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This will be the first foreign Grand Départ .
There will be two stages in one day on Tuesday 13 August (Dordrecht-Rotterdam followed by an individual time trial in Rotterdam).
The 2024 edition will cross three countries: the Netherlands, Belgium and France.
The 2024 edition features four mountain ranges: the Ardennes, Vosges, Jura and Alps.
The distance in kilometres of the individual time trial through the streets of Rotterdam on the second day.
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10 French departments feature on the race route: Meurthe- et-Moselle,Moselle, Vosges, Haute-Saône, Doubs, Jura, Ain, Haute-Savoie, Savoie and Isère (within three regions: Grand Est, Bourgogne – Franche-Comté and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes).
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Tour de France Femmes 2022: The Route
The Tour de France Femmes opens on the famous Champs-Élysées circuit in Paris. Stage 1 features eleven laps between the Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre.
Stage 2 is almost as flat, while the first of two chances for punchers is presented in a race from Reims to Épernay in the Champagne region. Stage 3 takes in five hills, the last of which is crested with 3.7 kilometres remaining.
The 4th stage is the Tour de France Femmes’ take on the Strade Bianche. The route features six short and sharp climbs and four unpaved sectors in the second half of the 126 kilometres long race.
Stage 5 is the longest race in a decor of flat to rolling roads, while stage 6 is similar, albeit somewhat more lumpy. The last hill is crested inside within the last 10 kilometres.
The 7th stage is the first of two mountainous trips into the Vosges Mountains. It includes Le Petit Ballon (9.3 kilometres at 8.1%), Col du Platzerwasel (7.1 kilometres at 8.3%) and Le Grand Ballon (13.5 kilometres at 6.7%) before a virtually flat run-in to the line.
The Tour de France for women concludes with another test in the Vosges Mountains, again featuring three ascents. Stage 8 serves the Côte d’Esmoulières (2.3 kilometres at 8.5%) and Le Ballon d’Alsace (9 kilometres at 6.9%) before the race reaches its zenit with La Planche des Belles Filles. The 7 kilometres climb at 8.7% saves the best for last. At 9.5% the final kilometre is not only steep, it’s also unpaved.
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Tour de France Femmes 2023: Stage-by-stage guide
- Published 22 July 2023
The Tour de France Femmes officially returned to the calendar in stage-race form last year for the first time since 1989
The Tour de France Femmes begins its second edition on Sunday, 23 July in Clermont-Ferrand, central southern France.
The eight-stage race features a mixture of flat stages, hilly days, a time trial and a showpiece mountain-top finish on the Tourmalet in the Pyrenees.
Last year's winner Annemiek van Vleuten is returning to the start line to defend her title in what is her final season in the peloton before retirement.
This page will be updated throughout the Tour following each stage with the winner and a brief report.
Ashleigh Moolman Pasio raced the Tour de France Femmes in 2022 but illness forced her to abandon the race before the final stage
As she did last year, Van Vleuten comes into the Tour off the back of another dominant win in the Giro d'Italia Donne three weeks ago.
Yet the Dutchwoman will again face competition in France from SD Worx compatriot Demi Vollering, who finished runner-up last year, while Lidl-Trek's Elisa Longo Borghini and French hope Juliette Labous - who rides for Team DSM - are also likely to pose a strong challenge.
Ashleigh Moolman Pasio is another key contender for the yellow jersey, with the AG Insurance-Soudal Quick-Step rider focusing her whole season around the Tour after abandoning last year's edition before the final because of illness.
The South African climber talks to BBC Sport about the route and explains where the title could be won or lost.
Sunday, 23 July - stage 1: Clermont-Ferrand - Clermont-Ferrand, 124km
The Tour begins in the commune of Clermont-Ferrand in France's Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region
"The Tour starts harder than one expects in terms of what we see on paper. It seems to be a sprinters' stage but having done a reconnaissance on the stage I think there could be quite an explosion.
"In the last 10km there's a climb and it's actually pretty steep and from there it's pretty technical all the way down into the town.
"I think it's going to be interesting, very exciting, because there will be teams hoping it will be a sprint and going all-in for the sprinters to win the yellow jersey on the first day.
"But I think there's going to be some more punchy riders or classic racing riders that are also going to want to take full advantage of that last steep climb. It's going to be a very open race.
"It's definitely going to be a very nervous stage, it's the first day of the biggest race on the calendar and there's a lot of people who have their sights on that yellow jersey."
Monday, 24 July - stage 2: Clermont-Ferrand - Mauriac, 152km
The second stage provides the peloton with a chance to attack with a hilly profile to Mauriac
"It's quite a long stage, 150km, and it starts with an undulating climbing from the word go. It's the perfect opportunity for an early breakaway. I'm quite confident that teams will try to go early on in the race.
"Then it will be interesting to see what the make up of that breakaway is and it will all depend on what the big teams like SD Worx do in bringing back and controlling that breakaway, or whether we start to see two races unfolding - a race to win the stage and then maybe a little race behind between GC [general classification] riders.
"The last circuit, things can definitely happen. It's a little bit technical and it has a 5km climb into the finish line so that's a place that GC riders like myself are going to be focusing. There are some seconds there that could be taken."
Tuesday, 25 July - stage 3: Collonges-La-Rouge - Montignac-Lascaux, 147.5km
Stage three of the Tour de France Femmes takes the riders west to the commune of Montignac-Lascaux
"There is quite a lot of up and down all day long, it is 1,800m of ascent but that is over 147km.
"Although there is climbing, I think the sprinting teams will be quite motivated to keep it together. If it breaks up a bit on the climb, I'm sure there'll be a point where it all comes back together, especially because going into the final, there's not that much climbing.
"There could be a breakaway early on but I have a feeling that teams with good sprinters will try to bring it all back and I do think that this stage will be a bunch sprint."
Wednesday, 26 July - stage 4: Cahors - Rodez, 177.5km
Rodez has been regularly used as a finish in the men's edition of the race with the roads providing perfect territory for a breakaway ambush
"The first three stages are going to be nervous, they're going to be aggressive, they're going to be hard - and then you hit this stage, which is really long and the first part is quite flat.
"It's going to be a race of attrition, it's going to come down to who's played the start of the race smartest; eaten, kept themselves ready for the final - because the final is hard.
"It's not only got climbing, it's really technical; technical descents which could also play a role in the end result. I love this stage because it's very much like a classic. You almost feel a bit like you could be in the Ardennes.
"Riding into Rodez, it's pretty spicy, little punches all the way to the finish line. It's going to benefit the rider who calculates it best on this stage, keeps themselves well hydrated, fully fuelled, saving energy, and then it's going to be super explosive in the last part of the race.
"I think we'll see some action in the GC."
Thursday, 27 July - stage 5: Onet-Le-Chateau - Albi, 126.5km
The peloton travel to Albi, situated on the Tarn river, for the fifth stage of the Tour
"What makes this Tour different to the last is that it's very difficult to find a 'classic' sprint stage because every day there's climbing.
"How it plays out is going to be quite interesting because, as we saw last year, riders who are more on the punchy side and not necessarily super confident in their long game when it comes to climbing might really be looking to take advantage of every single opportunity to take some extra seconds.
"On paper this should come down to a sprint, but you never know. There is a section between 80km and 100km which has some steep little punches in it, so it could be some riders are looking to take an advantage and it lasts all the way to the finish.
"It all depends on how organised the sprinting teams are and whether they work together."
Friday, 28 July - stage 6: Albi - Blagnac, 122.5km
The Tour travels towards the Pyrenees to Blagnac with what is likely to be a final opportunity for the sprinters to take a stage win
"If we haven't really seen a sprint stage to this point, then for sure there will be high motivation from the teams to control it and keep it together for that sprint.
"SD Worx is the team we'll all be watching and they might have in their mind to keep things calm as much as they can because the next day is the Queen stage with the Tourmalet.
"I think it's possible that we will have some wind in the final. That's going to be interesting. Coming into the final 15km it is quite exposed and a straight stretch of road, so motivation might be high to split it up in crosswinds.
"As GC riders it will be in our best interests to take it as easy as we can on this day while keeping in mind that things can go seriously wrong in crosswinds. It's going to be a point to be super attentive."
Saturday, 29 July - stage 7: Lannemezan - Tourmalet Bagneres-de-Bigorre, 90km
The riders will finish atop the Tourmalet, which has a long history with the Tour de France
"I think this is a really cool stage because we have the Col d'Aspin first and then the Tourmalet, two well-known climbs.
"It's a shorter stage and I think it's going to be really exciting. This is where the race is going to be made.
"Having said that, you could have a scenario where some 'punchy'-style riders have created a buffer for themselves coming into this stage, so the classic climbers will have to really put them to the wire if they have an advantage.
"The Tourmalet is a really special climb, a mystical climb. Often you climb into the clouds. It's steep all the way to the finish line.
"It will be interesting to see on the Aspin because the last 3km are quite steep so you might see that as a launchpad going into the Tourmalet that there is a small breakaway."
Sunday, 30 July - stage 8: Pau - Pau, 22.6km (ITT)
The race finishes with a 22km time trial in Pau, using some of the same roads featured in the 2019 edition of La Course by Le Tour de France won by Marianne Vos
"It's good that we have a time trial in a grand tour - it almost seems like a grand tour isn't really a grand tour unless there's a time trial in it. It's very much a complete race.
"Having seen the course, it's not a classic time triallist course, it's still quite open. A time trial on the last day of a tour is also very different from a one-day time trial.
"The start is quite technical, lots of left-right, left-right, so it's very difficult to get into a really good rhythm. Then we have a 2km to 3km section which is quite flat and straight and that's really the only part that is super suited to getting into the aero position.
"Shortly after that you go up a punchy climb and from then it's not a straight road, it's constantly a little bit down, twisty, and before you know it you're heading back to the finish, which again has a bit of a punch to the line.
"I think it's still going to be quite exciting on the last day. I don't think it's necessarily going to be a decider but there are going to be certain riders who are going to be under pressure to be able to maintain their position."
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Tour de France Femmes 2024 route: Alpe d'Huez finale confirmed
Race to take place 12-18 August, with eight stages over seven days
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The 2024 Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift will conclude at the summit of the iconic Alpe d'Huez climb, race organiser ASO has announced.
The route for the third edition of the race was unveiled in a presentation inside Paris's Palais des Congrès on Wednesday.
Next year's race will begin on 12 August, the day after the Paris Olympics, and will offer eight stages across seven days.
Presenting the route, race director Marion Rousse said: "From Rotterdam to Alpe d'Huez, from the Netherlands to the Dutch mountain, the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift will count eight stages over a 946km route, visiting three countries."
As was revealed in July, the Grand Départ will take place in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, marking the first time the race has ventured outside of France. Two stages will then be held on day two, with a 67km road race in the morning, and a 6.3km individual time trial in the afternoon.
Stage four pays tribute to Liège-Bastogne-Liège , starting in the Dutch city of Valkenburg and finishing across the Belgian border in Liège. The 122km stage will feature the Monument's classic climbs of the Côte de la Redoute and the Côte de la Roche aux Faucons.
The peloton will race on French roads for the first time on stage five, with an undulating parcours into Amnéville in the Grand Est.
On stage six, a passage through the Vosges provides an amuse-bouche of mountains, before a challenging final weekend in the Alps.
Stages seven and eight bring a finale of back-to-back summit finishes, starring the ski resorts of Le Grand-Bornand and Alpe d'Huez.
The final day counts almost 4,000m of climbing, with the peloton scaling the 20km-long Col du Glandon before taking on the Alpe's 21 leg-sapping hairpins.
"Those last two days are real mountain days," Claire Steels (Israel Premier Tech Roland), the highest placed Brit in the 2023 edition, told Cycling Weekly . "I'm really excited about consecutive, back-to-back summit finishes. Obviously finishing on Alpe d'Huez is going to make for an incredible race.
"I think the really decisive days are going to be those last two days. That will be where the final GC will be decided."
Last year, the Tour de France Femmes reached new heights with its first mountaintop finish, which came on the Col du Tourmalet in the Pyrénées. Demi Vollering (SD Worx) won the stage , took the yellow jersey and went on to secure the overall title .
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Reigning champion Annemiek van Vleuten is targeting another Tour de France Femmes crown, as the second modern edition of the stage race takes place on 23 July to 30 July. Here is all you need to know before the start in Clermont-Ferrand.
The second edition of the most prestigious stage race on the women’s cycling calendar is billed as being the biggest yet. Tour de France Femmes 2023 is offering a diverse route starting in the highland region of Massif Central and finishing at the foot of the Pyrenees in Pau.
The big question before this year’s race has been whether anyone can challenge defending champion Annemiek van Vleuten , who is also an Olympic gold and silver medallist and four-time world champion.
The 40-year-old Dutchwoman has already claimed La Vuelta Femenina and the Giro d’Italia Donne this season, and victory in the Tour de France Femmes would complete the set of 2023 women's Grand Tour race wins.
22 teams will be at the start line to battle over 8 stages, not just for the yellow leader’s jersey, but also the green points classification jersey, the polka-dot jersey for leader of the mountain classification and the white jersey for the best young rider under 23 years of age.
Read on to find everything you need to know about the Tour de France Femmes 2023.
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Tour de france femmes 2023 route.
Tour de France Femmes 2023 consists of eight stages with a total of 956 kilometres of racing. The peloton starts with a fairly flat stage around Clermont-Ferrand, and from the second hilly stage, the riders slowly move towards the southwest of France.
A mix of flat and hilly stages follow until the seventh stage, where the big battle among the GC favourites will be fought on the mountainous route to the iconic Col du Tourmalet in the Pyrenees.
The race will conclude with a 22 kilometres individual time trial around Pau.
Day-by-day route of the 2023 Tour de France Femmes stages
- Sunday 23 July: Stage 1 - Clermont-Ferrand - Clermont-Ferrand (124 km)
- Monday 24 July: Stage 2 - Clermont-Ferrand - Mauriac (152 km)
- Tuesday 25 July: Stage 3 - Collonges-la-Rouge - Montignac-Lascaux (147.2 km)
- Wednesday 26 July: Stage 4 - Cahors - Rodez (177.5 km)
- Thursday 27 July: Stage 5 - Onet-le-Château - Albi (126.1 km)
- Friday 28 July: Stage 6 - Albi - Blagnac (122.1 km)
- Saturday 29 July: Stage 7 - Lannemezan - Col du Tourmalet (89.8 km)
- Sunday 30 July: Stage 8 - Pau - Pau (22.6 km individual time trial)
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Riders to watch at the tour de france femmes 2023.
Two-time road race world champion Annemiek van Vleuten is the big favourite for the Tour de France Femmes 2023. In the Giro d’Italia Donne that finished earlier this month, the Olympic time trial champion claimed three stages and won the general classification by almost four minutes to Juliette Labous of France in second place.
The Movistar rider is in the middle of her last season before retiring, but after having claimed both the overall in the Giro d’Italia Donne and La Vuelta Femenina, the defending champion has proved that she isn't finished yet.
Last year, van Vleuten clinched the yellow jersey by taking the last two stages of the Tour de France Femmes. 3 minutes and 48 seconds was the gap to second place Demi Vollering .
The second placed rider from last year’s edition could also be the biggest threat for van Vleuten this year. Vollering completed the Ardennes hat-trick of one-day races earlier this season, winning the Amstel Gold Race, La Flèche Wallonne, and Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes.
The 26-year-old SD Worx rider is currently leading the UCI World Rankings, as she has secured an incredible 13 victories already this season, and the Dutch road race champion has taken a big step up since last year’s second place at this race.
At the La Vuelta Femenina, Vollering looked like she was about to be crowned the overall winner, but van Vleuten capitalized on a toilet break and gained more than a minute on the penultimate stage to ultimately win the race.
By the looks of this season’s results, we can hope to see a breathtaking Dutch battle between van Vleuten and Vollering.
Other riders, who potentially can fight for the overall victory are Elisa Longo Borghini of Italy, Juliette Labous of France, and Katarzyna Niewiadoma of Poland.
In the battle for the green jersey, the European road race champion Lorena Wiebes will be the woman to beat. The Dutchwoman has a strong team to support her in SD Worx.
Her 24-year-old compatriot Charlotte Kool of dsm-firmenich has showed earlier this season that she has the top speed to beat Wiebes in a bunch sprint.
Last year’s winner of the green jersey and arguably the greatest female cyclist of all time, Marianne Vos , also needs to be mentioned among the contenders for the points classification.
As the general classification riders will most likely battle it out on the decisive mountain stage to Col du Tourmalet, they will also be the favourites to claim the polka dot jersey after the final stage in Pau.
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How to watch the 2023 tour de france femmes live.
The Tour de France Femmes 2023 will be shown live in numerous countries. Here is a list of the official broadcast partners across different territories.
- Various European countries - Eurosport and GCN
- Belgium - RTBF and VRT
- Denmark - TV2
- France - France 3
- Ireland - TG4
- Netherlands - NOS
- Norway - TV2
- Spain - RTVE
- Switzerland - SRG-SSR
- Canada - FloBikes
- South America - ESPN
- United States - NBC Sports and Peacock
- Australia - SBS
- China - Zhibo TV
- Japan - J Sports
- New Zealand - Sky Sport
- South-East Asia - Global Cycling Network
Middle East and Africa
- The Middle East and North Africa - BeIN Sports, SSC and GCN
- Subsaharan Africa - Supersport
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- 31 Jul 2022 Annemiek van Vleuten wins stage eight, and the 2022 Tour de France Femmes!
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Thank you for reading our coverage of this year’s Tour de France Femmes , and thank you to all of you who got in touch via email or Twitter.
It was heartening to see the appetite for women’s cycling, both from fans out on the road and the many of you who have tuned in to read our live blogs, reports and more. It was a long wait for a proper multi-stage women’s Tour de France , 33 years, but this race looks well set to go from strength to strength.
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Congratulations to all the riders who finished a gruelling race – and indeed congratulations to all of those who didn’t. Everyone played their part. It was a fantastic performance from Silvia Persico, third on today’s stage, and fifth in GC.
3rd place for Silvia Persico in #tdff last stage 😍 Second podium in this Grande Boucle, sixth top 10 in eight stages, fifth place in GC and best italian athlete of the peloton. So proud of you 😍😍😍😍😍 — Valcar - Travel & Service (@valcar_ts) July 31, 2022
Huge congratulations too to Vollering, Niewiadoma and Labous for finishing second, third and fourth respectively in GC. Vollering was pictured after today’s stage seemingly in tears – perhaps illustrating the sheer amount of effort she put in to try and reel in Van Vleuten today.
Jeremy Whittle reports:
The top five on stage 8:
1) Van Vleuten (Movistar) 3hr 37min 23sec 2) Vollering (SD Worx) +30secs 3) Persico (Valcar Travel & Service) +1min 43secs 4) Niewiadoma (Canyon/SRAM) +1min 52secs 5) Labous (Team DSM) +1min 56secs
The final top five in GC:
1) Van Vleuten (Movistar) 25hr 55min 44sec 2) Vollering (SD Worx) +3min 48secs 3) Niewiadoma (Canyon/SRAM) +6min 35secs 4) Labous (Team DSM) +7min 28secs 5) Persico (Valcar Travel & Service) +8min
Van Vleuten speaks: “That’s actually a dream that comes true. Winning in yellow on the top ... wow. And it was not an easy stage. It was not an easy week. It’s been a super-big rollercoaster for me, and even today it was not easy. To finish here, solo, it’s the best way.
“I’m super proud to be the first winner of the Tour de France for the women when it’s back on the calendar, in this new version ... wow, I hope it’s a big start, and we can build this event to a bigger event for the women ... I think it’s a milestone to win this first one.
“I think it now can all sink in, and I can finally enjoy it. Yesterday was an unbelievable day but I still wanted to keep the focus ... and now I can finally ... YES! ... go only ice cream and pizza tonight, and celebrate with this team ... tonight I can celebrate without thinking abouut tomorrow.”
The Tour de France Femmes official Twitter chips in with a Van Vleuten video:
🏆 💛 🏆 🇳🇱 @AvVleuten 👑 #TDFF #WatchTheFemmes pic.twitter.com/g2bYeLdYRx — Le Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift (@LeTourFemmes) July 31, 2022
The camera motorbike that was following Van Vleuten toppled over in the closing metres of the race. That may demonstrate how steep that final bit of the climb is.
Hopefully some reaction coming up from Van Vleuten, among others.
Movistar’s social media team, needless to say, have been busy preparing the victory graphic for Twitter:
💛🐐 𝐇𝐈𝐒𝐓𝐎𝐑𝐘 𝐌𝐀𝐃𝐄. 🐐💛 @AvVleuten again #MiekItHappen with resounding success atop La Super Planche des Belles Filles as she wins @LeTourFemmes - our 8th Tour de France victory. Incredibly proud of the whole Movistar Team! 🏆 #TDFF | #RodamosJuntos | @Telefonica pic.twitter.com/uFaPlzjk2L — Movistar Team (@Movistar_Team) July 31, 2022
Van Vleuten had a massive lead in the GC after yesterday but that was far from a straightforward day. She had four or five bike changes after some mechanical problems and a puncture, and was attacked left, right and centre by rival teams who chose to try and test her rather than admit defeat in the overall race. At one point she had to take it on herself to chase back into contact with the peloton. But she got the job done, and had the strength to accelerate away on the final climb to seal a dominant stage win, and overall win.
Ludwig , who won stage three, makes it to the top. Garcia, who did so much to animate the race, is next to finish.
Persico and Niewiadoma are engaged in a huge battle for third place on the stage ... and Persico takes it!
Annemiek van Vleuten wins stage eight, and the 2022 Tour de France Femmes!
Her rivals simply had no answer. An outstanding al-round performance from the Dutchwoman. Vollering comes home second, and seals second in GC.
500m to go: The severity of the gradients on the upper slopes is quite hard to appreciate on the TV. Anyway, safe to say that the legs of every rider will be screaming in pain ...
Van Vleuten grinds her way up the final few hundred metres of the race!
1km to go: Vollering fights on behind. Niewiadoma powers on behind that. But we are not going to see any movement in the podium places.
1.5km to go: Utter dominance, again, from Van Vleuten. The gap between her and Vollering is now 32secs. She is rounding off this race in style.
She will be joining Lorena Wiebes and Marianne Vos in winning two stages of this eight-stage race.
The fans are packed along each side of the road, and they are urging Van Vleuten on to glory. It’s nailed on now.
3.3km to go: Vollering of SD Worx, sporting the polka-dot jersey, is doing everything she can to try and close the gap to the incredibly strong Van Vleuten of Movistar, but it seems of little use. In fact the gap grows to 25secs.
At this rate we are not going to see any change in the top three in the GC. Van Vleuten, Vollering and then Niewiadoma will be the order of the top three. Niewiadoma said before the race she was aiming for the podium, so it’s looking likely to be mission accomplished.
4km to go: Van Vleuten now has nearly 20secs on Vollering. Behind them, Niewiadoma is in a group with Labous, Ludwig, Longo Borghini and Persico, among others.
This is another dominant day from Van Vleuten, and she is climbing towards her second stage win of the race and the yellow jersey. It’s 33 years since the women’s peloton had a Tour de France , and Van Vleuten’s name is going to be on top of the standings this evening.
5km to go: Vollering now tries to bridge across to Van Vleuten. Van Vleuten gets out of the saddle and accelerates again ... she does have time to have a look back over her shoulder to see if anyone is in contact. Vollering has her rival in sight but the gap is growing.
5.5km to go: Scratch that. Garcia comes back, and over the top of Rooijakkers, and she is out front on her own ... but Van Vleuten pumps past her at the front! The yellow jersey, after a stressful day of bike changes and managing attacks from her rivals, leads the final stage of the Tour de France Femmes .
6km to go: Pauliena Rooijakkers (Canyon/SRAM) has attacked out of the breakaway. She puts in a damaging effort that creates a gap to the rest. Mavi Garcia gives chase, but is visibly struggling to find the power to get back.
6.5km to go: A video here via Le Tour data on Twitter that details the final climb –
The final ascent of the day, and in fact @LeTourFemmes , is La Super Planche des Belles Filles. It should be familiar from Stage 7 of @LeTour where @TamauPogi won in the #MaillotJaune 💛 Will it be victory for the Yellow Jersey today after the 7km, 8.7% climb? #TDFF #TDFFdata pic.twitter.com/LJVO51U0Yf — letourdata (@letourdata) July 31, 2022
8km to go: The breakaway powers towards the foot of the climb, but Trek-Segafredo are doing work to close the gap, and it’s fallen to 38secs.
The group behind consists of 13 riders, according to the live tracker, with Van Vleuten, Vollering, Labous and Longo Borghini all in there.
12km to go: We have less than 5km to race until the foot of the final climb, or at least the official starting point, as the road has already kicked up. Garcia and Brown exchange words at the head of the breakaway group, Brown taking it up at the front.
This final climb will be all about who has managed to conserve the most energy over what has been a punishing week-long race. The escape group has an advantage of a minute, which I reckon is not going to be enough to allow them to fight it out for the stage win with no interference from the chasing pack.
14km to go: García again tries to up the pace at the front of the race, hoping to forge a decisive advantage before the final climb.
We are definitely going to see a big scrap on the final climb, certainly for podium places. Niewiadoma does have a decent cushion of 51secs on the fourth-placed rider, Labous of Team DSM, however.
17km to go: Out on the road, Manon Lloyd gives an informative update from the final climb for Eurosport. She says that some teams have placed not one but two spare bikes in the closing stages of final climb – those will be set up with different gearing that is more suited to the punishing gradients of the higher parts of La Super Planches de Belles Filles. “It’s going to be savage,” Lloyd says.
21km to go: Now, Van Vleuten is pictured riding along serenely on a flat section and having a chat with a rider from a rival team. She suddenly looks far more relaxed with the situation. Does she go for the stage win to underline her dominance, or will she sit back and let others fight it out? I reckon the latter, because she said before today’s stage that yellow is the priority and she is not planning to ‘put on a show’.
She certainly had to toil to get back to the main bunch after those bike problems, though.
22km to go: García attacks from the front group, seeking to make it a more selective bunch of riders by the time they hit the final climb. But her move is reeled in by the other nine riders.
23km to go: The surviving 10 riders in the break:
Mavi García (UAE Team ADQ) Paula Patiño (Movistar Team) Elise Chabbey (Canyon/SRAM) Liane Lippert (Team DSM) Riejanne Markus (Jumbo-Visma) Yara Kastelijn (Plantur-Pura) Coralie Demay (St-Michel Auber93) Pauliena Rooijakkers (Canyon-SRAM) Leah Thomas (Trek-Segafredo) Grace Brown (FDJ Suez Futuroscope)
27km to go: The group of favourites speeds down the descent, and Van Vleuten is distanced, but only by a couple of seconds. This isn’t going to be nearly enough to make any kind of dent in the Dutchwomen’s overall lead. That said, her rivals are certainly making her work today.
31km to go: Marianne Vos of Jumbo-Visma, in the green jersey, is back in the fourth group on the road. The world champion Balsamo (Trek-Segafredo) is also there, which according to the live tracker includes 11 riders. They are over four minutes down on the leaders and about 3min 30secs behind Van Vleuten’s group.
32km to go: Six groups on the road, the last of which is just summiting the Ballon d’Alsace climb now.
33km to go: The riders can start thinking about the final climb, “La Super Planche des Belles Filles”: It’s 7km long, with an average gradient of 8.7%, but it kicks up to 24% in places. As if that wasn’t hard enough, the “Super” bit is the gravel road at the top ...
38km to go: The breakaway – now 10 riders – crests the climb of Ballon d’Alsace. Van Vleuten and the group of favourites are 1min 15secs behind. Santesteban and Christoforou are between those two groups, 38secs behind.
It’s going to take something spectacular for Van Vleuten to be denied here – she is within 40km of overall victory and has over three minutes’ advantage in GC.
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As it happened: 2024 Tour de France & Tour de France Femmes route unveiled
All the information on the routes of next year's tour and tour de france femmes.
All the details of the 2024 Tour de France route
All the details of the 2024 Tour de France Femmes route
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the 2024 Tour de France and 2024 Tour de France Femmes route presentation.
We're around 40 minutes away from the start of the route presentations, which will be streamed live in full.
The Tour de France Femmes route will be unveiled first, followed by the details of the men's route.
Find out how to watch the route presentations with our handy streaming guide.
A little bit of information about the routes has already been made public, of course.
The men's race is set to start in Italy with three stages in Tuscany and a final stage in Nice – moved from Paris due to the Olympic Games.
The women's race begins with a Grand Départ in the Netherlands with the opening stage and then two half-stages held in the country.
Read our full rundown on all the route rumours for both races here.
Tour de France 2024 routes – All the rumours ahead of the official presentation
Just a few minutes before the route presentation begins!
The presentation is underway in the Palais des Congrès in Paris.
To start things off, the riders are being welcomed onto the stage.
A long line of riders cross the stage as they're introduced to the crowd.
Bryan Coquard, Erica Magnali, Kevin Vauquelin, Benoît Cosnefroy, Silvia Persico, Audrey Cordon-Ragot among them and they're still coming...
Adrien Petit, Christine Majerus, Alexander Kristoff, Marta Cavalli, Mark Cavendish, Valentin Madouas, Yara Kastelijn, Felix Gall, Ricarda Bauernfeind...
Superstars Jasper Philipsen, Lotte Kopecky, Jonas Vingegaard, and Demi Vollering round out the procession of riders in attendance today.
A quick chat with the reigning champions Vollering and Vingegaard about winning last year's races but nothing revelatory.
Now it's time for some video highlights.
This is the route presentation but as ever there's a lot of faff and build-up before they actually show off the routes...
ASO president Jean-Étienne Amaury is taking the stage for a speech now.
He's talking about this year's Tour de France and Tour de France Femmes, boasting about the audiences and thanking law enforcement for keeping the races on track.
ASO have renewed their partnerships with France TV and Le Credit Lyonnais, he confirms.
He also says that a new trophy will be created for the Tour in honour of the partnership with LCL. That will be unveiled later.
No sign of the routes just yet, obviously.
Now time to thank Vollering and Vingegaard before another video package of highlights from the Tour de France Femmes...
Marion Rousse and Christian Prudhomme will be on stage to present the route of the women's race shortly...
The new visual of the 2024 Tour de France Femmes!
🤩 The official visual of the #TDFF2024 avec @GoZwift!🤩 Le visuel officiel du #TDFF2024 avec @GoZwift ! 👋 @TDFFRotterdam pic.twitter.com/iXYHN7Ydxg October 25, 2023
Rousse and Prudhomme take to the stage.
Time for some more chat.
Some talk about the Dutch Grand Départ and now the mayor of Rotterdam, which hosts the opening stage, takes to the stage for a speech.
Speech over and now time for another video, this time around the Netherlands.
Now back to Rousse and Prudhomme for the Tour de France Femmes route!
After the start in the Netherlands, there's a stage to Liège, while the final two days head to Le Grand Bornard and L'Alpe d'Huez!
Here's the route map.
Stage 1, a pan-flat day from Rotterdam to The Hague.
Another flat day on stage 2, followed by a short time trial on the same day.
Stage 4 – a mini Liège-Bastogne-Liège with an elevation gain of 2,000 metres across the 122km route.
A flatter day on stage 5 from Bastogne to Amnéville.
And then into the mid-mountains towards Morteau.
A mountain-top finish at Le Grand Bornard plays host to the penultimate stage. The final climb measures in at 7km and a 5.1% average.
And here it is – the finale and the queen stage, with the Col du Glandon and L'Alpe d'Huez on the menu on the 150km stage. This is where the 2024 Tour de France Femmes will be decided.
The Glandon measures in at 19.7km and 7.2% while the famous finale is 13.8km at 8.1%.
Eight stages in seven days across three countries for a total of 946km.
The race is set to run on a later date next year, from August 12-18.
Now the route for the 2024 Tour de France Femmes has been unveiled, we're onto the men's race and yet another long highlight video of the 2023 edition.
We're still going with the highlights... A much-needed refresher on the events of all of three months ago.
Finally, the highlights are done with and now it's time for Prudhomme to get back on stage and give another speech.
The official poster of the 2024 Tour de France...
💛 From Italy to Nice, here is the official poster of the #TDF2024! 🤩💛 De l'Italie à Nice, voici le visuel officiel du #TDF2024! 🤩👋 @LeTour_Italia | @VilledeNice pic.twitter.com/xQ67If8jc1 October 25, 2023
A long talk about the Italian Grand Départ now. The race is set to start in Florence.
Now it's onto Italy's history at the Tour.
And now to introduce the Nice finale. The race finishes there this year due to the Paris Olympics. It's a very rare and special finishing stage with a time trial to round out the three weeks of racing.
We're still waiting for the route unveiling...
Finally, the mayor of Nice has finished his speech and now it's back to Prudhomme.
Here we go! It's the route map of the 2024 Tour de France!
It'll be a hilly opener on the road from Florence to Rimini as the riders tackle climbs of the Col de Valico Tre Faggi, the Côte de Barbotto, and the Côte de San Leo, among others. Look out for puncheurs, attackers, and GC men to battle over the first yellow jersey of the race.
Three stages in Italy to kick things off – the opener from Florence to Rimini, a hilly stage 2 from Cesenatico to Bologna which features the famous San Luca climb of the Giro dell'Emilia, then stage 3's sprint day from Piacenza to Turin.
Stage 4 crosses the Alps. A 138km stage from Pinerolo to Valloire takes on the climbs of Sestriere (39.9km at 3.7%), the Col de Montgenèvre (8.3km at 5.9%), and the Col du Galibier (23km at 5.1%).
Sprint stages follow on stages 5 and 6 to Saint-Vulbas and Dijon. Stage 7 brings the mid-race time trial – a 25km individual test – from Nuits-Saint-Georges to Gevrey-Chambert
Stage 8 is another day for the sprinters as the race heads to Combey-les-Deux-Eglises, while stage 9 is the big gravel day, featuring 14 sectors of rough roads across the 199km race around Troyes.
The final six gravel sectors are packed into the final 35km, making for a real test for the overall contenders.
The first rest day of the race comes after the day out on the gravel. The action gets back underway on stage 10 with echelons possibly a factor on the largely flat stage to Saint-Amand-Montrond.
The 211km stage 11 is a mid-mountain day to Le Lioran with four climbs packed into the final 50km and a total of 4,350 metres of climbing. Stage 12, meanwhile, looks to be another for the sprinters on the road to Villeneuves-sur-Lot.
Stage 13 is another spring chance in Pau before the race hits the Pyrenees on stage 14.
The riders will head 152km from Pau across the Col du Tourmalet (19km at 7.4%), the Hourquette d'Ancizan (8.2km at 5.1%), and the finish at Saint-Lary Soulan (10.6km at 7.9%).
Another hard Pyrenean stage comes up the next day. Five classified climbs are on the menu, concluding with the finale to Plateau de Beille (15.8km at 7.9%) at the end of 198km of action. A rest day follows on the Monday after the weekend.
Stage 16 looks to be one for the breakaway to battle the sprinters on the road to Nîmes.
As the race heads back to the Alps, the riders head into a brutal final week with a finish at Superdévoluy (3.8km at 5.9%) on stage 17. It's not the hardest stage of the Alps but a major challenge and a chance for the GC men to do battle, nonetheless.
Stage 18 from Gap to Barcelonnette is in the Alps but offers a reprieve from the high mountains, with a continuous series of hills making for a nervous day in the saddle and giving potential for further attacks between the bigger mountain stages.
A mini but mighty mountain stage from Embrun to Isola 2000 comes on stage 19. It may be only 145km but the climbs of the Col de Vars (18.8km at 5.7%), the Cime de la Bonette (22.9km at 6.9%), and the finisher at Isola 2000 (16.1km at 7.1%) should host a major GC battle.
The penultimate stage of the Tour is even shorter and sharper, even if it doesn't hit the very high peaks of the Alps. The 133km from Nice to the Col de la Couillole will take in the Col de Braus (10km at 6.6%), the Col de Turini (20.7km at 5.7%), the Col de la Colmiane (7.5km at 7.1%), and the Couillole (15.7km at 7.1%).
If that tough hard final week wasn't enough, then there'll be one last chance for the GC contenders to do their thing on the last day of the race.
Nice hosts the finale with a 34km final stage time trial taking in the climbs of La Turbie (8.1km at 5.6%) and the Col d'Eze (1.6km at 8.1%). Is this where the destination of the 2024 yellow jersey will be decided?
We don't yet have the full profiles for every stage of the Tour with the ASO not releasing all 21 stages.
However, we do have the overview profiles in addition to the full profiles already posted.
Here's the first week of the 2024 Tour.
A look at week two.
And finally, the closing third week.
The race, running from Florence to Nice, will take place from June 29-July 21 next year.
There will be 3,492km of racing across four nations – Italy, San Marino, France, and Monaco. The race has 25km of racing above 2,000 metres and 27 mountains classified as second, first, or HC.
A full look at the Tour de France Femmes 2024 route and the Tour de France 2024 route .
Prudhomme is now finished speaking about the Tour route and that concludes the presentation!
Stay tuned for further news and reaction to both race routes on Cyclingnews !
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