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July 19/19 8:39 am - La Course: Kirchmann 2nd

Posted by Editoress on 07/19/19

A year after Annemiek van Vleuten pipped Anna van der Breggen at the finish in Le Grand-Bornand, La Course by le Tour delivered another thrilling finish that saw the race get turned on its head metres before the line. Just when Australian Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott) thought she had it in the bag after a long solo breakaway, she was caught and overtaken by CCC Liv's Marianne Vos with 350 metres to go, at the top of the final wall. The 32-year-old Dutch rider's attack made it look like the rest of the peloton was standing still. The three-time world champion, who had a win in 2014, is the winner of the sixth edition of the event, held on the same circuit around Pau as the Tour de France time trial over a distance of 121 kilometres.




Eleven women in the early breakaway
121 competitors took the start in Pau. An early breakaway formed on the first of five laps of the undulating circuit: Alexandra Manly, Sarah Roy (Mitchelton–Scott), Karol-Ann Canuel (Boels–Dolmans), Jeanne Korevaar (CCC Liv), Elise Chabbey, Nikola Noskova (Bigla), Alexis Ryan (Canyon SRAM Racing), Liane Lippert (Sunweb), Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Trek–Segafredo), Evita Muzic (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope) and Jasper de Vuyst (Parkhotel-Valkenburg). The eleven-woman's advantage peaked at 1:50 around the halfway point.

Van Vleuten lights the race
With 47 kilometres remaining, two-time winner Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton–Scott) made the first serious move with a vicious attack on the third ascent of the Côte de Gelos (1.1 km at 7.8%), one of the two climbs on the circuit. The Dutch rider's offensive spelled doom for the escapees, who were caught a kilometre down the road. Attacks then continued at the front of the peloton until a five-woman group managed to open up a gap: Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton–Scott), Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (CCC Liv), Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Sunweb), Soraya Paladin (Ale Cipollini) and Lucinda Brand (Sunweb). Spratt, who finished third in the last Giro, was alone at the front with a 15-second margin going into the final lap.

Spratt puts on a show
The gap increased after the last ascent of the Côte de Gelos, reaching 30s with 15 kilometres to go. It was then that Lucinda Brand and big favourite Marianne Vos jumped from the peloton. Van Vleuten soon latched onto the duo to cover for teammate Amanda Spratt. The Australian went over the final climb of the day, the Côte d'Esquillot, with 15s to spare and 12 kilometres to go. The peloton chased, but never quite organized as the rider from Down Under entered the final kilometre with around 10 seconds on the chasers. Fans were on the edge of their seats.

Vos crushes the opposition
With a length of 70 metres and a gradient of 17%, the final wall is as steep as it is short, and Marianne Vos used it as a launch pad for a decisive attack. The Olympic champion and three-time world champion caught Spratt with 350 metres to go and comfortably took the win ahead of Canada's Leah Kirchmann (Sunweb) and Denmark's Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Bigla). It was Vos's second triumph in La Course, coming five years after claiming the inaugural edition on the Champs-Élysées. She is now level with Van Vleuten, who finished seventh and was the only rider with two victories in the race until this morning. A new chapter in the legend of Marianne Vos.


This is Kirchmann's second time on the podium at La Course having finished third in 2014 when Vos also won.


Pau to Pau, 121 km
1 Marianne Vos (Ned) CCC-Liv 3:15:20
2 Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Sunweb at 0:03
3 Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) Bigla s.t.
4 Lucinda Brand (Ned) Team Sunweb 0:04
5 Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) CCC-Liv 0:06
6 Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Trek-Segafredo s.t.
7 Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Mitchelton-Scott 0:07
8 Soraya Paladin (Ita) Ale Cipollini
9 Ane Santesteban Gonzalez (Esp) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling
10 Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam
11 Demi Vollering (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
12 Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Sunweb all s.t.
13 Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon//SRAM Racing 0:10
14 Rachel Neylan (Aus) Team Virtu Cycling
15 Sofie De Vuyst (Bel) Parkhotel Valkenburg
16 Eugenia Bujak (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana
17 Janneke Ensing (Ned) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling
18 Paula Andrea Patiño Bedoya (Col) Movistar Team Women all s.t.
19 Katharine Hall (USA) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam 0:13
20 Urska Pintar (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana 0:14
21 Hanna Nilsson (Swe) BTC City Ljubljana
22 Evita Muzic (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
23 Eri Yonamine (Jpn) Ale Cipollini
24 Amanda Spratt (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
25 Brodie Chapman (Aus) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
26 Julie Van de Velde (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies
27 Nikola Noskova (Cze) Bigla
28 Erica Magnaldi (Ita) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling
29 Annika Langvad (Den) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam
30 Elise Chabbey (Sui) Bigla all s.t.
31 Riejanne Markus (Ned) CCC-Liv 0:24
32 Juliette Labous (Fra) Team Sunweb 0:28
33 Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Movistar Team Women 0:43
34 Tayler Wiles (USA) Trek-Segafredo s.t.
35 Pauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) (CCC-Liv) 4:03
36 Elizabeth Banks (GBr) Bigla 5:00
37 Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) CCC-Liv 5:04
38 Ruth Winder (USA) Trek-Segafredo 6:49
39 Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam s.t.
40 Edwige Pitel (Fra) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro Cycling Team 9:19
41 Shara Gillow (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
42 Alexis Ryan (USA) Canyon//SRAM Racing 10:56
43 Anouska Koster (Ned) Team Virtu Cycling s.t.
44 Ahreum Na (Kor) Ale Cipollini
45 Marta Cavalli (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling 10:58
46 Krista Doebel-Hickok (USA) Rally UHC Cycling Women s.t.
47 Nina Buijsman (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg 10:59
48 Jade Wiel (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
49 Leah Thomas (USA) Bigla
50 Lotte Kopecky (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies
51 Rossella Ratto (Ita) BTC City Ljubljana
52 Victorie Guilman (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
53 Kelly Van Den Steen (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies
54 Lara Vieceli (Ita) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling all s.t.
55 Rozanne Slik (Ned) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank 11:03
56 Pfeiffer Georgi (GBr) Team Sunweb 11:04
57 Liane Lippert (Ger) Team Sunweb
58 Sarah Roy (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
59 Deborah Paine (NZl) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro Cycling Team
60 Katrine Aalerud (Nor) Team Virtu Cycling
61 Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon//SRAM Racing
62 Georgia Williams (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott
63 Mikayla Harvey (NZl) Bigla
64 Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling
65 Dalia Muccioli (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling
66 Elena Pirrone (Ita) Astana Women's Team all s.t.
67 Lorena Llamas Garcia (Esp) Movistar Team Women 11:08
68 Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon//SRAM Racing 11:10
69 Eider Merino Cortazar (Esp) Movistar Team Women 11:13
70 Nadia Quagliotto (Ita) Ale Cipollini
71 Laura Asencio (Fra) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling
72 Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Canyon//SRAM Racing all s.t.
73 Asja Paladin (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling 11:22
74 Aude Biannic (Fra) Movistar Team Women
75 Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam
76 Audrey Cordon Ragot (Fra) Trek-Segafredo
77 Elizabeth Deignan (GBr) Trek-Segafredo
78 Charlotte Becker (Ger) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope all s.t.
79 Severine Eraud (Fra) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport UCI Women Sport 12:57
80 Annelies Dom (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies
81 Mieke Docx (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport UCI Women Sport
82 Danielle Christmas (GBr) Lotto Soudal Ladies
83 Chloe Hosking (Aus) Ale Cipollini
84 Sara Bergen (Can) Rally UHC Cycling Women
85 Marina Uvarova (Rus) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro Cycling Team all s.t.
86 Lucie Lahaye (Fra) Charente-Maritime Women Cycling 13:02
87 Pauline Allin (Fra) Charente-Maritime Women Cycling
88 Birgitte Andersen (Den) Team Virtu Cycling both s.t.
89 Jesse Vandenbulcke (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport UCI Women Sport 13:06
90 Alice Barnes (GBr) Canyon//SRAM Racing s.t.
91 Urska Zigart (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana 13:07
DNF Jessica Allen (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
DNF Alexandra Manly (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
DNF Valerie Demey (Bel) CCC-Liv
DNF Jessica Raimondi (Ita) Ale Cipollini
DNS Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Esp) Movistar Team Women
DNF Lex Albrecht (Can) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
DNF Nina Kessler (Ned) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
DNF Emily Newsom (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
DNF Anna Plichta (Pol) Trek-Segafredo
DNF Eugénie Duval (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
DNF Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling
DNF Belle de Gast (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
DNF Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
DNF Olga Deyko (Rus) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro Cycling Team
DNF Anastasiia Pliaskina (Rus) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro Cycling Team
DNF Sari Saarelainen (Fin) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro Cycling Team
DNF Cameron Vandenbroucke (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies
DNF Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita) Team Virtu Cycling
DNF Spela Kern (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana
DNF Allison Beveridge (Can) Rally UHC Cycling Women
DNF Abigail Mickey (USA) Rally UHC Cycling Women
DNF Sara Poidevin (Can) Rally UHC Cycling Women
DNF Emma White (USA) Rally UHC Cycling Women
DNF Pascale Jeuland (Fra) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport UCI Women Sport
DNF Daniela Reis (Por) Doltcini-Van Eyck Spor
DNS Marion Sicot (Fra) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport UCI Women Sport
DNF Noemie Abgrall (Fra) Charente-Maritime Women Cycling
DNF Anaïs Morichon (Fra) Charente-Maritime Women Cycling
DNF Marine Quiniou (Fra) Charente-Maritime Women Cycling
DNF Anna Traxler (Can) Charente-Maritime Women Cycling


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