Australian Richelle Gilmore, riding for the Italian Selle Italia outfit, has won the first stage of the Route de France féminine. The regular Cyclingnews diarist, who recently also won in Germany, outsprinted compatriot Belinda Goss, who is riding for the Australian national team. Many spectators came out to see the exciting finish sprint, which was slightly uphill. Gilmore won with more than a bike length. Goss in second also was well clear of Russian Svetlana Bubnenkova, who came in third.
The race continues until August 18.