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Stage 7 – Sélestat to Le Markstein Fellering – 127.1km – Saturday July 30
The first mountain stage – and queen stage – of the Tour de France Women with Zwift is finally here, and it’s the penultimate stage of the race, so it’s going to be a great day in the Vosges. With three major climbs – Petit Ballon, Col du Platzerwasel and Grand Ballon – this is the day we will see the climbers of the race really shine.
The route is 127 kilometers long and about 30 of them are uphill. Expect lots of small breakaways and attacks in this stage, and a fantastic effort before the finish, which only comes a few kilometers after the final climb, with no chance of recovery, as it’s a slight climb towards the finish.
Runners to watch
With big climbs ahead, Jumbo-Visma’s Marianne Vos’ 30-second advantage could be compromised, so it will be interesting to see how she handles what is sure to be a day of attacking climbs. Riders like Kristen Faulkner of Bike Exchange – Jayco, who won the Queen stage of the Giro Donne a few weeks ago (and worked on her downhill) are certainly hoping for a stage win. And Movistar’s Van Vleuten is still in the top 10 overall and excelling in the mountains, assuming she feels better. DSM’s Juliette Labous will also be battling for a stage win and a general classification bump, but we’re really looking forward to seeing how SD Worx’s mountain tactics play out with Demi Vollering and Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio so close in the general classification. . .
When to watch
Don’t miss a minute tomorrow, because the coverage will start just as the climbing begins, and it’s sure to be a must.
The race will begin at 7:30 a.m. EST and will last approximately 3 hours and 45 minutes. Stream it on the Peacock app starting at 9:20 a.m. EST or watch the replay later. (Your NBC credentials should get you online, or if you don’t have cable, a month’s subscription to Peacock is reasonably cheap!) For those in Canada, FloBikes will broadcast the race.
Note: Each day, only 2.5 hours of racing will be broadcast, hence the difference between the race start time and the broadcast start time.
If you’re worried about running out of pedaling time while watching the race, you can always hop on Zwift and ride sections of Zwift Island created to mimic parts of each stage and join other Tour de France-obsessed fans. Women while you ride!
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