Watch: Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift 2023 best bits
Look back on a historic second edition of the race, where Demi Vollering forced a passing of the guard and Lotte Kopecky impressed in yellow
The route for the 2024 Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift was revealed last month in Paris, with the famous Alpe d'Huez making its debut in the race, some 71 years after it first graced the men's Tour de France. Its unveiling has led to much excitement and speculation about who might win next year's race, but those questions will have to wait another eight months to be answered.
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In the meantime, now is the perfect opportunity to look back on this year's historic edition, in which the Col du Tourmalet decided the general classification and marked a passing of the guard within women's cycling. La Planche des Belles Filles defined the first edition, and for its second edition, the Tour headed to the fog-clouded peak of the Tourmalet. From day one, however, the racing was full of excitement and intrigue.
As was to be expected, SD Worx lit up proceedings from the gun, with a ferocious tempo teeing up a trademark Lotte Kopecky attack on stage 1, allowing the Belgian to solo to victory and don the race's first yellow jersey.
This was a responsibility that Kopecky would take to heart throughout the rest of the race, only yielding control of yellow on the penultimate day to teammate Demi Vollering. Along the way, the Belgian climbed better than she has ever done in her career to date, and spectacularly managed to finish runner-up to the eventual winner Vollering.
Vollering's success was rubber-stamped on the Col du Tourmalet, where she put the rest of the field to the sword and put an end to Annemiek van Vleuten's (Movistar) hopes of retaining her title. The veteran was defeated, and this time for good, as it would be her final Tour de France Femmes before retirement.
A perfect week was bookended for SD Worx by Marlen Reusser's victory on the time trial bike on the final stage, with Vollering and Kopecky rounding out a 1-2-3 for the best team in the world on the day. Lorena Wiebes, meanwhile, had added her name to the list of SD Worx stage winners on day three.
The race was not a total SD Worx show, however, with Liane Lippert (Movistar), Yara Kastelijn (Fenix-Deceuninck) and Ricarda Bauernfeind also taking entertaining stage victories.
To discover all this and so much more, you can check out our new video on the GCN Racing YouTube channel, in which we compile all of the best bits from this year's Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift. Do you think it was better than the first edition in 2022? Let us know in the comments!
To find out more about the Tour de France Femmes 2024, head to our dedicated race page.
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