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July 24/22 15:49 pm - Boilard 8th in Opening Stage of Tour de France Femmes

Posted by Editoress on 07/24/22

Simone Boilard (St Michel - Auber93 WE) got off to a flying start in the women's Tour de France by finishing eighth on Sunday in the first stage of the first edition of the event. The stage began at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, for 81 kilometres to the finish on the Champs-Élysées, in front of the many spectators gathered for the finish of the men's Tour. Boilard just recently won the Under-23 national road title.



Photo: A.S.O. Thomas Maheux

Even if she had to work solo at the end of the race, Simone Boilard found herself in a good position at the exit of the last corner of the course. Seeing that the top-5 was within reach, Boilard tried to position herself to fight in the sprint, but she became caught in traffic.

"It was complicated for my teammates who had crashes, so I positioned myself alone in the last kilometres of the race. My plan was to get behind [Marianne] Vos until the sprint, which I managed to do, but I got caught at the very end and had to brake 300 meters from the line," she explained in an interview with Quebec news service Sportcom.

Lorena Wiebes (DSM) won the first stage and the leader's jersey, finishing just ahead of her Dutch compatriot Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma) and Belgium's Lotte Kopecky (SD Worx). Not far behind, Boilard reached the finish with mixed feelings.

"It wasn't the ideal execution and I was a little disappointed after the effort, because I knew I had a chance to do even better," she said. "However, I quickly came back to reality. It's an incredible performance and I didn't expect that."

One thing is certain, the 22-year-old cyclist is not about to forget this day, which marks the return of a women's stage race as part of the Tour de France. In just a few hours, was able to fulfill several dreams at the same time, both on a sporting and human level. "It was a very nice day! I was finally able to see the Eiffel Tower and the Champs-Élysées, in addition to putting in an excellent performance. It was a lot of emotions, but I was well prepared and I managed well. In the end, it's still cycling and you shouldn't have any complexes."

Boilard looks forward to the next stages of this competition which will conclude next Sunday, at the Super Planche des Belles Filles.

"I'm not aiming for the general classification, but there are several great opportunities before the final stages. I'm lucky to have a leadership role and I want to represent my team as best I can. It is close to my heart and I will give everything," she concluded.

Also in action in the women's Tour de France are Quebecers Olivia Baril (Valcar - Travel & Service) and Magdeleine Vallières-Mill (EF Education-TIBCO-SVB), who finished 41st and 125th, respectively.

Baril, who has just returned to competition from a knee injury sustained in the Giro d'Italia in early July, finished at the same time as the winner. Vallières-Mill was 56 seconds behind the leading pack after a memorable race. "It was really special to start next to the Eiffel Tower and ride on the Champs-Élysées. There were a lot of people on the side of the road, with a very nice atmosphere! It was really special, "commented the Sherbrooke resident.

"My role throughout the week will be to help the members of my team as much as possible to allow them to have a chance for certain stages, but also to collect the best possible team result."

On Monday, the second stage will take place on a flat course of 136 kilometres between Meaux and Provins.
Sportcom press release


Stage 1: PARIS Tour Eiffel to PARIS Champs-Élysées, 81.7 km
1 Lorena Wiebes (Ned) Team DSM 1:54:00
2 Marianne Vos (Ned) Team Jumbo Visma
3 Lotte Kopecky (Bel) Team SD Worx
4 Rachele Barbieri (Ita) LIV Racing Xstra
5 Emma Cecilie Norsgaard Bjerg (Den) Movistar Team Women
6 Maike Van Der Duin (Ned) Le Col-Wahoo
7 Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Trek - Segafredo
8 Simone Boilard (Can) St-Michel Auber 93
9 Tamara Dronova (X) Roland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad
10 Vittoria Guazzini (Ita) FDJ Suez Futuroscope
11 Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon // SRAM Racing
12 Nicole Frain (Aus) Parkhotel Valkenburg
13 Sanne Cant (Bel) Plantur-Pura
14 Silvia Persico (Ita) Valcar - Travel & Service
15 Julie De Wilde (Bel) Plantur-Pura
16 Eleonora Camilla Gasparrini (Ita) Valcar - Travel & Service
17 Alexandra Manly (Aus) Team Bikeexchange-Jayco
18 Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon // SRAM Racing
19 Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Ceratizit - WNT Pro Cycling Team
20 Victoire Berteau (Fra) Cofidis Women Team
21 Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Movistar Team Women
22 Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Trek - Segafredo
23 Demi Vollering (Ned) Team SD Worx
24 Elise Chabbey (Sui) Canyon // SRAM Racing
25 Marie Le Net (Fra) FDJ Suez Futuroscope
26 Anne Dorthe Ysland (Nor) Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
27 Cecilie Ludwig (Den) FDJ Suez Futuroscope
28 Yara Kastelijn (Ned) Plantur-Pura
29 Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) LIV Racing Xstra
30 Margarita Victo Garcia Cañellas (Esp) UAE Team ADQ
31 Letizia Borghesi (Ita) EF Education-Tibco-SVB
32 Krista Doebel-Hickok (USA) EF Education-Tibco-SVB
33 Juliette Labous (Fra) Team DSM
34 Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Team SD Worx
35 Paula Andrea Patiño (Col) Movistar Team Women
36 Pfeiffer Georgi (GBr) Team DSM
37 Margaux Vigie (Fra) Valcar - Travel & Service
38 Femke Markus (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
39 Ally Wollaston (NZl) AG Insurance-NXTG Team
40 Liane Lippert (Ger) Team DSM
41 Olivia Baril (Can) Valcar - Travel & Service
42 Ruby Roseman-Gannon (Aus) Team Bikeexchange-Jayco
43 Anna Henderson (GBr) Team Jumbo Visma
44 Audrey Cordon Ragot (Fra) Trek - Segafredo
45 Valerie Demey (Bel) LIV Racing Xstra
46 Severine Eraud (Fra) Stade Rochelais Charente Maritime
47 Maria Apolonia Van 'T Geloof (Ned) Le Col-Wahoo
48 Evita Muzic (Fra) FDJ Suez Futuroscope
49 Ilse Pluimers (Ned) AG Insurance-NXTG Team
50 Marta Cavalli (Ita) FDJ Suez Futuroscope
51 Maaike Boogaard (Ned) UAE Team ADQ
52 Eugenia Bujak (Slo) UAE Team ADQ
53 Marlen Reusser (Sui) Team SD Worx
54 Charlotte Kool (Ned) Team DSM
55 Marta Bastianelli (Ita) UAE Team ADQ
56 Elizabeth Holden (GBr) Le Col-Wahoo
57 Maeva Squiban (Fra) Stade Rochelais Charente Maritime
58 Grace Brown (Aus) FDJ Suez Futuroscope
59 Veronica Ewers (USA) EF Education-Tibco-SVB
60 Urska Pintar (Slo) UAE Team ADQ
61 Chantal Van Den Broek-Blaak (Ned) Team SD Worx
62 Amandine Fouquenet (Fra) Arkea Pro Cycling Team
63 Julia Borgström (Swe) AG Insurance-NXTG Team
64 Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Valcar - Travel & Service
65 India Grangier (Fra) Stade Rochelais Charente Maritime
66 Silke Smulders (Ned) LIV Racing Xstra
67 Erica Magnaldi (Ita) UAE Team ADQ
68 Marit Raaijmakers (Ned) Human Powered Health
69 Arlenis Sierra Canadilla (Cub) Movistar Team Women
70 Gaia Masetti (Ita) AG Insurance-NXTG Team
71 Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Ceratizit - WNT Pro Cycling Team
72 Pauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) Canyon // SRAM Racing
73 Romy Kasper (Ger) Team Jumbo Visma
74 Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar - Travel & Service all s.t.
75 Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Trek - Segafredo 0:15
76 Christina Schweinberger (Aut) Plantur-Pura
77 Eva Van Agt (Ned) Le Col-Wahoo both s.t.
78 Coralie Demay (Fra) St-Michel Auber 93 0:17
79 Barbara Malcotti (Ita) Human Powered Health
80 Antri Christoforou (Cyp) Human Powered Health
81 Emily Newsom (USA) EF Education-Tibco-SVB
82 Henrietta Christie (NZl) Human Powered Health
83 Riejanne Markus (Ned) Team Jumbo Visma
84 Yuliia Biriukova (Ukr) Arkea Pro Cycling Team
85 Marta Lach (Pol) Ceratizit - WNT Pro Cycling Team
86 Laura Asencio (Fra) Ceratizit - WNT Pro Cycling Team
87 Morgane Coston (Fra) Arkea Pro Cycling Team
88 Mie Bjørndal Ottestad (Nor) Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
89 Natalie Grinczer (GBr) Stade Rochelais Charente Maritime
90 Shirin Van Anrooij (Ned) Trek - Segafredo
91 Julie Leth (Den) Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
92 Greta Richioud (Fra) Arkea Pro Cycling Team
93 Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) LIV Racing Xstra
94 Sandrine Bideau (Fra) St-Michel Auber 93
95 Quinty Schoens (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
96 Jesse Vandenbulcke (Bel) Le Col-Wahoo
97 Rachel Neylan (Aus) Cofidis Women Team
98 Olga Zabelinskaya (Uzb) Roland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad
99 Kathrin Schweinberger (Aut) Ceratizit - WNT Pro Cycling Team
100 Joscelin Lowden (GBr) Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
101 Barbara Fonseca (Fra) St-Michel Auber 93
102 Alena Amialiusik (') Canyon // SRAM Racing
103 Mischa Bredewold (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
104 Nina Buijsman (Ned) Human Powered Health
105 Kathrin Hammes (Ger) EF Education-Tibco-SVB
106 Thalita De Jong (Ned) LIV Racing Xstra
107 Sheyla Gutierrez (Esp) Movistar Team Women
108 Soraya Paladin (Ita) Canyon // SRAM Racing
109 Ur?ka ?Igart (Slo) Team Bikeexchange-Jayco
110 Femke Gerritse (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
111 Pauline Allin (Fra) Arkea Pro Cycling Team
112 Lone Meertens (Bel) AG Insurance-NXTG Team
113 Hannah Ludwig (Ger) Uno-X Pro Cycling Team all s.t.
114 Franziska Koch (Ger) Team DSM 29
115 Karlijn Swinkels (Ned) Team Jumbo Visma
116 Valentine Fortin (Fra) Cofidis Women Team
117 Gladys Verhulst (Fra) Le Col-Wahoo all s.t.
118 Aude Biannic (Fra) Movistar Team Women 0:31
119 Anya Louw (Aus) AG Insurance-NXTG Team 0:56
120 Caroline Baur (Sui) Roland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad
121 Rotem Gafinovitz (Isr) Roland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad
122 Frances Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Stade Rochelais Charente Maritime
123 Leah Thomas (USA) Trek - Segafredo
124 Hannah Barnes (GBr) Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
125 Magdeleine Vallieres Mill (Can) EF Education-Tibco-SVB
126 Amanda Spratt (Aus) Team Bikeexchange-Jayco
127 Kim De Baat (Bel) Plantur-Pura
128 Kristen Faulkner (USA) Team Bikeexchange-Jayco 0:00
129 Ane Santesteban Gonzalez (Esp) Team Bikeexchange-Jayco 1:40
130 Anne Van Rooijen (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
131 Sandra Alonso Dominguez (Esp) Ceratizit - WNT Pro Cycling Team
132 Noemie Abgrall (Fra) Stade Rochelais Charente Maritime all s.t.
133 Lily Williams (USA) Human Powered Health 2:22
134 Noemi Rüegg (Sui) Team Jumbo Visma 2:44
135 Christine Majerus (Lux) Team SD Worx 3:15
136 Anaïs Morichon (Fra) Arkea Pro Cycling Team 3:26
137 Alison Avoine (Fra) St-Michel Auber 93 4:07
138 Laura Süßemilch (Ger) Plantur-Pura 5:48
139 Hannah Buch (Ger) Roland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad 8:09
140 Margot Pompanon (Fra) St-Michel Auber 93 9:38
141 Sandra Levenez (Fra) Cofidis Women Team 10:26
142 Martina Alzini (Ita) Cofidis Women Team 12:02
OTL Petra Stiasny (Sui) Roland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad 19:22
DNF Alana Castrique (Bel) Cofidis Women Team


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