Elite female cyclists will be part of the world’s most famous bike race next summer, when the Tour de France will hold a women’s stage race for the first time since the 1980s.
In recent years, women have been riding the men’s route and now they will have a shot at their own yellow jersey.
Speaking on this historic feat, pro rider, Anna van der Breggen, said: “This is a huge moment for professional women’s cycling.
“It’s long been a dream for many of us to compete in a women’s Tour de France.”
“I really believe the women’s peloton puts on some of the most exciting bike racing to watch and it deserves a much bigger platform.” – Zwift CEO, Eric Min
The Tour de France Femmes will follow the men’s race, with riders embarking from the Champs-Élysées in Paris on July 24, 2022. Unlike the La Course by Le Tour de France — a one-day race that the Tour’s organizers have put on for women since 2014 — the new event will be a multi-stage race lasting roughly one week.
The new women’s race is the result of a partnership between the Tour’s organizers, the Amaury Sports Organization (ASO), and Zwift — a gaming and interactives company that helped put on a virtual version of the race after it was cancelled last summer due to the pandemic.
“I’ve long been a fan of the attacking style of women’s racing,” said Eric Min, Zwift CEO.
“I really believe the women’s peloton puts on some of the most exciting bike racing to watch and it deserves a much bigger platform to exhibit these talents and skills,” Min concluded.
Photo 1 Caption: Pro rider, Anna van der Breggen, is set to compete in the first women’s Tour de France race since the 1980s in Paris, July 2022. Photo: Anna van der Breggen (Instagram)