During his visit to Australia, Christian Prudhomme, the director of the Tour de France was invited by the national radio station SBS to participate in a podcast in order to discuss future competitions.
The next edition of the Tour de France, which will occur in July 2023, will mark the 120th anniversary of the historic competition that has existed since 1903. It will start in the Basque region with hard stages, because of its proximity to the Pyrénées, drawing mountainous landscapes. The Tour de France was eagerly awaited by those cycling lovers who have not welcomed it since 1992. The start will therefore be difficult for the riders who will face the succession of passes and climbs composing the regional geography.
A visit to the Spanish part of the Basque region, especially in Bilbao with its Guggenheim museum but also in the infamous city of Guernica, will highlight some cultural and historical elements of Spain, France’s partner in many sectors.
Thus, Christian Prudhomme was able to reiterate the importance of the cycling competition in France, but also internationally, highlighting in particular its prestige in Australia since 1981, when the Australian cyclist Phil Anderson was the first non-European to win the yellow jersey. The Tour de France is therefore adored and watched on the other side of the world, and partly thanks to its broadcast by radio SBS.
You can now listen to the full podcast here.
Christian Prudhomme also visited the Honorary Consul of France in Melbourne, Myriam Boisbouvier-Wylie, during a dinner in his honor.