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Tour de France Femmes 2022: Everything you need to know

Emma Cole
15 Oct 2021

Everything we know about the 2022 Tour de France Femmes, which is set to take place from Sunday 24th July 2022 to Sunday 31st July 2022

Tour de France Femmes 2022: Key information

Dates: Sunday 24th July to Sunday 31st July 2021
Grand Depart: Tour Eiffel, Paris, France
Finale: La Super Planche des Belles-Filles, France
Location: France
UK television coverage: Eurosport, GCN+ and Discovery +

The inaugural Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift live will take place in July 2022, the first women’s Tour de France in 33 years.

The historic race, which has not been held since 1989, will see riders compete in eight stages and cover 1,029km beginning at the Eiffel Tower in Paris and finishing with a brutal final stage at La Super Planche des Belles-Filles.

The route was revealed on Thursday 14th October by Tour Director Marion Rousse and ASO’s Christian Prudhomme at the Palais des Congrès in Paris, and several stars exclaimed their excitement on social media with Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope) writing ‘we are making history and hopefully inspiring young women and Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (SD Worx) adding ‘I can’t wait to make history’.

The race starts on the final day of the men’s Tour de France and includes a mixture of gravel and unpaved sections as well as two mountain stages.

The Tour de France Femmes does not include a time-trail but does include a long 175km stage on day five, 15km more than the maximum distance that women are permitted to ride at WorldTour level without special dispensation.

It’s going to be an epic eight days of racing.

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Tour de France Femmes 2022: stage-by-stage  
Tour de France Femmes 2022 live TV guide  
Tour de France Femmes 2022 start list

Tour de France Femmes 2022 route

Tour de France Femmes 2022 route: stage-by-stage

Stage 1: Sunday 24th July, Tour Eiffel - Champs Élysées, 82km

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.

The first stage will start just ahead of the men’s arrival and will be the opener for the seven days left to come.

Stage 2: Monday 25th July, Meaux – Provins, 135km

One for cheese lovers, the second day of the historic tour goes through the countryside which brought us Brie.

Hopefully the riders won’t gorge too much on the local delicacy as there is a tricky final loop with a slight uphill spring finish.

Stage 3: Tuesday 26th July, Reims – Epernay, 133km

The third stage begins in Reims, a city rebuilt after World War I in art deco style and which lays claim to a gothic cathedral, aptly named Our Lady of Reims, where French kings were once crowned.

Riders will then snake through the vineyards of Champagne region and tackle five categorized ascents including a 900m climb at 12% at Côte de Mutigny before finishing in Épernay.

Stage 4: Wednesday 27th July, Troyes - Bar-sur-Aube, 126km

The halfway point is the stage for gravel lovers à la Strade Bianche, which delivers four sections of unpaved roads and six climbs through more champagne vineyards.

Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma) will no doubt be hoping to channel her cyclocross experience for this one.

Stage 5: Thursday 28th July, Bar-le-Duc - Saint-dié-des-Vosges, 175km

At 175km, this is the longest stage of the race which starts in Bar-le-Duc, the home of the highly regarded Bar-le-duc jelly.

Also known as Lorraine jelly, this hand-seeded jam is made from red or white currants and in 2016 The Telegraph said it was one to ‘try before you die’.

Jam delicacies apart, stage five will set the peloton on fire with plenty of undulating roads and three long climbs as it makes it way towards the Vosges mountains.

Stage 6: Friday 29th July, Saint-dié-des-Vosges – Rosheim, 128km

Saint-dié-des-Vosges, the only town to host both a start and finish for the Tour de France Femmes 2022.

The sixth stage is positioned for breakaway riders and has a climb with 10km to go.

Stage 7: Saturday 30th July, Sélestat - Le Markstein, 127km

In come the mountains.

Riders will start in Séleshat, the city of handball, before heading towards a triple climb extraordinaire in the form of Le Petit Ballon, Col du Platzerwasel and Le Grand Ballon.

And it’s not over yet, the penultimate stage ends with a sprint to the Markstein ski station finish line.

Stage 8: Sunday 31st July, Lure - La Super Planche des Belles Filles, 123km

Ah la vache! The final stage of the historic Tour de France Femmes but don’t worry, Marion Rousse saved the best till last.

After seven days of racing, riders will face a brutal last day, contending with the 8.7km Ballon d’Alsace climb and then the gravelly final summit finish of 24% up to La Super Planche des Belles Filles.

Whatever happens, whoever is crowned victorious, the Tour de France Femmes 2022 will be one for the history books… Allez Lizzie!

Tour de France Femmes 2022 live TV guide

The Tour will be broadcast in 170 countries across Europe by Discovery Sports on its channels Eurosport, GCN+ and discovery +.

TV schedules will be updated once announced.

Tour de France Femmes 2022 start list

WorldTour teams

Canyon-Sram (GER)
EF Education Tibco-SVB (USA)
FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope (FRA)
Human Powered Health (USA)
Liv Racing Xsstra (NED)
Movistar (ESP)
Roland Cogeas Edelweiss (SUI)
Team BikeExchange Jayco (AUS)
Team DSM (NED)
Jumbo Visma (NED)
SD Worx (NED)
Trek-Segafredo (USA)
UNO-X Pro Cycling (NOR)

Continental teams

Ceratizit-WNT (GER)
Parkhotel-Valkenburg (NED)
Valcar Travel&Service (ITA)
AG Insurance NXTG (NED)
Arkea Pro Cycling (FRA)
Cofidis (FRA)
LeCol-Wahoo (GBR)
Plantur-Pura (BEL)
St-Michel Auber 93 (FRA)
Stade Rochelais Charente Maritime (FRA)

Image credits: ASO