Emma Cole 14 Oct 2021
A race for the history books and cycling calendar for many years to come
The inaugural Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift live route has been revealed this morning. Tour director Marion Rousse and ASO’s Christian Prudhomme announced the route at the Palais des Congrès in Paris.
‘Women’s cycling has evolved year after year and it’s an honour to be part of it,’ said Rousse. ‘This race is a real jewel that we have to cherish.’
The 2022 Tour de France Femmes will be held from July 24-31 in 2022 and will begin on the Champs-Élysées in Paris and finish at La Super Planche des Belles-Filles.
The historic race will see riders compete in eight stages and cover 1,029km.
2022 Tour de France Femmes stages
Stage 1: Tour Eiffel – 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
2022 Tour de France Femmes stage breakdown
Stage 1: 85km
Paris Tour Eiffel to Champs-Élysées
The Champs-Élysées has hosted the final stage of the Tour since 1975 and will be where the first bouquet of the Tour de France Femmes will be awarded.
Stage 2: 135km
Meaux to Provins
This stage has a tricky final loop so expect a sprint finish.
Stage 3: 133KM
Reims to Épernay
The third stage will include five categorized ascents including a 900m climb at 12% at Côte de Mutigny to finish in Épernay.
Stage 4: 126km
Troyes to Bar-sur-Arbe
France’s champagne region hosts the fourth stage which will take in four gravel tracks and six climbs.
Stage 5: 175km
Bar-le-Duc to Saint-Dié-des-Vosges
The longest stage of the race has plenty of undulating roads and three climbs to set the peloton on fire.
Stage 6: 128km
Saint-Dié-des-Vosges to Rosheim
The sixth stage is positioned for breakaway riders and has a climb with 10km to go.
Stage 7: 127km
Séleshat to Le Markstein
Riders will start in Séleshat, the city of handball, before heading to three very difficult climbs in the form of Le Petit Ballon, Col du Platzerwasel and finally Le Grand Ballon.
Stage 8: 123km
Lure to La Super Planche des Belles-Filles
The final stage of the historic Tour de France Femmes includes La Ballon d’Alsace climb and a 24% gradient at the finish. ‘It’s brutal with high gradients, never flat, you can’t recover, and it will come after seven days of racing so there will be big gaps at the finish,’ says Marion Rousse.
With such a phenomenal course, the 2022 Tour de France Femmes looks set to be an exciting, historic event for women’s cycling, hopefully one that earns a permanent place in the cycling calendar.
Image credits: ASO