The Virtual Tour de France will take place over the first 3 weekends of July, with 6 stages in total being raced on the Zwift virtual cycling platform. NTT Pro Cycling is excited to be part of E-Cycling’s biggest event yet.
As the global Covid-19 pandemic has brought road cycling to a halt this year, the emergence of cycling as an E-Sport has provided professional cycling teams, and their sponsors, a platform to showcase their athletic ability like never before.
In May, Zwift hosted the first ever virtual stage race for professional cycling teams, the Tour for All. NTT Pro Cycling rode away with the title, winning 2 stages and the overall general classification, by quite some margin.
The success of such an event has seen, ASO, the organisers of the most prestigious cycling race in the world, Le Tour de France, partner with Zwift to put on the inaugural Virtual Tour de France.
The #TDFVirtual will comprise of 6 stages, with one stage taking place on the first three Saturday and Sunday’s in July, respectively. 23 of the world’s best professional cycling teams will be competing for the virtual yellow, green, polka dot & white jersey’s, over courses which will replicate iconic Le Tour stages like Mont Ventoux and the Champs-Elysees.
NTT Pro Cycling has selected a strong squad for the Virtual Tour de France, with all our riders well adapted to the demands of e-cycling.
NTT Pro Cycling’s Virtual Tour de France Squad: Louis Meintjes, Ryan Gibbons, Edvald Boasson Hagen, Rasmus Tiller, Reinardt Janse van Rensburg, Stefan de Bod, Gino Mader, Ben O’Connor, Max Walscheid, Michael Valgren, Michael Gogl, Michael Carbel, Domenico Pozzovivo.
Louis Meintjes, a regular Zwifter and winner of the Tour for All’s queen stage, is looking forward to his opportunities to race the Virtual Tour de France on the 5th & 18th of July. The latter being a day of great significance for NTT Pro Cycling, as the team traditionally celebrates Mandela Day at the Tour de France on 18 July.
At first it was strange to think of a July without the Tour de France but now that we have the Virtual Tour de France, and then also the actual Le Tour scheduled for late August, I think this could be a great thing for cycling. Basically, we have two opportunities this year to leverage the global attraction Le Tour has, to represent our teams, partners and countries.
I was quite happy to see that they made 18 July a climbing stage of the Virtual Tour de France. Mandela Day is a significant day for South African’s. I was part of the 2015 Tour de France team when Steve Cumming’s won on Mandela Day and that was something special. I will certainly be giving it my all knowing everyone back in South Africa will be watching eagerly. – Louis Meintjes
- 4 July – Stage 1: Watopia Hilly Route (Reverse), 36.4 km / 432m – Start: 16:05 (CET)
- 5 July – Stage 2: Watopia Mountain Route, 29.5 km / 682m – Start: 16:07 (CET)
- 11 July – Stage 3: France R.G.V, 48.0 km / 266m – Start: 15:52 (CET)
- 12 July – Stage 4: France Casse-Pattes, 45.8 km /310 m – Start: 15:52 (CET)
- 18 July – Stage 5: France La Reine, 22.8 km /1205 m (Mandela Day) – Start: 15:58 (CET)
- 19 July – Stage 6: France Champs-Élysées, 42.8 km /234 m – Start: 15:55 (CET)
Live coverage will be shown on all major international sports broadcasters (check your local listings) as well as live coverage streamed on NTT Pro Cycling Facebook page & Zwift.com.