Parlez vous Tour de France Femmes?

Your guide to the most prestigious event in women’s road cycling.

Do you speak Tour de France Femmes? This unique blend of French and cycling-speak can feel a bit cryptic at first. For some of the racing terms you’re likely to hear during broadcast coverage, check out our Intro to Road Cycling Lingo. And if French is foreign to you, you’re not alone—the women’s peloton is made up of around 25 different nationalities. But the thrill of this historic race transcends all. Here are a few fun facts to know and share with your friends:

How long is the race and how many stages are there?

There are eight stages and seven days of racing, in the 2024 Tour de France Femmes and while that is considerably shorter than the 21-stage men’s race, it means that each stage is a must-win and a must-watch—there are no lulls. This year, there are three flat stages, two hilly stages, two mountain stages, and one time trial, for a total of 946.3 kilometers.

View the official Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift route and course map

How many teams and riders will race?

There will be 22 teams with seven riders each, or 154 total riders. Liv is proud to sponsor one of those teams, Liv AlUla Jayco.

How is cycling a team sport?

While a lot of attention is given to the individual riders, their achievements are shared by their teams—and made possible by their teams. For example, a team’s strongest rider in a particular stage will be pulled into position by their teammates, called domestiques. By drafting behind their teammates, who take turns riding as fast as they can at the front, the leader conserves energy. Ultimately, when the time is right, the leader makes their move to the front in an effort to win the stage.

What is the average speed of riders in the Tour de France Femmes?

In the inaugural Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift, average speeds ranged from about 43 km/h (28 mph) for flat stages to about 34 km/h (21 mph) for mountain stages, like the famous La Super Planche des Belles Filles.

What do the jerseys and classifications mean?

Yellow jersey (maillot jaune)

Awarded to the rider currently leading the General Classification, or lowest overall time. Typically the stage winner also takes the yellow jersey, but not always. 

Green jersey (maillot vert)

Awarded to the rider currently leading the Points Classification. Points are given at stage finishes and intermediate sprints, which is why this is considered the sprinter’s jersey.

Polka dot jersey (maillot à pois rouge)

Awarded to the rider currently leading the Mountains Classification, or Queen of the Mountains. Points are given at the top of each hill and mountain or at the summit finishes at altitude, and number of points vary depending on the category of difficulty.

White jersey (maillot blanc) sponsored by Liv

Awarded to the rider currently leading the General Classification, or lowest overall time, among those under 23 years of age, also known as Best Young Rider. 

Most Aggressive Rider

Awarded by panel decision at the end of each day to the most combative or risk-taking rider, who then wears a special red number, but not a special jersey. 

Team Classification

Based on the collective time of the three highest-placed riders in the General Classification from each team, who then wear special yellow numbers, but not special jerseys.

What is the prize money for this year’s race?

A total of €250,000 will be awarded across the different stage, jersey and team competitions, including €50,000 to the winner of the final general classification. Women’s cycling has made great progress toward equality, but we have a ways to go. You can help! 

Find out how you can help support women’s sports

How do I watch the Tour de France Femmes?

If you can watch in person in France, c'est si bon! But we also enjoy watching broadcast coverage, which incorporates commentary and storytelling that make the event even more meaningful. Find your local broadcaster and TV schedule. Even better, find a local watch party and share the excitement with your community.

Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift

July 23-30, 2023