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  • Tour de France Femmes – Stage 1 – Paris (Spoilers)
  • stevious
    Full Member

    Here we go. Time for another TdF already. I’m going to try and get a daily thread on here like the ones from @crazy-legs and @lunge. If you haven’t been watching womens racing then this is a great chance to see a really different style of racing. It’s going to be awesome.

    The race starts today in Paris and makes it’s way to the Planche Des Belle Filles next weekend:

    Route of the Tour de France Femmes

    There’s a good whole-race preview over on Rouleur:

    https://www.rouleur.cc/blogs/the-rouleur-journal/tour-de-france-femmes-preview

    Today is a bit of a city centre crit in Paris

    Stage profile for TdF Femmes stage 1

    You can read the preview here: https://cyclingtips.com/2022/07/preview-what-you-need-to-know-about-stage-1-of-the-2022-tour-de-france-femmes/

    It’s on GCN/Eurosport/Discovery+ but no sign of it on ITV. I’ll try and find some good highlights to post later on.

    Lets go! Who is your money on for this? I reckon Vos because she’s Vos.

    YoKaiser
    Free Member

    Good stuff, I’ve very little knowledge of the women’s circuit but after enjoying the men’s this year so much I’m going to tune in.

    beej
    Full Member

    Often the racing is better with the women, though the men this year will be hard to beat for excitement.

    crazy-legs
    Full Member

    It should be a good one, there’s been a nice build up to it, the riders understand the significance of it all in terms of exposure and what’s at stake.

    Hopefully, the event itself will be better run and managed than the frankly embarrassing “La Course” races which have happened in recent years – they always felt like token gestures that the organisers had reluctantly tacked on because they had to rather than because they wanted to.

    stevious
    Full Member

    10km to go! Bunch sprint time

    nbt
    Full Member

    If you don’t have gcn but want to watch this, you can aply for a free pass

    PSA: Free 8-Day GCN+ pass

    crazy-legs
    Full Member

    Bunch sprint time

    It’s looking more like bunch crash time at the moment. 😥
    Two or three small scale spills so far.

    spawnofyorkshire
    Full Member

    Cracking sprint that!
    I do find the camera position on the champs Elysees stage frustrating, the highlight views are always more informative about how the sprint works itself out.
    They used to have a motorbike pace alongside outside the course, but don’t seem to do that anymore

    ElShalimo
    Full Member

    Great racing

    stevious
    Full Member

    That looked like a spring classics sprint. Ace.

    I’ll try and find a free highlights vid to post up later – shall we keep spoilers off until I’ve posted?

    crazy-legs
    Full Member

    ITV4 doing a good job of highlights of the whole 3-week Tour plus some of the TdF Femmes Stage 1. On now.

    Has to be said, Ned Boulting’s commentary is vastly superior to Marty MacDonald and Dani Rowe on Eurosport.

    stevious
    Full Member

    Here’s some highlights from GCN.

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