Tour de France Women 2022
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Stage 8 – From Lure to La Super Planche des Belles Filles – 123.3km – Sunday 31 July
The last stage of the Tour de France Women with Zwift, a mountainous stage, is tomorrow. Is there anything a bit cliche about the end of such a historic women’s event in a city that has the phrase “beautiful girls” (Belles Filles) in the title? Maybe a little bit. But since that also ends in a grueling eight-kilometer climb to the finish, we’ll let it pass.
The route has three major climbs, one of which leads to the finish: the Côte d’Esmoulières, the Ballon d’Alsace and the finish at the top of La Super Planche des Belles Filles… An intermediate sprint before the start of the The ascent accompanied by some very long descents should make for exciting races all day.
In many editions of the Tour de France, the last stage is a little more of a parade than anything else, with the GC quite firmly enclosed. But with a mountain finish, anything can happen, and we’ll be on the edge of our seats.
Runners to watch
We knew that even though Movistar’s Annemiek van Vleuten had battled illness at the start of this race, she was still a contender, quietly hovering in the top ten, but to absolutely see her crush this stage and take the lead? Unbelievable. We’ll see how well she recovers from her intense solo effort up front. Will she be able to do the same tomorrow? SD Worx’s Demi Vollering is also there in the standings at 3:14, having soloed behind Van Vleuten for much of the race. Riders such as Juliette LaBous (DSM), Elisa Longo-Boghini (Trek-Segafredo) and Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon/SRAM) will also be ones to watch. SD Worx’s Ashley Moolman-Pasio didn’t have a good day, so we’ll see if tomorrow she works for Vollering in the flat sections, or if she tries a solo attack to catch up.
And as you watch the race, the big change is that Vos no longer has the yellow jersey – unsurprisingly, she’s not known as a climbing expert – but she will finally get the chance to wear the green points jersey tomorrow .
When to watch
The final leg of this historic race will be one to watch, and remember that viewership is critically important to the future of women’s cycling, so if you can tune in, tune in!
The race will start at 7:55 a.m. EST and will last approximately 3.5 hours. Stream it on the Peacock app starting at 9:20 a.m. EST or watch the replay later. (Your NBC credentials should get you online, or if you don’t have cable, a month’s subscription to Peacock is reasonably cheap!) For those in Canada, FloBikes will broadcast the race.
Note: Each day, only 2.5 hours of racing will be broadcast, hence the difference between the race start time and the broadcast start time.
If you’re worried about running out of pedaling time while watching the race, you can always hop on Zwift and ride sections of Zwift Island created to mimic parts of each stage and join other Tour de France-obsessed fans. Women while you ride!
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