Tour de France Femmes Stage 5 Preview: The Longest Ride

Two days in the hills - and the gravel - are followed by the longest stage on the 2022 Tour Femmes, which should end in a bunch sprint.

By Molly Hurford |

Stage 5 – Bar le Duc to Saint Dié des Vosges – 175.6km – Thursday, July 28

Stage 5 marks the longest stage of the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift. It’s the only stage of the week that runs over 160km (175.6km, to be precise), and it’s going to be a flat and fast stage despite the distance.

stage 5 tdffazThe flat course has two short climb sections and one intermediate sprint.

Riders to Watch

As the race passes the halfway mark, gaps have opened up in the overall standings, which will make a flat, fast stage more interesting as time matters and certainly, attacks will be launching throughout the day. We’ve seen some of strong climbers who are GC contenders start moving up in the rankings, like Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio. But Stage 4 cemented Marianne Vos’ overall lead with her fifth place finish, and a flat and fast stage that will likely come down to tactics should play to her strengths. Her top competition, Silvia Persico and Kasia Niewadoma, also excel on flat and fast though, and with only 16 seconds separating the three, tomorrow’s stage could shift the rankings.

And as we’ve seen in Stage 4, there are many riders who could try hard attacks in order to secure stage wins without considering the consequences for the overall GC—so really, anything can happen.

When to Watch

Catch the action on Supersport or GCN from 14h30.

If you’re concerned about missing some pedalling time while you spectate the race, you can always hop on Zwift and ride sections of Zwift Island created to mimic parts of each stage—and join other Tour de France Femmes-obsessed fans while you ride!


Ashleigh Moolman Pasio consolidated her fifth place overall with a strong, controlled ride, finishing with the other GC hopefuls.

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