One day ahead: Donnons des Elles au Velo J-1 and the Tour de France

One day ahead: Donnons des Elles au Velo J-1 and the Tour de France


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Donnons des Elles au Velo in Paris (Image credit: Marie Istil)
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Donnons des Elles au Velo J-1 ride every stage, one day ahead, of the Tour de France (Image credit: Marie Istil)
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Donnons des Elles au Velo J-1 ride every stage, one day ahead, of the Tour de France (Image credit: Marie Istil)
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Donnons des Elles au Velo J-1 ride every stage, one day ahead, of the Tour de France (Image credit: Marie Istil)
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Donnons des Elles au Velo J-1 ride every stage, one day ahead, of the Tour de France (Image credit: Marie Istil)
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Donnons des Elles au Velo J-1 ride every stage, one day ahead, of the Tour de France (Image credit: Marie Istil)
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Donnons des Elles au Velo J-1 ride every stage, one day ahead, of the Tour de France (Image credit: Marie Istil)
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Donnons des Elles au Velo J-1 ride every stage, one day ahead, of the Tour de France (Image credit: Marie Istil)
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Donnons des Elles au Velo J-1 ride every stage, one day ahead, of the Tour de France (Image credit: Marie Istil)
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Donnons des Elles au Velo J-1 ride every stage, one day ahead, of the Tour de France (Image credit: Marie Istil)

The Donnons des Elles au Velo, a game-changing French cycling club, has an initiative J-1 or Journée -1 to signify riding one day ahead of the men’s peloton during the three-week Tour de France.  It was founded in 2015 with the aim of highlighting gender inequality in cycling — and specifically the lack of a Tour de France for women. Since then, a group of riders from the club have set out each year to ride every kilometre of the men’s race one day ahead of the peloton.

The J-1 riders will be, once again, traversing the 21 stages of the Tour de France that starts in Brest on June 26 on the same day as the Women’s WorldTour La Course.  However, with a Tour de France Femmes on the horizon for July 24-31 in 2022, the focus has shifted. 





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