The route of the Women’s Tour de France was unveiled on Thursday, October 14. During its eight stages, the peloton will cross three regions, from Paris to the Planche des Belles Filles, between July 24 and 1. Several runners were present during the presentation ceremony of the route and reacted to the program that awaits them next summer.
With four lowland stages, two hilly stages and two mountain stages, the route of the Tour de France Women 2022 is balanced, which satisfies Audrey Cordon-Ragot, the 2020 French road champion: “It was really important to have an open course where everyone can express themselves at some point”. The 2021 world champion, Elisa Balsamo, joins her: “There will be a few stages for the sprinters, the punchers, then the climbers at the end. It will be hard until the end, with a big battle”. The Italian will aim for the green jersey on the Tour.
“It’s a dream, it’s really a superb course.”Evita Muzic, French champion
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After eight days of effort, the runners will arrive at the Planche des Belles Filles, in its long version with its last kilometer unpaved at 24%, for a final at 1140 meters above sea level. The French champion, Evita Muzic, checked this step, in her region of origin: “It’s going to be tough but it doesn’t displease me because I have more of a climber profile”. Audrey Cordon-Ragot expects a Dantesque end of Tour: “We had already climbed the Planche des Belles Filles on the Route de France, but there, on the Tour de France, with its unpaved part, it’s one of the mythical climbs. I’m proud that we can finish there”.
“It’s a new chapter, I’m emotional, and excited”
– The Tour de France Women with Zwift (@LeTourFemmes) October 14, 2021
Evita Muzic is eager to take over for the men in Paris on July 24: “It will be a transfer of power, to write our history and do great things, we are largely capable of it. We have been waiting for our Tour de France for a while”. She hopes to be able to walk the roads of France with the French champion’s jersey, but the next national championship takes place in June 2022, a month before the start of the Women’s Tour de France: “It will be exceptional to do the Tour with the blue-white-red jersey for the one who will wear it. I will try to keep it but it will be complicated because I will be closely watched”. His runner-up in 2021, Audrey Cordon-Ragot, aims to get him back: “Wearing this jersey on the Tour would be a great source of pride and it will give me even more motivation to win it”.
The world champion, Elisa Balsamo, is sure to run the Grande Boucle with the rainbow jersey: “It’s great, it’s a dream. It was already magnificent to wear it on the first Paris-Roubaix and I think it will be the same on the Tour de France”. On September 25, the Italian managed to end the domination of the Dutch at the world championships. Absent in Paris for the presentation of the course, the latter were in everyone’s mind. “The end of Anna van der Breggen’s career reshuffles the cards. I think Annemiek Van Vleuten can claim the leadership position”, estimates Avoid Music. “But we too, with the FDJ, will be there to get the yellow jersey “, warns the Frenchwoman.