Sport Minister calls for a Tour de France race for women

A Tour de France race for women should be introduced, Sport Minister Hugh Robertson has said.

Britain's Chris Froome won the 2013 Tour de France. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

The minister said he would do everything he could to make sure women are included in cycling's elite event after Labour called for a women's race to be included in the 2014 Tour - which will begin in Yorkshire.

During culture, media and sport questions, Mr Robertson said: "The slight complication about the Tour de France is that it's run by a private organisation and not by the international federation.

"Clearly it therefore exists on sponsorship and other things so there are a number of factors to sort out.

"But the central point is absolutely correct. This should be competed for by men and women alike and I will do everything I can to help that."