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Tour de France Femmes

Tour de France Femmes
Race details
TypeStage race
OrganiserAmaury Sport Organization
Race directorMarion Rousse
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First edition1984 (1984)
First winner Marianne Martin (USA)
Most wins3 riders with 3 wins
Most recent Emma Pooley (GBR)

The Tour de France Femmes, formerly known as the Tour Cycliste Féminin or Grande Boucle Féminine Internationale, is a women's cycle stage race around France. It is organised by Amaury Sport Organization, which also runs the Tour de France.


From 1984 to 1989, the Tour de France Women was the curtain raising event for the men's event. It was organised by the Tour de France Society, organiser of the men's Tour de France. In 1990, the event changed its name and format, becoming the Tour of the EEC Women, which ran until 1993.

In 1992, a new race was created, the Tour cycliste féminin, organised in August by Pierre Boué. The race lacked stable sponsorship and with the location of stages determined by locations willing to contribute, there were long transfers between stages. Until 1998, it was the Tour Cycliste Féminin, but the Société du Tour de France, organizers of the men's Tour de France, said that infringed their trademark and in 1999 the name was changed. It resumed under the name Grande Boucle Féminine Internationale, but was not held in 2004 because of organisational difficulties. It returned, smaller, in 2005. The previous tours were 10 to 15 stages; later ones had five and stayed in one region. The race also received a lower classification by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), and had a reduced field. In 2008, the race was six days and seven stages. However, in 2009 the race was only four days long with only 66 riders, after a planned race start and three stages in Britain fell through, leading winner Emma Pooley to joke that the race was "more of a Petite Boucle than Grande." The race was discontinued after 2009.

France was left with no major women's stage race after the Tour de l'Aude Cycliste Féminin and the Route de France Féminine finished in 2010 and 2016 respectively.

In 2022, the race is to return, with eight stages:Zwift will be the main sponsor.

List of top three riders in general classification

Year Distance
Stages First Second Third
Tour de France Women
1984 1059 18  Marianne Martin (USA)  Heleen Hage (NED)  Deborah Shumway (USA)
1985 834.4 12 + Prologue  Maria Canins (ITA)  Jeannie Longo (FRA)  Cécile Odin (FRA)
1986 991.7 15 + Prologue  Maria Canins (ITA) (2)  Jeannie Longo (FRA)  Inga Thompson (USA)
1987 971,4 15 + Prologue  Jeannie Longo (FRA)  Maria Canins (ITA)  Ute Enzenauer (FRG)
1988 838,5 12 + Prologue  Jeannie Longo (FRA) (2)  Maria Canins (ITA)  Elizabeth Hepple (AUS)
1989 786 11 + Prologue  Jeannie Longo (FRA) (3)  Maria Canins (ITA)  Inga Thompson (USA)
Tour of the EEC Women
1990 866,5 9  Catherine Marsal (FRA)  Leontien van Moorsel (NED)  Astrid Schop (NED)
1991 1097.4 12 + Prologue  Astrid Schop (NED)  Jeannie Longo (FRA)  Roberta Bonanomi (ITA)
1992 ? 11 + Prologue  Leontien van Moorsel (NED)  Heidi Van de Vijver (BEL)  Roberta Bonanomi (ITA)
1993 ? 11 + Prologue  Heidi Van de Vijver (BEL)  Leontien van Moorsel (NED)  Aleksandra Koliaseva (RUS)
Year Distance
NoS First Second Third
Tour Cycliste Féminin
1992 805.5 9 + Prologue  Leontien van Moorsel (NED)  Jeannie Longo (FRA)  Heidi Van De Vijver (BEL)
1993 1183.1 12 + Prologue  Leontien van Moorsel (NED) (2)  Marion Clignet (FRA)  Heidi Van De Vijver (BEL)
1994 1300 14  Valentina Polkhanova (RUS)  Rasa Polikevičiūtė (LTU)  Cécile Odin (FRA)
1995 ? 13 + Prologue  Fabiana Luperini (ITA)  Jeannie Longo (FRA)  Luzia Zberg (SUI)
1996 1238 12 + Prologue  Fabiana Luperini (ITA) (2)  Rasa Polikevičiūtė (LTU)  Jeannie Longo (FRA)
1997 1156.3 12  Fabiana Luperini (ITA) (3)  Barbara Heeb (SUI)  Linda Jackson (CAN)
Grande Boucle Féminine Internationale
1998 1392 12  Edita Pučinskaitė (LTU)  Fabiana Luperini (ITA)  Alessandra Cappellotto (ITA)
1999 1581.4 14  Diana Žiliūtė (LTU)  Valentina Polkhanova (RUS)  Edita Pučinskaitė (LTU)
2000 1456.2 14  Joane Somarriba (ESP)  Edita Pučinskaitė (LTU)  Geraldine Loewenguth (FRA)
2001 1559.7 14  Joane Somarriba (ESP) (2)  Fabiana Luperini (ITA)  Judith Arndt (GER)
2002 1568.9 14  Zinaida Stahurskaia (BLR)  Susanne Ljungskog (SWE)  Joane Somarriba (ESP)
2003 1302.8 14  Joane Somarriba (ESP) (3)  Nicole Brändli (SUI)  Judith Arndt (GER)
2004 Race not held
2005 411.7 6  Priska Doppmann (SUI)  Edwige Pitel (FRA)  Christiane Soeder (AUT)
2006 467.4 5  Nicole Cooke (GBR)  Maryline Salvetat (FRA)  Tatsiana Sharakova (BLR)
2007 404.5 5  Nicole Cooke (GBR) (2)  Priska Doppmann (SUI)  Emma Pooley (GBR)
2008 556.9 7  Christiane Soeder (AUT)  Karin Thürig (SUI)  Nicole Cooke (GBR)
2009 306.5 4  Emma Pooley (GBR)  Christiane Soeder (AUT)  Marianne Vos (NED)

See also


  1. ^ "The Breakaway, by Nicole Cooke (Part 1)". 2 September 2014.
  2. ^ Dauncey, Hugh (2012). French Cycling: A Social and Cultural History. Liverpool University Press. pp. 212–213. ISBN 9781846318351.
  3. ^ Hedwig Kröner (2008-08-08). "2009 Grande Boucle Féminine starts in Britain". Retrieved 2011-05-24.
  4. ^ Simon Richardson (2009-06-19). "Pooley wins first stage of Grande Boucle". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 2011-05-24.
  5. ^ "Route de France féminine : ce sera pour 2012? (in French)". L'est Eclair. May 22, 2011. Archived from the original on October 9, 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-27.

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