The French route, milestones, favorites and chances… Everything you need to know about the 2022 edition

The Little Queen has finally started rolling out the red carpet for female cyclists. Having existed in various forms, often depending on the men’s race, the women’s Tour de France takes place from Sunday 24 July. In the program: eight stages between Paris and Alsace, with a coverage of more than 1,000 kilometres.

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Unlike the men’s version, the ladies begin on the Champs-Elysées, before turning east and closing with high rings in Vosges inscriptions. In particular, they will compete in two sparkling stages in Champagne before crossing Alsace. A short programme, of 8 phases in 8 days, yet intense and fascinating.

The women's Tour de France 2022 track. (HANDOUT / ASO)

Main steps

We shouldn’t be bored in the Women’s Tour de France, with stages designed to energize the race every day. If a favorite can take advantage of the champagne hills to take in the yellow of Epernay on the evening of the third stage or the chalk trails between Troyes and Bar-sur-Aube (fourth), the last two stages should make up the highlights of Grande Boucle.

A glimpse of the final stage of the 2022 Women's Tour de France. (ASO)

Between Sélestat and Markstein, on the eve of the finale, the peloton will face a mountain trio of first choice at a distance of 127 km: Petit Ballon (9.3 km at 8.1%), Col du Platzerwasel (7.1 km at 8.3%) and Grand Ballon (13.5 km at 6.7 km). %). It suffices to draw a hierarchy that could still evolve the next day, during the final stage towards the Super Planche des Belles Filles (7 km at 8.7%), before that it would already be necessary to swallow the Ballon d’Alsace (8, 7 km at 6.9%) ). End at the top for an explosive final stage, where anything can be decided.

Favorite

“Football is a sport that plays 11 against 11 and in the end Germany wins.”Gary Lineker said. The Women’s Tour de France is a sport played by 24 teams of 6 teams, with a good chance of a Dutch woman winning. It remains to be seen which one. Untouchable on the Giro Despite his 39 years, Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar) will be the biggest candidate.

However, she will have to be wary of compatriot Marianne Voss (Jumbo-Visma, 35, three Gyros on the clock), who also twice won a stage at the Tour of Italy 2022, before succumbing to recharge her batteries in the sight.. of the big ring. The youngest, Demi Fullering (SD Worx, 25) can beg for the kindness of her elders, among the best team in the peloton.

However, the Netherlands will not guarantee that the yellow jersey will be brought home. Italian Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo) and compatriot Marta Cavalli (FDJ-Suez-Futuroscope), very prominent in the Giro, will seek to revitalize the race to get out of the game. Just like Italy’s world champion Elisa Balsamo (Trek-Segafredo), or Denmark’s Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (FDJ-Suez). Also watch out for South African Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (SD Worx), a great climber.

French opportunities

France’s crowned champion, Audrey Cordon-Ragot gave herself the pleasure of taking part in the start of the women’s Tour de France with a tri-colored tunic jacket on her back. Therefore, Britton is to be expected and scrutinized, even if the Trek-Segafredo rider will above all seek a stage victory if she is laid off from her role as a teammate. The observation is the same for Evita Muzik and her fellow FDJ-Suez-Futuroscope.

As for the overall classification, the French hopes rest on the shoulders of Juliette Labuse (Team DSM). At the age of 23, Bisontine is aiming for the top five in this first edition, taking seventh place in the 2021 Giro and 9th this season, giving herself the stage queen, at the top of Passo del Maniva. A good omen for this season’s Tour de Burgos winners in May, she won her first World Tour race.

Re-transmitter

The stages of the Tour de France Women 2022 can be followed every day live on france.tv, at France 2 (Sunday) and then at France 3 every afternoon.

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