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July 27/14 9:11 am - Tour de France: La Course results

Posted by Editoress on 07/27/14

A worthy champion of a great race


Marianne Vos's victory over the fastest sprinters in the world in the final dash for the line heralded a new era. In what was a nervous race with the odds stacked heavily against potential breakaways, any rider who strayed too far from the front had no chance of vying for the win against the grandiose backdrop of the Champs-Élysées. The world champion posted a time of 2:00:41 to prevail over Kirsten Wild (Giant-Shimano) and Leah Kirchmann (Optum Pro Cycling) at the end of a thrilling final sprint.
No escape
The bunch was well aware of the magnitude of La Course when it gathered on the Champs-Élysées circuit for the first time at 1 pm. All the riders had hatched their own plans, but the peloton was having none of that. Worrack (Specialized), who attacked twice, and Van Vleuten tried to slip away during the first hour of racing, ridden at an average speed of 44 km/h, but were unable to push their gap beyond 20 seconds. With 36 kilometres to go, it was time for one of the big names to light the fireworks, as Ellen van Dijk went into time trialling mode in a solo bid for glory. Once again, the Dutch rider's adventure was cut short by the bunch, with Pauline Ferrand-Prévot taking the reins of the race for Rabo Liv.

Vos, the Boss
With 24 withdrawals, what was already proving to be a selective race got even more hectic in the final three kilometres. Having suffered a flat earlier on, Kirsten Wild was quickly shepherded back to the peloton by her teammates and was ideally positioned on Marianne Vos's wheel as the bunch rolled under the 2 km banner.

Following Ferrand-Prévot's spectacular fall with 900 metres to go, it was Lisa Brennauer's turn to go off the front inside the final kilometre. Alas, the German champion took off too early and was overtaken with 100 metres to go by Wild and Vos, all guns blazing in their promised duel on the most magnificent avenue in the world. It was Marianne Vos who claimed this sprint royal and showed just why the most beautiful races have her name written all over them.

Marta Tagliaferro's top 5 placings in six out of the eleven intermediate sprints held on the finish line were enough for the Ale Cipollini rider to take the points classification, while Coryn Rivera was the best under-23 and sixth overall.

French champion Ferrand-Prévot led the peloton under the flamme rouge but was ruled out of contention by a fall 900 metres before the line. "I was really well positioned with one kilometre to go. I think I managed to give Marianne a decent lead-out despite it all. That fall was difficult to avoid, but it's a pity because I could've contested the sprint too. It's just a few scratches; Marianne's amazing victory is what really counts. It really was a great day at the office."
After months promoting La Course by Le Tour, Marianne Vos did not disappoint when the moment the girls had been working towards for months finally came: "La Course's really something awesome for women's cycling, but it's just one step towards the recognition we deserve. I'd like to thank the organisers again. I hope everyone who saw us today realised the peloton's getting stronger and stronger. I've already won most major races, and La Course is one I just had to add to my palmarès. It's also thanks to my team that I won today. Yet the more you win, the more you want to win."

ASO press release


Results from today's La Course on the Champs Elysees in Paris France

Paris Champs Elysees Circuit, 89 km
1 Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 2:00:41
2 Kirsten Wild (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano
3 Leah Kirchmann (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
4 Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Specialized - lululemon
5 Shelley Olds-Evans (USA) Ale Cipollini
6 Coryn Rivera (USA) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team
7 Jolien D'hoore (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies
8 Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica - AIS
9 Simona Frapporti (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team
10 Roxane Fournier (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86
11 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle Honda
12 Lizzie Williams (Aus) Australia
13 Fiona Dutriaux (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86
14 Elena Cecchini (Ita) Estado de Mexico Faren
15 Aude Biannic (Fra) France
16 Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team
17 Oxana Kozonchuk (Rus) RusVelo
18 Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team
19 Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team
20 Chloe Hosking (Aus) Hitec Products Uck
21 Hannah Barnes (GBr) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team all s.t.
22 Fanny Riberot (Fra) France 0:04
23 Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Astana Bepink Womens Team 0:06
24 Sharon Laws (GBr) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team 0:10
25 Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Ale Cipollini
26 Yulia Blindyuk (Rus) RusVelo both s.t.
27 Clemilda Fernandes Silva (Bra) Bizkaia - Durango 0:20
28 Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team
29 Vera Koedooder (Ned) Bigla Cycling Team
30 Sarah Roy (Aus) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86
31 Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team
32 Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Orica - AIS
33 Taryn Heather (Aus) Bigla Cycling Team
34 Carmen Small-Mcnellis (USA) Specialized - lululemon
35 Rachel Neylan (Aus) Australia
36 Janel Holcomb (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
37 Chantal Blaak (Ned) Specialized - lululemon
38 Romy Kasper (Ger) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team
39 Amy Pieters (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano
40 Janine Van Der Meer (Ned) Netherlands
41 Marcia Fernandes Silva (Bra) Bizkaia - Durango
42 Katarzyna Pawlowska (Pol) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team
43 Emily Collins (NZl) Wiggle Honda
44 Brianna Walle (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
45 Elena Kuchinskaya (Rus) RusVelo
46 Nina Kessler (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team
47 Ceclie Gotaas Johnsen (Nor) Hitec Products Uck
48 Charlotte Lenting (Ned) Netherlands
49 Charlotte Bravard (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86
50 Irene San Sebastian Lasa (Esp) Bizkaia - Durango
51 Jade Wilcoxson (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
52 Dorleta Eskamendi Gil (Esp) Bizkaia - Durango
53 Sara Mustonen (Swe) Team Giant-Shimano
54 Cari Higgins (USA) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team
55 Liesbeth De Vocht (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies
56 Lotta Lepistö (Fin) Bigla Cycling Team
57 Mélodie Lesueur (Fra) France
58 Amelie Rivat (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86
59 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized - lululemon
60 Lieselot Decroix (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies
61 Yulia Iliynikh (Rus) Bizkaia - Durango
62 Chantal Hoffmann (Lux) Lotto Belisol Ladies
63 Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Wiggle Honda
64 Jacqueline Hahn (Aut) Bigla Cycling Team
65 Elise Delzenne (Fra) Specialized - lululemon
66 Audrey Cordon (Fra) Hitec Products Uck
67 Malgorzta Jasinska (Pol) Ale Cipollini all s.t.
68 Maaike Polspoel (Bel) Team Giant-Shimano 0:27
69 Jessie Maclean (Aus) Orica - AIS
70 Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team
71 Iris Slappendel (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team
72 Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica - AIS all s.t.
73 Carlee Taylor (Aus) Orica - AIS 0:30
74 Jessica Mundy (Aus) Australia
75 Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica - AIS both s.t.
76 Charlotte Becker (Ger) Wiggle Honda 0:39
77 Emilie Moberg (Nor) Hitec Products Uck 0:56
78 Giada Borgato (Ita) Estado de Mexico Faren 1:02
79 Eugénie Duval (Fra) France 1:13
80 Marion Sicot (Fra) France
81 Anouska Helena Koster (Ned) Netherlands both s.t.
82 Ashlynn Van Baarle (Ned) Netherlands 1:16
83 Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team
84 Emma Pooley (GBr) Lotto Belisol Ladies
85 Julia Soek (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano all s.t.
86 Tayler Wiles (USA) Specialized - lululemon 1:19
87 Lauren Tamayo (USA) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team
88 Denise Ramsden (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
89 Lauren Tucker Hall (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies all s.t.
90 Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Ale Cipollini 1:28
91 Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Ale Cipollini
92 Elena Berlato (Ita) Ale Cipollini both s.t.
93 Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 2:21
94 Elisabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team 3:11
95 Anastasiya Chulkova (Rus) RusVelo 4:10
DNF Kathryn Bertine (Skn) Wiggle Honda
DNF Beatrice Bartelloni (Ita) Wiggle Honda
DNF Scotti Wilborne (Usa) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team
DNF Maria Mishina (Rus) RusVelo
DNF Willeke Knol (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano
DNF Alexandra Burchenkova (Rus) RusVelo
DNF Pascale Jeuland (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope
DNF Evy Kuijpers (Ned) Netherlands
DNF Kirsten Coppens (Ned) Netherlands
DNF Anisha Vekemans (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies
DNF Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec Products
DNF Tone Hatteland Lima (Nor) Hitec Products
DNF Sophie Creux (Fra) France
DNF Anna Trevisi (Ita) Estado de Mexico Faren
DNF Carolina Rodriguez Gutierrez (Mex) Estado de Mexico Faren
DNF Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Estado de Mexico Faren
DNF Ana Teresa Casas Bonilla (Mex) Estado de Mexico Faren
DNF Leire Olaberria Dorronsoro (Esp) Bizkaia - Durango
DNF Elke Gebhardt (Ger) Bigla Cycling Team
DNF Desiree Ehrler (Sui) Bigla Cycling Team
DNF Louisa Lobigs (Aus) Australia
DNF Jenelle Crooks (Aus) Australia
DNF Makhabbat Umutzhanova (Kaz) Astana Bepink Womens Team
DNF Anna Zita Maria Stricker (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team



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