The Tour de France Women, which will be launched next year, will be led by Marion Rousse, the former French cycling champion who has become a consultant for France Télévisions, the organizing company (ASO) announced on Sunday.
Marion Rousse will present the route of this first edition on Thursday, opening the map of the 2022 Men’s Tour.
The race, eagerly awaited by the women’s cycling peloton, will be eight stages long, from July 24 to 31.
“When I was a little girl, I watched the Tour de France on TV with admiration and when I started my career, I suspected that I was never going to have the opportunity to run it.“said Marion Rousse (30), who has already worked in the organization of races as deputy director of the Tour de La Provence.
“I was very proud that people think of me to take care of this Tour de France Women with Zwift, and especially because we want to do the maximum so that little girls dream of participating. Women’s cycling has evolved a lot in recent years, in part thanks to ASO, but it lacked a benchmark stage race with real media resonance.“, added the champion of France 2012, mother since June of a little boy (Nino) with her companion Julian Alaphilippe.
“If the event aims to become the benchmark race for women’s cycling, it was obvious to call on the best ambassador of this sport, known and appreciated by the general public as well as by experts.“, commented Tour director Christian Prudhomme, who should also be present in the race next July.
She will present the 8 stages of the 2022 edition on Thursday, October 14 at the Palais des Congrès.
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– The Tour de France Women with Zwift (@LeTourFemmes) October 10, 2021