It's back, the Women's Tour de France.
Presented this Thursday morning in Paris, the event will take place just after the Men's Tour, from July 24 to 31, 2022. Tour de France, yes or almost, because the women's event will mainly take place in the Tour de l'Est du pays. .
This Tour will not last three weeks but only 8 days, the classic format for a women's event (the Giro lasts 10 days): "This does not only mean that it will last 8 days all the time in the future", explains Marion Rousse the new boss.
Meet on Sunday July 24 for a departure to Paris, at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. The first stage will be 100% Seine-et-Marne between Meaux and Provins. Then head for the East of France and the city of the Sacrament of Kings and champagne. Reims will give the start of the next stage towards Épernay. Direction Troyes, Bar-sur-Aube, Bar-le-Duc. Why then eastward, by the way? “We had to find a mountain range, continues Marion Rousse. In 8 days, starting from Paris, it was obvious that we had to go to the Vosges. We start from the roots of the Tour: in 1906, it was passed by the Ballon d'Alsace. This is what we are going to do. "
This women's Tour de France will arrive in the Vosges, not in Paris, at the Planche des Belles Filles where Tadej Pogacar won his first Tour in 2020, the day before the finish on the Champs: “This race will have to exist in another 100 years. , not just six like the previous editions, says Christian Prudhomme, director of the Men's Tour.
A priori, it will always take place the last week of July, except during the Olympic years.
Each day, the stages of the Girls' Tour will be broadcast live for 2h30 in 170 countries compared to 190 for men.
This Tour de France seems to be born: “The route is balanced,” continues Marion Rousse.
It is suitable for sprinters, punchers.
The last weekend will be very hard with 3000 m in particular on the last day.
We traced it to keep the suspense until the end.