The dust is settling on the inaugural Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift with Annemiek van Vleuten riding away with an historic yellow jersey after demolishing her rivals.
There have been plenty of attempts to create a women’s Tour de France down the years, but there has not been one for over a decade and the last official version had been held in the 1980s.
The Tour de France name has big currency in the sporting world and many hoped that it would spill out into the new women’s race, but nobody really knew how it would be received. With huge crowds and spectacular racing, it has been a resounding success, but there’s always room for improvement.
VeloNews surveyed the Tour de France Femmes peloton to see what the riders thought of this year’s race and what they would like to see change for future editions. Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar)
“Having the Tour de France, you can feel more possibilities are happening, more money is coming into cycling, more live television, more commercial marketers are interested in us. That is how you develop to the point where more and more women have a minimum salary to go full time. To gain more contenders, more fights, and not only Dutchies on the podium
“Next year I would hope that we can finish on the Alpe d’Huez. Being Dutch, that would be super cool to have that back. Also, in the history of the Tour de France Femmes it was also a big battle on […]