersey for the overall leader. Shirin van Anrooij of Trek-Segafredo won the white jersey for the best young rider. Demi Vollering of Team SD Worx won the polka-dot jersey for the best climber. AFP via Getty Images, Jeff Pachoud remove caption
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Marianne Vos of Team Jumbo Visma won the green jersey for the best sprinter after eight days of competition. Annemiek van Vleuten of Movistar Team won the yellow jersey for the overall leader. Shirin van Anrooij of Trek-Segafredo won the white jersey for the best young rider. Demi Vollering of Team SD Worx won the polka-dot jersey for the best climber.
AFP via Getty Images, Jeff Pachoud Instead of a sponsor’s logo, the women on Martin’s team wore red, white, and blue jerseys that said “tats-Unis,” or “United States.” In contrast to the current corporate adoration of sports, they weren’t advocating anything. The current women’s event, on the other hand, is known as the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift because the video game firm is funding it.
After female cyclists in previous years proved their case in part by riding the men’s route, women reclaimed a portion of cycling’s crown jewel. La Course, a one-day race for women, will be replaced by the eight-stage competition by the Tour organizers.
The best way to express it is how Martin puts it: “The publicity draws more women into the sport; the exposure makes it work for the sponsors; the sponsorship makes it work for the racers; the racers put on a wonderful show and I don’t mean that in a bad way, I mean, it just is a great show.”
Martin claimed that if all of those wheels are turning, “more people become enthusiastic about bicycle racing, and the circle simply continues continuing.”