The Femmes Stage 7: Well, that was a brutal day

Straight to your ears from the finish lines, press rooms, and restaurants of the Tour de France.

by Abby Mickey

photography by Getty Images


Every July, the CyclingTips Podcast goes daily and comes straight to your ears from the ground in France (or Denmark, as it were.)

Welcome to your hub for the Tour Daily during the 2022 Tour de France. We’ll have a Tour Daily episode every stage through both the Tour de France and Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift. You can play each episode from this page or subscribe on iTunesSpotify,  Google, or wherever you get your podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.

The Femmes Stage 7: Well, that was a brutal day

Matt and Amy ran into some familiar friends at the start of the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift stage 7. No one is surprised about the results at the end of the day, although the time gaps were a bit of a shock. With an 18% time cut, it’s likely some riders will not see the startline for the eighth stage. One more stage to go!

Veronica Ewers (EF Education-Tibco-SVB), Julie Leth and Anne Dorthe Ysland (Uno-X), and Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Trek-Segafredo) check-in after the stage.

The Femmes Stage 6: Sucks to be a breakaway artist

Abby and Alison Jackson talk about stage 6 of the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift and lament the downfall of a perfect breakaway. Matt and Amy were on the ground on the final circuits.

Plus, hear from our riders in the peloton; Audrey Cordon-Ragot who represented Trek-Segafredo in the day’s breakaway, Veronica Ewers of EF Education-Tibco-SVB, and the duo from Uno-X: Julie Leth and Anne Dorthe Ysland.

The Femmes Stage 5: How do you beat the unbeatable?

It was a day for the sprinters at the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift. Abby and Loren are joined by Alison Jackson to watch the stage finale while Amy and Matt report from on the ground.

Post-race reactions from our riders in the peloton Veronica Ewers (EF Education-Tibco-SVB), Anne Dorthe Ysland and Julie Leth (Uno-X).

The Femmes Stage 4: Opportunities squandered and seized

The gravel of stage 4 may have been more than the peloton bargained for but didn’t force much change in the GC. Another surprise winner capitalized on the chaos.

Hear from Trek-Segafredo’s Audrey Cordon-Ragot before the morning of the stage and Julie Leth (Uno-X) and Veronica Ewers (EF Education-Tibco-SVB) post-race.

The Femmes Stage 3: Magnifique!

Abby and Loren are joined by Alison Jackson of Liv Xstra to watch the finale of stage 3. Matt and Amy had some adventures on the ground and Veronica Ewers (EF Education-Tibco-SVB) and Julie Leth (Uno-X) check-in after the stage.

The Femmes Stage 2: Crashes, crosswinds and the G.O.A.T.

Stage 2 had us all on our feet, and not always for great reasons. What was otherwise an incredible stage was marred by some nasty crashes.

Julie Leth of Uno-X and Veronica Ewers of EF Education-Tibco-SVB check in after the stage.

Stage 21/Stage 1: This is only the beginning

With the men’s race done and dusted Caley and the crew hand over the mic to Amy Jones and Matt de Neef on the ground at the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift. The women’s race started where the men’s wrapped up; on the iconic Champs Élysées.

Hear audio diaries from Trek-Segafredo’s French champion Audrey Cordon-Ragot, Danish legend Julie Leth of Uno-X and American Veronica Ewers of EF Education-Tibco-SVB.

Stage 20: TTs and a fascinating press conference

The last time trial of the Tour de France, and now on to Paris.

Stage 19: Vinny Go Go

A sprint stage that wasn’t, a very distracting train, and searching for the Mona Lisa.

Stage 18: The Hautacam

Crashes, chases, waits. It was a crazy day in the Pyrenees.

Stage 17: Going, going, gondola

The second of three Pyrénéen stages, a string of attacks, and a dinner in Tarbes.

Stage 16: Into the Pyrenees

Pogačar can’t escape, Vingegaard won’t be dropped, and we have two huge days in the Pyrenees to come.

Rest day two: Under the bridge

The air is hot, the racing is excellent, and Jonny, Iain, and Caley come to you from underneath a bridge in Carcassonne.

Stage 15: Jumbo fell down

A hot, hard stage to Carcassonne with some yelling, a Bernie cameo, and a worthy winner.

Stage 14: Mende at work

A crazy start, a GC tactic that takes us back decades, and winning on desire. Jonny, Caley, and Iain discuss the day and bring in Peter Cossins for historical perspective.

Stage 13: Slushies in Saint-Étienne

A breakaway, heat, and Fred Wright’s near miss.

Stage 12: Whippersnappers on Alpe d’Huez

A mix of characters old and new defined the last big day in the Alps. Pippa York joins Jonny, Iain, and Caley (plus a special guest) to talk through it all.

Stage 11: The new king of France

One of the best and most impactful Tour de France stages in a decade. We break it down, plus bring you the scene from the top of the Galibier.

Stage 10: Tangents in Megève

Magnus Cort shrugged off a week of breakaways, Caleb Ewan looked quite sad, and the men remain in glaz.

Rest day: Turf de France

An episode dedicated to the Tour de France adjacent.

Stage 9: Welcome to the Jungels

A mountain stage and a breakaway, plus COVID testing for everyone. Jonny, Ronan, and Caley are joined by Pippa York to talk through it all.

Stage 8: Wright Said Fred

A doomed breakaway, a father in the team car, and another dominant display.

Stage 7: The Super Planche

In today’s episode, Jonny checks in from a motorbike in the middle of the Tour de France then the crew sit down to discuss the first mountaintop finish. Is Jumbo as put together as we thought they were? Is Ineos the best hope to try something wild to unseat Pogačar?

Stage 6: Your man at the Tour

It was a day where Wout van Aert and Tadej Pogacar took turns dominating the entire Tour de France field. Ronan, Jonny, and Caley talk though the stage, plus Alberto Bettiol, La Planche, and your man with the near miss.

Stage 5: Jumbo messed that one up

It was a wild day on the cobbles of northern France. Jonny, Ronan, and Caley break down Pogačar’s dominance, Jumbo-Visma’s strange response to a relatively normal issue, and delve into why Nairo Quintana is so good on cobblestones.

Stage 4: Will Wout Wait?

Wout van Aert decided the best way to end his run of second places was to sprint against himself on Tuesday. Jonny and Ronan are joined by Caley, fresh off the plane, to talk through a thrilling finale and look ahead to Wednesday’s cobble stage.

Stage 3: Onward to France

Another sprint, another winner. The crew sit down after the final Danish stage to talk through a fast but impressively safe opener to the Tour de France. 

Stage 2: Two for two

Fabio Jakobsen made it two for two for Quick-Step, capping an emotional and incredible comeback from his horrific crash in Poland. Jonny, Ronan, Shoddy, and Pippa talk through the stage.

Stage 1: Just a farmer’s son in yellow

“Now I’ve beaten all the best riders in the world – I’m just a farmer’s son from Belgium, eh?”

Yves Lampaert stunned the heavy favorites to take the first yellow jersey of the 2022 Tour de France. Shoddy, Ronan, and Jonny sit down over a Danish pizza to talk through the stunning ride and what’s to come in the next few stages.

Tour de France eve

Shoddy, Jonny, and Ronan are joined by Philippa York on the eve of the first stage of the Tour de France to talk through overall contenders, Copenhagen atmosphere, the first time trial, and much more.

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