Although this Friday marked 100 days before the big start of the women’s Tour de France, Marion Rousse would have liked to run such a race.
The weaning will be less violent than in the past for cycling lovers next July. Because when the Tour de France ends on July 24, its female counterpart will begin. The race. sui will start in front of the Eiffel Tower, will welcome 24 teams of six riders and will include eight stages to the finish which will be judged on the Planche des belles filles.
“It was important to get out of Paris and have a bond between men and women. This symbolism will mark history.” underlined Marion Rousse, director of the event, with RMC, Friday, 100 days before the start of this Grande Boucle. And back after more than 20 years of absence, this Women’s Tour de France with Zwift is here to stay, according to the boss of the event.
“I am convinced that the race will work, she trusted. The level is there, the interest of the public is there, we will have a great race in July. We want to become the reference race and give vocations to girls who watched the Tour on television and could only identify with men. This time the girls will be able to identify with Annemiek van Vleuten and the others.”
Therefore, the expectation is great. « The 100 days that separate us from the beginning are synonymous with waiting and hope, but also with concentration, she added. The truth is that I would have liked to do this women’s Tour de France with Zwift… especially with my French road champion jersey in 2012… if the event had existed. It would have been a great pride to be part of this event. We’ve waited so long and it’s finally here… that’s why I know it’s going to be a real success. People are ready! »
Évita Muzic, current champion of France, shares the optimism of Julian Alaphilippe’s couple. « Finally a true Tour de France for women. I arrived at the good era. We may be pioneers with the first yellow jersey.” she began, adding: “ We still have some mentalities to change, but in general it has evolved well, some will say that we only have 8 days but we cannot start and put three weeks right away, Muzic supports. It will evolve and be longer and longer, in my opinion. I don’t see why we wouldn’t be able to do that. »
The eight stages of the women’s Tour de France
- Sunday July 24: Paris Eiffel Tower – Champs-Elysées
- Monday, July 25: Meaux–Provins
- Tuesday July 26: Reims – Epernay
- Wednesday July 27: Troyes – Bar-sur-Aube
- Thursday July 28: Bar-le-Duc – Saint-Dié-des-Vosges
- Friday July 29: Saint-Dié-des-Vosges – Rosheim
- Saturday July 30: Sélestat – Le Markstein
- Sunday July 31: Lure – The Super Meeting of Pretty Girls