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Women's Tour de France officially announced

Will Strickson
17 Jun 2021

Race will be eight stages long, starting on the Champs-Élysées straight after the men's race finishes and with each stage broadcast live

At long last, the women's Tour de France, named Le Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift, has been officially announced.

More than a decade since the final edition of the race's previous incarnation, cycling's headline race has finally returned to women's cycling.

It was announced today that the race, sponsored by online cycling platform Zwift, will begin on Sunday 24th July 2022 on the Champs-Élysées – straight after the conclusion of the men's race.

Also run by Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), the eight-stage race will feature the famous yellow jersey sponsored by LCL and E.Leclerc backed polka dot jersey with the best young rider classification sponsored by women's bike brand Liv.

ASO has also confirmed that every stage of the race will have live TV and digital coverage, agreeing four-year deals with France Télévisions and Eurovision Sport that will bring the racing to 55 European countries.

All details of Le Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift, including the route, will be revealed on Thursday 14th October alongside the Tour de France 2022 presentation.

Women's cycling legend and current World Time-Trial Champion Anna van der Breggen said of the announcement, 'This is a huge moment for professional women's cycling. The Tour de France is the most famous race in cycling and it's long been a dream for many of us to compete in a women's Tour de France.

'I'm hopeful that the race will help us grow our sport even more by providing us with a media platform to take the excitement of women's cycling to new audiences.'

CEO and co-founder of Zwift Eric Min said, 'This is an incredibly important announcement for us as we look to build on our investment in women's cycling and really help grow and develop the sport.

'Building on the success of the Virtual Tour de France on Zwift last year, this has been many months in the making and both Zwift and the ASO are delighted to make the dream a reality.

'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.'

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