As the lads’s race finishes on the Champs-Elysees in Paris on Sunday, the brand new ladies’s Tour de France takes off with stay TV protection for the primary time and ambitions of constructing the sports activities’ feminine stars family names.
“For this primary version it was actually necessary to us to depart Paris the day the lads arrive, it’s totally symbolic,” race director Marion Rousse informed AFP.
“The target was to permit most of the people to know as many riders as doable, to place a reputation to a face, to make ladies’s biking on TV not a curiosity however normality,” added Rousse of the 2 and a half hours of stay TV every day.
Dutch rider Annemiek van Vleuten, already a giant title within the sport, is the favorite and shall be up towards rivals together with Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig, Marta Cavalli, Demi Vollering and Ashleigh Moolman.
The eight levels will all be raced within the north of France, transferring east from Paris the place the primary covers 81.6km.
On Sunday, July 31, the end line after simply over 1,033km of racing shall be on the robust climb to La Tremendous Planche des Belles Filles within the Vosges, the place reigning males’s Tour de France Tadej Pogacar gained two weeks in the past.
“Clearly, the mountain involves the tip to maintain the suspense going,” defined Rousse of the race the place prize cash totals 250,000 euros ($255,000) in comparison with the two.three million euros for the lads’s occasion.
“If we evaluate with an eight-day males’s race just like the Dauphine or Paris-Good, we’re above the lads’s grid,” mentioned Rousse.
“It is extra necessary to see what the ladies’s Tour de France will convey. The media impression that we’ll create and the cash coming with it to have monetary stability and permit wages to extend.”
Movistar’s Van Vleuten, who turns 40 later this 12 months, has proven her kind with a dominant win in Italy’s Giro Donne this month which she gained for a 3rd time forward of Italy’s Cavalli (FDJ-Suez-Futuroscope) and Spaniard Mavi Garcia (UAE Group ADQ).
Van Vleuten additionally gained the Liege-Bastogne-Liege in April, and believes her workforce “is a well-oiled machine” after her Giro success.
“I am prepared and really curious to see what awaits us,” mentioned the Dutch rider.