Stage 5 – Bar le Duc to Saint Dié des Vosges – 175.6km – Thursday 28th July
Stage 5 is the longest stage of the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift. It’s the only stage of the week to go over 100 miles (175.6 km to be precise) and it will be a flat and fast stage despite the distance.
The flat course has two short climbs and an intermediate sprint.
driver to watch
As the race passes halfway through, gaps in the standings have opened up which will make a flat, fast stage more interesting when time is of the essence and certainly attacks will be launched throughout the day. We’ve seen some strong climbers who are GC contenders move up the ranks, like Ashley Moolman-Pasio. But Stage 4 cemented Marianne Vos’ overall lead with her fifth place finish, and a flat and fast stage that will likely depend on tactics should play to her strengths. However, their top rivals Silvia Persico and Kasia Niewadoma also shine with flatness and speed, and with just 16 seconds separating the three, tomorrow’s stage could shift the rankings.
And as we saw in Stage 5, there are many riders who could try hard attacks to secure stage wins without considering the GC consequences – so really anything can happen.
when to see
The race begins at 5:45 a.m. EST and lasts approximately 6.5 hours. Stream it on the Peacock app starting at 8:15 a.m. EST, or watch the replay later. (Your NBC credentials should allow you to log in, or if you don’t have cable, a month’s subscription to Peacock is pretty cheap!) For those in Canada, FloBikes will be broadcasting the race.
Note: Only two and a half hours of the race are broadcast each day, hence the difference between the race start time and the broadcast start time.
If you’re worried about missing some pedaling time while watching the race, you can always hop on Zwift and ride sections of Zwift Island that are designed to mimic parts of each stage—and each other as you ride Join Tour de France Femmes-obsessed fans!
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