‘The Tour de France Femmes is different to any other races’ - Rachel Hedderman

PARIS FRANCE JULY 24 Sanne Cant of Belgium and Team PlanturPura Christina Schweinberger of Austria and Team PlanturPura Elisa Balsamo of Italy and Team Trek Segafredo Eugenia Bujak of Slovenia and UAE Team ADQ Audrey CordonRagot of France and Team Trek Segafredo Margarita Victoria Garcia Caellas of Spain and UAE Team ADQ Nicole Frain of Australia and Team Parkhotel Valkenburg Frances Janse Van Rensburg of South Africa and Team Stade Rochelais Charente Maritime Petra Stiasny of Switzerland and Team Roland Cogeas EdelweissIsraelPremier Tech and Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig of Denmark Team Fdj Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope and The Peloton prior to the 1st Tour de France Femmes 2022 Stage 1 a 817km stage from Paris Tour Eiffel to Paris Champslyses TDFF UCIWWT on July 24 2022 in Paris France Photo by Dario BelingheriGetty Images
Stage 1 of Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift began in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower (Image credit: Dario Belingheri/Getty Images)

The scale and the importance of the inaugural Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift is undeniable and ‘you’re not going to fool anybody’ otherwise, says Rachel Hedderman.

Speaking in Paris on the morning of the race, the EF Education-TIBCO-SVB director-turned-manager underlined that it would be hard to convince her riders that this was just another race in the face of the huge fanfare in Paris.

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Matilda Price is a freelance cycling journalist and digital producer based in the UK. She is a graduate of modern languages, and recently completed an MA in sports journalism, during which she wrote her dissertation on the lives of young cyclists. Matilda began covering cycling in 2016 whilst still at university, working mainly in the British domestic scene at first. Since then, she has covered everything from the Tour Series to the Tour de France. These days, Matilda focuses most of her attention on the women’s sport, writing for Cyclingnews and working on women’s cycling show The Bunnyhop. As well as the Women’s WorldTour, Matilda loves following cyclo-cross and is a recent convert to downhill mountain biking.

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