With the Tour de France postponed from its traditional July slot, a brand new e-racing series has stepped up to fill the gap starting July 4, 2020, and running for three weekends ending July 19, 2020.
Zwift and Amaury Sport Organisation have partnered to create the very first virtual Tour de France, which will be the starting point for a strong solidarity campaign around cycling.
During the first three weekends of July 2020, men’s and women’s professional races will be organized as part of the virtual stages of the Tour de France. Continuing on from the major increase in cycling at home in recent months, cycling lovers from all over the world will also have a chance to ride the Virtual l’Étape du Tour de France on the same weekends. All events are organized in the aid of five global charity partners.
First Virtual Tour de France for Men and Women
23 Men’s Teams and 17 Women’s Professional Teams Confirmed. Confirmed names include Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas, Egan Bernal and Greg Van Avermaet for the men’s race. Marianne Vos, Chloé Dygert Owen, Kirsten Wild and Anna Van der Breggen are amongst the names confirmed for the women’s race.
Racing to be broadcast to over 130 countries worldwide over the 3 weekends.
Virtual l’Etape du Tour de France to offer mass participation opportunity for cyclists worldwide on the same roads as the professionals.
The event sees two new maps added to Zwift: France and Paris.
Tour de France United (#TDFunited) to raise funds for five charity partners: Emmaüs, Secours Populaire, Jeugdfonds Sport and Cultuur, BiJeWa and Qhubeka.
Racing is to return this July with the first Virtual Tour de France on the online training and racing platform, Zwift. Starting on Saturday, July 4th, the Virtual Tour de France is to form a part of the Tour de France United, a charity initiative in celebration of the Tour de France that will run until the conclusion of the rescheduled Tour de France in August.