La Course by Le Tour de France 2020 – Live Coverage


And we are on the march and already the pace is really very high.

Here is Deignan:“The Course by the Tour de France with FDJ is a kind of home race, it’s just down the road and I have driven a lot on these roads. It will obviously be a big cycling celebration, with the Tour de France just down the road, it’s pretty exciting to be a part of it, ”she said.

“I think it’s actually a good course, a good race course. this year has been an easy year for ASO to give up a women’s race and I’m happy that there is still a women’s race ”.

“I think it’s a good racing circuit and it’s going to be pretty aggressive.”

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Let’s take a quick look at some of the runners here. Here is Vos.

“Last year was a fantastic victory for me personally. After the first time on the Champs-Elysées, it was a different course but the same sensations and feelings crossed the line. ”

“The course does not seem to be made for a specific type of runner. It is not for sprinters, it is not for climbers, it gives possibilities of breakaway, it gives possibilities even for a sprinter if he survives but also stronger climbers or classic runners can do the difference, ”she says.

“I think a lot of teams will go there with the goal of winning. I don’t really know the course, I saw it on the internet, which is the only possibility we have at the moment. I’ll see the course when I get there. But the team will do the preparation and you can do a pretty good reconnaissance without being there. ”

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A few minutes before the start now, and all the riders have made their way to the start of La Course 2020.

It’s great that women’s cycling is having this event, and not to denigrate things as I’m sure the race will be great, but here’s what Annemiek van Vleuten had to say about it earlier.

“I just checked out this year’s La Course by Le Tour de France route… I can’t believe what I saw: a 96 km ‘race’: only 2 laps with a 3rd feline climb… Not really at WorldTour level. ”

However, there was more talk of a longer event in 2021.

Two of the best commentators in the business, here (below) in Hannah Walker and Anthony McCrossan.

The riders are already warming up at the start, because this first climb comes so early in the race. It’s going to be an explosive start.

We’re almost done with the signing by the way, with the race going in about 20 minutes.

We can’t help but talk about Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig from FDJ. She won her first victory in the colors of the FDJ at the Giro dell’Emilia a few weeks ago. She can climb, she can win from a break and she has a great racing head on her shoulders. Another driver to watch today.

Marta Bastianelli is another of the best sprinters on the court. She is of course a former world champion, and she is rarely in the top ten in sprinting this season. She’s only done La Course once, and that was in 2016, when she just made the top 20. You can’t write her off.

Elizabeth Deignan is there too, and she is flying after her victory in Plouay less than a week ago. She lives here, I think, or maybe it’s Monaco, but she will know the roads very well, having trained on this climb several times. The harder the race, the better it will go and with Elisa Longo Borghini, who also flies after finishing second in the Euro, Trek has options to play.

Chloe Hosking won this race in 2016, when she was back in Paris, and she has a good team around her with Rally. If the race resumes and we have a sprint along the seafront in Nice, then she has to be one of the main favorites. She hasn’t run since the spring, but she’s one of the fastest finisher in the world and the sprint is perfect for her. Climbers will have to get rid of the Australian, who hasn’t scored a victory since winning a Tour Down Under stage in January.

Liane Lippert enters the race as a leader of the WWC and Sunweb has a strong team around her. She won the Cadel Race in January – it’s been so long now – and came back to defend her lead with some decent standings here and there. She is a good climber so she should be able to defend herself on the climb today.

30 minutes from the start of the race. Let’s take a look at more pre-race favorites.

You can actually watch to stream the event later this morning, and we’ve put together this handy little guide on how to do it. It’s right here.

We’ll take a look at the rest of the favorites shortly, and it’s a stacked field, but here’s a look at the race profile. It is 96 km long and essentially comprises two towers around the foothills of Nice. The runners climb the Côte de Rimiez twice, 5.8 km long and with an average slope of 5.1%. The first ascent comes in the first 10 kilometers and one can expect a wave of attacks as the climbers seek to eliminate as many sprinters as possible from the start. The climb is resumed in the last 25 kilometers, and once again it could shake up the race.

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She’s not the only star here, however. Vos, who won in 2014 in the first La Course and again last year, is also on the starting line. She hasn’t scored a win yet this season, but that’s Vos we’re talking about… And she would be gone to Jumbo-Visma next year as they step up their plans to have a women’s squad.

At the moment, the riders sign with the official start around 10am CET. World champion and two-time winner Annemiek van Vleuten is here in her rainbow jersey and she “must be a big favorite for today. She had previously – and rightly – criticized the length of the race, but that would have eluded her to launch an attack on the first climb today and solo for the win. She’s got the form, and it’s a similar tactic to how she won the road world title last year in Yorkshire. A bit of a statistic on van Vleuten – she has raced eight days this year and won six. Simply incredible.

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of La Course by Le Tour de France. This event was supposed to take place earlier in the year, but with the global pandemic, the race, as well as the men’s Tour de France, has been moved. Unfortunately, while the men have 21 days of racing, the elite women only have one and are only 96 km long. However, we’ll be there for the whole race with live text coverage and updates. We will have a race report, news and video clips a bit later.


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