In an interview for the Canadian Cycling Magazine Podcast, EF Education-TIBCO-SVB founder Linda Jackson revealed the team’s lineup for the Tour de France Femmes. The inaugural TdF Femmes will be 1,029 km throughout eight stages.
There are two mountain stages, four stages for the sprinters, and two that would suit rouleurs. Just like the men’s race, women will compete for four iconic jerseys: the yellow for GC leader, the green for best sprinter, polka dots for best climber and white jersey for best young rider. The race begins as soon as the men’s finishes, in Paris on July 24.
EF Education-TIBCO-SVB Tour de France Femmes team
Reserve: Sara Poidevin
Ewers and Doebel-Hickok are the climbers on the squad, so they will aiming for big days in the middle stages, when things get a bit lumpy. There’s also the final day of racing on Stage 8, which is 123 km long and will take on two tough ascents, before the uphill slog to the line in la Planche des Belles Filles, where the men just raced up. There’s also some good options with Borghesi. She has a very good sprint, so she could be going for it on Stage 1 and in doing so, would snag a yellow jersey. The lone Canadian is Vallieres-Mill, although Poidevin has been named as first reserve.
Find out more about the Tour de France Femmes, EF Education-TIBCO-SVB and its founder on the latest episode of the Canadian Cycling Magazine Podcast. Note: following the interview, the team’s lineup changed slightly. The correct lineup is the one listed here.