Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo) won La Course by Le Tour de France, beating Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv) and Demi Vollering (Parkhotel Valkenburg) in the group of six sprint on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice. World champion Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) initiated the winning stroke when she went hard from the bottom of the Côte de Rimiez with 44 km to go, and only five riders were able to stay with Van Vleuten during the climb.
After a technical descent, this elite group performed well until the last kilometers where Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo) and Van Vleuten tried to anticipate a sprint, but their attacks were closed by Vos. In the sprint Longo Borghini started a long time from the back of the group, Vos took her wheel and looked like the winner, but Deignan was able to complete her sprint in Vos’s wake and just beat the Dutchwoman with a bike throw on the finish line. .
“I was just relieved to have won,” Deignan said after the tight finish. “What a performance from Trek-Segafredo today, Elisa and I just had to wait for the final. She did a perfect job there, forcing Marianne to sprint. early, and I could take advantage of it.
Deignan continued: “I also had the advantage of having two of the best sprinters in the world in the team car Ina-Yoko Teutenberg and Giorgia Bronzini both beat Vos in the sprint, and their advice was patience. . So I waited.
The Race was Deignan’s second victory in the space of five days after having already won the GP de Plouay on August 25, and the Briton now takes the lead in the UCI Women’s WorldTour ranking.
“It’s phenomenal,” concluded Deignan. “Sometimes you train hard and things don’t turn out the way you want them to, it’s frustrating, but in the end it feels like luck is on our side and I’m on top for the right time. It was a team victory and wearing the Women’s WorldTour jersey is always an honor.
How did it go
On the opening day of the Men’s Tour de France, the women’s peloton started the process with a 96-kilometer race around Nice, consisting of two laps of the circuit starting with 5.8 km, 5, 1% climb of the Côte de Rimiez, followed by an unrestricted climb, a technical descent and about 23 km of flat roads towards the finish.
Despite a few early attacks, the peloton remained largely united during the first climbs. Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) took advantage of the descent to split the group and was joined by Christine Majerus (Boels-Dolmans), Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope), Lotte Kopecky (Lotto Soudal), Anna Henderson ( Team Sunweb) and Longo Borghini.
Speeding along the Mediterranean coast alongside a regional train, these six riders enjoyed an advantage of up to 45 seconds over a chase group of 25 riders. However, when an even larger group returned to the pursuit group from behind and joined in the pursuit, the gap quickly narrowed and the breakaway was caught up shortly before the peloton crossed the line. arrival with a turn to do.
Van Vleuten took advantage of the climb up the Côte de Rimiez, accelerating from the bottom and shattering the peloton. Although several runners were able to hold the wheel of the world champion, she never stopped giving a fierce pace, and in the mountain sprint 39 km from the finish, only Longo Borghini, Deignan, Vos, Vollering and Niewiadoma were still with her. With Van Vleuten still pulling, their advantage over the next group on the road increased to 1:15 a.m. just before the start of the descent.
Deignan attacked at the top and downhill, and the technical descent briefly led to divisions in the group, but by the time they reached the valley all six riders were back together. Several teams tried to organize a chase in the group behind, but despite the best efforts of FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope and Valcar-Travel & Service, the gap widened further to 1:45 minutes with 18 km to go and remained so until arrival. .
In the front group, Niewiadoma did not take turns and it looked like she was preparing an attack. But the Pole had been tired of her efforts in the first lap, and the steady pace that Vos and Longo Borghini in particular had set in the last few kilometers prevented any long-range attack.
With her teammate Deignan monitoring Vos, Longo Borghini made her first movement 2.5 kilometers from the line but was quickly brought back by Vos. Van Vleuten counterattacked, Vos was on the wheel of the world champion, and Longo Borghini picked up the pace. Van Vleuten made another attempt under the red flame, with Niewiadoma on his wheel, but Vos was alert again. When Longo Borghini started her sprint from behind, Vos chased her too.
Coming out of the Italian’s wake, the CCC-Liv rider was far ahead of Deignan, but the Briton closed the gap in the final meters and threw her bike across the finish line to beat Vos by a small margin. Emilia Fahlin (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope) won the group sprint for seventh place.
|#||Rider’s name (country) Team||Result|
|1||Elizabeth Deignan (Gbr) Trek-Segafredo||2:22:51|
|2||Marianne Vos (Ned) CCC-Liv|
|3||Demi Vollerging (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg|
|4||Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon-Sram Racing|
|5||Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Mitchelton-Scott|
|6||Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Trek-Segafredo||0:00:07|
|7||Emilia Fahlin (Swe) FDJ New Aquitaine Futuroscope||0:01:50|
|8||Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service|
|9||Soraya Paladin (Ita) CCC-Liv|
|dix||Liane Lippert (Ger) Sunweb Team|
|11||Lotte Kopecky (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies|
|12||Mikayla Harvey (NZl) Équipe Paule Ka|
|13||Eugenia Bujak (Slo) Ale ‘BTC Ljubljana|
|14||Female team Katia Ragusa (Ita) Astana|
|15||Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon // Course de Sram|
|16||Aude Biannic (Fra) Movistar Team Femmes|
|17||Pauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) CCC – Liv|
|18||Lauren Stephens (United States) Team Tibco – Silicon Valley Bank|
|19||Hanna Nilsson (Swe) Parkhotel Valkenburg|
|20||Ane Santesteban Gonzalez (Spa) Ceratizit – WNT Pro Cycling Team|
|21||Sandra Levenez (Fra) Team Arkea|
|22||Omer Shapira (Isr) Canyon // Sram Racing|
|23||Leah Kirchmann (Can) Sunweb Team|
|24||Marta Cavalli (Ita) Valcar – Travel and service|
|25||Chantal Van Den Broek-Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam|
|26||Evita Muzic (Fra) Fdj Nouvelle – Aquitaine Futuroscope|
|27||Erica Magnaldi (Ita) Ceratizit – Wnt Pro Cycling Team|
|28||Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar – Travel and Services|
|29||Elizabeth Banks (GBr) Team Paule Ka||0:01:55|
|30||Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Canyon-Sram Racing||0:01:58|
|31||Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) FDJ Nouvelle – Aquitaine Futuroscope|
|32||Niamh Fisher-Black (NZl) Equipe Paule Ka||0:02:08|
|33||Stine Borgli (Nor) FDJ Nouvelle – Aquitaine Futuroscope||0:05:50|
|34||Rasa Leleivyte (aluminum) Aromitalia – Basso Bikes – Vaiano|
|35||Danielle Christmas (GBr) Lotto Soudal Ladies|
|36||Laura Asencio (Fra) Ceratizit – WNT Pro Cycling Team|
|37||Nancy Van Der Burg (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg|
|38||Riejanne Markus (Ned) CCC – Liv|
|39||Teuntje Beekhuis (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies|
|40||Grace Brown (Aus) Mitchelton Scott|
|41||Greta Richioud (Fra) Products Hitec – Birk Sport|
|42||Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Ale ‘BTC Ljubljana|
|43||Karlijn Swinkels (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg|
|44||Alice Arzuffi (Ita) Biscaye – Durango|
|45||Juliette Labous (Fra) Sunweb Team|
|46||Leah Thomas (United States) Team Paule Ka|
|47||Paula Patiño (Col) Movistar Team Women|
|48||Leigh Ann Ganzar (USA) Rally Cycling|
|49||Urška Žigart (Slo) Ale ‘BTC Ljubljana|
|50||Ruth Winder (United States) Trek – Segafredo|
|51||Jip Van Den Bos (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam|
|52||Hitec Vita Heine (Nor) products – Birk Sport|
|53||Amalie Lutro (Nor) Hitec products – Birk Sport||0:05:55|
|54||Sara Poidevin (Can) Rally Cycling||0:09:15|
|55||Leah Dixon (GBr) Équipe Tibco – Silicon Valley Bank|
|56||Chloe Hosking (Aus) Rally Cycling|
|57||Heidi Franz (USA) Rally Cycling||0:10:12|
|58||Alison Jackson (Can) Sunweb Team||0:10:17|
|59||Anna Henderson (GBr) Sunweb Team|
|60||Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam|
|61||Silvia Persico (Ita) Valcar – Travel and service|
|62||Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita) CCC – Liv|