The Arc de Triomphe and its terrace’s panoramic views of Paris served as spectacular backdrops for a ceremony counting down to the 1st Edition of the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift. In 100 days, 24 teams of six riders each will finish 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 same day as the final men’s Tour de France stage.
# Words and photos by Barbara Giles . # Cynisca Cycling joined the countdown ceremony as a supporter of women’s cycling as our non-profit works to elevate USA women in the sport. Cynisca is in the midst of its own countdown of sorts to its official launch this summer (more to come soon). Cofidis rider Sandra Levenez, TdF Femme director and former French national cycling champion Marion Rousse, current French national women’s road cycling champion and FDJ Nouvelle-Aqutaine Futuroscope rider Évita Muzic, Amaury Sport Organization director Aurore Amaury and Zwift director of women’s strategy Kate Veronneau.
At the countdown, Amaury Sport Organization (ASO) guests spoke of the monumental importance of the revived Tour de France Femme. Professional women cyclists now have opportunities to compete in the highest profile races such as this weekend’s Paris Roubaix, as well as the Tour de France Femme. Tour de France Femme director and former French national cycling champion Marion Rousse enthusiastically told the audience of supporters, “And finally, at 100 days (from the start), […]