The final two stages of the Virtual Tour de France should be our most exciting yet, with two iconic race routes and a star-studded start list! The women’s peloton will include Lizzie Deignan, Marianne Vos, Chloé Dygert, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, Anna van der Breggen, Kasia Niewiadoma, Katie Hall, and Cecilie Uttrup-Ludwig. The men’s peloton will see the likes of Chris Froome, Julian Alaphilippe, Rigoberto Urán, Romain Bardet, Adam Yates, Rohan Dennis, Warren Barguil, and Dan Martin fight it out up Mount Ventoux and on Paris’ Champs-Élysées.
Saturday’s stage is the Queen stage where the world’s top climbers will take on the massive Mont Ventoux climb – the biggest climb in game! They’ll only be climbing to Chalet Reynard, which is located 6km before the finish line at the top of Mont Ventoux. But it’s still going to be a battle of w/kg to the finish!
Remember, this is a team-based points competition. For the women, Canyon//SRAM Racing is leading the Team Overall GC, but Team Tibco – Silicon Valley Bank and Drops are just behind. For the men, NTT Pro Cycling has a commanding lead in the Team Overall GC, but there’s a close battle for the next few spots. Competitions for the yellow, green, polka-dot, and white jerseys are also in play.
Here are more details for each of this weekend’s stages including start lists, race times, and more.
Stage 5: France’s La Reine
The La Reine route takes riders over the Ballon Sprint and Petit KOM segments before heading up Mont Ventoux. Expect a bit of action from teams looking to pick up green jersey and polka-dot jersey points on these early segments, but the real work will begin when the riders turn left after the Petit KOM and head up Mont Ventoux to Chalet Reynard.
Date: Saturday July 18
Women’s 14:53 CET // 05:53 PDT // 22:53 AUS
Men’s 15:58 CET // 06:58 PDT // 23:58 AUS
Stage 6: Paris’ Champs-Élysées
Obviously there would be no other place for this Virtual Tour de France to finish than on the world’s most famous boulevard! After 5 stages the race will draw to a close on this sixth stage to a backdrop of the Arc de Triomphe on Zwift’s new Champs-Élysées route.
Expect this stage to be raced full-gas from start to finish, with 6 intermediate sprints as well as points on the line.
Date: Sunday July 19
Women’s 14:50 CET // 05:50 PDT // 22:50 AUS
Men’s 15:55 CET // 06:55 PDT // 23:55 AU
Where to Watch
A full list of broadcasters is available on the Tour de France website.
The easiest way to watch it online is through Zwift’s YouTube channel, although the quality may be better on TV channels.