Vos: Varied Tour de France Femmes route with welcome ‘Strade Bianche’ stage

MUR DE HUY BELGIUM APRIL 21 Marianne Vos of Netherlands and Team Jumbo Visma during the 24th La Fleche Wallonne 2021 Women Elite a 1302km race from Huy to Mur de Huy 204m FlecheWallonne FWwomen UCIWWT on April 21 2021 in Mur de Huy Belgium Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images
Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma) has greeted the newly announced Tour de France Femmes route as a varied one which will have something for a spread of riders and while the absence of a time trial was a surprise, it didn't seem an unwelcome one for the rider with an enviable palmarès. 

The route for the eight-day Tour de France Femmes – which heralds the return of a women’s edition of the French stage-race after decades of absence – covers 1,029 kilometres starting at the foot of the Eiffel Tower on July 24 and delivering a mountaintop finale on the Super Planche des Belles Filles on July 31. There are lumpy stages for the puncheurs, flat ones for the bunch sprinters, a stage with gravel sectors and two days in the mountains to finish with.

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Simone Giuliani
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Simone is a degree-qualified journalist that has accumulated decades of wide-ranging experience while working across a variety of leading media organisations. She joined Cyclingnews as a Production Editor at the start of the 2021 season and has now moved into the role of Australia Editor. Previously she worked as a freelance writer, Australian Editor at Ella CyclingTips and as a correspondent for Reuters and Bloomberg. Cycling was initially purely a leisure pursuit for Simone, who started out as a business journalist, but in 2015 her career focus also shifted to the sport.