Canyon-SRAM hail Virtual Tour de France as huge boost for women's cycling

PLOUAY FRANCE AUGUST 31 Start Alena Amialiusik of Belarus and Team Canyon SRAM Racing Elena Cecchini of Italy and Team Canyon SRAM Racing Tiffany Cromwell of Australia and Team Canyon SRAM Racing Ella Harris of New Zealand and Team Canyon SRAM Racing Rotem Gafinovitz of Israel and Team Canyon SRAM Racing Hannah Ludwig of Germany and Team Canyon SRAM Racing Team Presentation during the 18th Grand Prix De Plouay Lorient Agglomeration Trophee 2019 a 128km stage from Plouay to Plouay GrandPrixPlouay UCIWWT on August 31 2019 in Plouay France Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images
Canyon-SRAM at the 2019 GP Plouay (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Women's WorldTour team Canyon-SRAM have hailed the inaugural Virtual Tour de France as a big boost for women's cycling. The race, announced on Monday, will run throughout July and consists of six stages which last around an hour each.

Both men's (23) and women's (17) professional teams will take part, with squads fielding four riders for each stage of the race, which will run on the Zwift platform. Zwift Academy winners Ella Harris and Tanja Erath are expected to form an important part of the Canyon-SRAM team for the race.

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