The route, announced last week, will include two climbs in the Vosges: the Grand Ballon during stage 7, and La Planche des Belles Filles in the final of stage 8.“I saw them in training. I did the Grand Ballon and ended up on the Planche des Belles Filles. In fact, I might have trained for this race before, but I didn’t know it yet, ”said Vollering.
“When I saw the last two days I was really excited. It’s close to where we live in Switzerland so I’ve trained there before and it’s a really cool area.
In addition to two mountain stages, the peloton will have to take up a major challenge with the hilly course of stage 5 of 175 km.
“I don’t think we’ve had such a long race before, especially in a stage race which will be really tough,” said Vollering. “I think the start is pretty flat and at the end you have a few small climbs so it will be a tough day. For me, it’s not so necessary that the race has such a long stage, but we’ll see how it goes.
The white gravel roads of Stage 4 could prove to be fertile ground for Vollering’s SD Worx team, who finished first, third and sixth on similar terrain at Strade Bianche earlier this year.
« [The gravel] is also super nice. I think we’re really good on gravel so hopefully we can do something cool there. ”
Despite the varied course, the main omission of the Tour de France Women 2022 is a time trial, a discipline in which Demi Vollering says she is getting better and better.
“It’s a little disappointing that it’s not in [the race], ” she said. “Maybe for the next few years it will be good. “
After winning La Course, Liège-Bastogne-Liège and the Women’s Tour in 2021, Vollering confirmed that the Tour de France Women will be one of his goals next season: “It will be one of my goals. I can’t wait to maybe go yellow.
“It’s really cool that this race is coming back to women as a stage race. I’m really excited and can’t wait to be there.