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Tour de France Femmes 2023 preview: Full schedule and how to watch live women's Grand Tour cycling action

Reigning champion Annemiek van Vleuten is targeting another Tour de France Femmes crown, as the second modern edition of the stage race takes place on 23 July to 30 July. Here is all you need to know before the start in Clermont-Ferrand.

Annemiek van Vleuten claimed the 2022 Tour de France Femmes. Demi Vollering finished second and Katarzyna Niewiadoma third.

The second edition of the most prestigious stage race on the women’s cycling calendar is billed as being the biggest yet. Tour de France Femmes 2023 is offering a diverse route starting in the highland region of Massif Central and finishing at the foot of the Pyrenees in Pau.

The big question before this year’s race has been whether anyone can challenge defending champion Annemiek van Vleuten , who is also an Olympic gold and silver medallist and four-time world champion.

The 40-year-old Dutchwoman has already claimed La Vuelta Femenina and the Giro d’Italia Donne this season, and victory in the Tour de France Femmes would complete the set of 2023 women's Grand Tour race wins.

22 teams will be at the start line to battle over 8 stages, not just for the yellow leader’s jersey, but also the green points classification jersey, the polka-dot jersey for leader of the mountain classification and the white jersey for the best young rider under 23 years of age.

Read on to find everything you need to know about the Tour de France Femmes 2023.

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Tour de France Femmes 2023 route

Tour de France Femmes 2023 consists of eight stages with a total of 956 kilometres of racing. The peloton starts with a fairly flat stage around Clermont-Ferrand, and from the second hilly stage, the riders slowly move towards the southwest of France.

A mix of flat and hilly stages follow until the seventh stage, where the big battle among the GC favourites will be fought on the mountainous route to the iconic Col du Tourmalet in the Pyrenees.

The race will conclude with a 22 kilometres individual time trial around Pau.

Day-by-day route of the 2023 Tour de France Femmes stages

  • Sunday 23 July: Stage 1 - Clermont-Ferrand - Clermont-Ferrand (124 km)
  • Monday 24 July: Stage 2 - Clermont-Ferrand - Mauriac (152 km)
  • Tuesday 25 July: Stage 3 - Collonges-la-Rouge - Montignac-Lascaux (147.2 km)
  • Wednesday 26 July: Stage 4 - Cahors - Rodez (177.5 km)
  • Thursday 27 July: Stage 5 - Onet-le-Château - Albi (126.1 km)
  • Friday 28 July: Stage 6 - Albi - Blagnac (122.1 km)
  • Saturday 29 July: Stage 7 - Lannemezan - Col du Tourmalet (89.8 km)
  • Sunday 30 July: Stage 8 - Pau - Pau (22.6 km individual time trial)

Riders to watch at the Tour de France Femmes 2023

Two-time road race world champion Annemiek van Vleuten is the big favourite for the Tour de France Femmes 2023. In the Giro d’Italia Donne that finished earlier this month, the Olympic time trial champion claimed three stages and won the general classification by almost four minutes to Juliette Labous of France in second place.

The Movistar rider is in the middle of her last season before retiring, but after having claimed both the overall in the Giro d’Italia Donne and La Vuelta Femenina, the defending champion has proved that she isn't finished yet.

Last year, van Vleuten clinched the yellow jersey by taking the last two stages of the Tour de France Femmes. 3 minutes and 48 seconds was the gap to second place Demi Vollering .

The second placed rider from last year’s edition could also be the biggest threat for van Vleuten this year. Vollering completed the Ardennes hat-trick of one-day races earlier this season, winning the Amstel Gold Race, La Flèche Wallonne, and Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes.

The 26-year-old SD Worx rider is currently leading the UCI World Rankings, as she has secured an incredible 13 victories already this season, and the Dutch road race champion has taken a big step up since last year’s second place at this race.

At the La Vuelta Femenina, Vollering looked like she was about to be crowned the overall winner, but van Vleuten capitalized on a toilet break and gained more than a minute on the penultimate stage to ultimately win the race.

By the looks of this season’s results, we can hope to see a breathtaking Dutch battle between van Vleuten and Vollering.

Other riders, who potentially can fight for the overall victory are Elisa Longo Borghini of Italy, Juliette Labous of France, and Katarzyna Niewiadoma of Poland.

In the battle for the green jersey, the European road race champion Lorena Wiebes will be the woman to beat. The Dutchwoman has a strong team to support her in SD Worx.

Her 24-year-old compatriot Charlotte Kool of dsm-firmenich has showed earlier this season that she has the top speed to beat Wiebes in a bunch sprint.

Last year’s winner of the green jersey and arguably the greatest female cyclist of all time, Marianne Vos , also needs to be mentioned among the contenders for the points classification.

As the general classification riders will most likely battle it out on the decisive mountain stage to Col du Tourmalet, they will also be the favourites to claim the polka dot jersey after the final stage in Pau.

How to watch the 2023 Tour de France Femmes live

The Tour de France Femmes 2023 will be shown live in numerous countries. Here is a list of the official broadcast partners across different territories.

  • Various European countries - Eurosport and GCN
  • Belgium - RTBF and VRT
  • Denmark - TV2
  • France - France 3
  • Ireland - TG4
  • Netherlands - NOS
  • Norway - TV2
  • Spain - RTVE
  • Switzerland - SRG-SSR
  • Canada - FloBikes
  • South America - ESPN
  • United States - NBC Sports and Peacock

Asia Pacific

  • Australia - SBS
  • China - Zhibo TV
  • Japan - J Sports
  • New Zealand - Sky Sport
  • South-East Asia - Global Cycling Network

Middle East and Africa

  • The Middle East and North Africa - BeIN Sports, SSC and GCN
  • Subsaharan Africa - Supersport

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  • 24 Jul 2022 Lorena Wiebes (Team DSM) wins Tour de France Femmes stage one!
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  • 24 Jul 2022 Lotte Kopecky (SD Worx) wins the second intermediate sprint!
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Lorena Wiebes of Team DSM Women celebrates at the finish line ahead of Marianne Vos.

Thanks for reading today. Hope you enjoyed the first stage of the 2022 Tour de France Femmes . You can join *checks notes* me for the 21st and final stage of the men’s race right here:

And here it is:

Jeremy Whittle’s stage one report will be coming right up ...

The Polish rider Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon–SRAM) tells Eurosport that she thought today’s stage was “surprisingly easy”. “I was expecting it to be harder,” Niewiadoma says. “ I feel like everyone just wanted to feel safe and cautious. There was nothing crazy happening. It was a nice first stage for sure. Maybe I expected like a chaotic race, and hectic, like everyone constantly fighting for position.”

The moment Wiebes won it , via Tour de France Femmes on Twitter:

🇳🇱 @lorenawiebes for the win! Victoire de @lorenawiebes 🇳🇱 sur la plus belle avenue du monde ! #TDFF #WatchTheFemmes pic.twitter.com/4bM33Zjq9y — Le Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift (@LeTourFemmes) July 24, 2022

Top five on stage one:

1. Lorena Wiebes (Team DSM) 2. Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma) 3. Lotte Kopecky (SD Worx) 4. Rachele Barbieri (Liv Racing Xstra) 5. Emma Norsgaard Bjerg (Movistar)

Lorena Wiebes has a chat: “It’s amazing, the team did an amazing job, as a team we worked for this moment ... I’m really happy with this win, it was a long sprint, and a hard sprint ... I expected Marianne to do a long sprint, but it’s nice to win.

“I was quite relaxed before the start. We did everything as normal but of course I was quite nervous before the final. It’s amazing [to have yellow]. I’m really happy with this, the whole team deserved this ... it was really close, but luckily I could accelerate one more time to the finish line.”

Adam Blythe on Eurosport thinks Wiebes had slightly smoother tarmac on the left-hand side.

Marianne Vos speaks to Eurosport: “It’s a fast race, a wide road, and it’s more bumpy than you think on television. The team did a perfect job from two laps out, keeping me safe ... and yeah, everything went perfect, but Lorena was in a good position and I couldn’t meet her speed ... I think we did everything right ... when you can’t blame yourself for doing anything wrong, I think we just have to say that Lorena was perfect today, and she had a deserved win.”

The lead-out was hectic , as you’d expect. Vos looked perfectly positioned into the final corner, but then seemed to get a bit isolated. She had two teammates, then one, and decided to go long. That looks like a mistake in hindsight, because Wiebes had a clear run on the left-hand side of the road, and she showed her raw speed and power to come past Vos and take a very impressive stage win. Wiebes will be in yellow tomorrow for stage two. I think had the Jumbo-Visma lead-out been a bit more organised, and Vos had waited to launch her sprint, her acceleration would have won it. But in a long drag race over 300m Wiebes had the superior power.

Lorena Wiebes (Team DSM) wins Tour de France Femmes stage one!

What a sprint – and what a win by Wiebes, who olds off Marianne Vos by a bike length or so!

Lorena Wiebes of Netherlands and Team DSM Women celebrates at finish line as stage winner

1km to go: Ellen van Dijk (Trek-Segafredo) is on the front!

2.3km to go: Verhulst is caught by the bunch. Movistar Team lead the way.

4km to go: Verhulst is awarded the prix de la combativité (most aggressive rider). And rightly so. Behind her, Vos and Wiebes and their respective teams are fighting for position, among others, including the world champion Elisa Balsamo (Trek-Segafredo).

4.8km to go: The gap is 15”.

5.7km to go: Verhulst’s lead is down to 24secs. There is another crash in the bunch and Amanda Spratt (Team BikeExchange–Jayco) is one of those involved.

6.8km to go: The bunch passes the start/finish line for the final lap and the bell rings out in Paris. It’s already been fast and furious, but the next several kilometres is going to be another level.

8.5km to go: Up front, Verhulst’s lead is 33”. There are thousands of fans cheering on the riders from the roadside.

9km to go: Worryingly, two ambulances are attending to Castrique and they are preparing to put her on a stretcher. Best wishes to her for a speedy recovery.

10km to go: Alana Castrique (Cofidis) has abandoned after crashing heavily.

11km to go: The lead for Verhulst is 35”. It’s a very healthy lead, although she has virtually zero chance of making it stick.

13km to go: It may only be 80km or so, but this has been a draining day in the saddle for the riders to kick off this eight-stage race. Up front, Verhulst is shown speeding over the cobbles, her handlebars vibrating wildly as she negotiates the rough road surface.

15km to go: Gladys Verhulst (Le Col-Wahoo) has grabbed a 26sec lead in front of the peloton with a solo effort. But the sprinters’ teams are massing at the front of the bunch and beginning to fight for position on the road, attempting to take control of this race.

Femke Markus (Parkhotel Valkenburg) wins the climb and KOM jersey!

A fierce three-way fight ends with the Dutch rider nabbing two points in the KOM competition, and guarantees her the polka-dot jersey this evening. The three escapees were only a couple of seconds ahead of the very strung-out peloton, and Markus produced a devastating burst of power to take the prize. Ysland (Uno-X Pro Cycling) made a break for it, but was overhauled ... she does have a solitary KOM point to show for her efforts.

21km to go: Next up will be the solitary categorised climb of the day. A group of three riders, Lach (Ceratizit–WNT), Markus (ParkHotel Valkenburg) and Ysland (Uno-X) go clear!

Lotte Kopecky (SD Worx) wins the second intermediate sprint!

26km to go: That was a hotly-contested race for the second intermediate sprint point. Kopecky throws her bike at the line and pips Alexandra Manly (BikeExchange-Jayco) and Maria Confalonieri (Ceratizit–WNT) into second and third respectively. Manly must have thought she had that one, having finished third in the first sprint of the day.

1) Kopecky (25pts) 2) Manly (20pts) 3) Confalonieri (17pts) 4) Roseman-Gannon (15pts) 5) Williams (13pts)

27km to go: The moment that the race director Marion Rousse waved the flag and started the Tour de France Femmes 2022.

🚩 The real start has been given, the race is on! 🚩 Le départ réel est donné, la course est lancée ! #TDFF #WatchTheFemmes pic.twitter.com/I8wMW8aAUC — Le Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift (@LeTourFemmes) July 24, 2022

30km to go: Henrietta Christie (Human Powered Health) powers across to Allinn up front, and keeps on going, launching a solo attack of her own. Allinn manages to latch on to her wheel and they soon have a gap of 17sec.

31km to go: This has been a massive dig from Allin – such an impressive feat to hold the peloton at bay on her own for this amount of time. She still has a lead of 12sec but will doubtless be swallowed up by the bunch before the next sprint point.

34km to go: Allin rolls across the finish line, solo, with an 11sec lead. The commentators on Eurosport are discussing the slightly weird fact that today’s category-four climb is on the Champs-Élysées. Definitely a big-ring climb and one for the more powerful riders rather than the pure climbers ... Maybe Vos can go for the green, the polka-dot and yellow jerseys?

38km to go: Pauline Allin (Arkea) is now off the front. She has a lead of 15sec and she keeps a high cadence and stays in a big gear to try and keep her advantage, taking a peek back down the road to see how far she’s got. Several riders are trying to get across.

41km to go: The top five in that sprint were as follows:

1) Vos (25pts) 2) Wiebes (20pts) 3) Manly (17pts) 4) Kopecky (15pts) 5 Confalonieri (13pts)

So encouraging signs for Jumbo-Visma as they aim for the stage win with Vos, the legendary rider who took Olympic gold in London five days shy of exactly 10 years ago. In around 13km we’ll have the second and final intermediate sprint point.

Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma) wins the first intermediate sprint!

48km to go: There is a massive injection of pace from the main bunch approaching the intermediate sprint, so their green-jersey hopefuls can fight it out for the points. The breakaway is duly reeled in, and Marianne Vos is led out expertly by Jumbo-Visma, bursting away to take a comfortable victory in the dash for the line. She shows that trademark acceleration and Lorena Wiebes (Team DSM) has no hope of coming past her, but places second. Alexandra Manly (BikeExchange-Jayco) is third.

54km to go: The main bunch rolls over the start/finish line for the fourth time. The two up front are working remarkably well, and have fashioned an advantage of 39sec. The first intermediate sprint will be coming up in a few minutes.

57km to go: The two-rider break of Mischa Bredewold (ParkHotel Valkenburg) and Emily Newsom (EF Education-Tibco-SVB) have a 29sec advantage on the main bunch. A solo rider, Morgane Coston (Arkea) is now trying to bridge across and is about 14sec down.

59km to go: If you are wondering how you can watch this live, 10,000 eight-day passes for the Tour de France Femmes coverage have been made available here . Whether or not they are all gone, I cannot say, but could be worth a try.

63km to go: Urska Zigart (BikeExchange-Jayco) was the lone escapee (according to the official website) but was reeled in and now Mischa Bredewold (ParkHotel Valkenburg) is visible at the front with Emily Newsom (EF Education-Tibco-SVB) in a two-woman break that has 11secs.

66km to go: The average speed is nudging 45km/h so that’s a pace as hot as the Paris weather. When I said the mood was relatively relaxed in the peloton, on reflection, that was off the mark. It’s perhaps a bit less chaotic than we might have expected, but there will be plenty of stress in the bunch. That eight-rider breakaway was reeled in. We have another solo attack.

69km to go: Seven more riders have bridged to Buijsman, and we now have an eight-rider breakaway up the road with a lead of around 10secs over the peloton. Victoire Berteau (Cofidis) is among them.

70km to go: The official Tour de France Femmes Twitter account is @LeTourFemmes – why not give them a follow?

🚴‍♀️ The peloton is heading to the km 0. 🚴‍♀️ Le peloton du #TDFF se dirige vers le départ réel sur les Champs Élysées. #WatchTheFemmes pic.twitter.com/AiDRy79FLt — Le Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift (@LeTourFemmes) July 24, 2022

71km to go: The Dutchwoman Nina Buijsman (Human Powered Health) has clipped off the front, and impressively managed to distance the entire peloton with her solo attack. She has a lead of about 12secs, I reckon, although there is no live timing on the screen at the moment.

Who do you like for today’s stage win, and the maillot jaune ? You can email me or tweet with your thoughts.

75km to go: One lap completed. Perhaps surprisingly the bunch is all together and while the pace is high, the mood looks relatively relaxed. There were a few attacks on that first lap, but nothing that’s led to breakaway being formed.

77km to go: Amandine Fouquenet (Arkea-Samsic) jumps off the front of the bunch and builds an advantage of a couple of seconds, but is soon swallowed up by the chasing pack. The riders take a high-speed left-hander adjacent to the river Seine, before tackling the famous underpass for the first time, emerging from the darkness and through another left-hand bend.

81km to go: The peloton is strung out initially, but is now bunched back together and it all calms down. But not for long – there are more attacks before the riders loop around the Arc de Triomphe for the first time.

Predictably enough it’s a boiling hot day in Paris: 33C and sunny, and it will be considerably warmer than that out on the road.

Just a touch over 1km to go until the flag drops ... we’ll surely see a big fight to form a breakaway right from the off. The riders are glued to the back of the official race car ... Marion Rousse waves her flag and we are racing on stage one of the Tour de France Femmes!

Today’s stage consists of 12 laps of a 6.8km circuit in Paris. The intermediate sprints come with 46.9 m and 26.5km to go, so it will be interesting to see if we get a long-established breakaway who mops up points there, or if the bunch stays together and we see shorter-lived attacks from riders hoping to win the green jersey.

The neutralised rollout of 5.2km has just begun.

William Fotheringham looks ahead to the eight-day Tour de France Femmes here:

Since 2014 the Tour de France organisers’ nod to women’s racing was La Course, a one-day event tagged on to the end of the three-week men’s Tour. This year is different and a great leap forward: the Tour de France Femmes is an eight-day stage race which begins today with an 80km circuit race around Paris. It’s by no means the first time a multi-stage women’s Tour de France has been held, but it’s an extremely welcome development considering the ever-increasing demand for women’s racing and the increasing strength and depth in the peloton.

The varied 1,033km route winds its way eastwards from Paris all the way to a summit finish at La Super Planche de Belles Filles next Sunday, crucially showcasing the women’s event as one that richly deserves to stand alone.

Today’s Parisian circuit race is pretty much pan-flat, but two intermediate sprints and one category-four climb inside the final 20km, at Charles de Gaulle - Étoile (9e passage), will spice things up considerably before what will surely be a sprint finish. Some even fancy that Marianne Vos (Jumbo–Visma) might win it and take the yellow jersey.

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Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift 2024: Key details

Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift 2024 is only the 3rd edition, but it's already one of the flagship stage races of the women’s WorldTour calendar. 

The eight-day event, organised by men’s Tour de France organisers ASO and overseen by race director Marion Rousse, will begin this year in the Netherlands; Rotterdam being the location of the Grand Départ. This is the first year the race is starting outside France. Moved to August 12-18 to prevent a clash with the 2024 Paris Olympics, this year the women's race will also be completely separate from the men's. 

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Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift 2024: The route

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This year's Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift features the first Grand Départ outside of France: in Rotterdam, and a change to an August date due to the 2024 Paris Olympics. 

Starting with three stages over two days in the Netherlands means flat, open roads and a split-stage day, with a morning race and an afternoon individual time trial. It's been over 30 years since this has been seen in the Tour de France. 

Sprinters will favour the days in the Netherlands, before the route heads into Belgium for some Classics-style parcours and some familiar climbs. Next up is the Alps, with back-to-back mountain stages and a gruelling finish on Alpe d’Huez on the final day – also the queen stage for 2024. 

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Tour de france femmes avec zwift 2024: the jerseys.

The jerseys of Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift 2024 replicate those of the Tour de France and classifications are yellow for the overall leader, green for the leader in the points standings, polka-dot for the mountain classification, and white for the best young rider.

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Along with the jersey prizes, there is an award for the most combative rider of each stage, with the winner wearing a red number on the following day. This is awarded each day, with a 'Super Combativity' award decided by a jury at the end of the race for the most active rider throughout the entire event.

There is also a team classification where the time of the first three riders from each team is put together to create a single time. This is then done in a similar way as the individual general classification.

In addition, there are plenty of bonus seconds up for grabs at the race. There are ten, six and four bonus seconds available at the end of each stage for the first three riders, as well as bonus sprints that are dotted throughout the race on key climbs to try and make the racing more entertaining for spectators

Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift 2024: The teams

22 teams will take part in the 2024 Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift. These include the 15 women’s WorldTour teams, the two best-ranked Continental teams (Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling and Lifeplus Wahoo), and five other Continental teams: AG Insurance - Soudal Quick-Step, Arkéa Pro Cycling, Cofidis, St Michel - Mavic - Auber93, Team Coop-Hitec Products. 

Women's WorldTour teams

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The race will be shown live in the UK and Europe on Eurosport and Discovery+. It is expected that viewers in the US will be able to tune in to the action on CNBC and Peacock Premium, like last year. 

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The 2024 Tour de France and Tour de France Femmes Will Be Legendary. Here’s Our Hot Take on the Routes.

The Alps! Gravel! A trip over the highest paved road in France! The Alps! Two stages in one day! Did we mention the Alps?!

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The routes of the 2024 Tour de France and Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift were unveiled in Paris early this morning, and we’ve since spent the day pouring over both routes. Here’s some of our early takeaways:

Foreign Starts for Both Men and Women

The Summer Olympics are taking place in Paris next summer, which presents a major logistical problem for the Tour de France for two main reasons: the men’s race usually finishes in Paris and the women’s race usually starts on the day the men’s race ends, which means the women’s race would reach its exciting climax just as the games are getting underway.

To avoid this, the organizers have planned foreign starts for both events, with the men starting in Italy (which sounds weird–but also awesome) and the women starting in the Netherlands (which has already hosted the starts of all three men’s grand tours). And these stages will be nothing to sneeze at, with profiles and formats that will shape the battle to win each Tour, so the race to win the yellow jersey will be well underway by the time each peloton gets back into France. And to prevent their thunder from being stolen, the women’s race will begin on Monday, August 12th, 2024–after the conclusion of the Olympic games.

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An Early Trip Through the Alps for the Men

To get the race back into France, the organizers are sending the men right into the Alps, with a stage that will ignite the GC battle (if it hasn’t started already). Beginning in Pinerolo, the stage covers four categorized climbs, including one of the toughest climbs in the French Alps: the hors categorie (“beyond category”) Col du Galibier, a 2,600-meter summit that the riders usually don’t have to worry about until the second or third week of the Tour. The stage ends with a hair-raising descent down the mountain and into Valloire, where a yellow jersey could be waiting for the winner.

The women were the first to race on gravel when they tackled the Champagne region’s gravel roads in 2022. Now the men get a turn on Stage 9, where a circuit beginning and ending in Troyes will send them over 32km of white gravel roads divided into 14 sectors–6 of which come in the finale of the stage.

For fans, this will be a fantastic way to end the first week, but for the riders, it should be one of the most stressful and anticipated days of the Tour–and it comes just two days after the Tour’s first individual time trial, so at least a few riders will come into the stage already licking their wounds and desperate to gain back some time.

Back-to-Back Summit Finishes in the Pyrenees

A trip over the highest paved road in france.

The third week brings the men’s Tour across the south of France, which means there’s time for another–more significant–foray into the Alps. Stage 19 is the centerpiece here, with three 2000+m ascents including a summit finish at the Isola 2000 mountain resort. But the day’s second climb is the one that stands out to us: it’s called the Cime de la Bonette, and at 2,802m it’s the highest paved road in France (and the second-highest in the Alps). The panoramic views from the top are breathtaking–not that the riders will have time to stop and appreciate them.

A Riviera Wrap-Up for the Men

For the first time in history the Tour can’t finish in Paris–so it’s finishing in Nice. But the final weekend won’t be so nice (pun intended) for the riders with one last summit finish and a long individual time trial to decide the Tour once and for all. The final weekend begins with Stage 20, a trip through the Maritime Alps with four categorized climbs including a summit finish on the Col de la Couille. If you’ve ever watched March’s Paris-Nice week-long stage race, you might recognize the terrain.

The Tour ends Sunday with Stage 21, a 34km individual time trial from Monaco to Nice’s Place Masséna (just off the Promenade des Anglais) that will pass through some of the French Riviera’s most luxurious terrain. If the race is still close, this race against the clock will determine the winner of the 111th Tour de France.

A Tough Course for Cav

After crashing out of this year’s Tour and failing to break the record for the most stage wins in Tour de France history, Great Britain’s Mark Cavendish has postponed his retirement in the hopes of winning one more stage. Unfortunately, this year’s course will do him even fewer favors than last year’s with lots of mountains and fewer chances for sprinters. (Cav himself called it one of the hardest routes he’s ever seen.) That said, we never count out the Manx Missile, and his Astana squad has signed Denmark’s Michael Mørkøv–one of the best lead-out men Cavendish has ever raced with–away from Soudal-Quick Step to help him break the record.

Two Stages in One Day for the Women

Once upon a time, Tour de France riders often raced two stages in one day, usually a short road stage in the morning followed by a time trial in the afternoon. But the Tour hasn’t done that since 1991 as they were felt to be too taxing on the riders (which–during an era in which Tour stages were much, much longer than they are today–they were).

But after starting the Tour on a Monday instead of a Sunday, the women will race both Stages 2 and 3 on Tuesday, August 13th. Stage 2 is a short, morning road stage from Dodrecht to Rotterdam that’s expected to end in a field sprint; and Stage 3 is a 6.3km, individual time trial in downtown Rotterdam that could be messy if it rains.

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Two Classics in One Stage for the Women

Stage 4 is one of the most interesting–and potentially explosive–of this year’s Tour de France Femmes with a route that combines the best and most challenging features of two of spring Classics: the Amstel Gold Race and Liege-Bastogne-Liege. The day begins in Valkenburg, home to the finish of the Amstel Gold Race, and heads south–but not before taking the riders around a loop containing four of the climbs that form the finale of the Dutch Classic. The stage then heads into Belgium, where the riders will tackle four climbs in the Belgian Ardennes, including three of the hardest climbs from the final half of Liège–Bastogne–Liège. This will be an explosive stage from start to finish, and one that could shape the outcome of the Tour.

A Spectacular Alpine Finish for the Women

The Tour de France Femmes concludes with back-to-back Alpine summit finishes. Saturday’s Stage 7 is the longest of the Tour at 167km and covers five categorized climbs including a summit finish on Le Grand Bornand. And that’s the easiest stage of the weekend, as Sunday’s Stage 8 takes the riders over the hardest side of the Col du Glandon followed by a summit finish on one of the most famous ascents in cycling: Alpe d’Huez, a climb known for its 21 hairpin bends, each of which is named in honor of a rider who has won the race to the summit. Mark your calendars now for Sunday, August 18th–you won’t want to miss it!

Since getting hooked on pro cycling while watching Lance Armstrong win the 1993 U.S. Pro Championship in Philadelphia, longtime Bicycling contributor Whit Yost has raced on Belgian cobbles, helped build a European pro team, and piloted that team from Malaysia to Mont Ventoux as an assistant director sportif. These days, he lives with his wife and son in Pennsylvania, spending his days serving as an assistant middle school principal and his nights playing Dungeons & Dragons.

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I f there’s one depressing fact I’ve learned in nearly two decades of covering women’s cycling, it’s that, sadly, there’s rarely a moment to rest on one’s laurels in this sport—and that’s particularly true for race organizers, and team owners.

Just because a race does fantastically well one year in terms of unprecedented levels of viewership and media coverage or because a team is arguably the absolute best in the world doesn’t guarantee anything. It’s all easy come, easy go. That’s why I’m nervous about the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift and why I believe that this year could be the most pivotal year for the race.

But why am I worried about the Tour de France Femmes in year three? After all, viewership numbers have been high, enthusiasm hasn’t waned, and sports bars are full of fans screaming for Demi Vollering and Kasia Niewiadoma. And yet... There are a few important factors to consider.

Last year, Zwift’s Kate Verroneau told me that the second year of the TDFF was scary for her: The first year, you’re riding a wave of hype. In the second year, the race has to stand as a great race, not just a “first.” What about the third year?

“There’s no kind of resting on the fact that last year was really successful,” Veronneau said then. “I look at it and think, ‘Last year was pretty easy sell: It was the first women’s Tour de France in over 30 years. That was easy to get the media on board, easy to get sponsors on board. It was the first time that that huge of an audience watched women’s racing.”

Year two was hugely successful, but what about year three?

The sponsorship dynamics at play

First, there’s the simple fact that this is year three of Zwift’s four-year commitment to the Tour de France Femmes in partnership with ASO. That means if Zwift isn’t planning to continue its support or is going to cut back its sponsorship budget, this is the year the race needs to look for a new sponsor.

Leaving it entirely to next year, the final year in their contract, is foolhardy. So I have to imagine that there’s some buzz happening behind the scenes already. I haven’t heard any scuttlebutt about them giving up their title sponsorship position, to be clear, but considering Zwift just had a round of layoffs and a shuffle in their C-suite , who knows where they’re heading? Hopefully into another lengthy contract, but it’s unclear. My fingers are crossed.

Viewership challenges

Viewership this year will also be more important than ever. High viewership numbers mean a better chance of securing new or renewed sponsorship dollars, and TdFF viewership has been undeniably impressive. But this year is going to make that tricky. The men’s Tour de France and the Tour de France Femmes are separated this year by the Olympics. That means three weeks between the races, rather than the men’s race ending on the day the women’s race began.

In the past two years, it was easy to just continue tuning in if you’d been watching the men’s race. This year, viewers will have to actively seek it out starting August 12—the day after the Olympics finish. That is a lot of TV watching for cycling/sports fans to contend with. While serious fans will still tune in, those ‘medium’ fans may not.

The state of the cycling industry

Then, there’s the cycling industry landscape. Brands like Trek and Specialized are slashing budgets , and Shimano is reporting quarter after quarter of losses . To blithely assume that there’s a cycling company capable of taking Zwift’s place as title sponsor in the current landscape is a mistake.

I say all this not to be discouraging. It’s meant to be a rallying cry. What does this all mean for you, the person reading this?

I want to believe that this race will survive and thrive in the same way that Le Tour has for over a century. But I also know that it takes more than love to keep a race of this magnitude running. It takes cold, hard cash. It takes commitment from big businesses that often see women’s cycling as a line item that they can scrap when it’s time to tighten up their belts. It took decades to get back to a point where we have this race. It’s happened before, it’s been lost before. Let’s not let it happen again.

It’s time to get fired up and ensure that the Tour de France Femmes isn’t just a blip in the cycling history books. Mark your calendars, set a Google alert for the Tour de France Femmes, follow racers on social media, and plan watch parties—let’s make this the loudest Tour de France Femmes yet.

Amidst sponsorship concerns and viewing challenges, Molly Hurford writes about how 2024 may be the Tour de France Femmes make-or-break year.

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'It has a real weight on the Tour': Behind the making of the Tour de France's foreign Grand Départ

Rouleur looks back some of the most memorable Grand Départ in the Tour de France and explores how cities are chosen

Words: James Startt

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While the Tour de France  route presentation is always one of the highlights of cycling’s off season, news of upcoming Grand Départs is increasingly celebrated. After all, in recent years, Tour de France the organiser ASO has attracted a steady string of alluring locations to host the start of the world’s biggest bike race. And just last week, as many are preparing for the highly-anticipated Grand Départ in Florence, the Tour announced that the 2026 race would start in the sumptuous city of Barcelona.

But while foreign capitals and cultural centres have been at the forefront of the Grand Départs in recent years, the tradition started long ago.

From its beginnings in 1903, the Tour always started in France.  But in 1954 the Tour ventured abroad and started in Amsterdam. On paper, the move celebrated the recent successes of Dutch riders, but it was also a great way to celebrate the race’s 51st birthday. Regardless of the actual motivation, however, the Amsterdam start proved to be a huge success, not to mention serving as a watershed for years to come.

Just four years later, the Tour started in Brussels and foreign destinations soon became a frequent host for the launch of the great French race.

In the shadow of the Wall

Perhaps no foreign Tour start was as ambitious or symbolic as the 1987 Tour which started in what was still known as West Berlin. In some ways it proved to be a moment of provenance, as the infamous Berlin Wall would fall just two years later. But for those on hand at the time, there was little sense that the Tour de France was knocking on the door of one of Europe’s most defining moments in recent history, and the city, like the country, still remained distinctly divided.

“Starting in Berlin was so dramatic,” remembers Samual Abt, the pioneering American journalist who covered more than 30 Tours for the International Herald Tribune. “We had to drive through what was then East Germany. The logistics were so impressive, just getting us all there was impressive. I remember driving across East Germany. It was so bleak. They didn’t have any advertising along the roads or anything, and you certainly did not feel like getting off the main road because, well, you were in enemy territory. And then there was still the Wall. It was all just so dramatic.”

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French riders Robert Forest, Francois Lemarchand, Eric Caritoux and Guy Gallopin stand next to the Berlin Wall before the start of the 1987 Tour. (Getty Images)

In some ways the Tour united the two Berlins as those in East Berlin could follow it on television. “I’ll never forget watching the start of the race from my little television in my dorm room, with my little antenna pointed towards West Berlin,” remembers legendary German cyclist Jens Voigt in his book Shut up Legs . Voigt of course would go on to race 17 Tours himself, but in 1987 he was a student at the German sports school in East Berlin. “All those colorful jerseys, with all sorts of sponsors, were just beautiful compared to my solid grey East German jersey. In addition to that, the prologue was won by a Polish rider Lech Piasecki. I remember thinking, wow, if a guy like that can come from a Communist country and ride the Tour de France, maybe I can too someday! And from that day on, the Tour de France was my dream.”

But while the Grand Départ in West Berlin held great symbolic significance, other Tour starts required equally demanding logistic challenges, like the 1998 start in Dublin—which required the entire Tour entourage to cross the English Channel and Irish Sea by ferry—or more recently the Grand Départ in Yorkshire in 2014.

Despite the many challenges, however, foreign starts to the Tour have become commonplace. And today, the Tour starts abroad almost as frequently as the Alps and Pyrénees change order in the Tour de France route each year.

High demand

Today in fact, the Tour boasts a long list of foreign cities that would like to host the Grand Départ. “We probably have about 10 foreign cities that have shown interest in hosting the Tour,” says Cyrille Tricart, R esponsable des Relations Exterieur for the Tour de France. Among his many responsibilities, Tricart oversees the Tour’s Grand Départs. “The choice of Grand Départ is important because it has a real weight on the Tour. This year for example, with the Grand Départ in Florence, well, it becomes impossible to make it to the north of France because we have to figure in the rest days, the Pyrenees, the Alps etc.”

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Great crowds are a given whenever the Grand Depart starts abroad, as illustrated here when the 2019 Tour started in Brussels. (Photo: James Startt)

Tricart says that historically the Tour held more Grand Départs in neighboring countries in the north because of their proximity to the flat stages that often dominated the first half of the race. But since Christian Prudhomme became Tour de France director in 2006, he has deliberately broken the traditional mold of the Tour in an effort to better mix the flatter stages with the hillier ones. As a result, it is easier for the Tour de start in hillier regions, like it did last year in the Spanish Basque Country.

UCI rules also play a factor as well, because once every four years, Grand Tours are allowed to have their the first rest day after only three days of racing, something that allows them to schedule a long transfer directly after a Grand Départ, as the race did when it started in Copenhagen in 2022.

“This year’s start in Florence is really exceptional because we have three full stages plus the start of stage four in Italy ” says Tricart. Clearly however, the Tour is going in big with this year’s start, as it is the first one ever in Italy. Even before the riders hit the first kilometre they will roll through the heart of Florence and its many monuments, in what promises to be a magical moment in the race’s history. And in the stages that follow, the race will pay homage to several of the country’s most adored champions.

Tricart says that local riders and champions often inspire foreign locations to host the Tour. “With the exploits of Peter Sagan there were several towns that showed interest in hosting the Tour in Slovakia,” he says. And logically, few would be surprised to see the Tour visit Slovenia with it currently boasting some of the most talented riders in the peloton.

But while the Tour has a long list of towns that would like to host the race, he insists that they can be in no hurry. “Towns cannot focus on one year in particular,” he says. “There are too many parameters for us. Where the Tour starts is one of them, but also the overall composition of the Tour route on any given year.”

In addition, if the majority of Grand Départs are in major cities, it is at least partly due to the financial weight of hosting what is sometimes referred to as the world's largest annual sporting event. According to the race orgainiser, ordinary towns pay €90,000 for a stage start and €120,000 or a stage finish. But hosting the Grand Départ is in another league altogether. The Tour itself does not officially communicate the fees for the Grand Départ, but just this past week, the mayor of Barcelona said that the city was paying between seven and eight million Euros to host the Grand Départ of the Tour in 2026.

“There are a lot of reasons for this,” Tricart says. “First there is just a lot more preparation for everyone. A Grand Départ doesn’t just last part of a day, but almost a week, when you consider that the entire Tour entourage is on the ground for several days before and often for the first days of the race. There are a lot more hotel rooms needed and often the prices are much higher than in France. But the towns that host the Grand Départ get a lot more in return. We announce the location two years ahead, so they can communicate about it for a long time. They can really promote it for tourism and local businesses benefit from a Grand Départ much more than an average stage.”

Despite the financial considerations, however, Tricart insists that the choice of a Grand Départ must also make sense for the Tour. “When going to a Tour de France start it is also to promote the Tour as well as the place. There needs to be a connection. The first foreign start of the Tour was in Amsterdam, for example. So this year, when we decided to do the first foreign start for the Tour de France Femmes, it made perfect sense to start in The Netherlands. That was a real factor for starting in Rotterdam. It’s just made perfect sense.”

Tour de France Grand Départs in foreign countries

1954: Amsterdam, The Netherlands 1958: Brussels, Belgium 1965: Cologne, Germany 1973: Scheveningen, The Netherlands 1975: Charleroi, Belgium 1978: Leiden, The Netherlands 1980: Frankfort, Germany 1982: Basel, Switzerland 1987: West Berlin, Germany 1989: Luxembourg City, Luxembourg 1992: San Sebastián, Spain 1996: s’Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands 1998: Dublin, Ireland 2002: Luxembourg City, Luxembourg 2004: Liège, Belgium 2007: London, England 2009: Monaco, Monaco 2010: Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2012: Liége, Belgium 2014, Leeds, England 2015: Utrecht, The Netherlands 2017: Düsseldorf, Germany 2019: Brussels, Belgium 2022: Copenhagen, Denmark 2023: Bilbao, Spain 2024: Florence, Italy

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2024 Tour de France Femmes Information

The route for the 2024 Tour de France Femmes  was officially presented in Paris on October 25 by race director Marion Rousse. 

The third edition of the modern incarnation of the women's Tour de France will be held after the Paris Olympic Games with eight stages across seven days between Monday, August 12 and Sunday, August 18.

Organisers offer a total of 946.3km of racing that includes three flat stages for the sprinters, one individual time trial, two hilly stages, two mountain stages and a crowning conclusion atop the iconic Alpe d'Huez.

Cyclingnews will have live coverage of all eight stages of the 2024 Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift, along with race reports, galleries, results, and exclusive features and news.

2024 Tour de France Femmes Route

The map of the 2024 Tour de France Femmes

The route for the 2024 Tour de France Femmes includes a Grand Départ in the Netherlands from August 12 to August 14, and takes place in host cities Rotterdam, The Hague, Dordrecht, and Valkenburg.

The route then crosses into the Ardennes Classics iconic cities of Liège and Bastogne before entering France and travelling into the Alps for two final mountain stages in Le Grand Bornand and Alpe d'Huez.

  • Stage 1: Rotterdam to The Hague, 124km
  • Stage 2: Dordrecht to Rotterdam, 67km
  • Stage 3: Rotterdam to Rotterdam, 6.3km
  • Stage 4: Valkenburg to Liège, 122km
  • Stage 5: Bastogne to Amnéville, 150km
  • Stage 6: Remiremont to Morteau, 160km
  • Stage 7: Champagnole to Le Grand-Bornand, 167km
  • Stage 8: Le Grand-Bornand to Alpe d'Huez, 150km

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2024 tour de france femmes contenders.

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Defending champion Demi Vollering (SD Worx) is likely to return to the 2024 Tour de France Femmes to try and win a second consecutive overall title after securing the yellow jersey in the 2023 edition.

Annemiek van Vleuten , the winner of the 2022 Tour de France Femmes and fourth in 2023, has retired from professional cycling after a sparkling 16-year career and so will not be competing in the third edition of the event.

Two-time podium finisher Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM), gravel world champion, will line up as one of the main contenders for the overall title.

Road race world champion Lotte Kopecky (also SD Worx) won the opening stage last year and wore the yellow jersey for six days, climbed with the best to the summit of the Col du Tourmalet, and then stormed to third place in the time trial in Pau. She closed out the eight-day race by winning the green points jersey and taking second overall behind her teammate Vollering. She will be one to watch in the 2024 edition of the Tour de France Femmes.

Juliette Labous (Team dsm-firmenich) was the top French rider in last year's Tour de France Femmes, and other riders to watch will be Ashleigh Moolman Pasio (AG Insurance-Soudal-QuickStep) and Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (FDJ-SUEZ).

Tour de France Femmes History

Tour de France winners Frenchman Laurent Fignon and Marianne Martin of the United States smile on the podium on July 22 1984 in Paris

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Cyclingnews  has assembled a full list of champions dating back to the first version in 1955 and the original women's Tour de France stage race held from 1984-1989 to the modern Tour de France Femmes.

The women's peloton raced their  first official launch of the women's Tour de France  until  1984 won by American Marianne Martin . It was an 18-day race held simultaneously as the men's event and along much of the same but shortened routes with shared finish lines. The Société du Tour de France, which later became part of ASO in 1992, managed both men's and women's events. 

The women's Tour de France ended in 1989, and while ASO went on to organise women's one-day races like La Flèche Wallonne, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, La Course, and the inaugural Paris-Roubaix Femmes (in 2021), the women's peloton had not been included as part of the official Tour de France for the past 30 years.

Other women's stage races in France, not run by ASO, took place, including the Tour Cycliste Féminin, which had started in 1992, and the re-named Grande Boucle Féminine Internationale, until it came to an end in 2009. 

La Course by La Tour de France was then created in 2014 following a petition to ASO calling for a women's Tour de France. Le Tour Entier's petition was led by Kathryn Bertine, Marianne Vos, Emma Pooley and Chrissie Wellington and secured 97,307 signatures. The event was held across various platforms, from a one-day to a multi-day event between 2014 and 2021. 

Champions included  Marianne Vos ,  Anna van der Breggen  and  Chloe Hosking  in the first three editions from 2014 to 2016.  Annemiek van Vleuten  won in 2017 and 2018, followed by Vos in 2019,  Lizzie Deignan  in 2020 and  Demi Vollering  in 2021.

Despite its controversy, La Course had become one of the most showcased events in the Women's WorldTour, and although the wait was longer than anyone anticipated, it finally became the stepping stone to the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift.

Tour de France men's race director Christian Prudhomme made a  long-awaited confirmation  that Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) would launch a women's  Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift in 2022  with Marion Rousse as the event's race director.

Zwift announced that it would become the title sponsor of the  Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift  on a five-year deal through 2026.

The first edition of the rebirth of the 2022 Tour de France Femmes was an eight-day race that began on the Champs-Élysées in Paris in conjunction with the final stage 21 of the men's Tour de France and ended on La Super Planche des Belles Filles, where  Annemiek van Vleuten  (Movistar) was crowned the overall champion.

The 2023 Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift route hit new heights with 956 kilometres and a grand finale in the Pyrenees with a mountaintop finish on the iconic Tourmalet on stage 7 and a final stage 8 time trial in Pau, with Demi Vollering winning the overall title.

The 2024 Tour de France Femmes will showcase back-to-back summit finishes at Le Grand Bornand and Alpe d'Huez where the overall champion will be crowned.

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Tour de France Femmes Ultimate Experience: Alpe d’Huez 2024

Experience the Women's Tour de France with VIP race viewings and access to the best women's professional team — Lidl-Trek.

Tour Duration

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Trek Travel proudly presents the Ultimate 2024 Tour de France Femmes experience in the Alps with VIP Official Tour Operator access!

Official Tour Operator of the 2024 Tour de France

Revel in the excitement of the ultimate Pro Team Access—get behind-the-scenes with the Women's Team Lidl-Trek! ( Team Access events are subject to confirmation and could change )

Tackle this year’s Tour de France Femmes featured climb — the mythical Alpe d'Huez — a few hours before the pros take the challenge. After, enjoy your Official VIP Access Passes to witness the exciting Stage 8 mountaintop finish

Ride the iconic Tour de France climbs: Col du Marais, Col des Aravis, Col de la Colombière, and Alpe d'Huez

Stay at the heart of the action at a Relais & Chateaux property nestled in the Alps and a luxury chalet in the mountaintop town of Alpe d'Huez

Fuel your day with traditional Alpine favorites: tartiflette, raclette, and fondue

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Witness the final exciting moments of the race

Experience the final stages of the Tour de France Femmes and meet the team!

As an Official Tour Operator for the Tour de France Femmes and hospitality partner with Team Lidl-Trek, only Trek Travel can offer this VIP trip to bring you to the center of the world’s premier women’s cycling race.

What Guests are Saying

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From the routes put together for each ride, to the unprecedented access to the Tour, and the amazing guides this is a trip that will not only fulfill a bucket list trip it will leave you amazed at how no detail is overlooked.

Josh, Trek Travel Guest

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The Trek Travel team, those I worked with before the trip started and the 3 guides during the trip, did an excellent job making this a trip of a lifetime for me. Organizing was excellent.

Martin, Trek Travel Guest

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If you want to experience the madness that is the Tour de France once in your life, Trek is the way to go. This was my third trip with Trek, and the guides have all been outstanding. I felt that I got an insider's view of the Tour.

Peter, Trek Travel Guest

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Alpe d'Huez

Experience Great Ride #3 on our List of Great Global Rides. Follow the steps of your heroes as you tackle the 21 switchbacks of the legendary Alpe d'Huez.

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  • Hotel Au Coeur du Village
  • Hotel Pic Blanc

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Arrival / Departure

Where to Arrive

Paris (CDG) or Geneva (GVA)

Pick-up location :

Annecy Train Station, Annecy, France

Pick-up time :

Where to Depart

Lyon (LYS) or Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG)

Drop-off location :

Grenoble TGV Station, Grenoble, France

Drop-off time :

Additional Arrival Information

We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays.

We recommend that you fly into Paris (CDG) or Geneva (GVA). From Paris’ Gare de Lyon, trains depart daily for Annecy with a travel time of four to five hours. The train journey from Geneva to Annecy takes one and a half to two hours. However, train options and times are somewhat limited to and from Geneva and can sometimes present more logistical challenges. Alternatively, you can take a taxi from the Geneva airport to Annecy for approximately 100 euros or a bus for 20 euros. Please consult www.trainline.com or speak with our travel agent for current train schedules.

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Annecy Train Station (Place de la Gare, 74000 Annecy, France) at 9:00 AM on the first day of the trip. A shuttle through the bustling city of Annecy will bring you to your ride start. Please have your first day’s riding gear handy and separate from your other luggage to facilitate the bike fitting and ride.

If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, Hotel Au Coeur du Village (+33 4 50 01 50 01), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details.

Additional Departure Information

You will say farewell to your guides at 11:00 AM, and a private shuttle will take you to the Grenoble TGV station to arrive approximately at 12:30 PM. Trains run directly to Lyon and Paris. See www.trainline.com for schedules. Please do not arrange any connections from the station until after 1:00 PM.

Day 1 Ride from Annecy to La Clusaz via Col du Marais, featured in Stage 8

Ride from Annecy to La Clusaz via Col du Marais, featured in Stage 8

Welcome to the Alps! Your Tour de France Femmes race adventure begins in the bustling heart of Annecy. A short shuttle leads you and your new traveling companions around Lake Annecy, the cleanest (and most beautiful) lake in all of Europe, to the start of your adventure. After some initial introductions and a thorough bike fitting, your guides will take you on a ride through the Alpine hills and over the Col du Marais. The perfect warm up ride, the Col du Marais cli... Welcome to the Alps! Your Tour de France Femmes race adventure begins in the bustling heart of Annecy. A short shuttle leads you and your new traveling companions around Lake Annecy, the cleanest (and most beautiful) lake in all of Europe, to the start of your adventure. After some initial introductions and a thorough bike fitting, your guides will take you on a ride through the Alpine hills and over the Col du Marais. The perfect warm up ride, the Col du Marais climb has been featured in the men's Tour de France in 2023, and we'll see it again in 2024 on Stage 8 of the women's race. With your Trek Travel guides supporting you throughout the ride, a quick refreshment, snack, or van boost is just a hand signal away. We'll roll into our hotel in La Clusaz in time for a leisurely lunch, and you'll have time to relax and unpack before reconvening later in the day. This evening you’ll gather with the group for a welcome reception and learn about the week ahead, including details about the race and the Lidl-Trek Women's team, before indulging in the delicious local cuisine, typical of this region, at our hotel restaurant. Read More

Hotel au Coeur du Village

Meals included

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

Lake Annecy

Highlight of the Day

Lake Annecy

Begin your week on a high note by taking in the stunning beauty of Lake Annecy on your way to the Col du Marais.

Ride Options

Ride Option 1

TODAY'S RIDE:

Annecy to La Clusaz via Col du Marais - Approximately 31 mi | 50 km and 3,818 ft | 1,164 m

TODAY'S TOUR STAGE:

Stage 4: Valkenburg to Liege

Day 2 Ride part of Stage 7 from Annecy to Le Grand Bornand and Col de la Colombière

Ride part of Stage 7 from Annecy to Le Grand Bornand and Col de la Colombière

Rise early to spin your legs for your first morning ride in the Alps. Today’s ride is worth the effort! Today's journey commences with a descent alongside the Le Borne River, leading you through a picturesque path under the historic Plateau des Glières, all the way down to the scenic Arve Valley. Following a brief break in La-Roche-sur-Foron to recharge and take in the breathtaking panoramas, you'll continue to our designated lunch spot. In the afternoon, you'll ... Rise early to spin your legs for your first morning ride in the Alps. Today’s ride is worth the effort! Today's journey commences with a descent alongside the Le Borne River, leading you through a picturesque path under the historic Plateau des Glières, all the way down to the scenic Arve Valley. Following a brief break in La-Roche-sur-Foron to recharge and take in the breathtaking panoramas, you'll continue to our designated lunch spot. In the afternoon, you'll have the exciting opportunity to ride a section of Stage 7 from Annecy-le-Vieux to Le Grand Bornand just a few days ahead of the pro riders, and witness the bustling preparations leading up to the race. For those seeking the complete experience, you can also extend your ride to reach Col de la Colombière, featured 23 times in the men's Tour de France. Once back at the hotel, enjoy some well-deserved rest and catch up on today's Stage 5 action on TV as the pros battle it out into Amnéville. Tonight, you're free to explore this quaint Alpine village. Grab a quick pizza at a local brewpub, indulge in a hearty raclette, or sit down to a plate of pasta. There's plenty of variety to be found tonight and your guides are more than happy to help you choose. Read More

Breakfast | Lunch

Ride a portion of the upcoming Stage 7 route

Ride a portion of the upcoming Stage 7 route

Witness the bustling preparations leading up to the race at Le Grand Bornand.

La Clusaz to La Roche-sur-Foron to Naves to Grand Bornand Loop - Approximately 55 mi | 89 km and 5,554 ft | 1,693 m

Ride Option 2

AVID OPTION:

La Clusaz to La Roche-sur-Foron to Naves to Colombière Loop - Approximately 70 mi | 113 km and 7,805 ft | 2,379 m

Stage 5: Bastogne to Amnéville

Day 3 Ride the iconic Col du Marais and Col des Aravis

Ride the iconic Col du Marais and Col des Aravis

Get ready for a stunning loop today, featuring sweeping views of the Alps. Your day kicks off descending out of town, leading you into the steady seven-kilometer climb of the Col du Marais, followed by a descent into the Arly Valley. Lunchtime is your chance to explore the charming village of Flumet at your leisure. After your meal, the real challenge awaits as you conquer the formidable Col des Aravis, spanning nearly 12 kilometers with an average 5% incline. Upon ... Get ready for a stunning loop today, featuring sweeping views of the Alps. Your day kicks off descending out of town, leading you into the steady seven-kilometer climb of the Col du Marais, followed by a descent into the Arly Valley. Lunchtime is your chance to explore the charming village of Flumet at your leisure. After your meal, the real challenge awaits as you conquer the formidable Col des Aravis, spanning nearly 12 kilometers with an average 5% incline. Upon reaching the summit, if the skies are clear, you'll be treated to breathtaking vistas including the Mont Blanc. Then, brace yourself for an exhilarating, lightning-fast descent into the village of La Clusaz. If you're feeling up for more climbing, there's the option to tackle the Col de la Croix Fry as well. In the evening, you'll gather with your newfound friends for a delightful meal, featuring the finest of Savoyard cuisine. Tomorrow promises a lot of excitement as Stage 7 of the race arrives in the region, so make sure to rest up in preparation for a big day. Read More

Breakfast | Dinner

Featured Meal | Raclette au fromage

Featured Meal | Raclette au fromage

Tonight is a genuine sample of hearty Savoyard cuisine. In this quirky mountain restaurant, you will try famed dishes of the region, such as... Tonight is a genuine sample of hearty Savoyard cuisine. In this quirky mountain restaurant, you will try famed dishes of the region, such as raclette, where a cheese round is melted directly in front of you onto your plate; fondue Savoyarde made with the tasty local cheeses such as Comté, Beaufort, or Reblochon; or the Tartiflette, a classic savory dish prepared in the oven with cheese, potato, lardons, and onion. All are presented with the most elaborate devices and engineered plates, and served with warm and authentic French mountain hospitality. Read More

La Clusaz to Col du Marais to Col des Aravis Loop - Approximately 54 mi | 87 km and 6,755 ft | 2,059 m

La Clusaz to Col du Marais to Col des Aravis to Col de la Croix Fry Loop - Approximately 59 mi | 95 km and 7,575 ft | 2,309 m

Stage 6: Remiremont to Morteau

Day 4 Witness the battle as the pros arrive into Annecy before transferring to Alpe d'Huez

Witness the battle as the pros arrive into Annecy before transferring to Alpe d'Huez

Today is the day when you'll witness the race in all its glory! After a hearty breakfast to fuel your day, it's time to descend once again towards Annecy. Your ride will lead you along a historic Roman road, originally built by the ingenious Romans as they marched their way across Europe. Along this captivating route, you'll wind through picturesque villages before eventually arriving in Cercier, where your guides will take you to the best spot to view the race. Whi... Today is the day when you'll witness the race in all its glory! After a hearty breakfast to fuel your day, it's time to descend once again towards Annecy. Your ride will lead you along a historic Roman road, originally built by the ingenious Romans as they marched their way across Europe. Along this captivating route, you'll wind through picturesque villages before eventually arriving in Cercier, where your guides will take you to the best spot to view the race. While you eagerly await the arrival of the peloton, you'll have access to a delightful boulangerie -style lunch. Cheer on your favorite riders as the pros compete fiercely for the coveted yellow jersey in this year's longest stage. Following this exhilarating experience, it's time to board a two-and-a-half-hour scenic shuttle to the iconic Alpe d'Huez. This evening, your guides will take you to their favorite dinner venue in town, ensuring you refuel and prepare for the challenging ascent of the mighty Alpe d'Huez tomorrow. Read More

Hotel Le Pic Blanc

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Witness the battle during Stage 7

Witness the battle during Stage 7

Enjoy Stage 7 at Côte de Cercier and cheer on your favourite riders from the best VIP seats in the house!

La Clusaz to Cercier - Approximately 35 mi | 57 km and 2,739 ft | 835 m

Stage 7: Champagnole to Le Grand Bornand

Day 5 Tackle the legendary Alpe d'Huez prior to the final stage of the Tour de France Femmes

Tackle the legendary Alpe d'Huez prior to the final stage of the Tour de France Femmes

It's the moment you have been waiting for: the classic ascent of Alpe d'Huez, the most revered and famous mountaintop finish in France. Begin with a descent to Le Bourg d'Oisans before we ride back up the final climb of the trip, Alpe d’Huez. With an average grade of 8% and 21 switchbacks (each named after a winner of the climb in the Tour de France, baiting you to ride to the next), this lion of a climb is sure to capture all of your attention. After reaching the... It's the moment you have been waiting for: the classic ascent of Alpe d'Huez, the most revered and famous mountaintop finish in France. Begin with a descent to Le Bourg d'Oisans before we ride back up the final climb of the trip, Alpe d’Huez. With an average grade of 8% and 21 switchbacks (each named after a winner of the climb in the Tour de France, baiting you to ride to the next), this lion of a climb is sure to capture all of your attention. After reaching the summit of the historic pass moments before the pros, snap some photos then fuel up over lunch before we enter the VIP arrival village. Here, watch from a unique vantage point aboard an official VIP luxury open-top bus as the racers close in on the finish line. This premier viewing location is head-and-shoulders above the crowd and fully equipped with an open bar and large-screen TVs, so you don’t miss any of the action! We’ll then have an exclusive glimpse behind the scenes with a special private event with the Lidl-Trek Women’s team and, if race regulations allow, take a tour in the team bus. Tonight, gather with your traveling companions and guides to raise a glass to the Tour, the legendary riding that makes it famous, heroes past and present, and your incredible cycling tour of the Alps! Read More

Breakfast | Lunch | Social hour | Dinner

Official VIP Access Passes Stage 8

Official VIP Access Passes Stage 8

Feel the excitement of the race from the VIP area right at the finish line!

Alpe d'Huez Out and Back Loop - Approximately 18 mi | 29 km and 3,740 ft | 1,140 m

TODAY'S ACTIVITY:

Official VIP Passes to Stage 8 mountaintop finish

TODAY'S TEAM ACCESS:

Exclusive behind-the-scenes Q&A event with Team Lidl-Trek Women

Stage 8: Le Grand Bornand to Alpe d'Huez

Day 6 Au revoir

All good things must come to an end, and so is true for this sensational Tour de France Femmes cycling adventure. The morning is yours to recover after an epic week of cycling. You'll have time for a short spin to loosen the legs, or choose to sleep in for a full recovery. A private Trek Travel shuttle will take you to the Grenoble train station this morning to travel to your final destination. You'll say farewell to your guides at 11:00 AM at the hotel. Please do n... All good things must come to an end, and so is true for this sensational Tour de France Femmes cycling adventure. The morning is yours to recover after an epic week of cycling. You'll have time for a short spin to loosen the legs, or choose to sleep in for a full recovery. A private Trek Travel shuttle will take you to the Grenoble train station this morning to travel to your final destination. You'll say farewell to your guides at 11:00 AM at the hotel. Please do not schedule a train out of the Grenoble station before 1 PM. Read More

Farewell spin up Col de la Sarenne

Farewell spin up Col de la Sarenne

This adventure is almost over but take some time to soak in the beautiful scenery before you.

Col de Sarenne Out and Back - Approximately 10 mi | 16 km and 1,480 ft | 451 m

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Rider Information

Rider Level: 3, 4

Terrain: Mountainous

The terrain is highlighted by stunning views, quiet roads, and challenging climbs. We will make an average of two to three major climbs per day that combine sustained climbing with several steep sections. Tour de France Femme is best suited for our Type 3/4 Riders. Our Trek Travel guides can also accommodate Type 3 Riders, who seek less mileage or fewer uphills, with a boost in the van.

Daily Average

34 miles | 55 kilometers

203 miles | 327 kilometers

4,018 feet | 1,225 meters

24,106 feet | 7,348 meters

On most Trek Travel trips, we offer non-riding options for riders who want to take the afternoon off, or travel companions who want to spend little or no time in the saddle. Some of these options may need to be scheduled before your trip–please contact one of our Trip Consultants for more information. Expenses and/or related transportation to these activities may not be included in the trip price. Some non-riding options on this trip are:

  • Exclusive Pro Team Access—get behind the scenes with Lidl-Trek
  • Trek Travel viewing of Stage 7 at Côte de Cercier
  • Official VIP Access Passes to witness the arrival of Stage 8 on Alpe d'Huez
  • Explore the beautiful city of Annecy
  • Hike around Plateau des Glières and explore its history
  • Relax at Au Coeur du Village hotel Cristal luxury spa

non rider

We've got you covered on and off the bike! Our team of guides will always have one in the support vehicle and one on the bike, ready to fill up your water bottles, fix a flat tire, or give you a lift up the hill. They'll also give you the inside scoop on the best local spots. And when you're not riding, your guides are happy to help with anything you need - from massage appointments to finding that special local treat you've been craving.

  • Fully guided and supported with two guides and one van minimum
  • Up to three daily route options on a pre-loaded Garmin GPS
  • Additional guides and vehicles added dependent upon guest count and trip logistics

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Au Coeur du Village

Au Coeur du Village is a Relais & Châteaux hotel and the only 5-star property in La Clusaz. As its name implies, it is in the heart of this ski village nestled in the French Alps. Enjoy its elegant modern rooms and relax in its exclusive spa and wellness center.

Double bedroom with sofa and chair and a terrace overlooking mountains

Le Pic Blanc

Located in the vibrant town of Alpe d’Huez, Hotel Pic Blanc offers a cozy chalet, a restaurant, and a spa at the center of the action. It serves as an ideal retreat for unwinding and replenishing after an eventful day.

Bikes & Gear

New in 2023 Domane SL 7

Experiencing your cycling vacation of a lifetime is not complete without a world-class bike and the Trek Domane SL 7 Gen 4 is the best on the road. It raises the bar to deliver incredible endurance road bike comfort without sacrificing performance and features highly responsive disc brakes, road-smoothing IsoSpeed technology, and electronic shifting. This new bike is lighter than ever before, and carbon wheels are standard on every Domane SL 7 bike.

Trek Domane+ SLR bike

Upgrade your experience on the Domane+ SLR 7. It has everything you love in a road bike, with the extra boost to take you farther than ever before. With an ultra-lightweight design and a whisper quiet electric assist motor, this performance e-road bike will assist you on the climbs and enable you to venture further. So go ahead—take the long way. With Domane+ SLR 7, there’s always room for more distance and more fun! Upgrade to the Domane+ SLR 7 on this trip for $399 (3-6 day trips) or $599 (7+ day trips). Available in limited quantities. See specific trip dates for available bike options.

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Trek Travel Guides

The World’s Best

From the moment you meet our guides, you'll understand the difference. You'll feel the genuine care they take to make your vacation perfect. From their expert support to sharing their favorite hidden spots, they tailor every moment to you.

Additional Gear

  • Trek Travel Santini cycling jersey to keep
  • Trek Travel Santini cycling socks to keep
  • Lidl-Trek team kit to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Cinch sack day bag to keep
  • Bontrager saddle
  • Bontrager helmet
  • Bontrager front and rear Flare R lights
  • Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer with pre-loaded routes
  • Shimano SPD-SL road style pedals, Shimano SPD mountain style pedals, caged, or flat pedals
  • A flat pack containing a tube, levers, and a CO2 cartridge with inflator
  • For the most comfortable ride, we recommend you bring your own saddle. If you prefer, you can bring your own pedals and helmet on the trip and our guides will install your gear on the first day during your bike fit.

A collage of cycling gear guests will use on a Trek Travel Pro Race Bike Tour.

Trip Inclusions

  • Five nights of accommodation at handpicked hotels
  • Two experienced guides to provide local knowledge, support, and camaraderie
  • Daily route support with both guides and our support van
  • Daily breakfast, four lunches, and four dinners
  • Two social hours of drinks and hors d'oeuvres
  • Ride With GPS Experience for your phone with daily itinerary and route navigation information

  • Up to three daily route options on riding days
  • Snacks and drinks for each day's ride
  • OTE Energy Gels
  • All gratuities for drivers, local experts, and hospitality staff
  • All luggage transfers and transportation during your trip
  • A digital photo album of your trip
  • Entrance fees for all activities, private tours, and events
  • Exclusive Pro Team Access—get behind the scenes with Lidl-Trek Women’s Team
  • Official VIP Access Passes to witness the arrival of Stage 8 at Alpe d'Huez
  • Gratuities for all scheduled special events, restaurants, hotels, local guides, and transportation during your trip
  • Private tours
  • Entrance fees to all group events/activities
  • All transportation during the trip, including private coaches

A group of riders at the starting line at the Tour de France

  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • On select trips some meals are not included. On these trips, Trek Travel invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.

Guide Gratuities

Guide gratuities are customary and at your own discretion, to recognize service, hospitality, and the little extras that surprise and delight. For this trip, we suggest a tip for your guides between $420-$480 per guest and, of course, you may choose to give more if your guides made your trip an unforgettable experience. While local currency is preferred, there are other options to make tipping easier. Most guides accept gratuity via PayPal or our staff can help before or after the trip. Gratuities will be divided among the guide team, so feel free to leave your gratuity with whomever you choose at the end of your trip.

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Know Before You Go!

We want you to be fully prepared for your cycling vacation of a lifetime. This involves making sure that you choose the appropriate trip for you and that every aspect of your experience is flawless. Each Trek Travel trip is unique to ensure maximum enjoyment every time.

Your Trip Need to Knows:

  • The Trek Travel Race Trip Difference : As Lidl-Trek’s Official Hospitality Partner, Trek Travel will deliver you to the world’s biggest races like you’ve only dreamed, and you can ride a Trek Domane SL 7 Disc bike with us on the very same routes just hours before the pros. Learn about our Race Trip Difference.
  • Our itineraries are created with the best information we have available to us at the time. Unforeseen events can affect the race, the race course, and this itinerary. Access to VIP areas and race viewings can require early morning starts, shuttles and delays in race traffic. The routes, timing, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides in order to maximize the trip experience.
  • When it comes to French cuisine, we all know that France is famous for it, but it’s important to keep in mind that service can sometimes be slow. But don’t let that discourage you! This is all part of the experience and it only adds to the charm of dining in France. Take your time, savor each bite and enjoy the flavors that make French cuisine so amazing!
  • Biking in Alps: We want to make sure you have a comfortable and enjoyable experience on this trip, so it’s important to note that there may be more traffic than usual as we’ll be visiting the region during an international event. It is important to stay vigilant while taking in the views of this beautiful region.

Before and After Your Trip

Annecy, France

Gorgeous Annecy! Guided tours of historic Annecy allow you to discover the medieval aspects of the town and visit buildings dating back to the Renaissance and 12th century. Hiking trails are numerous, covering diverse terrain, offering spectacular views all around, and water activities are bountiful along the lake. Paragliding is world-renowned in Annecy, boasting some of the world’s best and providing a bird’s eye view of the lake and surrounding mountains. Be sure to lounge in the park by the lake, just across from the town center, or linger at a café or ice cream parlor surrounded by flowers. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre-trip hotel:

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Where to Stay

L’Impérial Palace

Located in a park on Lake Annecy, L'Imperial Palace houses the Casino Imperial, as well as one of the most famous convention centers in France. It has been fully remodeled and includes both a fitness and a beauty center with a sauna and steam bath. www.hotel-imperial-palace.com

Les Trésoms

This is a residence-style hotel that dates from the early 1900’s, with a shaded terrace overlooking the swimming pool and a beautiful view of the lake. www.lestresoms.com

Hotel Splendid

This renovated hotel is ideally located between the lake and the mountains. The Splendid Hotel sits across from the shores of Lake Annecy, the cleanest lake in all of France, and is perfectly nestled in the heart of the old town. www.splendidhotel.fr

Grenoble, France

Grenoble offers numerous outdoor activities, including via ferrata, a mountain route equipped with fixed cables, ladders, and bridges providing access to otherwise isolated routes to climbers with a variety of skills. Not to be missed in this Rhone-Alpes town is a ride on the téléphérique: egg-shaped cable cars, les bulles, take you across the Isère River to the Bastille, a series of ancient fortifications. Enjoy the view from the summit, then wander the many trails leading down to the city. We recommend the following accommodations for your post-trip hotel:

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Situated adjacent to the Paul Mistral Park in the center of Grenoble, this boutique 4-star hotel is sure to win you over with its elegance and charm. It is also recognized for its welcoming staff, generous breakfast buffet, and their onsite wellness center. www.all.accor.com

Le Grand Hotel

A historic hotel built in 1870, the Grand Hotel Grenoble Hyper Centre is located in the heart of the Alps capital. The Bastille cable railway, the antique dealers' district, the Grenoble museum and its theater are less than five minutes on foot from the Grand Hotel. Located close to Grenoble’s city center, this 4-star hotel offers you many of the modern comforts you enjoy. www.grand-hotel-grenoble.com

Best Western Terminus

This Belle Epoque hotel is a historic gem that has been fully renovated to provide you with all modern conveniences and comforts. It is conveniently located just across the street from the Grenoble train station and a close walking distance to the center of town. www.terminus-hotel-grenoble.fr

Packing and Weather

The summer months in the Alps can bring warm days, ranging from the mid 60s to low 80s (18-28ºC), with evenings dropping to the mid 50s to mid 60s (13-18ºC). When traveling in the Alps, it is best to be prepared for variable conditions, as weather can change very quickly. There is always the chance of snow and rain. We recommend always traveling with rain gear, as well as plenty of breathable layers to provide warmth when the temperature drops. View our Packing List

Ready to book?

To reserve your space on a trip, you can either call us at 866-464-8735 to speak with an expert Trip Consultant or book online any time by clicking the “BOOK THIS TRIP” icon near the upper right of each destination’s overview page.* Once you have submitted your reservation online, a Trip Consultant will contact you within one business day to answer any questions you may have and to confirm space, bike, and room availability on your desired trip. Your booking will be finalized once your no-risk deposit is paid. If you make a reservation more than 90 days prior to the trip, a $750 no risk deposit is due at the time of booking.** If you reserve your trip less than 90 days prior to the departure, the full balance is due at the time of booking. Once your booking is complete you will receive an email confirmation with important information pertaining to your trip.

*Please note that select trips cannot be booked online at this time. For those trips, please call a trip consultant at 866-464-8735.

**Deposit amounts vary for all Race, Cross Country, Special Edition, Ride Camp, Discover, and Self-Guided tours. Please confirm deposit amounts for all trips with your Trip Consultant at time of booking.

What happens once I book?

When a trip is booked, a guest confirmation email is immediately sent out. One week prior to the trip start, you’ll receive an email containing your trip start meeting location reminder and any last-minute information that you’ll need to know. You will also receive instructions to download the Ride with GPS app before your trip to provide you the day to day plan and daily route guides.

Guaranteed to run

With one person booked on a date, the trip becomes guaranteed.*

In the case where trips are at one or two guests, we will contact you prior to final payment to give you the following options:

Pay a small trip fee of $500 per person for two guests or $1000 for one guest, which ensures your preferred trip date will run. If there are three or more guests before departure date, the fee will be refunded in full.

Switch to a different trip or different departure date. Should there be any difference in trip price between your original trip and the new one, you will be expected to pay the difference, or we will refund you accordingly.

Offer only valid if Trek Travel contacts a guest to discuss these specific options. Bike trips with fewer than three guests may operate with only one guide. The guide will support all rides with a Trek Travel van. If you would like to discuss the option of having two guides, please speak with your trip consultant.

The small trip supplement for Ride Camps is as follows – for two guests an additional $250 or for one guest an additional $500.

*Cross Country, Discover, Race, and Special Edition trips as well as a small number of select departures have a minimum guest count to guarantee. Please check with your Trip Consultant for more information.

Unforeseen events may make it necessary to cancel or modify a trip. Our Guest Services team will update you with any changes. We reserve the right to cancel departures in cases of force majeure or the failure of third parties—such as hotels—to honor their reservations, in which case all payments received to date will be refunded, which constitutes full settlement. Trek Travel is not responsible for expenses incurred in preparation for any canceled trips, such as airline tickets, or for costs that are incurred due to travel delays, flight cancellations, or illness. We strongly encourage Travel Protection for complete coverage.

What if I have to cancel my trip?

We understand things happen in life and sometimes you have to cancel or change your tour.

Read our Cancellation Policy

Our Trip Consultants are available to assist and can answer your questions. Please call us at 866-464-8735.

Travel Protection

Trek Travel recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to help safeguard you and your travel investment against the unexpected. We offer a travel protection plan through Arch RoamRight that provides coverage for unforeseen events that could affect your ability to travel with us. Learn more about our Travel Protection

Travel Services

We've collaborated with a specialized travel agency committed to delivering tailored vacation planning, ensuring your entire Trek Travel journey is nothing short of unforgettable. Learn more about our Travel Services

Sharing the joy that comes with wow moments

Trek Travel guides are dedicated to making moments that last a lifetime, and we invite you to thank them with a trip gratuity. These are customary and at your own discretion, to recognize service, hospitality, and the little extras that surprise and delight. For this Pro Race trip, we recommend $420-$480 per guest and, of course, you may choose to give more if your guides made your trip an unforgettable experience.

Like everything else about your vacation, the Trek Travel team is here to make this experience easier for you. While local currency is preferred, you may also tip through the following options:

Via PayPal (please have this account set up in advance when possible) or with your guest services representative on the phone before or after the trip.

Gratuities will be divided among the guide team, so feel free to leave your gratuity with whomever you choose at the end of your trip.

You cannot put a price on a wow . But you can show your thanks for an exceptional experience.

General FAQs

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Guaranteed trips.

Our trips are guaranteed to run once we have one confirmed booking on the trip.  Click here to view our full guarantee policy .

Trek Travel reserves the right to cancel trips with zero guests, therefore you must book with Trek Travel before making travel arrangements for the trip. We are not responsible for travel arrangements made prior to confirming your Trek Travel Trip. Select trips are not guaranteed.

Sold Out/Waitlist

This trip is currently sold out, but you may be added to the waitlist in the case of availability.

If a date is marked with Limited Availability, there are few spots left to book. We will secure additional rooms from our hotels before confirming your reservation.

Looking to travel with a small group? Ask our trip consultants about private trips and learn more .

What are your trip styles?

Classic - reserve:.

Savor the finer things as you relax in luxurious 5-star accommodations and wine, dine, and ride in some of the most unforgettable destinations around the world.

Classic - Signature:

Explore beautiful destinations by bike, enjoy extra inclusions, savor delicious local cuisine, and enjoy the perfect mix of accommodations.

Classic - Discovor:

Enjoy a casual cycling vacation with fantastic routes and comfortable accommodations.

Train like the pros in some of their favorite riding destinations.

See the pros in action at the biggest cycling events of the year.

Cross Country:

Tackle an epic adventure that takes you point-to-point across mountains, countryside, and more.

Self-Guided

Enjoy a bike tour on your schedule with just your chosen travel companions.

If a date is marked as Private, it is reserved for a private group.

Looking to travel with a small group or looking for a custom date? Call our trip consultants at 866-464-8735

What is the Difference?

Ultimate luxury:.

Savor some of the most spectacular, 5-star properties in the world. Exuding luxury and elegance, these one-of-a-kind accommodations offer the chance to rejuvenate at award-winning spas, dine at Michelin-starred restaurants, and more.

Enjoy luxurious accommodations handpicked for a refined experience. From signature spa treatments to delicious local cuisine, you’ll be more than provided for; you’ll be pampered.

These handpicked hotels provide relaxation and fun in a casual and comfortable environment. Delicious cuisine and great service mix perfectly for a memorable stay.

On select cycling vacations, you’ll stay at a mix of Explorer and Luxury hotels. Rest assured, no matter which hotel level you’re at, our trip designers carefully select every accommodation.

Road : 1-3 hours of riding. Up to 25 mi (40 km). Up to 1,000 ft (300 m).

Gravel: 1-3 hours of riding. Up to 20 mi (35 km). Up to 1,000 ft (300 m).

Hiking: 1-3 hours of hiking. Up to 5 mi (8 km). Up to 1,000 ft (300 m).

Road : 2-4 hours of riding. 20-35 mi (35-60 km). Up to 2,500 ft (750 m).

Gravel: 2-4 hours of riding. 15-30 mi (25-45 km). Up to 2,000 ft (300 m).

Hiking: 2-4 hours of hiking. 4-8 mi (6-12 km). Up to 1,500 ft (450 m).

Road : 3-5 hours of riding. 25-55 mi (40-85 km). Up to 4,500 ft (1,500 m).

Gravel: 3-5 hours of riding. 20-40 mi (35-60 km). Up to 3,000 ft (900 m).

Hiking: 3-5 hours of hiking. 6-10 mi (9-16 km). Up to 2,000 ft (600 m).

Road : 4+ hours of riding. 40-70 mi (60-110 km). Up to 8,000 ft (2,400 m).

Gravel:  4+ hours of riding. 30-50 mi (45-80 km). Up to 4,000 ft (1,200 m).

Hiking: 4+ hours of hiking. 7-15 mi (11-24 km). Up to 4,000 ft (1,200 m).

Classic - Discover:

Single occupancy.

Sometimes it’s more convenient and comfortable to have your own room while on vacation. We understand and that’s why we offer a Single Occupancy option. The additional price guarantees a private room all to yourself

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Tour de France 2024 Stage 3 Preview

The first sprint stage of the 2024 Tour de France begins at 5:05 a.m. on July 1, which is the third day of this year's Tour de France and the final full day in Italy. 

There are a handful of sprint routes on the unique route this year, and Stage 3 of the race kicks them off with a long trek from Plaisance to Turin, just before one of the toughest stages of the Tour, according Gregor Brown of FloBikes , Stage 4.

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But before the first mountain stage of the TDF in Stage 3, riders must get through the longest stage of this year's race. 

So far, Tadej Pogacar is leading the Tour de France General Classification after two stages and wears the yellow jersey. 

2024 Tour de France

French rider Kevin Vauquelin of team Arkea-B&B Hotels took Stage 2 with a time of 4 hours, 43 minutes, 42 seconds. French rider Romain Bardet won Stage 1 .

Pogacar Attacks, Vingegaard Responds At TDF

Here's what to know about Stage 3 of the Tour de France:

How To Watch Tour De France 2024 Stage 3 

In Canada, the Tour de France is streaming live on FloBikes and the FloSports app.

In the United States, the NBC family of networks and the streaming service Peacock are broadcasting the race. 

FloBikes and the FloSports app are home to race highlights, stage breakdowns and more breaking news. 

Tour de France 2024 Stage 3

The Tour de France Stage 3 route is the longest stage of the race at 230 kilometers of flat riding from Plaisance to Turin. It's the final full day the riders will be Italy. In Stage 4, they cross the mountains into France. 

The route takes riders past red wine vineyards and ancient cities, such as Voghera, before finishing just outside the mountains around Turin. 

230 Kilometers To Miles: How Long Is TDF Stage 3?

The stage is 230 kilometers or about 143 miles long. 

Tour de France 2024 Stage 3 Profile 

Here is what the elevation looks like for Stage 3:

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Tour de France 2024 Stage 3 Mountain Passes And Hills

Here are the biggest climbs and elevations in. Stage 3:

  • Cote de Tortone-Fausto Coppi: Category 4, 1.1km climb at 6.3%
  • Cote De Barbaresco: Category 4: 1.5 km climb at 6.5%
  • Cote De Sommariva Perno: Category 4, 3.1 km climb at 4.6%

Who Won Stage 3 Of The Tour de France In 2023?

Last year, Jasper Philipsen won Stage 3 of the Tour de France. 

TDF Results: Here's Who Has Won Each Stage So Far

  • TDF Stage 1 Results
  • TDF Stage 2 Results

Tour de France 2024 Route Map

Here are a few more things to know about the tour de france:, how to watch tour de france 2024 in the united states .

A live broadcast of the 2024 Tour de France will be available on Peacock for those watching from the United States. 

Peacock is the exclusive home of the event in the United States through 2029, with start-to-finish coverage of every stage, though select stages also will air on NBC.

How To Watch Tour de France 2024 In Canada 

FloBikes will provide a live broadcast for Canadian audiences.

Viewers in Canada will be able to watch all 21 stages of the Tour de France 2024 live on FloBikes and the FloSports app.

FloBikes also will provide updates, highlights and behind-the-scenes coverage throughout the entire event for all Flo subscribers. 

On What Channel Is The Tour de France? 

The Tour de France will be on the NBC network and will stream daily in the United States on Peacock. The entire race will be broadcast on NBC's channels and USA Network. 

Tour de France Teams  For 2024

There will be 22 teams and up to 176 competitors in this year’s Tour de France:

  • Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale Team
  • Alpecin - Deceuninck
  • Arkéa - B&B Hotels
  • Astana Qazaqstan Team
  • Bahrain - Victorious
  • BORA - hansgrohe
  • EF Education - EasyPost
  • Groupama - FDJ
  • INEOS Grenadiers
  • Intermarché - Wanty
  • Team Visma | Lease a Bike
  • Lidl - Trek
  • Movistar Team
  • Soudal Quick-Step
  • Team dsm-firmenich PostNL
  • Team Jayco AlUla
  • UAE Team Emirates
  • Israel - Premier Tech
  • Lotto Dstny
  • Uno-X Mobility
  • TotalEnergies

When Does The Tour de France 2024 Start?

The Tour de France is a 21-stage event.

The 2024 edition will begin in Florence, Italy, on June 29 and conclude in Nice, France, on July 21. 

Every day, the cyclists start together to complete the stage of a race. Every stage varies in distance and physical demand.  

What Is The Schedule For The Tour de France 2024?

Here is the complete schedule for the 2024 Tour de France .

Catch All The Best Races, Highlights, Insight, News And More On FloBikes

FloBikes is the streaming home to some of the best cycling from across the globe. Check out the broadcast schedule to watch more of your favorites in action.

FloBikes Archived Footage

Video footage from each event will be archived and stored in a video library for FloBikes subscribers to watch for the duration of their subscriptions.

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Every team and rider confirmed for 2024 Tour de France

Just days out from stage 1 of the 2024 tour de france, here's every team and every rider confirmed to line up at the start in florence on saturday night (aest)..

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The general classification favourites at the 2024 Tour de France (From L-R) - Remco Evenepoel, Jonas Vingegaard, Tadej Pogacar and Primoz Roglic. Source: Getty

  • Jonas VINGEGAARD - Denmark
  • Tiesj BENOOT - Belgium
  • Matteo JORGENSON - United States
  • Christophe LAPORTE - France
  • Jan TRATNIK - Slovenia
  • Wout VAN AERT - Belgium
  • Wilco KELDERMAN - Netherlands
  • Bart LEMMEN - Netherlands (Replaced Sepp Kuss)
  • Felix GALL - Austria
  • Nans PETERS - France
  • Dorian GODON - France
  • Oliver NAESEN - Belgium
  • Sam BENNETT - Republic of Ireland
  • Nicolas PRODHOMME - France
  • Paul LAPEIRA - France
  • Bruno ARMIRAIL - France

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  • Jasper PHILIPSEN - Belgium
  • Mathieu VAN DER POEL - Netherlands
  • Jonas RICKAERT - Belgium
  • Axel LAURANCE - France
  • Gianni VERMEERSCH - Belgium
  • Robbe GHYS - Belgium
  • Silvan DILLIER - Switzerland
  • Søren KRAGH ANDERSEN - Denmark
  • Arnaud DEMARE - France
  • Kevin VAUQUELIN - France
  • Cristian RODRIGUEZ - Spain
  • Luca MOZZATO - Italy
  • Daniel MCLAY - Great Britain
  • Raul GARCIA PIERNA - Spain
  • Clement CHAMPOUSSIN - France
  • Amaury CAPIOT - Belgium
  • Mark CAVENDISH - Great Britain
  • Michael MORKOV - Denmark
  • Davide BALLERINI - Italy
  • Cees BOL - Netherlands
  • Yevgeniy FEDOROV - Kazakhstan
  • Harold TEJADA - Colombia
  • Michele GAZZOLI - Italy
  • Alexey LUTSENKO - Kazakhstan
  • Matej MOHORIC - Slovenia
  • Wout POELS - Netherlands
  • Pello BILBAO - Spain
  • Phil BAUHAUS - Germany
  • Santiago BUITRAGO - Colombia
  • Jack HAIG - Australia
  • Fred WRIGHT - Great Britain
  • Nikias ARNDT - Germany
  • Jai HINDLEY - Australia
  • Aleksandr VLASOV - Russia
  • Danny VAN POPPEL - Netherlands
  • Nico DENZ - Germany
  • Matteo SOBRERO - Italy
  • Primoz ROGLIC - Slovenia
  • Bob JUNGELS - Luxembourg
  • Marco HALLER - Austria
  • Bryan COQUARD - France
  • Guillaume MARTIN - France
  • Ion IZAGIRRE - Spain
  • Jesus HERRADA - Spain
  • Simon GESCHKE - Germany
  • Alexis RENARD - France
  • Axel ZINGLE - France
  • Piet ALLEGAERT - Belgium
  • Richard CARAPAZ - Ecuador
  • Neilson POWLESS - United States
  • Ben HEALY - Republic of Ireland
  • Marijn VAN DEN BERG - Netherlands
  • Stefan BISSEGGER - Switzerland
  • Sean QUINN - United States
  • Rui COSTA - Portugal
  • Alberto BETTIOL - Italy
  • David GAUDU - France
  • Kevin GENIETS - Luxembourg
  • Roman GREGOIRE - France
  • Stefan KUNG - Switzerland
  • Lenny MARTINEZ - France
  • Valentin MADOUAS - France
  • Quentin PACHER - France
  • Clement RUSSO - France
  • Thomas PIDCOCK - Great Britain
  • Geraint THOMAS - Great Britain
  • Carlos RODRIGUEZ - Spain
  • Michal KWIATKOWSKI - Poland
  • Ben TURNER - Great Britain
  • Jonathan CASTROVIEJO - Spain
  • Egan BERNAL - Colombia
  • Laurens DE PLUS - Belgium

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  • Louis MEINTJES - South Africa
  • Biniam GIRMAY - Eritrea
  • Laurenz REX - Belgium
  • Hugo PAGE - France
  • Mike TEUNISSEN - Netherlands
  • Georg ZIMMERMANN - Germany
  • Kobe GOOSSENS - Belgium
  • Gerben THIJSSEN - Belgium
  • Carlos VERONA - Spain
  • Giulio CICCONE - Italy
  • Jasper STUYVEN - Belgium
  • Julien BERNARD - France
  • Mads PEDERSEN - Denmark
  • Ryan GIBBONS - South Africa
  • Tim DECLERQ - Belgium
  • Toms SKUJINS - Latvia
  • Enric MAS - Spain
  • Oier LAZKANO - Spain
  • Nelson OLIVEIRA - Portugal
  • Davide FORMOLO - Italy
  • Alex ARANBURU - Spain
  • Fernando GAVIRIA - Colombia
  • Javier ROMO - Spain
  • Gregor MUHLBERGER - Austria
  • Remco EVENEPOEL - Belgium
  • Mikel LANDA - Spain
  • Ilan VAN WILDER - Belgium
  • Louis VERVAEKE - Belgium
  • Jan HIRT - Czech Republic
  • Casper PEDERSEN - Denmark
  • Yves LAMPAERT - Belgium
  • Gianni MOSCON - Italy
  • Romain BARDET - France
  • Warren BARGUIL - France
  • John DEGENKOLB - Germany
  • Nils EEKHOFF - Netherlands
  • Fabio JAKOBSEN - Netherlands
  • Oscar ONLEY - Great Britain
  • Frank VAN DEN BROEK - Netherlands
  • Bram WELTEN - Netherlands

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  • Dylan GROENEWEGEN - Netherlands
  • Luka MEZGEC - Slovenia
  • Simon YATES - Great Britain
  • Elmar REINDERS - Netherlands
  • Luke DURBRIDGE - Australia
  • Chris HARPER - Australia
  • Christopher JUUL-JENSEN - Denmark
  • Michael MATTHEWS - Australia
  • Tadej POGACAR - Slovenia
  • Juan AYUSO - Spain
  • Joao ALMEIDA - Portugal
  • Adam YATES - Great Britain
  • Pavel SIVAKOV - France
  • Marc SOLER - Spain
  • Tim WELLENS - Belgium
  • Nils POLITT - Germany
  • Guillaume BOIVIN - Canada
  • Jake STEWART - Great Britain
  • Jakob FUGLSANG - Denmark
  • Stephen WILLIAMS - Great Britain
  • Pascal ACKERMANN - Germany
  • Derek GEE - Canada
  • Hugo HOULE - Canada
  • Krists NEILANDS - Latvia
  • Jarrad DRIZNERS - Australia
  • Arnaud DE LIE - Belgium
  • Victor CAMPENAERTS - Belgium
  • Maxim VAN GILS - Belgium
  • Brent VAN MOER - Belgium
  • Harm VANHOUCKE - Belgium
  • Sebastien GRIGNARD - Belgium
  • Cedric BUELLENS - Belgium
  • Magnus CORT - Denmark
  • Johannes KULSET - Norway
  • Rasmus TILLER - Norway
  • Odd Christian EIKING - Norway
  • Alexander KRISTOFF - Norway
  • Soren WÆRENSKJOLD - Norway
  • Tobias Halland JOHANNESSEN - Norway
  • Jonas ABRAHAMSEN - Norway
  • Mathieu BURGAUDEAU - France
  • Steff CRAS - Belgium
  • Anthony TURGIS - France
  • Jordan JEGAT - France
  • Thomas GACHIGNARD - France
  • Matteo VERCHER - France
  • Sandy DUJARDIN - France
  • Fabien GRELLIER - France

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A historic Tour de France is set to get underway in Italy this weekend, with a genuine modern great hoping to achieve something that few have attempted, let alone achieved in the sport's illustrious history.

Tadej Pogačar, winner of this year's Giro d'Italia, is aiming to become the first man in 26 years to win the Giro-Tour double.

Standing in his way is the two-time defending champion Jonas Vingegaard Hansen, named in Visma-Lease a Bike squad despite the appalling injuries he suffered at the Tour of the Basque Country earlier this year.

But it's not just these two winners of the last four Tours de France who are expected to be in contention.

There's four-time grand tour winner Primož Roglič, who also claimed his second Critérium du Dauphiné victory earlier this month backed by new team Bora-Hansgrohe, while 2022 World Champion and Vuelta winner Remco Evenepoel is also in the mix, although he will have to hope to put some of his wretched recent fortune behind him to contest properly.

Then there's two-time grand tour winner Egan Bernal, who is on the return from life-threatening injuries suffered in 2022 and leads a strong Ineos-Grenadiers team.

The Pogačar double is on

Tadej Pogacar holds up two fingers

The list of names to have achieved something approaching cycling's holy grail is a list of the sport's greatest names.

Fausto Coppi (twice). Jacques Anquetil. Eddie Merckx (three times). Bernard Hinault (twice). Stephen Roche. Miguel Indurain (twice) and Marco Pantani.

It is indisputable that Pogačar has the verve, panache and skill to join them — his insatiable appetite to win across grand tours and one day races alike has seen him referred to by Merckx's old nickname of "Cannibal", but with a twist, "Cannibale Gentile".

The parallels between Pog and Pantani were firmly established during this year's Giro d'Italia , a near-uncontested romp to victory in which Pogačar proved he was a cut above the rest of the opposition.

On stage 2 , Pogačar repeated a feat achieved by Pantani on the infamous 1999 Giro by overcoming a puncture at the foot of the steep 11 kilometre climb to Santuario di Oropa before powering past the entire field to win the stage.

Pogačar went on to win the race by 9 minutes and 56 seconds, the largest winning margin at the Giro in 59 years.

"If I arrive at the Tour de France with these legs that I have now, I think it's going to be just fine," Pogačar said at the end of the Giro, ahead of taking a week off to "enjoy some coffee rides and good cake" before heading back to altitude.

He is backed by an extraordinary UAE Team Emirates squad, featuring a bevvy of stars all geared to assist him in the high mountains.

Riders have come close to the double in the years since Pantani managed it — Chris Froome won the Giro then finished third at the Tour in 2018 for one.

British rider Froome, incidentally, is the last rider to win two grand tours in the same year, when he won the Tour and the Vuelta in 2017.

What form does Vingegaard have?

Jonas Vingegaard holds up a trident

Vingegaard Hansen was having a brilliant start to 2024 before disaster struck in the Basque Country in March.

The two-time Tour champion won both stage races he completed, O Gran Camiño and Tirreno-Adriatico, including the mountain classification.

But then, on the slippery, dangerous roads of the Itzulia Basque Country, disaster struck.

Vingegaard Hansen, Roglič, Evenepoel and Australian Jay Vine all went down on the fourth stage from Etxarri Aranatz to Legutio , suffering an assortment of injuries.

Vingegaard Hansen broke his ribs, collarbone and punctured his lung in the incident that saw Vine fracture a cervical vertebra and suffer two additional fractures in his thoracic spine.

The Danish star has not raced since and, up until the Visma-Lease a Bike team was named, was no certainty to race at the Tour.

The situation is an intriguing reversal of the situation the pair faced last year when it was Pogačar who was injured leading into the France showdown after be broke his wrist at Liege-Bastogne-Liege.

Pogačar seemed to be OK until the 17th stage, when he dramatically imploded on the slopes of the Col de la Loze.

"I'm gone. I'm dead," he said over the team radio before limping home over five minutes behind Vingegaard Hansen.

Can Vingegaard Hansen use his team to maintain the pressure on Pogačar? If he does he'll have to do it without chief lieutenant and Vuelta a España winner Sepp Kuss, who is out of the race with COVID.

(By the way, if you're confused by the addition of Hansen to Vingegaard's name, don't be. Vingegaard, who was officially Vingegaard Rasmussen, officially took the last name of his wife, Trine Marie Hansen, last year, but will likely still be called Vingegaard as Danes typically drop their second family name.)

Mark Cavendish going for the record. Again

Mark Cavendish rides his bike

After last year's crushing disappointment, when the Manx missile crashed out on the eighth stage of the Tour .

The bunch sprint specialist was aiming for a record 35th stage win at the race, bettering the record of 34 that he currently shares with Merckx.

When he clambered into the back of an ambulance last year, it appeared that his quest would be over.

Having battled debilitating illnesses, loss of form and multiple crashes over a road career that has extended almost two decades, Cavendish appeared done.

However, the now 39-year-old, newly knighted sprint star is back for one more attempt at the record.

He'll be up against a full cast of challengers, including four-time stage winner at last year's Tour Jasper Philipsen and the ultra-aggressive, take-no-prisoners approach from his Alpecin-Deceuninck team.

How will the Aussies go?

Jai Hindley leads a line of cyclists

Australia's best chance of success at this year's race may well be vicariously through their teammates.

Former Giro winner Jai Hindley will ride fully in support of Roglič at Bora-Hansgrohe, while Jack Haig will work for Santiago Buitrago at Team Bahrain Victorious.

The main focus for Australia's hopes will be at Team Jayco AlUla.

Dutch sprinter Dylan Groenewegen will be the main source of investment in stage wins, but one-time green jersey winner Michael Matthews will also likely be a factor in the tougher sprints.

How do I watch the Tour de France?

The Tour de France will be available to watch on SBS from June 29.

The coverage will be available via the television channel and online through SBS On Demand.

When does the Tour de France start?

The Tour starts in Florence, Italy on Saturday, July 29.

Coverage of the race in Australia will start at 7:50pm (AEST) on SBS On Demand, with TV coverage starting at 8:30pm AEST.

It is the first of 21 stages, with the race concluding on July 21 with an individual time trial in Nice .

It's the first time the race will ever finish outside of Paris and the first time since 1989 when the race will finish with a time trial.

The last time the race did so, American Greg LeMond beat Frenchman Laurent Fignon by just eight seconds, the smallest winning margin in Tour de France history. 

Is there a Tour de France Femmes this year?

There is, but unlike last year, where the Tour de France Femmes followed on immediately after the men's race, this year the women will have to wait until after the Olympics.

That means the Tour de France Femmes will not start until August 12, getting underway in Rotterdam before finishing on Alpe d'Huez.

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VIDÉO - Tour de France : une chute du peloton évitée de justesse après l'imprudence d'une spectatrice

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Petite frayeur au sein du peloton ce dimanche, à l'occasion de la 2ᵉ étape du Tour de France parti d'Italie. Entre Cesenatico et Bologne, le bras d'une spectatrice qui voulait prendre une photo depuis le bord de la route a heurté la tête d'un coureur. Un incident heureusement sans gravité, mais qui permet aux organisateurs de rappeler les fans au respect des cyclistes.

La photo aurait pu couter cher à cette spectatrice et aux coureurs. Ce dimanche, les 175 coureurs du Tour de France ont pris dimanche midi, sous un grand soleil, le départ de la 2e étape qui les mène de Cesenatico, sur la côte Adriatique, à Bologne (199,2 km), toujours en Italie. Comme en France, sur les bords de la route, les spectateurs se massent. 

Parmi ceux présents dimanche, une spectatrice qui, alors que le peloton roulait à vive allure, a touché avec son bras le casque d'un coureur de l'équipe américaine EF Education-EasyPost. Son téléphone a terminé sous les roues du peloton, se mettant en danger, elle et les cyclistes. 

🙏 Rispettate i corridori, per favore! 🙏 Please respect the riders, stay away from the road! 🙏 Respectez les coureurs, restez bien en dehors de la route ! #TDF2024 pic.twitter.com/tw4eOo70Z9 — Tour de France™ (@LeTour) June 30, 2024

Sur X, les organisateurs ont partagé cette vidéo, en rappelant qu'il fallait " bien rester en dehors de la route"

En juin 2021, sur la commune de Sizun (Finistère), à 45 km de l'arrivée de la première étape du Tour,  une habitante du Finistère avait brandi une pancarte en empiétant sur la chaussée, dos au peloton. Plusieurs coureurs, lancés à vive allure, n'avaient pu l'éviter. 

L'Allemand Tony Martin, le premier à tomber, avait entraîné dans sa chute de nombreux autres cyclistes. Plusieurs coureurs avaient été contraints à l'abandon, dont l'Allemand Jasha Sütterlin (DSM) et l'Espagnol Marc Soler (Movistar). Elle avait été condamnée à une amende de 1.200 euros.

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