The eagerly-anticipated route for the Women’s Tour de France has been announced, the landmark event starting the same day the men’s Tour finishes in Paris next year.
The race covers 1,029 kilometres over 8 stages and starts with an 82km loop around Paris. It begins at the Eiffel Tower and finishes on Champs Elysées where the inaugural yellow jersey will be presented.
Race Director Marion Rousse said the riders of the first Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift will write their own history.
“This new race will thrive on its own and will maintain the intense focus that the Tour always receives through the course of another week of intense battle,” she said.
“It’s designed to hold a permanent place on the racing calendar, to produce and perpetuate exploits and deep emotions of its own, this new summer event will receive undivided attention as well as support from the Tour’s major and historic partners.”
“The champions will also feel the same way, knowing that this race will become the highlight of their season. And for one hundred seasons to come.”
Rousse said the intention was to open up a new era in universality.
“An era that will extend and enrich the legend… of the Tours,” she added.
Stage 1: Eiffel Tower – Champs Elysees, 82km
Stage 2: Meaux – Provins, 135km
Stage 3: Reims – Epernay, 133km
Stage 4: Troyes – Bar-sur-Aube, 126km
Stage 5: Bar-le-Duc – Saint-die-des-Vosges, 175km
Stage 6: Saint-die-des-Vosges – Rosheim, 128km
Stage 7: Selestat – Le Markstein, 127km
Stage 8: Lure – La Super Planche des Belles Filles, 123km
Men’s Tour de France
Full details of the 2022 Tour De France have been revealed, with the 109th edition of the race starting in Denmark.
First up is a 13km Individual Time Trial on Friday 1 July, prior to two sprint stages before the event returns to French soil.
Highlights include a Paris-Roubaix style cobbled stage and mountain finish at the legendary La Planche des Belles Filles in the first week of racing. There are summit finishes at Alpe d’Huez, Peyragudes, Hautacam and the Col du Granon also features in ‘the race of the year.’
Of the 21 stages six are flat and seven are hilly. There are six mountain stages with five summit finishes – La super Planche des Belles Filles, Col du Granon, Alpe d’Huez, Peyragudes, Hautacam.
There will be two individual time trials, two rest days and one transfer day. The 2022 Tour will start on 1st July, on a Friday and not on a Saturday as usual. This is to allow for the transfer to France following the three stages in Denmark.
Cobbles are back after a four-year absence. Stage five from Lille Métropole to Arenberg Porte du Hainaut will feature 19.4km of cobbles, split across 11 sectors, ranging in length from 1.3 to 2.8km.
The Vosges, Alps, Massif Central and Pyrenees are the four mountain massifs that will feature in this 109th edition, appearing in that order. There’s one climb, the Col de Spandelles (1,378m) in the department of Hautes-Pyrénées.
53km is the combined distance of the two individual time trials in the 2022 Tour – 13km over the opening stage in the centre of the Danish capital, and 40km on the penultimate stage between Lacapelle-Marival and Rocamadour.
The first, second and third riders across the line on each stage will score a time bonus of 10, 6 and 4 seconds, respectively.
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