69 kilometres to go
And we have the first break of the day: a seven rider move is off the front.
And there’s also a mountains classification on offer on the ninth lap.
Worth noting that during this stage there are two intermediate sprints on the fifth and eighth laps of the Champs-Élysées.
75 kilometres to go
Five kilometres into the race and no major movements yet.
And so it begins. The riders begin the 81.7 kilometre stage 1 of the Tour de France Femmes.
Let’s not forget, either, that Vos was the first winner of La Course back in 2014, held over a very similar course in central Paris.
My colleague Kirsten Frattini has written this great interview with Marianne Vos about the Tour de France Femmes. Highly recommended.
The riders begin the neutralised section of stage 1 of the Tour de France Femmes and after months of build-up, the race is, at long last, underway.
After multiple expressions of delight and emotion at their opportunity to be taking part in the first edition of such a key event for cycling, the riders are moving towards the neutralised start. Two minutes to go.
Weather is dry and warm, temperatures out there according the official race website are 28.8 Celsius. There’s a bit of a breeze, but not too strong, just 11kmh.
The first stage of the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift is 81.6km long, running on the famous circuit on the Champs-Élysées. The neutralised start is at 13:30 and then there is a 5.3 kilometre neutralised section, prior to racing getting underway at 13:40.
To read our analysis of today’s opening stage on Cyclingnews, look no further than
Bonjour and welcome to the Cyclingnews live coverage of stage 1 of the 2022 Tour de France Femmes.