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Are there any female riders in the Tour de France? If not, why not?

Women have their own Tour de France. It struggles for survival and receives minimal exposure, but the 20-year-old Women's Tour de France keeps rolling along. The women ride the same big mountains in France, suffer in the same heat and descend at breathtaking speeds, although they ride a much shorter route.

Incidentally, because it conflicts with next month's Olympics, the Women's Tour de France won't be held this year.

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