Schlagwort-Archive: Tour de France Femmes

TOUR DE FRANCE FEMMES AVEC ZWIFT 2023

Key points:

• The route of the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift, whose second edition will take place from 23 to 30 July, has been presented at the Palais des Congrès in Paris by Marion Rousse.
• „Even higher“, says the event director, who detailed the programme of the eight stages, totalling a distance of 956 kilometres, and which will pose new difficulties to the champions.
• The handover concept with the Tour will continue, but this time the riders will meet in Clermont-Ferrand to start the exploration of the Massif Central range. At the end of the week, the Pyrenees will begin the weeding out process among the most efficient climbers: the finish line of the col du Tourmalet will be the goal of all the contenders for the Yellow Jersey. They will have to defend their ambitions again the following day in the final time trial in Pau.

A giant step forward each year. After the inaugural edition of the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift, which saw the peloton set off from the Champs-Élysées to complete its route over the hills of Eastern France, crossing the Ballon d’Alsace as the 1905 pioneers did. The race will now head for the Massif Central and then the Pyrenees to offer new challenges to the female riders. By gathering the peloton in Clermont-Ferrand, the link remains between the women’s race and the Tour’s history. They won’t climb the Puy de Dôme this time. But they will experience the roughness of the Auvergne geology from the very first days. Perhaps not so much on the first stage, which might not see the peloton dispersed; then in a more marked way on the road to Mauriac, where they will have to deal with a positive altitude change of 2,500 meters before fighting for the stage win.

The sprinters will most likely take centre stage in Montignac, where the Lascaux caves are situated. But they will probably be more in the wings on the longest stage of the week (177 km), where the Aveyron ascents will work in favour of the most resilient riders of a breakaway or the strongest punchers for the finish in Rodez. The thin air of the Pyrenees will begin to take its toll on the Albi and Blagnac stages, but it will be on the weekend that the Yellow Jersey candidates will battle for the first time in the high mountains. The legendary Col du Tourmalet, where the Tour riders had their first taste of altitude in 1910, at 2,115 metres, will again be the place to be. The finish line of stage seven has been set five metres lower, in a setting where only the best female climbers in the world can hope to win. Whoever manages to do so will probably be among the contenders for the final time trial, which will take place around Pau, but partly in the opposite direction, on the same course where Julian Alaphilippe defended his Yellow Jersey in 2019.

Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift Etappe 8

Lure – La Super Planche des Belles Filles – 123 Km

1 [NED] van Vleuten Annemiek Movistar Team 03:37:23
2 [NED] Vollering Demi Team SD Worx + 30
3 [ITA] Persico Silvia Valcar-Travel & Service + 01:43
4 [POL] Niewiadoma Katarzyna CANYON//SRAM Racing + 01:52
5 [FRA] Labous Juliette Team DSM + 01:56
6 [ITA] Longo Borghini Elisa Trek-Segafredo + 02:01
7 [USA] Ewers Veronica EF Education-TIBCO-SVB + 02:13
8 [DEN] Ludwig Cecilie Uttrup FDJ-SUEZ-Futuroscope + 02:50
9 [ESP] Garcia Mavi UAE Team ADQ + 02:59
10 [GER] Lippert Liane Team DSM + 03:01

Endstand:

1 [NED] van Vleuten Annemiek Movistar Team 26:55:44
2 [NED] Vollering Demi Team SD Worx + 03:48
3 [POL] Niewiadoma Katarzyna CANYON//SRAM Racing + 06:35
4 [FRA] Labous Juliette Team DSM + 07:28
5 1 [ITA] Persico Silvia Valcar-Travel & Service + 08:00
6 1 [ITA] Longo Borghini Elisa Trek-Segafredo + 08:26
7 2 [DEN] Ludwig Cecilie Uttrup FDJ-SUEZ-Futuroscope + 08:59
8 [FRA] Muzic Evita FDJ-SUEZ-Futuroscope + 13:54
9 2 [USA] Ewers Veronica EF Education-TIBCO-SVB + 15:05
10 1 [ESP] Garcia Mavi UAE Team ADQ +

Van Vleuten flies to glory

Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar) is the best climber and the first winner of the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift. The Dutch star claimed her second victory in two days, on Sunday, as she tamed the gruelling ascent to La Super Planche des Belles Filles to secure the overall victory. Again, Demi Vollering (SD Worx) was runner-up at the summit to also secure the 2nd place in the overall standings and the polka-dot jersey as Queen of the Mountains. Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon//Sram) rounds up the GC podium of this first Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift after 8 days of intense racing since the start in Paris.
The final showdown starts with fast battles as early as the 109-woman peloton (without Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio and Anna Henderson) start from Lure. The peloton cover almost 40km in the first hour and no break manages to get away.

Garcia and Chabbey on the move
New attacks fly on the first ascent of the day, the cat-2 Côte d’Esmoulières (summit at km 52.5) but Demi Vollering (SD Worx) brings the main GC riders back to the front as she sprints for the QOM points to strengthen her stranglehold on the polka-dot jersey.
After the summit, 10 attackers manage to open a gap, including two members of the GC top-10, Mavi Garcia (UAE Team ADQ, 9th +12’06’’) and Elise Chabbey (Canyon//Sram Racing, 10th +12’24’’). They are joined by Leah Thomas (Trek-Segafredo), Paula Patiño (Movistar), Grace Brown (FDJ Suez Futuroscope), Riejanne Markus (Jumbo-Visma), Liane Lippert (Team DSM), Pauliena Rooijakkers (Canyon//Sram), Yara Kastelijn (Plantur Pura) and Coralie Demay (St Michel Auber 93).

Van Vleuten’s struggle
While the break establishes itself at the front, Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar) sustains mechanical issues that force her to change her bike on three occasions, after she already did so in the neutral zone at the beginning of the stage.
First, she takes her teammate Arlenis Sierra’s bike and returns to the bunch at km 69. But SD Worx up the ante and create splits. Sheyla Gutierrez and Aude Biannic try to pace Van Vleuten back, until she takes matters in her own hands towards the cat-1 ascent up Ballon d’Alsace (km84.6). She bridges the gap on the first slopes… and stops two more times on the ascent to change bike.

A tight battle with the break
Demi Vollering (SD Worx), 2nd in the overall standings (+3’14’’), attacks three times on the ascent and also maintains pressure on the way down, but Van Vleuten reacts every time. Mavi Garcia is the first rider at the summit with a gap of 1’10’’ to the GC group.
On the valley towards the final ascent of the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift, La Super Planche des Belles Filles (7km, 8.7%), Trek-Segafredo and Canyon//Sram Racing work together to move closer to the attackers.

Van Vleuten asserts her authority
Pauliena Rooijakkers attacks at the bottom of the ascent, Mavi Garcia follows her move. But the GC contenders only trail by 20’’.
Van Vleuten attacks 6km away from the summit. She catches and drops the last attackers with 5.5km to go. Again, Vollering is the strongest rider in pursuit. But she can’t match Van Vleuten’s pace, as the Dutch climber flies to her second stage victory and the overall win in the first edition of the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift.
A.S.O./Fabien Boukla

Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift Etappe 7

Sélestat – Le Markstein – 127 Km

1 VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek NED MOVISTAR TEAM WOMEN 03:47:02
2 VOLLERING Demi NED TEAM SD WORX 03:26
3 LUDWIG Cecilie DEN FDJ SUEZ FUTUROSCOPE 05:16
4 LABOUS Juliette FRA TEAM DSM 05:18
5 NIEWIADOMA Katarzyna POL CANYON // SRAM RACING 05:18
6 PERSICO Silvia ITA VALCAR – TRAVEL & SERVICE 06:56
7 LONGO BORGHINI Elisa ITA TREK – SEGAFREDO 06:56
8 ŽIGART Urška SLO TEAM BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO 07:23
9 MUZIC Evita FRA FDJ SUEZ FUTUROSCOPE 08:27
10 ROOIJAKKERS Pauliena NED CANYON // SRAM RACING 10:10
11 EWERS Veronica USA EF EDUCATION-TIBCO-SVB 10:39
12 MARKUS Riejanne NED TEAM JUMBO VISMA 10:39
13 GARCIA CAÑELLAS Margarita Victo ESP UAE TEAM ADQ 10:41
14 KASTELIJN Yara NED PLANTUR-PURA 10:41
15 CHABBEY Elise SUI CANYON // SRAM RACING 11:05

Gesamt:

1 VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek NED MOVISTAR TEAM WOMEN 23:18:31
2 VOLLERING Demi NED TEAM SD WORX 03:14
3 NIEWIADOMA Katarzyna POL CANYON // SRAM RACING 04:33
4 LABOUS Juliette FRA TEAM DSM 05:22
5 LUDWIG Cecilie DEN FDJ SUEZ FUTUROSCOPE 05:59
6 PERSICO Silvia ITA VALCAR – TRAVEL & SERVICE 06:11
7 LONGO BORGHINI Elisa ITA TREK – SEGAFREDO 06:15
8 MUZIC Evita FRA FDJ SUEZ FUTUROSCOPE 10:13
9 GARCIA CAÑELLAS Margarita Victo ESP UAE TEAM ADQ 12:06
10 CHABBEY Elise SUI CANYON // SRAM RACING 12:24

Van Vleuten in her own world

Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar) delivered a fantastic one-woman show on Saturday, as stage 7 of the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift took the riders into the Vosges mountains. There were three cat-1 ascents to overcome on the way to the finish at Le Markstein, and the Dutch climber went on the move as early as she hit the first slopes up Petit Ballon. She then dropped Vollering on the following climb, Col du Platzerwasel, to go solo 62km away from the finish. She capped off her dominant ride with another strong ascent, on Grand Ballon, to open major gaps and take the Maillot Jaune. She will have to defend it on the way to La Super Planche des Belles Filles, where the winner of the Tour will be crowned on Sunday.
The “queen stage” of the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift brings awe and motivation in the peloton. With many attacks and counter-attacks, the peloton fly towards the first ascent of the day, the cat-1 Petit Ballon. 33 attackers, including the World champion Elisa Balsamo (Trek-Segafredo), open a gap of 50’’ just before the ascent. But Movistar have other ideas for the day…

Movistar launch Van Vleuten
The attackers are caught as soon as they hit the first slopes up Petit Ballon (9.3km at 8.1%, summit at km 48.6). Only a dozen of riders remain at the front of the race, the yellow jersey Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma) is not part of them… And Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar) already attacks.
Demi Vollering (SD Worx) follows Van Vleuten while Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo) sets off in pursuit. Behind them, a group of chasers emerge with Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig, Grace Brown, Evita Muzic (FDJ Suez Futuroscope), Juliette Labous (Team DSM), Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon//Sram) and Silvia Persico (Valcar-Travel & Service). At the summit, Longo Borghini trails by 1’25’’, the chase group by 2’30’’ and Vos by 7’45’’.

Van Vleuten opens up impressive gaps
Van Vleuten sets a strong pace on the following ascent, the cat-1 Col du Platzerwasel (7.1km at 8.3%, km 65.8). The Dutch star drops her younger compatriot inside the last kilometre of ascent and goes solo 62km away from the finish. As she returns to the valley leading to the final climb of the day, Van Vleuten has a gap of 1’25’’ to her first chaser, 5’20’’ to Longo Borghini and 6’20’’ to the chase group.
At the bottom of the final climb, the gap to Vollering is up to 2’20’’. She keeps losing ground on the final ascent, while the battle for the third position unfolds behind her. Persico is dropped from the chase group with 15km to go, and Longo Borghini is caught just after.

Vollering holds on behind Van Vleuten
While Van Vleuten keeps pushing her lead at the front, Niewiadoma ups the pace with 12km to go. Only Labous and Ludwig can follow her; Longo Borghini and Persico (who had briefly returned to the group) are dropped with Zigart.
Van Vleuten summits the final climb with a gap of 3’30’’ to Vollering and swiftly covers the final 7.2km to take the stage win and the Maillot Jaune. With a gap of 5’16’’, Ludwig sprints to the 3rd place ahead of Labous and Niewiadoma, who takes the 3rd place overall.

Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift Etappe 6

Saint-Dié-Des-Vosges – Rosheim – 128 Km

1 VOS Marianne NED TEAM JUMBO VISMA 03:09:26
2 BASTIANELLI Marta ITA UAE TEAM ADQ 00:00
3 KOPECKY Lotte BEL TEAM SD WORX 00:00
4 BALSAMO Elisa ITA TREK – SEGAFREDO 00:00
5 PERSICO Silvia ITA VALCAR – TRAVEL & SERVICE 00:00
6 CONFALONIERI Maria Giulia ITA CERATIZIT – WNT PRO CYCLING TEAM 00:00
7 GUAZZINI Vittoria ITA FDJ SUEZ FUTUROSCOPE 00:00
8 NIEWIADOMA Katarzyna POL CANYON // SRAM RACING 00:00
9 BARBIERI Rachele ITA LIV RACING XSTRA 00:00
10 LONGO BORGHINI Elisa ITA TREK – SEGAFREDO 00:00

Gesamt:

1 VOS Marianne NED TEAM JUMBO VISMA 19:30:14
2 PERSICO Silvia ITA VALCAR – TRAVEL & SERVICE 00:30
3 NIEWIADOMA Katarzyna POL CANYON // SRAM RACING 00:30
4 LONGO BORGHINI Elisa ITA TREK – SEGAFREDO 00:35
5 MOOLMAN-PASIO Ashleigh RSA TEAM SD WORX 01:05
6 VOLLERING Demi NED TEAM SD WORX 01:11
7 LABOUS Juliette FRA TEAM DSM 01:19
8 VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek NED MOVISTAR TEAM WOMEN 01:28
9 LUDWIG Cecilie DEN FDJ SUEZ FUTUROSCOPE 02:02
10 CHABBEY Elise SUI CANYON // SRAM RACING 02:34

Vos asserts her authority

Another intense day of racing, and another victory for Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma) on the roads of the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift! The Dutch icon dominated the sprint in Rosheim after the rolling course of the day and many attacks had reduced the bunch to some 50 riders. This time, she outsprinted Marta Bastianelli (UAE Team ADQ) and Lotte Kopecky (SD Worx), able to make it to the stage podium despite being involved in the crash that took Lorena Wiebes (Team DSM) out of the battle for the stage win. Vos’ results since the start of the Tour are impressive: 2nd, 1st, 2nd, 5th, 3rd and 1st again.
Many riders have identified stage 6 as the last opportunity for long range attacks ahead of the final week-end over the Vosges summits… And it naturally leads to an intense battle from the start of Saint-Dié-des-Vosges, with 129.2km to cover on a rolling course towards Rosheim.

Longo Borghini’s early chase
Maaike Boogaard (UAE Team ADQ) opens a small gap on the first ascent of the day, the cat-4 Col d’Urbeis (summit at km 19.2) but she’s reeled in at the summit, where Femke Gerritse (Parkhotel Valkenburg) takes 1 QOM point to defend her polka-dot jersey.
Action also unfolds at the back, with Elisa Longo Borghini suffering a mechanical on the following downhill. Trek-Segafredo call three teammates back to help her return to the bunch at km 37.

An impressive breakaway
Attacks keep flying and a strong break eventually gets away at km 47 with 14 riders: Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Trek-Segafredo), Sheyla Gutierrez (Movistar), Christine Majerus (SD Worx), Marie Le Net (FDJ Suez Futuroscope), Anna Henderson (Jumbo-Visma), Franziska Koch (Team DSM), Tiffany Cromwell (Canyon//Sram), Ruby Roseman-Gannon (BikeExchange-Jayco), Sandra Alonso (Ceratizit-WNT), Laura Smulders (Liv Racing Xstra), Katrin Hammes (EF Education-Tibco-SVB), Jesse Vandenbulcke (Le Col-Wahoo), Joscelin Lowden (Uno-X) and Tamara Dronova (Roland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad).
Lowden is the strongest on the cat-4 Côte de Klingenthal (km 59.7) and the cat-3 Côte de Grendelbruch (km 67.7) to claim 5 QOM points. In the bunch, UAE Team ADQ and Valcar-Travel & Service control the gap around 2 minutes.

Wiebes and Kopecky go down
The gap is down to 1 minute when Cordon-Ragot attacks inside the last 30km. Vandenbulcke also has a go and Hammes powers to the line of the bonus point (km 101.5). Grace Brown (FDJ Suez Futuroscope) sets a strong pace in the bunch and they only trail by 30’’ into the last 25km.
Henderson attacks on the way down and the breakaway explodes. Meanwhile, Lorena Wiebes (Team DSM) and Lotte Kopecky (SD Worx), two of the stage favourites, suffer a crash. They get back up but lose time and the pace in the bunch drops down.

Vos is unstoppable
The attackers get back together for the last 20km, except for Koch. Team DSM set a strong pace in the bunch, despite Wiebes’ crash. Henderson attacks again and a leading trio emerges for the last 15km with Le Net and Lowden. Kopecky returns to the bunch and Audrey Cordon Ragot drops back to help the chase in the peloton, trailing by 45’’.
Le Net goes solo on the final ascent of the day, with 10km to go. Over the top, she has a lead of 24’’ to the bunch, led by Ellen van Dijk (Trek-Segafredo) after an unsuccessful attack by Liane Lippert (Team DSM).
Le Net is eventually caught with 5km to go. Jumbo-Visma and Trek-Segafredo set the sprint in the fast run-in to Rosheim. And Vos powers to victory, again.

Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift Etappe 5

Bar-Le-Duc – Saint-Dié-Des-Vosges – 175 Km

1 WIEBES Lorena NED TEAM DSM 04:32:16
2 BALSAMO Elisa ITA TREK – SEGAFREDO 00:00
3 VOS Marianne NED TEAM JUMBO VISMA 00:00
4 BARBIERI Rachele ITA LIV RACING XSTRA 00:00
5 VAN DER DUIN Maike NED LE COL-WAHOO 00:00
6 CONFALONIERI Maria Giulia ITA CERATIZIT – WNT PRO CYCLING TEAM 00:00
7 PERSICO Silvia ITA VALCAR – TRAVEL & SERVICE 00:00
8 GUAZZINI Vittoria ITA FDJ SUEZ FUTUROSCOPE 00:00
9 DRONOVA Tamara RUS ROLAND COGEAS EDELWEISS SQUAD 00:00
10 MANLY Alexandra AUS TEAM BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO 00:00

Gesamt:

1 VOS Marianne NED TEAM JUMBO VISMA 16:20:58
2 PERSICO Silvia ITA VALCAR – TRAVEL & SERVICE 00:20
3 NIEWIADOMA Katarzyna POL CANYON // SRAM RACING 00:20
4 LONGO BORGHINI Elisa ITA TREK – SEGAFREDO 00:34
5 MOOLMAN-PASIO Ashleigh RSA TEAM SD WORX 00:55
6 VOLLERING Demi NED TEAM SD WORX 01:01
7 LABOUS Juliette FRA TEAM DSM 01:09
8 VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek NED MOVISTAR TEAM WOMEN 01:18
9 LUDWIG Cecilie DEN FDJ SUEZ FUTUROSCOPE 01:52
10 GARCIA CAÑELLAS Margarita Victo ESP UAE TEAM ADQ 02:30

Wiebes is the absolute queen of sprints

Lorena Wiebes (Team DSM) displayed again her pure speed as she sprinted to a second stage win in the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift, in Saint-Dié-des-Vosges, four days after she took the first Maillot Jaune in Paris. The Dutch sprinter put a significant distance between her and the World champion Elisa Balsamo (Trek-Segafredo), 2nd ahead of Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma), who slightly increased her GC lead with the time bonuses. On the longest stage of the race, the early attackers survived until they were caught inside the last 3km. They will try again to upset the peloton on Friday with a rolling course towards Rosheim.
The longest route of the week doesn’t deter early attackers. The battle is on from the start in Bar-le-Duc and it takes almost 30km for the situation to settle with a 4-woman breakaway at the front.

A big battle and a significant gap
Emily Newsom (EF Education-Tibco-SVB) and Anya Louw (AG Insurance-NXTG) launch the key move at km 13.5. With other teams, and most notably Human Powered Health, willing to make the break, they struggle to open up a significant gap.
Victoire Berteau (Cofidis) and Antri Christoforou (Human Powered Health) join them at the front and the gap increases to a minute at km 27. It reaches a maximum of 3’45’’ atop the first climb of the day, the cat-4 Côte de Pagny-la-Blanche-Côte (km 61.4), where Berteau takes the first QOM points of the day.

Norsgaard Bjerg abandons after a crash
Team DSM are the first team involved in controlling the gap, with Franziska Koch. Leah Thomas (Trek-Segafredo) also moves to the front of the bunch as the race enters the last 50km with a gap of 2’ from the early attackers to the peloton.
A mass crash involves a few dozens of riders with 46km to go. Among them, Emma Norsgaard Bjerg (Movistar) is forced to abandon. Lotte Kopecky and Chantal van den Broek-Blaak (SD Worx) are also involved, with the latter suffering an injury to the right arm.

Wiebes doubles up
The situation returns to normal and the gap drops down to under 1 minute inside the last 25km. Berteau attacks with 21.5km to go, towards the Bonus point of the day. Only Christoforou can follow her, while Louw and Newsom are reeled in by the pack.
Berteau and Christoforou hold on to a gap of 40’’ with 10km to go, and 20’’ under the 5km to go banner. They are eventually caught inside the last 3km. Trek-Segafredo try to set Elisa Balsamo for the win but Elisa Longo Borghini takes a wrong turn inside the last kilometre. It doesn’t unsettle Wiebes, who takes off to victory with two bike lengths between her and Balsamo. Vos rounds out the podium.

Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift Etappe 4

Troyes – Bar-Sur-Aube – 127 Km

1 REUSSER Marlen SUI TEAM SD WORX 03:16:30
2 MUZIC Evita FRA FDJ SUEZ FUTUROSCOPE 01:24
3 AMIALIUSIK Alena BLR CANYON // SRAM RACING 01:24
4 EWERS Veronica USA EF EDUCATION-TIBCO-SVB 01:24
5 VOS Marianne NED TEAM JUMBO VISMA 01:40
6 KOPECKY Lotte BEL TEAM SD WORX 01:40
7 PERSICO Silvia ITA VALCAR – TRAVEL & SERVICE 01:40
8 ROSEMAN-GANNON Ruby AUS TEAM BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO 01:40
9 LONGO BORGHINI Elisa ITA TREK – SEGAFREDO 01:40
10 VOLLERING Demi NED TEAM SD WORX 01:40
11 LACH Marta POL CERATIZIT – WNT PRO CYCLING TEAM 01:40
12 LIPPERT Liane GER TEAM DSM 01:40
13 VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek NED MOVISTAR TEAM WOMEN 01:40
14 LABOUS Juliette FRA TEAM DSM 01:40

Gesamt:

1 VOS Marianne NED TEAM JUMBO VISMA 11:48:46
2 PERSICO Silvia ITA VALCAR – TRAVEL & SERVICE 00:16
3 NIEWIADOMA Katarzyna POL CANYON // SRAM RACING 00:16
4 LONGO BORGHINI Elisa ITA TREK – SEGAFREDO 00:21
5 MOOLMAN-PASIO Ashleigh RSA TEAM SD WORX 00:51
6 VOLLERING Demi NED TEAM SD WORX 00:57
7 LABOUS Juliette FRA TEAM DSM 01:05
8 VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek NED MOVISTAR TEAM WOMEN 01:14
9 LUDWIG Cecilie DEN FDJ SUEZ FUTUROSCOPE 01:48
10 CHABBEY Elise SUI CANYON // SRAM RACING 02:20
11 GARCIA CAÑELLAS Margarita Victo ESP UAE TEAM ADQ 02:26
12 MUZIC Evita FRA FDJ SUEZ FUTUROSCOPE 02:47
13 LIPPERT Liane GER TEAM DSM 02:55
14 EWERS Veronica USA EF EDUCATION-TIBCO-SVB 02:55
15 ROSEMAN-GANNON Ruby AUS TEAM BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO 03:11

Reusser means power
The European time-trial champion Marlen Reusser (SD Worx) made the most of her skills to take a spectacular solo victory in Bar-sur-Aube, at the end of stage 4 of the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift. The Swiss powerhouse attacked with 23km to go, ahead of the final gravel section of the day, and eventually triumphed in Bar-sur-Aube with a gap of 1’24’’ on Evita Muzic. Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma) resisted the many attacks launched by her rivals and eventually dominated them in the final sprint while Mavi Garcia (UAE Team ADQ) lost almost 2 minutes as she suffered mechanical incidents and a crash. Vos will wear the Maillot Jaune for a third day on stage 5, as the peloton take on the longest stage of the Tour (175.6km towards Saint-Dié-des-Vosges).

As always since the start of the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift, the battle for the breakaway is an intense one from the start. It takes many attacks, counter-attacks and follow up moves for a breakaway to establish on the way to Bar-sur-Aube, to be reached after 126.8km.

First attacks
The World champion Elisa Balsamo (Trek-Segafredo) tries to get away with a 23-rider group but Movistar control that move. 42.5km are covered in the first hour before a group of three riders manage to make the break: Laura Asencio (Ceratizit-WNT), Valérie Demey (Liv Racing Xstra) and Coralie Demay (St-Michel Auber 93).
They open a gap of up to 2’40’’ en route to the first categorised ascent of the day, the cat-3 Côte de Celles-sur-Ource (summit at km 68.1), to be immediately followed by the first “white road”, the Chemin blanc de Celles (2,300m). The intensity increases in the bunch with many teams battling for the front positions and the gap quickly drops down.

First white roads
Demey can’t keep up with the pace set by Asencio and Demay while a race of attrition begins in the bunch. Canyon//Sram, SD Worx, Trek-Segafredo and Jumbo-Visma are the most involved teams to set the pace behind the attackers.
Demay goes solo at the front on the 2nd ascent of the day, the cat-3 Côte du Val des Clos (km 77.3). Around 50 riders remain in the front bunch when they eventually catch Demay at km 90, on the penultimate and longest white road of the day, Chemin blanc du plateau de Blu (4,400m).
On the gravel, Kasia Niewiadoma (3rd on GC, Canyon//Sram), Mavi Garcia (6th, UAE Team ADQ) and Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (10th, FDJ Suez Futuroscope) all suffer mechanicals. They manage to get back to the front bunch on the cat-4 Côte de Maître Jean (km 98.6).

The key attack
Marlen Reusser attacks with 23km to go and quickly opens a gap. She has a lead of 25’’ as she enters the final 20km and faces the last gravel section of the day. Niewiadoma tries to attack several times, Vos also moves, Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo) has a late puncture, but the GC contenders stay together except for Garcia, who sustains another mechanical and eventually crashes inside the last 15km.
Alena Amialiusik (Canyon//Sram), Evita Muzic (FDJ-Suez-Futuroscope) and Veronica Ewers (EF Education-Tibco-SVB) successively set off in pursuit and get together on the Côte des Bergères, the penultimate ascent of the day. But Reusser is too far away and she forges on on the last climb of the day, Côte du Val Perdu, to power to victory.
@ASO

Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift Etappe 3

Reims – Épernay – 133 Km

1 LUDWIG Cecilie DEN FDJ SUEZ FUTUROSCOPE 03:22:54
2 VOS Marianne NED TEAM JUMBO VISMA 00:02
3 MOOLMAN-PASIO Ashleigh RSA TEAM SD WORX 00:02
4 PERSICO Silvia ITA VALCAR – TRAVEL & SERVICE 00:02
5 LONGO BORGHINI Elisa ITA TREK – SEGAFREDO 00:02
6 NIEWIADOMA Katarzyna POL CANYON // SRAM RACING 00:02
7 GARCIA CAÑELLAS Margarita Victo ESP UAE TEAM ADQ 00:06
8 VOLLERING Demi NED TEAM SD WORX 00:08
9 LABOUS Juliette FRA TEAM DSM 00:11
10 VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek NED MOVISTAR TEAM WOMEN 00:20
11 FAULKNER Kristen USA TEAM BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO 01:03
12 CHABBEY Elise SUI CANYON // SRAM RACING 01:31
13 LIPPERT Liane GER TEAM DSM 02:01

Gesamt:

1 VOS Marianne NED TEAM JUMBO VISMA 08:30:36
2 PERSICO Silvia ITA VALCAR – TRAVEL & SERVICE 00:16
3 NIEWIADOMA Katarzyna POL CANYON // SRAM RACING 00:16
4 LONGO BORGHINI Elisa ITA TREK – SEGAFREDO 00:21
5 MOOLMAN-PASIO Ashleigh RSA TEAM SD WORX 00:51
6 GARCIA CAÑELLAS Margarita Victo ESP UAE TEAM ADQ 00:55
7 VOLLERING Demi NED TEAM SD WORX 00:57
8 LABOUS Juliette FRA TEAM DSM 01:05
9 VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek NED MOVISTAR TEAM WOMEN 01:14
10 LUDWIG Cecilie DEN FDJ SUEZ FUTUROSCOPE 01:48

Ludwig recovers her smile

On the day after a terrible stage 2 for FDJ-Suez-Futuroscope, Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig claimed a spectacular victory in Épernay. The Danish National champion was the fastest on the final uphill of the day to take victory in front of Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma) and Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (SD Worx) after an eventful finale. Vos retains the Maillot Jaune while the gaps open on the overall standings, with only seven riders within a minute of the GC leader.
On the day after an explosive finale around Provins and with many hills on the way to Épernay, baroudeurs are inspired from the start. Attacks are flying non-stop at the front, which prevents any group from opening significant gaps in the early parts of the stage.

First skirmishes
The peloton fly towards the first categorised ascent of the day, the cat-4 Côte de Trépail (km 21.6). At the summit, Femke Gerritse (Parkhotel Valkenburg) adds 2 QOM points to her tally (she was already a joint-leader with her teammate Femke Markus, wearing the polka-dot jersey due to a better position on the overall standings). Elise Chabbey (Canyon//Sram) is 2nd over the top.
After the summit, Pauline Allin (Arkéa) goes for her second breakaway of the Tour, after a previous attempt on the Champs-Élysées. Femke Markus joins her at km 40. More riders try to bridge the gap but the peloton, wary of the wind, cover every move.
Unable to open a significant gap, the attacking duo are caught with 74km to go. The situation then settles towards the final ascents of the day.

More attacks
Gerritse dominates again the cat-4 climbs of Vertus (km 78.9) and Mesnil-sur-Oger (km 88.1), each time ahead of Chabbey. She all but secures the polka-dot jersey at the end of the day.
Amialiusik accelerates after the climb and sets off alone at the front. Many riders try to counter-attack, but none succeeds to join her. She has a lead of 1’ against the bunch as she enters the last 30km.

Unbridled action
The peloton accelerate and the gap is down to 30’’ as they cross the finish line for the first time, with 24km to go. They face an explosive final lap, with the Côte de Mutigny, where Julian Alaphilippe powered to the stage win and the Maillot Jaune on the same roads in 2019.
Amialiusik is caught at the bottom of the climb. Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar) sets the early pace, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (SD Worx) accelerates and then her teammate Demi Vollering powers to the summit. Only seven riders remain at the front: Van Vleuten, Moolman Pasio, Vollering, Lippert, Persico, Garcia, Longo Borghini.
The Maillot Jaune Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma) is chasing 15’’ behind them, with Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (FDJ-Suez-Futuroscope) and Juliette Labous (Team DSM).

Crazy finale
The situation is turned upside down again when Vollering misses a turn and Lippert goes down with her. Eventually, 11 riders get back together ahead of the final ascent of the day: Vollering, Faulkner, Ludwig, Niewiadoma, Labous, Persico, Moolman-Pasio, Van Vleuten, Longo Borghini and Garcia.
Van Vleuten can’t keep up when Longo Borghini accelerates on the slopes of Mont Bernon to take 3 bonus seconds over the top. She eventually gets back for the last kilometre, with the final uphill sections to battle it out.
Niewiadoma, Moolman-Pasio and Vos anticipate… And Ludwig flies past them right at the end to take revenge after a crash-marred stage 2 for her team on Monday.
@ASO

Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift Etappe 2

Meaux – Provins – 135 Km

1 VOS Marianne NED TEAM JUMBO VISMA 03:14:02
2 PERSICO Silvia ITA VALCAR – TRAVEL & SERVICE 00:00
3 NIEWIADOMA Katarzyna POL CANYON // SRAM RACING 00:00
4 LONGO BORGHINI Elisa ITA TREK – SEGAFREDO 00:02
5 VAN DER DUIN Maike NED LE COL-WAHOO 00:12
6 WIEBES Lorena NED TEAM DSM 00:29
7 DE WILDE Julie BEL PLANTUR-PURA 00:29
8 BARBIERI Rachele ITA LIV RACING XSTRA 00:29
9 KOPECKY Lotte BEL TEAM SD WORX 00:29
10 CONFALONIERI Maria Giulia ITA CERATIZIT – WNT PRO CYCLING TEAM 00:29

Gesamt:

1 VOS Marianne NED TEAM JUMBO VISMA 05:07:46
2 PERSICO Silvia ITA VALCAR – TRAVEL & SERVICE 00:10
3 NIEWIADOMA Katarzyna POL CANYON // SRAM RACING 00:12
4 LONGO BORGHINI Elisa ITA TREK – SEGAFREDO 00:18
5 VAN DER DUIN Maike NED LE COL-WAHOO 00:28
6 WIEBES Lorena NED TEAM DSM 00:35
7 KOPECKY Lotte BEL TEAM SD WORX 00:41
8 BARBIERI Rachele ITA LIV RACING XSTRA 00:45
9 DE WILDE Julie BEL PLANTUR-PURA 00:45
10 VOLLERING Demi NED TEAM SD WORX 00:45

Vos adds yellow to her iconic record

Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma) now has 13 rainbow jerseys and a Maillot Jaune to bring more colour to her stellar record as one of the greatest champions in the history of cycling. The Dutch icon made the most of her experience and speed to win stage 2 of the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift after a very animated finale around Provins. On the uphill finish, she was the fastest from the group of six attackers that had emerged at the front, outsprinting Silvia Persico (Valcar-Travel & Service), 2nd on her 25th birthday, and Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon//Sram Racing). Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo) finished 4th and gained time on her GC rivals.
The 142 finishers in Paris set off from Meaux with 136.4km of racing ahead of them. The wind, steadily blowing at more than 20km/h and hitting 50km/h, and the rolling terrain lead to early battles.

The early KOM battle
Four riders manage to make the break at km 3: Sabrina Stultiens (Liv Racing Xstra), Femke Gerritse (Parkhotel Valkenburg), Rotem Gafinovitz (Roland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad) and Marit Raaijmakers (Human Powered Health). They open a lead of 2 minutes en route to the categorised climb of the day, Côte de Tigeaux (km 16.9).
At the summit, Femke Gerritse takes the 2 KOM points. She matches her teammate Femke Markus’ tally – their position on GC at the end of the stage will decide who wears the polka-dot on Tuesday.

More battles through the wind
The gap reaches a maximum of 3 minutes at km 27 and the situation settles for some 20km. Then, the tension seriously increases in the bunch, with teams such as Trek-Segafredo, FDJ Suez Futuroscope and Jumbo-Visma trying to split the bunch through the wind.
A dozen of riders are dropped, including the 3-time cyclo-cross World champion Sanne Cant (Plantur-Pura) but most of the bunch stay together. The main consequence of the acceleration is that the early attackers are caught with 78km to go.

The tension rises
As the route turns eastwards, the crosswinds become tailwinds and the race situation settles ahead of the final battles with a 19.7km loop around Provins. The tension eventually increases with a series of crashes around 30km away from the finish. Among the main riders involved, Marta Cavalli (FDJ Suez Futuroscope) and Amanda Spratt (BikeExchange-Jayco) struggle to get back on her bike.
At the same time, Maike van der Duin (Le Col-Wahoo) goes on the move. She has a lead of 15’’ as she crosses the line for the first time. Wiebes dominates the intermediate sprint in the bunch but she can’t follow the move initiated by Elisa Balsamo with her Trek-Segafredo teammate Elisa Longo Borghini.

The Goat takes it all
Six riders are at the front on the final lap: Balsamo, Longo Borghini and Van der Duin, joined by Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma), Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon//Sram Racing) and Silvia Persico (Valcar-Travel & Service), celebrating her 25th birthday with an attack on the roads of the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift.
They enter the last 10km with a lead of 30’’ and increase the gap to 40’’ for the last 5km. Their move is about to allow them to battle for the stage win but also the Maillot Jaune.
Longo Borghini is the first to move inside the last kilometre, while Balsamo sits up. But Vos is in perfect control. Her final kick brings her the stage win, the Maillot Jaune and also the green jersey. The Goat has left her mark!
A.S.O.

Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift Etappe 1

Paris – 82 Km

1 WIEBES Lorena NED TEAM DSM 01:54:00
2 VOS Marianne NED TEAM JUMBO VISMA 00:00
3 KOPECKY Lotte BEL TEAM SD WORX 00:00
4 BARBIERI Rachele ITA LIV RACING XSTRA 00:00
5 NORSGAARD BJERG Emma Cecilie DEN MOVISTAR TEAM WOMEN 00:00
6 VAN DER DUIN Maike NED LE COL-WAHOO 00:00
7 BALSAMO Elisa ITA TREK – SEGAFREDO 00:00
8 BOILARD Simone CAN ST-MICHEL AUBER 93 00:00
9 DRONOVA Tamara RUS ROLAND COGEAS EDELWEISS SQUAD 00:00
10 GUAZZINI Vittoria ITA FDJ SUEZ FUTUROSCOPE 00:00

Wiebes fly to the first Maillot Jaune

History has been written on the Champs-Élysées as the superfast Lorena Wiebes (Team DSM) and the peloton of the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift covered the first stage of the race this Sunday, in Paris.
After 81.6km of fast racing, the Dutch sprinter took her 16th victory of the year… the most historic, claiming the Maillot Jaune of leader of the Tour ahead of her compatriot Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma).
Lotte Kopecky (SD Worx) rounded out the podium of the day. The race will now set off towards the East, heading to the finish atop La Super Planche des Belles Filles next Sunday.

The peloton started from the Eiffel Tower in the early afternoon with 144 trailblazers to pave the way for the first Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift. Attackers immediately set off, with riders from EF-Education-Tibco-SVB and Human Powered Health showing their intent to make the break. But the succession of attacks and counter-attacks make it hard to open a gap.

First break and first sprint
After 18 km of racing around the Champs-Élysées, Mischa Bredewold (Parkhotel Valkenburg) attacks. She is quickly joined by Emily Newsom (EF Education-Tibco-SVB) and they open the first significant gaps.
With 8 laps (54.4km) to go, the leading duo are 25’’ ahead of Morgane Coston (Arkea), trying to chase them down, and 40’’ ahead of the bunch. But the peloton accelerate towards the first intermediate sprint (km 34.8). The attackers are reeled in and Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma) takes the first points of the day against Lorena Wiebes (Team DSM).

First KOM
Pauline Allin (Arkea) launches a new move inside the last 45km. With many counter-attackers trying to join her, the gap is minimal. Henrietta Christie (Human Powered Health) eventually makes it a 2-woman breakaway, 15’’ ahead of the bunch. But the peloton accelerate again towards the second intermediate sprint, dominated by Lotte Kopecky (SD Worx).

Into the last 25km, Femke Markus (Parkhotel Valkenburg) and Anne Dorthe Ysland (Uno-X) attack and Marta Lach (Ceratizit-WNT) joins them at the front of the race. They battle it out on the only categorised ascent of the day with the peloton chasing hard behind them. Markus takes the 2 KOM points at the summit and the first polka-dot jersey is hers.

First abandon and first Maillot Jaune
The peloton immediately get back to the attackers… And Gladys Verhulst (Le Col-Wahoo) goes on the move, alone. She opens a gap of 50’’ ahead of the final 10km while Alana Castrique (Cofidis) suffers a crash and abandons the race.

Verhulst is stil 30’’ ahead of her rivals when she enters the final lap. She is eventually caught 2.3km away from the line. Ellen van Dijk (Trek-Segafredo) powers to the front but Team DSM and Jumbo-Visma move past her to set a magnificent sprint between the icon Vos and the rising star Wiebes, who narrowly takes the first Maillot Jaune.

Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift D-1

Key points:
• The 1st edition of the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift will hold its Grand Départ on Sunday July 24 in Paris at 1:40pm, at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, with a first stage that follows the circuit on the Champs-Elysées a few hours before the Tour de France.
• Sprinter Lorena Wiebes is dreaming of wearing the first Maillot Jaune, just like world champion Elisa Balsamo and women’s cycling legend Marianne Vos.
• The race, made up of eight stages, will head east on Monday and will finish on the Super Planche des Belles Filles. Dutchwoman Annemiek van Vleuten is the major favorite, although the competition is set to be particularly fierce, especially from the SD Worx team. The leading 18 riders in the UCI world classification will all be taking starter’s orders.

An inaugural setting of the Eiffel Tower and Champs-Elysées
On the day before the Grand Départ, the 144 riders on the 1st edition of the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift met up in Meaux, at the Théâtre du Luxembourg, to attend the pre-race briefing. This town, the most largely populated in the Seine-et-Marne department, will host the start of the second stage on Monday, perhaps in the presence of Tadej Pogacar, as revealed by his partner Urska Zigart, selected at the last minute by Team Bike-Exchange Jayco following cases of covid in her team. By Sunday, the women’s pack will have returned to Paris to tackle the roads on which the 81.6-km long first stage will take place. “We’ll be setting off in front of the Eiffel Tower followed by 12 laps of the circuit on the Champs-Elysées,” explained race director Franck Perque. “On this stage, we should see the sprinters’ teams leading the way. The winner of the stage will have the privilege of wearing the first yellow jersey”. As from Monday, the pack will head east, with the high points of gravel track sections on Wednesday and a weekend in the Vosges Mountains, where the climbers will do battle to see who wins the general classification. On Sunday July 31, the Super Planche des Belles Filles is where the event will conclude its 1033.6 kilometers of racing.

Lorena Wiebes: “We will give everything to get the yellow jersey”
The first Maillot Jaune is likely to be worn by a sprinter on Sunday evening and as such, speedster Lorena Wiebes is the major favorite. The Dutch rider boasts the most victories this season (15), four of which were achieved only last week on the Baloise Ladies Tour. In a show of ambition, she has painted her nails yellow on one hand and green on the other, because the DSM rider also has her sights set on winning the points classification. Firstly, however, her focus is on the first stage, which is seemingly tailor-made for her. “I’ve been aiming for victory on the Champs-Elysées since I discovered the route,” she admitted. “Starting in front of the Eiffel Tower and riding along the Champs-Elysées will be a special feeling. We will give everything to get the Maillot Jaune. I think I’ll be fighting for it with Elisa Balsamo [Trek-Segafredo], Marianne Vos [Jumbo-Visma], Lotte Kopecky [SD Worx] or Emma Norsgaard [Movistar]. It’s going to be chaos. I’m expecting there will be plenty of attacks, especially since there are two intermediate sprints and climbing points to be won. Everyone will be keen to make their mark”.

Annemiek Van Vleuten: “It’s a little sad to see me as the only favorite”
Following the third triumph in her career on the Giro at the beginning of July, Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar Team Women) is the main favorite for the general classification in the eyes of the world. “That’s what people say, but all the teams are at the top level,” were the more modest words of the world number one, head and shoulders above the rest on Liège-Bastogne-Liège in spring. “It’s going to be tough and the competition is fierce. Marta Cavalli [from FDJ-Suez-Futuroscope, her runner-up on the Giro] has shown she is in very good form, Mavi Garcia [UAE Team ADQ] is as well, not forgetting, of course, Demi Vollering and Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio [SD Worx]. It’s a little sad to see me as the only favorite. I think that we saw on the Giro that there are more pretenders to the crown than that”. The 39-year-old Dutchwoman is “very excited to be starting this new race”. However, from what she says, the Maillot Jaune is not an obsession for her, with her retirement approaching at the end of 2023. “I’m not the type of rider who dreams about jerseys, trophies or victories. My goal is to always be in the best form at the start of the race. I think that is the case for this Tour. I’m in very good form, perhaps even better than on the Giro,” admitted the Olympic and three times World Champion with a smile.

SD Worx pays homage to Pieters
SD Worx, the leading team in the UCI classification, will be wearing a special jersey for the first stage as they pay homage to Amy Pieters, World Champion in 2019, who came out of a coma at the end of April, four months after a terrible fall during training. “She designed the jersey before her accident because she wanted to create one for her cycling store,” explained her team-mate Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio. “She’s making good progress in her recovery. She’s still an integral part of our team and we want to do our very best for her on Sunday whilst wearing this jersey”. Another tribute would be to win a hatful of stages and triumph in the general classification, which is an ambition that SD Worx seems capable of accomplishing. With two pretenders for the Maillot Jaune (Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio and Demi Vollering), a formidable sprinter (Lotte Kopecky), a former world champion (Chantal van den Broek-Blaak) and the current European time-trial champion (Marlen Reusser), the Dutch team could light up the Tour at the slightest opportunity, quite like the Jumbo-Visma team has done on the Tour de France. “We have a chance of winning on all the stages,” claims Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, who will retire at the end of the year. “The idea is to put on the best show for the fans”.

Trek-Segafredo: a team of champions
The American team will have a strong case to make on the first stage with world champion Elisa Balsamo wearing race number 1. However, the Italian will willingly trade in her rainbow jersey for a yellow one. “Of course, it’s my dream,” said the rider who has recently won two sprint stages on the Giro. “But it will be very tough because all the other girls will want it too. A podium finish would already be an excellent result on the Champs-Elysées and I want to help Elisa Longo-Borghini for the general classification”. Half of the team will start wearing a distinctive jersey because Dutchwoman Ellen van Dijk is the current European Champion and Audrey Cordon-Ragot is the French champion. Speeding up and down the Champs-Elysées with the tricolor jersey is “the icing on the cake” for the rider from Brittany. “It was my genuine goal to start this race wearing this jersey,” she said, savoring the moment in advance. “It’s difficult to have personal objectives in a team like this. My goal has almost been accomplished; now, I just have to enjoy it to the full and be in communion with the spectators who are going to be encouraging me a lot. And if the team manages to grab some victories, then that will be great”.

Broadcast in 190 countries
The race will be broadcasted in 190 countries. In France, France Télévisions will be the official broadcaster and Eurosport in Europe. Two and a half hours of each stage will be televised live every day, apart from the first stage which will be broadcast in its entirety. The race can also be followed live in its entirety on the official web site, with commentary in French and English.

Warner Bros. Discovery verstärkt die Berichterstattung über den Frauen-Radsport

• “Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift” komplett live auf den Warner Bros. Discovery Sports (WBDS) Plattformen – im Free-TV bei Eurosport 1 sowie bei discovery+ und GCN+
• „The Yellow Jersey finally in our hands“ – Eigene Kampagne zur Tour de France der Frauen
• Lisa Brennauer im Eurosport-Interview: „Klar träumt man vom Gelben Trikot“
• Alle Events der UCI Women’s World Tour werden 2022 auf WBDS-Plattformen wie discovery+, Eurosport und GCN+ übertragen

Wenn am Sonntag, 24. Juli, der Startschuss der “Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift” mit dem Grand Départ in Paris ertönt, wird der Frauen-Radsport so präsent sein wie nie zuvor. Vom 24. bis 31. Juli findet die erste Austragung der “Tour de France Femmes” statt. Mit der Aufnahme der neuen Frankreich-Rundfahrt für Frauen in den Rennkalender können sich die Fahrerinnen und Fans auf packende Rennaction freuen.

Alle Etappen der Tour de France Femmes, die am Eiffelturm in Paris startet und eine Woche später mit dem berühmten Anstieg zur Planche des Belles Filles in den Vogesen endet, überträgt Warner Bros. Discovery Sports (WBDS) in Deutschland live im Free-TV bei Eurosport 1 sowie im Stream bei discovery+ und GCN+.

Der Cube, das Mixed-Reality-Studio dient als Eckpfeiler der WBDS-Übertragung der Tour de France Femmes und bietet den Fans erstklassige Einblicke. Orla Chennaoui präsentiert die internationale WBDS-Berichterstattung zur Tour de France Femmes, während die ehemalige niederländische Radsportlerin Iris Slappendel in die Fußstapfen von Sir Bradley Wiggins tritt, um den Fans während der acht Etappen umfassende Live-Analysen direkt aus dem Peloton zu liefern. Am Mikrofon begleiten in Deutschland Reporter Gerhard Leinauer und Experte Christian Lichtenberg die Rundfahrt.
Orla Chennaoui, Radsport-Moderatorin bei Warner Bros. Discovery Sports sagte im Vorfeld der Tour: “Ich freue mich auf ein wirklich spannendes Rennen. Ich denke, dass das Storytelling aufgrund der vielen unterschiedlichen Geschichten der Radsportlerinnen unglaublich facettenreich und tiefgründig ist. Wir sind uns der Bedeutung dieses Events, das nicht nur Radsportgeschichte ist, sowie unserer Verantwortung bewusst und freuen uns sehr es ins Rampenlicht zu rücken.”

Neue WBDS-Kampagne zur Tour de France Femmes mit vielen Stars der Szene
Die Berichterstattung von WBDS über die diesjährige Tour de France Femmes wird von einer eigenen On-Air-Kampagne begleitet, in der zahlreiche Superstars des Frauenradsports wie Audrey Cordon-Ragot, Annemiek van Vleuten, Marianne Vos, Cecilie Uttrupp Ludwig und Lizzie Deignan mit dem berühmten gelben Trikot posieren, um das sie jeden Tag kämpfen werden. Klicken Sie HIER, um den internationalen Kampagnenspot aufzurufen und herunterzuladen.

Brennauer: „Klar träumt man von einem Etappensieg oder einem Gelben Trikot“
Vor der Tour de France Femmes blickt Lisa Brennauer, Radsport-Olympiasiegerin in Tokyo, auf ihren Start und das Rennen im großen Eurosport.de-Interview voraus:
„Es es wird ein super Event und ist etwas Besonderes. Wir haben jahrelang immer wieder davon gesprochen, haben uns die Tour de France gewünscht. Es ist einfach ein Rennen, das wir selbst als Jugendliche schon verfolgt haben – und jetzt können wir Teil davon werden“, blickt die Allgäuerin Brennauer mit Vorfreude der Tour entgegen. „Klar träumt man von einem Etappensieg oder einem Gelben Trikot. Aber wenn, dann muss ich auf den ersten Etappen zuschlagen. Zum Beispiel sollte mir auch die 4. Etappe über den Schotter liegen“, führt Brennauer fort, die auf die Gesamtwertung auch aufgrund der Bergetappe am Schluss kein Auge werfen will.

Zum Start der Tour de Femmes werden acht Etappen gefahren, aber auch eine längere Tour würde Brennauer den Frauen zutrauen:
„Ich glaube, dass es für den Anfang jetzt ganz gut ist mit den acht Tagen. Aber vielleicht wird sie ja bald dann auch zehn, zwölf oder 14 Tage lang. Ich denke, dass das von der Leistungsfähigkeit her geht. Vor acht Jahren sind zwei Teamkolleginnen von mir (Trixi Worrack und Evelyn Stevens, Anm. d. Red.) auch hintereinander den Giro d’Italia und die Thüringen-Rundfahrt gefahren – 17 Renntage am Stück, ohne Ruhetag. Was sich aber dafür verändern müsste, wären die Team-Infrastrukturen.“
Das komplette Interview ist unter folgendem Link auf Eurosport.de verfügbar: https://www.eurosport.de/radsport/tour-de-france-femmes/2022/vorschau-frauen-brennauer-rundfahrt-frankreich-etappen-favoritinnen-paris-gelbes-trikot_sto9052860/story.shtml

Die Women’s World Tour auf den WBDS-Plattformen
Alle Rennen der UCI Women’s World Tour – zu der auch die Tour de France Femmes gehört – werden 2022 auf den WBDS-Plattformen übertragen. Hinzu kommen weitere 15 Straßenradrennen der Frauen, die nicht zur Tour gehören. Darüber hinaus wird WBDS auch die diesjährigen UCI-Weltmeisterschaften und Weltcup-Veranstaltungen der Frauen, eine Reihe von Cyclo-Cross-Veranstaltungen der Frauen sowie die Frauenrennen der UCI Track Champions League übertragen und damit die Position von Warner Bros. Discovery Sports als “Home of Women’s Cycling” weiter zementieren.

Die wichtigsten Zahlen auf einen Blick:
• WBDS wird alle 24 Rennen der UCI Women’s World Tour 2022 übertragen
• 98 Rad-Events der Frauen wurden in den letzten 12 Monaten übertragen
• Insgesamt waren 350 Stunden an Live-Action zu sehen
Der Zeitplan der Tour de France Femmes bei Eurosport 1 und discovery+
Etappe 1 – Sonntag, 24. Juli ab 13:00 Uhr – Paris Tour Eiffel bis Champs Elysees (82 km)
Etappe 2 – Montag, 25. Juli ab 14:15 Uhr – Meaux nach Provins (135 km)
Etappe 3 – Dienstag, 26. Juli ab 14:15 Uhr – Reims – Epernay (133 km)
Etappe 4 – Mittwoch, 27. Juli ab 14:15 Uhr – Troyes nach Bar-Sur-Aube (126 km)
Etappe 5 – Donnerstag, 28. Juli ab 14:15 Uhr- Bar-Le-Duc nach Saint-Die-Des-Vosges (175 km)
Etappe 6 – Freitag, 29. Juli ab 14:15 Uhr – von Saint-Die-Des-Vosges nach Rosheim (128 km)
Etappe 7 – Samstag, 30. Juli ab 15:25 Uhr – Selestat bis Le Markstein (127 km)
Etappe 8 – Sonntag, 31. Juli ab 15:25 Uhr – Lure bis La Super Planche Des Belles Filles (123 km)