The Arc de Triomphe and its terrace’s panoramic views of Paris served as spectacular backdrops for a ceremony counting all the way down to the first Version of the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift. In 100 days, 24 groups of six riders every will end in view of the Arc on the Champs-Élysées after the race’s grand départ from the foot of the Eiffel Tour. The race begins July 24, the identical day as the ultimate males’s Tour de France stage.
# Phrases and images by Barbara Giles. #
Cynisca Biking joined the countdown ceremony as a supporter of ladies’s biking as our non-profit works to raise USA ladies within the sport. Cynisca is within the midst of its personal countdown of kinds to its official launch this summer season (extra to return quickly).
Cofidis rider Sandra Levenez, TdF Femme director and former French nationwide biking champion Marion Rousse, present French nationwide ladies’s highway biking champion and FDJ Nouvelle-Aqutaine Futuroscope rider Évita Muzic, Amaury Sport Group director Aurore Amaury and Zwift director of ladies’s technique Kate Veronneau.
On the countdown, Amaury Sport Group (ASO) company spoke of the monumental significance of the revived Tour de France Femme. Skilled ladies cyclists now have alternatives to compete within the highest profile races similar to this weekend’s Paris Roubaix, in addition to the Tour de France Femme.
Tour de France Femme director and former French nationwide biking champion Marion Rousse enthusiastically instructed the viewers of supporters, “And eventually, at 100 days (from the beginning), to seek out ourselves on the Arc de Triomphe the place we are going to move many instances, we will say that it’s taking place, it’s right here – the Tour de France Femmes! I gained’t be there as a bike owner, however because the director, it’s extremely thrilling.”
Present French nationwide champion Évita Muzic can be excited to race the Tour because the native favourite. “I believe that my household can come in addition to a lot of individuals from the area,” she mentioned. “I hope to see huge crowds on the roadside to encourage us.”
Zwift, who needs to assist put ladies’s racing on an equal footing with males’s, spoke of their new partnership with ASO and girls’s biking. “Tour de France and Zwift is a really curious partnership – ASO, the historic establishment that upholds essentially the most sacred traditions of biking, partnering with Zwift the web platform that invitations riders to race and prepare within the digital world,” mentioned Kate Veronneau, Zwift director of ladies’s technique.
Veronneau added that following the pandemic and Zwift’s speedy progress, “We acknowledged our shared imaginative and prescient to develop and elevate ladies’s biking and with that the Tour de France Femme avec Zwift was conceived.”
Tour de France accomplice Santini Biking CEO Monica Santini was additionally available to showcase the official leaders jerseys.
Monica Santini, CEO of Santini, the official accomplice to provide the chief jerseys to the Tour de France Femme.
“We’re excited to have the Tour de France Femme as a first-time race for the women,” mentioned Santini. “Ladies’s racing is a crucial factor of Santini’s manufacturing and communication. We’re a female-owned firm, owned by my sister and I, and 75% of our staff are ladies. For us to develop clothes for ladies has at all times been a part of our DNA as a result of it’s a part of what we do day by day. We’re tremendous excited that lastly the world is waking as much as ladies’s biking; persons are following the races on TV and might truly observe their champions on TV precisely like they do the lads.”
And so the countdown to the Tour de France Femme avec Zwift begins, J-100, 99, …
“The ladies’s world peloton is so dynamic and vibrant.” mentioned Veronneau. “After they take the stage for the Tour de France Femme avec Zwift this summer season, the world will watch and the subsequent technology of champions might be impressed.”