Unconfirmed information indicates that Alana Castrique (Cofidis) had to retire following the accident with around 12 kilometers to go.
11 kilometers to go
33 seconds for Verhulst in the lead.
Crash at the back of the peloton. Alana Castrique (Cofidis) is one of those affected, as well as Cristina Majerus (SD Worx).
14 kilometers to go
Verhulst takes a 30 second lead as DSM controls the peloton behind.
Another breakaway tried to break free as Gladys Verhulst (Le Col-Wahoo) took a lead of around 20 seconds.
19 kilometers to go
Markus wins the points for the Mountains classification.
Marta Lach (Ceratizit-WNT), Femke Markus (Parkhotel Valkenburg) and Anne Dorth Ysland (Uno-X ProCycling) move away just before the Mountains classification.
A flurry of additional attacks as they approach the “top” of the mountain rankings, located in the ninth round.
Lotte Kopecky (SD Worx) takes the second and last intermediate sprint.
27 kilometers to go
The two are chained.
Henrietta Christie (Human Powered Health) moves to Allin up front. But the peloton is barely 16 seconds behind the leading duo and the second intermediate sprint is fast approaching.
And here’s another iconic photo from today’s stage.
32 kilometers to go
The second intermediate sprint is fast approaching and Allin’s gap is closing just as quickly.
36 kilometers to go
And after a series of unsuccessful counterattacks, Allin’s lead fell to just 12 seconds.
38 kilometers to go
And the gap between Pauline Allin (Arkea-Samsic) and the peloton is around 22 seconds.
43 kilometers to go
Another solo break emerges for Arkea-Samsic as France’s Pauline Allin gains 20 seconds over the peloton.
47 kilometers to go
Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma) takes the sprint ahead of Lorena Wiebes (DSM)
And the gap has completely evaporated. Bunch all together and Jumbo-Visma lead the way.
49 kilometers to go
Jumbo-Visma and SD Worx took the lead and reduced the gap held by Emily Newsom (EF-Education-Tibco-SVB) and Micha Bredewold (Parkhotel Valkenburg) to just 12 seconds.
It is getting hotter and hotter there, reaching 31 degrees, according to the official website.
52 kilometers to go
Emily Newsom (EF-Education-Tibco-SVB) and Micha Bredewold (Parkhotel Valkenburg) are 40 seconds ahead of the peloton
One of the first photos of the opening scene
58 kilometers to go
And the gap has now opened at 20 seconds.
Another move finally opens a small gap, with Emily Newsom (EF-Education-Tibco-SVB) and Micha Bredewold (Parkhotel Valkenburg) with a 10-second lead.
60 kilometers to go
Still more moves come and go but still nothing manages to stick
62 kilometers to go
65 kilometers to go
Almost as soon as the 7 rider move ends there is another breakaway, this time a solo move by Laura Asencio (Ceratizit-WNT ProCycling)
The move by seven riders, including Anais Morichon (Arkea-Samsic), was extinguished by DSM who have Lorena Wiebes as one of the favorites for a potential peloton sprint.
69 kilometers to go
And we have the first break of the day: a movement of seven runners is up front.
And there is also a ninth round mountain classification.
Note that during this stage there are two intermediate sprints on the fifth and eighth laps of the Champs-Élysées.
75 kilometers to go
Five kilometers of running and no major movement yet.
Thus begins the story. The riders start the 81.7 kilometer stage 1 of the Tour de France Women.
Let’s also not forget that Vos was the first winner of La Course in 2014, which took place on a very similar course in the center of Paris.
My colleague Kirsten Frattini wrote this great interview with Marianne Vos about the Tour de France Women. Highly recommended.
Marianne Vos: Tour de France is bigger than sports
The riders begin the neutralized section of stage 1 of the Tour de France Women and after months of preparation, the race is finally on.
After multiple expressions of joy and emotion on the occasion of participating in the first edition of such an unmissable event for cycling, the riders headed for the neutralized start. Two more minutes.
The weather is dry and hot, temperatures according to the official race website are 28.8 degrees Celsius. There is a light breeze, but not too strong, just 11 km/h.
The first stage of the Tour de France Women with Zwift is 81.6 km long and takes place on the famous circuit of the Champs-Élysées. The neutralized start is at 1:30 p.m., then there is a neutralized section of 5.3 kilometers, before the start of the race at 1:40 p.m.
To read our analysis of today’s opening stage on Cyclingnews, look no further than
Tour de France Women 2022 – stage 1 preview
Hello and welcome to Cyclingnews’ live coverage of Stage 1 of the Tour de France Women 2022.