Chris Froome, Marianne Vos, Geraint Thomas, reigning (men) champion Egan Bernal, Marianne Vos, and Olympic gold medallist (Women) Anna van der Breggen are among athletes scheduled to participate in the world’s first-ever Tour de France to be hosted by Zwift. It is expected to be the startups’ most significant event yet.
Many sporting events have been canceled across the globe owing to the COVID-19 outbreak, including the famous professional cycling tournament. In cycling, events such as Volta a Catalunya, Tour of Yorkshire, and Paris-Roubaix were canceled while the actual Tour de France is postponed to August 29.
But as we await the even, Zwift an online training platform and Tour organisers ASO, have planned a three-weekends event beginning July 4. The virtual event will not be a replica of the actual activity. It will still showcase some of the significant features of the major event, including the festival-like features.
The startup has created virtual worlds that cyclists will be traversing using their treadmill or bike trainer during the event.
The virtual event will have both the men and women team competing in the six-stage event, according to Zwift, the “riders are competing for charity instead of a prize purse.” Each stage will take about an hour to complete.
The virtual event will also have an amateurs event dubbed the Virtual l’Etape du Tour de France.
Contrary to the real-life tour, each category will be decided on points and not time as it is done for the yellow jersey. The riders will compete for the green (best sprinter), polka dot (best climber), white (best rookie), and yellow (overall winner) jerseys as it is in the real event.
The event will be broadcasted to over 130 countries, with broadcasts taking place every Saturday and Sunday, July 4-19, from 3pm-5pm CET (9am-11am EDT/6am-8am PDT), the event will also be shown on Zwift’s website, the Global Cycling Network (GCN) app.
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