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Goddess Worship: Warner Bros. Discovery Sports Brings Together Key Female Experts to Discuss Inaugural Tour de France Femmes

26/07/2022

Goddess worship: Warner Bros. Discovery Sports brings together its key female experts to discuss the inaugural Tour de France Femmes By Heather McLean, Editor

Friday, July 22, 2022 - 14:03

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Warner Bros. Discovery Sports is set to bring viewers all the action from the Tour de France Femmes inaugural race. The race begins on the 24 July, the day that the men's Tour de France ends. Pictured, some of the Tour de France presentation team in the Cube

Warner Bros. Discovery Sports is set to showcase the inaugural Tour de France Femmes from the launch of the race on Sunday 24 July. This exciting new event is getting the full Warner Bros. Discovery Sports treatment, with live coverage, the Cube, highlights and wrap around content, and the best pundits, reporters and commentators in the cycling business bringing every moment of the eight day long event to viewers.

We finally get to hero worship the goddesses; it's what we've wanted to do for a long time

It recently held a roundtable with experts Orla Chennaoui, Warner Bros. Discovery Sports cycling presenter who will be fronting the coverage from the Cube, Iris Slappendel, Warner Bros. Discovery Sports cycling expert who is set to be reporting from a camera-covered motorbike in the thick of the peloton, Laura Meseguer, Warner Bros. Discovery Sports cycling reporter who will be on the ground over each stage, and Jose Been, cycling commentator for Eurosport and GCN+.

Great expectations

The group discussed the women's Tour and their expectations of what viewers will get out of this exciting new event. Been said it is going to be an action packed event with the best female cyclists all hitting the road: There's not one superstar that stays at home, she said. This is the best of the best of women's cycling and there will be a story to tell every day. Not only of the story of the women, but also the story of who was in the breakaway, and now we have the podium to tell all of these stories.

She goes on: I've been saying for ten years when I started in cycling, when we get the chance to tell the story of the women in the peloton, we can give people the chance to become fans of them. Now we have the podium to show them and people will become fans of the characters in the women's peloton; it's going to be so, so exciting.

Chennaoui added: No disrespect to the guys at all, but I think the stories in women's cycling are so much more colourful and textured. There is just more depth to them because a lot of women have had to live separate lives as well as on the bike, which makes you identify with the riders even as you worship their greatness.

But [still] I have things said to me like, you do know a lot about cycling . for a woman . Do you want to give me a compliment or do you want to insult me?

Slappendel said: As a rider, it's nice to know your achievements are visible. It's not just finding your result online or it's not just about the top three in a race, it's about the breakaways, the earlier moments, all the incredible riders that are at the start line on Sunday. They will all make their mark on this race and be visible.

It's really important that we can watch this live and that there are experts in every country to report on the race, continued Slappendel. As a rider, that is the coolest thing about this, that it is being shown all around. I think it's really important. You see that not just at this specific race, but at all of the races because you can see the careers of the riders. They can really show themselves and that will have an impact on their careers.

Chennaoui added: I think we're also aware of the importance of this place in sporting history not just cycling history and that brings quite a responsibility on all of our shoulders to get this right. And responsibility of ASO - the race organisers - they've got to put on a display that is worthy of the female peloton. We want to make sure that everybody is doing justice really.

I'm so excited at the use of the Cube, which we've been doing for the men's race, and giving the parity of platform to women's racing. That's where we've been trying to get to. We had the women's Paris-Roubaix and I was in tears, it felt like we were getting somewhere. It was that issue of visibility and having women visible across all platforms of this sport, continued Chennaoui.

Concluded Chennaoui: We finally get to hero worship the goddesses; it's what we've wanted to do for a long time.

Experts Orla Chennaoui, Warner Bros. Discovery Sports cycling presenter who will be fronting the coverage from the Cube, Iris Slappendel, Warner Bros. Discovery Sports cycling expert who is set to be reporting from a camera-covered motorbike in the thick of the peloton, Jose Been, cycling commentator for Eurosport and GCN+, and Laura Meseguer, Warner Bros. Discovery Sports cycling reporter who will be on the ground over each stage

Hard times

Previously commentator Been, despite her vast experience in the world of cycling, has had a difficult time with online trolls. She explained: I've done three Tour de France's and three Vuelta's for Eurosport Netherlands. I was actually the first lead commentator for Eurosport on the Tour de France. [Yet] the amount of garbage I've had [on social media] while working for the Dutch Eurosport in Flanders in the Netherlands, it has been absolutely staggering.

The things that people write to you just for the sole fact that you have the guts or the audaciousness to be a woman and to be involved in their' sport, because that is what they make clear to us. How do you dare to enter our little boys club of cycling?, Been continued. I got things about my voice, I got things that I talked too little, too much, too much
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