Zwift is pleased to announce that this July, we will host the world’s best women’s and men’s professional cyclists in the Virtual Tour de France. This pro-only invitational race will be broadcast live on television in many countries, and also will be streamed on zwift.com
This FAQ will discuss how you can watch your favorite pro teams compete. To learn how you ride those same courses on the new France and Paris maps, please head over to the Virtual L’Etape du Tour de France FAQ
What is the Virtual Tour de France?
The Virtual Tour de France is a stage race inspired by the Tour de France. Zwift partnered with the owner of the Tour de France, the Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), to create the invite-only, six-stage race inspired by the Tour.
Who will participate in the Virtual Tour de France?
Some of the largest and most well-known professional racers and teams will participate in the Virtual Tour de France. There will be both men’s and women’s teams.
Why was the Virtual Tour de France created?
Challenging times demand creative and new solutions.
After the Tour de France organizers, ASO, decided to push back the dates of the Tour de France due to COVID-19 restrictions, opening up an opportunity to create a virtual bicycle stage race inspired by the world’s premier event that transcends cycling.
When is the Virtual Tour de France?
The Virtual Tour de France takes place during the first three weekends in July, starting on July 4.
There are two races per stage, one for men and the other for women.
How long is the Virtual Tour de France?
The Virtual Tour de France is six stages. There are two stages every weekend, starting on Saturday, July 4, and ending on Sunday, July 19.
Stage lengths vary, but each is roughly one hour long. So get ready for action from start to finish. In other words, prepare yourself: there might not be a good time for a bathroom break while watching the race!
What are the primary differences between the Virtual Tour de France and Tour de France?
The Virtual Tour de France features a women’s race with complete parity: an equal number of stages, routes, and distances.
The Virtual Tour de France takes place on consecutive weekends instead of consecutive days.
Teams can choose different riders for each stage. It’s all about the team. Teams for each stage will be made up of four riders each.
The team leading each classification (General Classification, King of the Mountains/Queen of the Mountains, Sprint, Best Young Rider) nominates a team captain to wear the leader jersey (Yellow, Polka-Dot, Green, White)
This sounds amazing, is there a way for non-pros to ride or race these same routes?
Look no farther than Virtual L’etape du Tour de France FAQ to learn the details.