Tour de France Femmes: Stage 1 Eiffel Tower to Paris Champs Elysées – live!

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Since 2014 the Tour de France organisers’ nod to women’s racing was La Course, a one-day event tagged on to the end of the three-week men’s Tour. This year is different and a great leap forward: the Tour de France Femmes is an eight-day stage race which begins today with an 80km circuit race around Paris. It’s by no means the first time a multi-stage women’s Tour de France has been held, but it’s an extremely welcome development considering the ever-increasing demand for women’s racing and the increasing strength and depth in the peloton.

The varied 1,033km route winds its way eastwards from Paris all the way to a summit finish at La Super Planche de Belles Filles next Sunday, crucially showcasing the women’s event as one that richly deserves to stand alone.

Today’s Parisian circuit race is pretty much pan-flat, but two intermediate sprints and one category-four climb inside the final 20km, at Charles de Gaulle – Étoile (9e passage), will spice things up considerably before what will surely be a sprint finish. Some even fancy that Marianne Vos (Jumbo–Visma) might win it and take the yellow jersey.

The riders are about to roll out for the neutralised start. Allez!

July 24, 2022 at 06:06PM Luke McLaughlin

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