A women’s Tour de France race has been planned for 2022.
The 2022 race route was unveiled in the Palais des Congrès in Paris last week by the newly appointed race director Marion Rousse.
The eight-stage race will begin on 24 July next year, as the men’s Tour de France ends, signifies a long-awaited quantum leap in the profile of women’s racing.
After beginning on the Champs-Élysées, the women’s Tour route zigzags east towards the Vosges mountains and the Haut-Rhin, taking in sprint stages, gravel tracks through vineyards in Champagne, and a final weekend of high-altitude ascents, culminating in the 24% gravel climb to Super Planche des Belles Filles.
The women’s Tour de France champion will win $65,000 NZ dollars and there is a further pot of $325,000 for stage and classification winners.
The stages are shorter for the women than for the men’s races. The men can go 225km. For the women, the longest race on our roster is 175km.