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Ten men’s and nine women’s pro teams will be stage racing on Zwift next week, in the Tour for All May 4 – 8. The race will be shown on Eurosport and GCN, and it’s part of a fundraiser for Doctors Without Borders.
Zwift has hosted many races featuring pro riders in the last few weeks, but those have been pro/am affairs. Rouvy recently hosted the Digital Swiss 5 with pro teams, but there is no drafting on that platform. Tour for All will be the largest virtual pro race thus far.
Both men’s and women’s racing will be screened each day between 14:00 and 16:00 BST (15:00 and 17:00 CEST). Stages distances will range from approximately 45km to 75km, and climbing from 400m to 1700m in elevation. Stages are expected to last between 75 minutes and 2 hours, depending on the distance and elevation of each stage.
Start lists will include pros from Mitchelton-Scott, EF-Education, NTT, Alpecin-Fenix, Bahrain-McLaren, Canyon/SRAM Racing, CCC-Liv, and Boels Dolmans. The top 25 riders will earn general classification points across the week, alongside a daily individual race winner. There will also be intermediate points available on each stage, and double points for the top 10 on the final stage.
“Over the past few months, we’ve delivered a huge number of unique experiences and opportunities to ride with the stars of the World Tour peloton,” Simon Wear, founder and CEO of Play Sports Group. “I know many have been keen to see when Zwift will bring WorldTour teams together to race, and I can’t think of a better way to deliver this series of men’s and women’s exhibition racing than to kick off our charity month, ‘Tour for All’ in support of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).”
Zwift will initially donate $125,000 to Doctors Without Borders and, if 250,000 riders complete a stage of the Tour for All during the month of May, Zwift has committed to an additional $125,000.
Israel Start-Up Nation
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EF Education First Pro Cycling
FDJ Nouvelle – Aquitaine Futuroscope
Stage 1, May 4: Innsbruckring course. Elevation gain: 72m (237ft). Total distance: 52.9km (33miles)
Stage 2, May 5: Cobbled Climbs course. Elevation gain: 126m (413ft). Total distance: 46.2km (28.5miles)
Stage 3, May 6: Medio Fondo course. Elevation gain: 981m (3220ft). Total distance: 72.9km (45.1miles)
Stage 4, May 7: Sand and Sequoias course. Elevation gain: 147m (482ft). Total distance: 42.6km (26.5miles)