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What is the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift? – Human Powered Health


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The most anticipated race of 2022

After a long time of waiting, Le Grande Boucle returns for women in 2022 with a Tour de France ‘Maillot Jaune’ (yellow jersey) finally being awarded to a female cyclist. The biggest cycling race in the world, fans of the sport are hoping that the all-new Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift ushers in a new area for female athletes and changes the game forever.  

Here’s our guide on the most anticipated race of the season ahead of Human Powered Health™ lining up on the Champs-Élysées in July.

New Rules


The Tour’s title sponsor Zwift has promised that the race will mark a pivotal moment in the sport and create new rules for a new era of racing. Their campaign includes the slogan and calls to “watch the femmes,” which includes rides on the virtual platform where you will be able to get to know the riders of the pro peloton as well as have the chance to win prizes that include a trip to the race itself. Human Powered Health athletes are involved with these rides and are also counting down the days until the historic Grand Départ. 

Learn more at #NEWRULES

What is the history of the Tour de France Femmes?


Although this is the modern-day iteration of a Tour de France stage race for women, various events have been held across France as an equivalent to the men’s version. 

The five days 1955 Leulliot race, won by British rider Millie Robinson got the wheels rolling but there wasn’t another ‘tour’ until 1984 and the original Tour de France Féminin. Until 1989 the race was held alongside the men’s event and used the finish towns of each stage. There is a proud American history with the race with Michigan’s Marianne Martin winning the first edition with teammate Deborah Shumway in third and then Utah’s Inga Thompson taking third in 1989. 

From 1990 to 1992 it was renamed the Tour of the EEC Women, but the connection to the grand race was stripped with the director citing a lack of interest, limited sponsorship deals and media coverage. For the next 17 years, a French stage race was held but the scope and size of the event gradually dwindled into nothing.


In more modern times, La Course by Le Tour de France, launched in 2014, acted as a precursor to the new event and then in June of last year all Christmases came at once when the Tour de France Femmes was finally announced. ASO have stated that although these other races have come before, the 2022 version will be the “first edition” of a race that they hope will still exist in 100 years.

This shows that today’s crop of riders are both paving the way for future generations and following in the wheel tracks of the pioneers that came before and hopefully no one can use the excuse of lack of interest ever again. 

What is the route of the Tour de France Femmes?


7/24 Stage 1 | Paris Tour Eiffel – Paris Champs-Élysées (82km) Flat
Talk about an iconic start to the race under the Eiffel Tower. Like the men’s race, stage 1 one is bound to finish in a bunch sprint but will be far less of a procession as the peloton snakes their way through Paris past some of Europe’s most beautiful sights, taking on 11 laps of the famous Champs-Élysées circuit.

7/25 Stage 2 | Meaux – Provins (135km) Flat
Traversing the brie capital of France (yes, the cheese not the actor), stage 2 may look easy enough but it has a sting in the tale in the form of a finishing circuit with a short false-flat climb. It’s ideal for punchy sprinters. 

7/26 Stage 3 | Reims – Épernay (133km) Hilly
Stage 3 is a real test that follows a similar finale to that of stage 3 of the 2019 men’s tour, the succession of climbs make for a mini Ardennes classic. The route goes through the champagne region of France so whoever wins is sure to be toasting victory in the correct manner. 

7/27 Stage 4 | Troyes – Bar-sur-Aube (126km) Hilly + gravel
The halfway stage truly brings the drama as the peloton traverses the Strade Bianche-style gravel roads through even more champagne vineyards. A rider won’t win the Tour here, but they couldn’t certainly lose it. 

The experience gained on the cobbles at Paris-Roubaix Femmes avec Zwift will be invaluable on the gravel.

7/28 Stage 5 | Bar-le-Duc – Saint-Dié-des-Vosges (175km) Flat
Starting in the home of French jelly, the longest stage of the race breaks up the hills with an expected sprint in Saint-Dié-des-Vosges.

7/29 Stage 6 | Saint-Dié-des-Vosges – Rosheim (128km) Hilly
A stage in which opportunist riders will have their eyes on, day sixes parcours will encourage a breakaway before an explosive mountainous finale to the race.

7/30 Stage 7 | Sélestat – Le Markstein (127km) Mountainous
The Tour heads for the Alsace mountains to take on a trio of challenging climbs that include Petit Ballon (9.3km at 8.1%), the Col du Platzerwasel (7.1km at 8.3%) and the mighty Grand Ballon (13.5km at 6.7%) before the swift run-in to Le Markstein. Certainly a day for the strongest climbers in the peloton. 

7/31 Stage 8 | Lure – La Super Planche des Belles Filles (123km) Mountainous
If the beginning of the Tour was iconic, the end is nothing but epic on the gravel slopes of the incredibly steep La Super Planche des Belles Filles with its final gravel ramp. A modern-day classic, this climb and its 24% finish line will write another piece of cycling history.

Which teams will be at the Tour de France Femmes?


Canyon / / SRAM Racing (GER)
EF Education – Tibco – SVB (USA)
FDJ Nouvelle – Aquitaine Futuroscope (FRA)
Human Powered Health (USA)
Liv Racing Xstra (NED)
Movistar Team Women (ESP)
Roland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad (SUI)
Team BikeExchange – Jayco (AUS)
Team DSM (NED)
Team Jumbo – Visma (NED)
Team SD Worx (NED)
Trek – Segafredo (USA)
UAE Team ADQ (UAE)
Uno-X Pro Cycling Team (NOR)

Ceratizit – WNT Pro Cycling Team (GER)
Parkhotel Valkenburg (NED)
Valcar – Travel & Service (ITA)

AG Insurance – NXTG Team (NED)
Arkéa Pro Cycling Team (FRA)
Cofidis Women Team (FRA)
Le Col Wahoo (GBR)
Plantur – Pura (BEL)
Stade Rochelais Charente-Maritime (FRA)
St Michel – Auber 93 (FRA)

How to watch the Tour de France Femmes


The Tour de France Femmes will be beamed around the world to 170 different countries. In the United States, Peacock will carry live coverage of every stage with FloBikes in Canada and GCN+ / Eurosport Player carrying those same images in Europe. Make sure to never miss a pedal stroke. 

Title sponsors Zwift promise a new era of women’s cycling.

— Oskar Scarsbrook to humanpoweredhealth.com

Biannic, Norsgaard y Van Vleuten reconocen etapas clave del Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift

Biannic, Norsgaard y Van Vleuten reconocen etapas clave del Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift — Dani Sánchez to movistarteam.com

Roy crashes but fights on for 23rd place in a brutal inaugural edition of Paris Roubaix Femmes – Team BikeExchange

Australian champion Sarah Roy enjoyed the first ever edition of Paris-Roubaix Femmes today, making it to the velodrome in Roubaix covered in mud from head to toe, despite crashing hard on one of the final cobble sectors, before sprinting to a very well fought 23rd place for Team BikeExchange.

The 116km race saw numerous crashes on the wet and muddy cobblestones, with Lizzie Deignan taking the field by surprise, dominating the race after launching an attack on the very first cobble. The British rider successfully held off the chasers and made it to the velodrome to cross the line as the first ever winner, with a gap of 1 minute 17 seconds over second place Marianne Vos.

Sarah Roy
“They say everyone who rides Roubaix has a story. I had really good legs out there and it was just down to luck. I was positioned well into the sector in the chasing group, maybe around sixth wheel, but then someone just crashed in front of me, and I just came down. It was so slippery, there was so much mud out there and you couldn’t react.

I finished on the back of the chase group there in the end but I could have just stopped right then after the crash and got in the car, my body was hurting but I really wanted to to keep going and finish. I am very happy to finish, it is special.

It is one of those races you just want to nail, so I would like to come back next year and now we all know it better.”

Alejandro Gonzales-Tablas – Sport Director 
“It was as expected, it was carnage. The luck was not on our side today, the legs were good for the riders but we had bad luck with crashes and problems, but with the weather we had today it was to be expected. ”

2021 Paris-Roubaix Femmes Results:
1. Lizzie Deignan 2:56:07
2. Marianne Vos +1:17
3. Elisa Longo-Borghini +1:47
23. Sarah Roy (Team BikeExchange) +6:20

Photo courtesy of Getty Images 

— Team BikeExchange to www.greenedgecycling.com