Zwift Announce Virtual TDF And Add Paris & France To The Platform

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Zwift have announced a virtual Tour De France and the introduction of two new 'worlds' to the training platform - Paris and France. 
 
Racing for the virtual Tour will start this Saturday, July 4th, with the first women’s stage to be followed by the mens. 23 men’s teams and 17 women’s professional teams will take part in the broadcast series. 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. 
 
Stages for both races will be held on identical courses and over the same distance and both events will receive equal broadcast coverage.  
 
Stages 1 and 2 will be held on the fantasy volcanic island of Watopia. For the Tour de France, Watopia will receive several visual additions inspired by Nice, the planned host town for this year’s ‘Grand Départ’.
 

Stages 3, 4 and 5 will be held on the entirely new French map designed specifically for the Virtual Tour de France. Stage 5 is marked as the Queen Stage, and one for the climbers, with a summit finish at Chalet Reynard on the formidable Mont Ventoux. Stage 6 will see the racers take to the iconic Champs-Élysées, finishing in front of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

Riders will compete for the jerseys and race on courses inspired by Paris and France.

Christian Prudhomme, Director of the Tour de France, said he couldn't imagine July without cycling.

“Thanks to the virtual Tour de France, which will be widely broadcast on TV, the champions and their fans will fill in the void left by the Tour de France," he said. "The Tour Virtuel puts technology to work for passion and the cause of cycling for everyone."

The Virtual Tour de France will feature the Yellow, Green, Polka-dot and White jerseys held by the leaders of the race. Standings for all jerseys will be calculated using a points-based system. 

“There’s nothing bigger than the Tour de France in cycling, so to say I’m excited would be an understatement”, says Eric Min, Zwift CEO and Co-Founder.

“Since I was a boy, I would always be glued in front of the TV for three weeks in July, so I feel incredibly privileged for Zwift to be able to play host to the first virtual edition this year. Of course, we all very much look forward to the race returning this August, but the good news is there will still be racing in July."

The final stage will be raced on a circuit course inspired by the Champs d' Elysees in Paris.

More On The Map

Zwift say the France and Paris maps have been designed specifically for the Virtual Tour de France.

"The French map takes inspiration from the country and should evoke strong connections with the country as Zwifters pass through vineyards, over Roman aqueducts and through Sunflower fields," said a spokesperson. "The new map also plays host to a virtual replica of Mont Ventoux. Zwift’s Mont Ven-Top, meaning snowy peak in gallic, is a punishing climb that is sure to test the legs of any rider."

"The Paris map is a smaller world, taking in the finishing circuit we’ve all come to associate with the final stage of the Tour de France. Zwifters will be able to ride around the famed Arc de Triomphe, navigate around the Place de la Concorde and sprint down the cobbled Champs-Élysées just like the best sprinters of the Tour de France. Zwifters will be able to join events on the new maps during the Virtual Tour de France.

Like the real-life Tour de France, the distinctive jerseys will be awarded to the leaders of the general classification (based on points rather than on time), best climber classification, best sprinter classification and best young rider classification (again, based on points rather than on time).

 

The 6 stages of the Virtual Tour de France:

 
  • Saturday 4th July, stage 1: Nice, 36.4 km (4 x 9.1 km, hilly stage)
 
  • Sunday 5th July, stage 2: Nice, 29.5 km (682 m of ascent, mountain stage)
 
  • Saturday 11th July, stage 3: North-East France, 48 km (flat stage)
 
  • Sunday 12th July, stage 4: South-West France, 45.8 km (2 x 22.9 km laps, hilly stage)
 
  • Saturday 18th July, stage 5: Mont Ventoux, 22.9 km (finish at Chalet-Reynard, mountain stage)
 
  • Sunday 19th July, stage 6: Paris Champs-Elysées, 42.8 km (6 laps of the circuit)

 

 
 
 
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