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The real-world Grand Départ was postponed until 29th August, but you can still enjoy proper Tour de France fun in July. Over three weekends, from 4th July to 19th July, a virtual Tour de France will unfold over six stages. The world’s top teams are ready to battle it out in the online world. Not to worry though, the racing will still look familiar to any cycling fan. There will be the four iconic jerseys at stake, including the ŠKODA Green Jersey for the best sprinter. Zwift’s new routes, set in France, will also ensure that there’s plenty of beautiful scenery to enjoy. The prize purse, on the other hand, is gone, because the riders are competing for charity.

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Thanks to the virtual L’Étape du Tour de France – you can join in! There will be three stages available to fans.

Join us on Zwift!

4th and 5th July, Stage 1: Nice, 29.5 km (682 m of ascent, mountain stage) – Watopia Mountain Route

11th and 12th July, Stage 2: South-West France, 45.8 km (2 x 22.9 km laps, hilly stage) – France Casse-Pattes Route

18th and 19th July, Stage 3: Mont Ventoux, (22.9 km, finishing at the observatory) – France Ven-Top Route

You can see it as a fun challenge or training for the real-world L’Étape, which will happen on 6th September. It doesn’t really matter! As long as you ride, you can enter our contest.

Take a screenshot of your Zwift or Strava performance, post it on your Instagram with #Ride2Unite, and tag We Love Cycling magazine. Describe your virtual experience – and you’re in the running to win. The winners will receive exclusive VIP Tour de France Hospitality Programme packages by ŠKODA for themselves and a guest of their choice.

So, what is the VIP Tour de France Hospitality Programme? As we’ve explained here, it’s one of the most unique ways to enjoy the Tour de France from a spectator’s point of view. You are there in the ŠKODA SUPERB iV riding in front of the peloton. Then you’re up in the air, experiencing an incredible vantage point as you fly over the peloton in a helicopter. You land just in time to cheer along at the finish line. This all-expenses-paid trip to France is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Previous winners looking forward to their flyover.

Doesn’t that sound exciting? Are you going to join the virtual l’Étape? We can’t wait to see you there!

Read the terms and conditions of our contest HERE.

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