Image Courtesy of Dotsie Bausch
By: Emily Frare
Olympic silver medalist and Universal Sports Network cycling analyst Dotsie Bausch has signed on to call the inaugural La Course, also known as the first women’s Tour de France, airing LIVE on Universal Sports Saturday, July 27 at 7:30am ET.
Bausch will provide commentary and perspective from the women’s professional cycling community on Universal Sports’ broadcast alongside Craig Hummer and Todd “GoGo” Gogulski.
“I am thrilled that Universal Sports Network is going to showcase the intensity, fierce competitiveness and sheer exhilaration of the top women cyclists in the world as they fight for the top prize on the Champs-Élysées,” said Bausch. “I am excited and honored to bring the race to life as we all witness this historic occasion.”
The first-year event in Paris will feature 100 cyclists battling it out over 90-kilometers of 13 laps of the Tour de France’s final circuit in Paris, and will likely end in a sprint finish down the Champs-Élysées. The women’s peloton will be comprised of 20 teams with six riders each competing for a €22,500 individual prize, the same sum awarded to Tour stage winners.
In addition to the elite cyclists, policewomen from the Paris Police Prefecture will be responsible for watching over La Course, which will also have a 100% female jury, and riders who make it onto the podium will receive kisses from podium boys instead of the traditional podium girls.
Bausch is now in her fifteenth year of racing. She has spent 10 years as a member of the U.S. National Team and has won some of the biggest road stages around the world, including stage wins at Tour of Australia, San Dimas, Cascade Cycling Classic, Tour of the Gila, Tour de Toona, Redlands Classic and many more. In 2007, Bausch tried track cycling for the first time and rode on to win two national titles that same year. She is a seven-time U.S. National Champion, a former World Record holder and a two-time Pan American gold medal winner. At the London Olympic Games in 2012, Bausch won a silver medal in the team pursuit event alongside her team mates, bringing home the first track cycling Olympic medal in more than 20 years. She is currently training for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.