Two mountain stages and a summit finish are part of the eight-stage Tour de France for women.
The women’s Tour de France, which will be hosted in eastern France for the first time in 33 years in 2022, will comprise eight stages.
Starting on the penultimate day of the men’s Tour, the Tour de France Femmes will feature two mountain stages, the last of which will include a summit finish. It’s a well-balanced route that will appeal to a variety of riders, said race director Marion Rousse. The event will take place from July 24 through July 31.
Riders will begin their journey in the heart of Paris and finish eight days later at the summit of the Planche des Belles Filles. Christian Prudhomme, the director of the men’s Tour de France, said he hopes the women’s race will last a long time on the calendar, but making it a financial success could be difficult.
Before a presenting ceremony for the 2022 men’s and women’s tours, Prudhomme noted, “If it had been [sustainable], the women’s tour would have been held for 40 years.”
The men’s race will be broadcast in approximately 190 countries, while the women’s race will be shown in approximately 170 countries, according to Prudhomme.
Prudhomme had to approach candidates individually for the women’s race, unlike the men’s event, where 300 cities apply and pay to host a stage every year. However, they all have to pay an admission price, which is higher than the entry fees for [the week-long men’s stage events] Paris-Nice and the Criterium du Dauphine, “he added.
From 1984 until 1989, the original Tour de France Feminin ran alongside the men’s competition, with the same organisers. A rebranded women’s version of the Tour continued after being taken over by new organisers in 1990, albeit with major scheduling adjustments.
Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), which organises the men’s tour, started hosting a women’s race called La Course in 2014, but it has only been a one-or two-day event in its eight editions.