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July 17/18 11:35 am - La Course by Le Tour de France

Posted by Editoress on 07/17/18

Annemiek van Vleuten took a nail-biting victory in La Course by le Tour de France powered by FDJ, pipping Olympic champion Anna van der Breggen right on the line. The Mitchelton–Scott leader chased the winner of the Flèche Wallonne and Liège–Bastogne–Liège for 15 kilometres after being dropped in the final push to the top of the Col de la Colombière. Van Vleuten claimed La Course for the second time ahead of fellow Dutch rider Anna van der Breggen, while South Africa's Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (Cervélo–Bigla) came in third.






The bunch of the fifth edition of La Course by le Tour de France powered by FDJ rolled out of Le Pâquier in Annecy - a town known as the Venice of the Alps - at 9 am. The 112 riders had a bucolic start to the race as the 20-team peloton rode around one of the purest lakes in Europe. Shortly after leaving Lake Annecy behind 16 kilometres into the race, the ladies faced the category 4 Col de Bluffy (1.5 km at 5.5%), the first of four climbs on the course. The entire course to Le Grand-Bornand, a resort in Haute-Savoie, featured a total elevation gain of 2,435 m. American Ruth Winder (Team Sunweb) went over the top of the first climb of the day in first place. It was gruppo compacto for the first 30 kilometres despite a series of attacks.

Escape of the day
Malgorzata Jasinska (Movistar Team) crowned the Côte de Saint-Jean-de-Sixt (5.5 km at 4.9%) in first place. The Pole pushed hard on the descent and escaped together with Finn Lotta Pauliina Lepistö (Cervélo Bigla), Canadian Leah Kirchmann (Team Sunweb) and American Leah Thomas (UnitedHealthcare) as the race headed to Bonneville. Meanwhile, favourite Anna van der Breggen's Boels–Dolmans squad set the tempo in the peloton, letting the gap grow to 2m30s. By this point, Australian Shara Gillow (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope) and Brit Anna Christian (Trek–Drops) were riding in between the breakaway and the main group, 1m15s behind the leaders, as the peloton wove its way through the Arve Valley towards the Col de Romme. The 8.8 km ascent, which will also be tackled by the Tour de France riders, is a category 1 climb with an average gradient of 8.9%.




Riders dropping off the back
The peloton, by then containing only about 20 riders, reeled in the two pursuers on the lower slopes of the Col de Romme. Meanwhile, Leah Thomas had dropped one breakaway companion after the other and was riding solo at the front. As the gap fell below the one-minute mark 5 km before the summit, Dane Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig took off and quickly overtook Leah Thomas. The Cervélo–Bigla climber went over the top of the category 1 climb with half a minute over the rest of the peloton.


Attacks coming thick and fast
Ludwig added a minute to her margin thanks to a daring 6 km descent to Le Reposoir, the start of the category 1 Col de la Colombière (7.5 km at 8.5%). The favourites lit the fireworks on the first slopes of La Colombière with a flurry of attacks. A three-woman group composed of defending champion Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton–Scott) Anna van der Breggen (Boels–Dolmans) and Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (Cervélo–Bigla) powered away from the rest. A concerted effort by the three saw them move into the lead one kilometre before the summit. Anna van der Breggen seized the opportunity to up the pace and drop Van Vleuten and Moolman-Pasio. The winner of the Flèche Wallonne and Liège–Bastogne–Liège crowned La Colombière (14 km before the line) with a small margin over Van Vleuten. In the end, Van Vleuten fought back to claim her second consecutive win by a hair's width.







Annecy to Le Grand-Bornand, 112.5 km
1 Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Mitchelton Scott 3:20:43
2 Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam at 0:01
3 Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team 1:22
4 Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team 1:58
5 Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam 2:19
6 Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon//SRAM Racing s.t.
7 Katharine Hall (USA) Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling Team 2:22
8 Amanda Spratt (Aus) Mitchelton Scott s.t.
9 Ane Santesteban (Esp) Ale Cipollini 2:24
10 Erica Magnaldi (Ita) BePink s.t.
11 Lucinda Brand (Ned) Team Sunweb 2:29
12 Nikola Nosková (Cze) BePink 3:03
13 Margarita Victoria Garcia (Esp) Movistar Team Women 3:35
14 Brodie Chapman (Aus) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank 5:14
15 Edwige Pitel (Fra) Cogeas-Mettler Pro Cycling Team 5:24
16 Paulien Rooijakkers (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team 5:42
17 Tayler Wiles (USA) Trek-Drops 5:46
18 Urska Pintar (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana 5:52
19 Omer Shapira (Isr) Cylance Pro Cycling 6:01
20 Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Sunweb 6:50
21 Grace Brown (Aus) Wiggle High5 7:04
22 Shara Gillow (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope 7:07
23 Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam s.t.
24 Leah Thomas (USA) Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling Team 7:10
25 Eider Merino (Esp) Movistar Team Women 7:28
26 Mariia Novolodskaya (Rus) Cogeas-Mettler Pro Cycling Team 7:57
27 Urska Zigart (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana 9:11
28 Eugénie Duval (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope 9:37
29 Julie Van De Velde (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies
30 Clara Koppenburg (Ger) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team
31 Antri Christoforou (Cyp) Cogeas-Mettler Pro Cycling Team all s.t.
32 Lorena Llamas (Esp) Movistar Team Women 9:42
33 Asja Paladin (Ita) Valcar PBM 9:44
34 Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team 9:45
35 Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita) Astana Women's Team 12:04
36 Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Movistar Team Women 12:05
37 Juliette Labous (Fra) Team Sunweb
38 Victorie Guilman (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope both s.t.
39 Sheyla Gutierrez (Esp) Cylance Pro Cycling 12:08
40 Elizaveta Oshurkova (Rus) Cogeas-Mettler Pro Cycling Team s.t.
41 Anabelle Dreville (Fra) Lotto Soudal Ladies 12:11
42 Rossella Ratto (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling 13:59
43 Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam s.t.
44 Elise Chabbey (Sui) Cogeas-Mettler Pro Cycling Team 15:20
45 Emma Grant (GBr) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank 15:36
46 Danielle Rowe (GBr) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team 15:42
47 Kelly Van Den Steen (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies
48 Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Sunweb
49 Riejanne Markus (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team
50 Daiva Ragazinskiene (Ltu) Ale Cipollini
51 Anouska Koster (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team
52 Lourdes Jimenez (Esp) Movistar Team Women
53 Liliana Moreno (Col) Astana Women's Team
54 Kathrin Hammes (Ger) Trek-Drops
55 Nicole Hanselmann (Sui) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team
56 Eva Buurman (Ned) Trek-Drops
57 Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team
58 Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam
59 Amy Pieters (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam
60 Rozanne Slik (Ned) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
61 Ruth Winder (USA) Team Sunweb all s.t.
62 Elizabeth Banks (GBr) Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling Team 16:32
OTL Chiara Zanettin (Ita) Valcar PBM
OTL Alessia Vigilia (Ita) Valcar PBM
OTL Silvia Pollicini (Ita) Valcar PBM
OTL Dalia Muccioli (Ita) Valcar PBM
OTL Elizabeth Holden (GBr) Trek-Drops
OTL Anna Christian (GBr) Trek-Drops
OTL Alicia Gonzalez (Esp) Movistar Team Women
OTL Janelle Cole (USA) Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling Team
OTL Lauretta Hanson (Aus) Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling Team
OTL Rushlee Buchanan (NZl) Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling Team
OTL Isabelle Beckers (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies
OTL Lara Vieceli (Ita) Astana Women's Team
OTL Natalya Saifutdinova (Kaz) Astana Women's Team
OTL Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) BePink
OTL Katia Ragusa (Ita) BePink
OTL Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) BePink
OTL Trixi Worrack (Ger) Canyon//SRAM Racing
OTL Tanja Erath (Ger) Canyon//SRAM Racing
OTL Elena Cecchini (Ita) Canyon//SRAM Racing
OTL Marie Vilmann (Den) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team
OTL Lotta Pauliina Lepistö (Fin) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team
OTL Olena Pavlukhina (Aze) BTC City Ljubljana
OTL Shannon Malseed (Aus) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
OTL Ingrid Drexel (Mex) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
OTL Alice Cobb (GBr) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
OTL Kathryn Buss (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
OTL Maëlle Grossetete (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
OTL Charlotte Bravard (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
OTL Elinor Barker (GBr) Wiggle High5
OTL Eri Yonamine (Jpn) Wiggle High5
OTL Sarah Roy (Aus) Mitchelton Scott
OTL Jessica Allen (Aus) Mitchelton Scott
DNS Valerie Demey (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies
DNF Evgenia Augustinas (Rus) Cogeas-Mettler Pro Cycling Team
DNF Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar PBM
DNF Hannah Payton (GBr) Trek-Drops
DNF Caro Rodríguez (Mex) Astana Women's Team
DNF Letizia Borghesi (Ita) BePink
DNF Jelena Eric (Srb) Cylance Pro Cycling
DNF Leah Thorvilson (USA) Canyon//SRAM Racing
DNF Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (Fra) Canyon//SRAM Racing
DNF Liane Lippert (Ger) Team Sunweb
DNF Anna Trevisi (Ita) Ale Cipollini
DNF Karlijn Swinkels (Ned) Ale Cipollini
DNF Mia Radotic (Cro) BTC City Ljubljana
DNF Eugenia Bujak (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana
DNF Macey Stewart (Aus) Wiggle High5
DNF Lucy Garner (GBr) Wiggle High5
DNF Grace Garner (GBr) Wiggle High5
DNF Jenelle Crooks (Aus) Mitchelton Scott



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