ASO / The Tour de France
CYCLING – They are finally back. Thirteen years after the victory of Briton Emma Pooley, the best cyclists in the world will once again be entitled, in the summer of 2022, to their version of the Tour de France. An event whose route was unveiled this Thursday, October 14 in Paris.
An event led by former champion Marion Rousse and which will start from the foot of the Eiffel Tower on July 24, when the men will finish their race on the most beautiful avenue in the world. A first stage which will see the runners take the circuit of the Champs-Élysées where they will compete for a final which already promises a lot.
This new ladies’ race, located in the north-east of France, will end above all with an ascent that has become cult in recent years: the “Super” Planche des Belles Filles, a long and hard climb from the Vosges ending in a dirt track, borrowed by the Men’s Tour in 2019.
A final in apotheosis
On their route, the cycling champions will also face vineyards between Troyes and Bar-le-Duc, as well as a terrible mountain stage between Sélestat and Le Maarkstein which will see them take three particularly difficult passes. Especially since the next day, at the Super Planche des Belles Filles, they will compete for the final victory.
In recent years, the ladies no longer had a stage race like the men’s, but only “La Course by Le Tour”, an event contested over a single day and on the roads of a stage also run. by their male colleagues. In 2021, on the heights of Landernau in Finistère, it was the Dutchwoman Demi Vollering who won.
ASO (Amaury Sport Organization), which organizes the Tour de France and its women’s version, has already launched several women’s editions of its favorite races in recent years and months, such as the very first women’s Paris-Roubaix, run in early October .
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