The Tour Femmes: from the Netherlands and eight stages in seven days

The Tour de France took advantage of the first rest day of the men’s edition to give a boost to the Femenina, whose 2023 edition will start next day 23just as the Tour ends in Paris, in Clermont-Ferrand, where most of the teams are staying on this rest day. At the Town Hall of the French town, at the foot of the Puy de Dôme, the organization announced a great novelty for the 2024 edition, the third under this official name: the start will be from the Netherlands. Specifically, from Rotterdam, and there will be three stages on Dutch soil. “It is the most important nation in women’s cycling,” said Marion Rousse, race director,

Olivier Bianchi, mayor of Clermont-Ferrand, and Christian Prudhomme, director of the men’s event, were also present. Lhe Olympic Games in Paris in 2024 also affect the Tour Femmes. If the Tour ends in Nice and not in Paris as usual, the girls will not start the day the boys finish, since they will have to wait until August 12, one day after the Closing Ceremony. The race will end on August 18, but it will have eight stages because there will be two on the same day, specifically on Tuesday the 12th, that a time trial will also be held in the streets of Rotterdam. “The biggest champions are Dutch, which makes us augur a great popular party,” added Rousse.

The champion last year was Annemiek van Vleuten, from Movistar, who will come to this second edition this month after recently winning the Giro. It is his last campaign as a professional and, a priori, he will not be able to live the great party of the Tour in his country. The organizers revealed that The Hague will be the goal of the first stage and Dordrecht the start of the second, while referring to October 25 for the rest of the details, the same day that the route of the Men’s Tour will be revealed. , which is known to begin on June 29 in Florence and end on July 21 in Nice.

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