Briton Lizzie Deignan won La Course with a superb finish in Nice.
2019 champion Marianne Vos took the lead 400m from the finish, but Deignan chased the Dutchman to claim the victory with a bike throw over the line.
Deignan and Vos were two of the six riders who separated from the main group 44 km from the finish.
This is the 31-year-old’s second victory this week, following his victory in GP of Plouay in Brittany mardi.
“I’m really relieved to have won it. What a great overall performance of the team. Each of my teammates did a great job today, ”said Deignan.
“It’s phenomenal because sometimes when you train hard and you don’t win you get frustrated and when it finally happens you really feel relieved.
“It’s really special. I know my husband and daughter were watching TV and I can’t wait to pick up the phone and talk to them. “
World champion Annemiek van Vleuten led the elite group of six that emerged from the peloton down the Côte de Rimiez, alongside Elisa Longo Borghini, Katarzyna Niewiadoma and Demi Vollering.
As the finish line of the sprint developed with 1km to go, it looked like Vos, who beat Deignan for gold at the London Olympics in 2012, would end up winning again by opening a large gap.
However, Deignan anticipated his move and stayed in Vos’s wake before making his late swing for the line, with the Dutchman Vollering third.
This year’s event was a 96km road race starting and ending along the Promenade des Anglais in Nice.
It was originally supposed to be a circuit race along the Champs-Elysées in Paris in July, but the Covid-19 pandemic forced a restructuring of the schedule.
Results The Race
- Elizabeth Deignan (Gbr / Trek-Segafredo) 2h 22mins 51secs
- Marianne Vos (Ned / CCC-Liv)
- Demi Vollering (Ned / Parkhotel Valkenburg)
- Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol / Canyon-Sram)
- Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned / Mitchelton-Scott)
- Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita / Trek-Segafredo) + 7 secondes
- Emilia Fahlin (Swe / FDJ) + 1min50secs
- Elisa Balsamo (Ita / Valcar-Travel & Service)
- Soraya Paladin (Ita / CCC-Liv)
- Liane Lippert (Ger / Sunweb Team)