The 2022 Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift runs over eight stages, beginning with a criterium format in Paris on July 24th, and finishing on July 31st, with a mountain top finish in north-eastern France. The settings will include some familiar backdrops from the many editions of the men’s tour, along with new variations that will make this reimagined women’s Tour truly interesting to watch.
After coming so close to being canceled in 2020, the difficulties the riders had preparing and achieving form during lockdowns, then the restrictions and compromises of last year’s Tour, the 2021 edition seems to be celebrating almost a pre-pandemic level of freedom and return to normality. What a relief! It’s shaping up to be a dramatic and compelling race once again. Here’s what to look out for in this year’s TDF…
The 2020 Tour de France is under way!
Even the start of this year’s race is an almost unexpected triumph. For a long time it wasn’t certain le Tour would be staged at all in 2020, and the race was still in doubt right up to the start.
The route promises an exciting mix of mass sprint finishes, days made for puncheurs who can climb multiple smaller hills then smash out a strong sprint, and showcases for pure climbers who can leave rivals behind on grueling ascents. The racing is expected to be faster and even more intense than usual, because of the very limited race calendar. In a typical year the teams would already have been battling it out for several months of stage races, one day classics, and the earlier grand tour, the Giro d’Italia. This year, legs are far fresher.
This may be one of the toughest Tour de France routes yet, according to riders who have reconnoitered it. From the spectator’s perspective, this is a Tour where the possibilities for advantages to be won and lost emerge early, and do not let up until the peloton arrives in Paris. It could be anyone’s race, and will be a nail biter to watch.
Today the Tour de France winds up in Paris, after three weeks of intense struggle, and surprises all the way. The parade into Paris is always the most widely watched stage of the Tour. It’s designed for TV, with a flat course highlighted by loops around the Champs d’Elysées, and tight sprints against the backdrop […]
After another week of exciting bike racing, with plenty of heroic efforts, unfortunate setbacks, some mystery and even tragedy for a few riders, the mood of the Tour has shifted. In the first week riders had commented that the race felt more relaxed than previous years. Now the stakes are clear and the remaining contenders are doing battle…
The key stages in the second week of the Tour de France 2019 seem to have been Stage 10, classed as a flat stage, the Individual Time Trial, and Stage 14, to the summit of Col du Tourmalet in the Pyrenees. These stages included surprises, and produced swings in the rankings that sealed the deal against many of the riders hoping for a podium finish.
There’s a side of the Tour de France that people watching on TV or streaming the race might not ever see. Only the spectators who put up with all kinds of inconvenience to watch the race flash by in person get to fully appreciate this aspect of the Tour.
It’s the Tour de France advertising caravan – a pre-race party parade that follows the route soon to be ridden by the teams.
Tour Crazy – We take a look at the first week’s racing and what’s coming up next . Highlights of the first week of the Tour de France 2019 One week down, two to go, and the race is taking its distinct shape. So far the story is about Julian Alaphillipe emerging as a serious […]
The Terry Mini-Guide to the Tour De France 2019 Features of the 2019 Tour de France This year’s Tour de France will be among the most interesting of recent years. Not just because the race features some celebrations of notable anniversaries, but because recent crashes have removed several pre-race favorites, leaving the race wide open. […]
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The Lanterne Rouge – the race to be last in the Tour de France. It would seem like a dubious honor at best, maybe even a mark of failure, but for some the Lanterne Rouge has been the most coveted prize of the Tour de France after the celebrated jerseys… Named for the red light […]
Whatever happened to the Women’s Tour de France? When National Public Radio runs a story about the Tour de France it’s unusual enough to make us perk up our ears, and appreciate the exposure for our sport. When the coverage is focused on a group pushing for a women’s Tour de France, we really pay […]
The 2018 Tour de France heads into Paris today – July 29th, and if there are no last moment disasters Geraint Thomas will keep his yellow jersey and enter the history books as winner of the 2018 Tour de France. He scored a few other notable achievements in this Tour: the only rider ever to […]
It won’t be easy, but seriously, here’s how you win the Tour de France. It’s the rider who completes the course in the shortest time that will win the Tour de France, of course. Here’s how you could accomplish that, if you got the chance. The first step is the easiest: Get yourself into the […]
What do the Tour de France jersey colors mean? Most everyone knows about the coveted yellow jersey of the Tour de France, worn by the rider who has accumulated the least time in the race. But what about the other hotly contested Tour de France jersey colors – green, white, and polka dot? The battle […]
Your Guide to the Tour de France 2018 – Who and What to Watch Out For This Year This year the Tour start is on an island on the West coast, in the Vendee region (close to the Loire). The race loops around France to finish on the Champs d’Elysee in Paris on July 29th. […]
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