The 2022 Women’s Tour de France (known officially as the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift) concluded on Sunday with Annemiek van Vleuten winning the eight-stage race following a “rollercoaster” of a week (recap here).
See below for On Her Turf’s full guide to the 2022 Women’s Tour de France, which includes history of the event, details on how to watch (TV/streaming), video highlights, results, stage details, course info, and more.
2022 Tour de France Femmes – Stage Details and Results
As the (Men’s) Tour de France came to a close last Sunday in Paris, stage one of the women’s race began at the Eiffel Tower. In total, the 2022 Tour de France Femmes race included eight stages, covering 1,029 kilometers (639 miles).
The eight-day race program had to receive an exemption from cycling’s international federation (UCI) as the organization’s regulations state women’s World Tour races should be a maximum of six days with a maximum individual stage length of 160 kilometers.
Distance and Course Type
Yellow Jersey (General Classification Leader)
Green Jersey (Points Classification Leader)
Polka Dot Jersey (Mountains Classification Leader)
Young Rider Classification Leader
Team Classification Leader
|Stage 1||24 July||Paris (Tour Eiffel) to Champs-Élysées||82 km (51 mi) — Flat stage||Lorena Wiebes||Lorena Wiebes||Lorena Wiebes||Femke Markus||Maike van der Duin||Canyon-SRAM||Gladys Verhulst|
|Stage 2||25 July||Meaux to Provins||135 km (84 mi) — Hilly stage||Marianne Vos||Marianne Vos||Marianne Vos||Maike van der Duin||Maike van der Duin|
|Stage 3||26 July||Reims to Épernay||133 km (83 mi) –Medium-mountain stage||Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig||Femke Gerritse||Julie De Wilde||Alena Amialiusik|
|Stage 4||27 July||Troyes to Bar-sur-Aube||126 km (78 mi) –Medium-mountain stage||Marlen Reusser||Julie De Wilde||SD Worx||Marlen Reusser|
|Stage 5||28 July||Bar-le-Duc to Saint-Dié-des-Vosges||175 km (109 mi) –Hilly stage||Lorena Wiebes||Julie De Wilde||Victoire Berteau|
|Stage 6||29 July||Saint-Dié-des-Vosges to Rosheim||128 km (80 mi) –Flat stage||Marianne Vos||Julia Borgstrom||Marie Le Net|
|Stage 7||30 July||Sélestat to Le Markstein||127 km (79 mi) –Mountain stage||Annemiek van Vleuten||Annemiek van Vleuten||Demi Vollering||Shirin van Anrooij||Canyon-SRAM||Annemiek van Vleuten|
|Stage 8||31 July||Lure to La Planche des Belles Filles||123 km (76 mi) — Mountain stage||Annemiek van Vleuten||Mavi Garcia|
Annemiek van Vleuten
Shirin van Anrooij
2022 Tour de France Femmes – Final General Classification Ranking (Top 10):
|Rank||Athlete||Team||Total Time / Time Behind|
|1||Annemiek van Vleuten||Movistar Team||26h 55′ 44″|
|2||Demi Vollering||SD Worx||+ 3′ 48″|
|3||Kasia Niewiadoma||Canyon–SRAM||+ 6′ 35″|
|4||Juliette Labous||Team DSM||+ 7′ 28″|
|5||Silvia Persico||Valcar–Travel & Service||+ 8′ 00″|
|6||Elisa Longo Borghini||Trek–Segafredo||+ 8′ 26″|
|7||Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig||FDJ Suez Futuroscope||+ 8′ 59″|
|8||Évita Muzic||FDJ Suez Futuroscope||+ 13′ 54″|
|9||Veronica Ewers||EF Education–EasyPost||+ 15′ 05″|
|10||Mavi García||UAE Team ADQ||+ 15′ 15″|
2022 Women’s Tour de France – Video Highlights
Stage 3 Video: Uttrup Ludwig wins emotional stage 3, Vos keeps yellow jersey (recap here)
Stage 4 Video: Marianne Vos maintains Women’s Tour de France lead as Reusser takes stage four (recap here)
Stage 5 Video: After massive crash, Wiebes claims second stage win of 2022 Women’s Tour de France (recap here)
Stage 6 Video: Marianne Vos wins sprint victory to take stage six
Stage 7 Highlights: Annemiek van Vleuten takes yellow jersey with dominant solo ride (recap here)
Stage 8 Video: Annemiek van Vleuten wins 2022 Tour de France Femmes, comes back from illness (recap here)
History of the Women’s Tour de France
While 2022 welcomed the first Women’s Tour de France in a long time, it isn’t the first time the race has been held. Here’s an abridged history of previous Women’s Tour de France attempts.
- 1955: The first women’s Tour de France was held as a one-off event and contested separately from the men’s event.
- 1984: After failing to qualify for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics — the first Olympic Games to include women’s cycling — American Marianne Martin won the first official women’s Tour de France. It was an 18-day race that was held at the same time — and on the same, but shortened, courses — as the men’s event. The event was organized by the Société du Tour de France, which later became part of the Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO).
- 1985-1989: The women’s Tour de France continued to be held alongside the men’s race. Italy’s Maria Canins won in 1985 and 1986, before France’s Jeannie Longo claimed three straight titles. After 1989, event organizers decided to drop the women’s event from the Tour de France program.
- 1990-1993: Without sanctioning from Tour de France organizers, a new women’s race was created and held separately from the men’s event.
- 1992-2009: French Journalist Pierre Boue launched the Tour Cycliste Féminin in 1992. After ASO claimed trademark infringement in 1998, the race’s name changed to the “Grande Boucle Féminine Internationale.” This version of the race also had its fair share of challenges with funding, logistics, and media coverage. The final Grande Boucle in 2009 was the shortest of them all, just four stages and 306 kilometers.
- 2013: Emma Pooley, Kathryn Bertine, Marianne Vos, and Chrissie Wellington submitted a petition to Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme demanding that women be allowed to race the Tour de France. “While many women’s sports face battles of inequity, road cycling remains one of the worst offenders: fewer race opportunities, no televised coverage, shorter distances, and therefore salary and prize money inequity,” the petition read.
- 2014-2021: In response to the petition, ASO created “La Course by Le Tour de France.” Between 2014 and 2021, it was held as either a one- or two-day race, but it often felt more like a token gesture than a competitive event.
- June 2021: ASO announced that the inaugural Tour de France Femmes avec Swift, an eight-stage race, would debut in 2022.
2022 Women’s Tour de France Teams
A total of 24 teams competed in 2022 Women’s Tour de France. That includes the 14 UCI Women’s WorldTeams, plus the three best 2021 UCI Women’s Continental teams and seven invitational teams.
UCI Women’s WorldTeams:
- Canyon / / SRAM Racing (GER)
- EF Education – Tibco – SVB (USA)
- FDJ Nouvelle – Aquitaine Futuroscope (FRA)
- Human Powered Health (USA)
- Liv Racing Xstra (NED)
- Movistar Team Women (ESP)
- Roland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad (SUI)
- Team BikeExchange – Jayco (AUS)
- Team DSM (NED)
- Team Jumbo – Visma (NED)
- Team SD Worx (NED)
- Trek – Segafredo (USA)
- UAE Team ADQ (UAE)
- Uno-X Pro Cycling Team (NOR)
Three best 2021 UCI Women’s Continental teams:
- Ceratizit – WNT Pro Cycling Team (GER)
- Parkhotel Valkenburg (NED)
- Valcar – Travel & Service (ITA)
- AG Insurance – NXTG Team (NED)
- Arkéa Pro Cycling Team (FRA)
- Cofidis Women Team (FRA)
- Le Col Wahoo (GBR)
- Plantur – Pura (BEL)
- Stade Rochelais Charente-Maritime (FRA)
- St Michel – Auber 93 (FRA)
2022 Tour de France Femmes Prize Money
The total prize pot is €250,000 euros (approx. $262,437 USD). The winner of the overall classification will receive €50,000 euros (approx. $52,487 USD).
How to watch the 2022 Women’s Tour de France
NBC Sports will provide coverage of the 2022 Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift for viewers in the United States. All eight stages will stream on Peacock. Additional encore coverage will also air on CNBC. A full TV/streaming schedule can be found below.
|Sun., July 24||7:20 a.m.||Stage 1 (LIVE)||Peacock|
|3 p.m.||Stage 1||CNBC|
|Mon., July 25||8:15 a.m.||Stage 2 (LIVE)||Peacock|
|Tues., July 26||8:15 a.m.||Stage 3 (LIVE)||Peacock|
|Wed., July 27||8:15 a.m.||Stage 4 (LIVE)||Peacock|
|Thurs., July 28||8:15 a.m.||Stage 5 (LIVE)||Peacock|
|Fri., July 29||8:15 a.m.||Stage 6 (LIVE)||Peacock|
|Sat., July 30||9:20 a.m.||Stage 7 (LIVE)||Peacock|
|Sun. July 31||9:20 a.m.||Stage 8 (LIVE)||Peacock, CNBC|
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