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La Course by Le Tour de France: 90km

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Susan Westemeyer

The women return to the Tour de France! La Course by Le Tour de France is on!

  1. 13:45:21 CEST

    Welcome to women racing in the Tour de France again! The women’s peloton will take on the best of the best – 13 laps of the Champs Elysees.

  2. 13:48:25 CEST

     Things will be getting started in just a few minutes.

  3. 13:49:58 CEST

    And they're off!

     

  4. 13:53:41 CEST

    At least they have better luck with the weather than the guys have had so far -- brilliant sunshine!

     

  5. 13:57:20 CEST

    They have now circle the Arc de Triomph for the first time.

     

  6. 14:00:41 CEST

    At 89km, this is a short race, even by the women’s standards.

  7. 14:04:27 CEST

    This race is “a dream come true” for Wiggle Honda manager Rochelle Gilmore. Check out the video interview here. 

  8. 14:09:05 CEST

    The following teams are present today: Rabo Liv, Ale Cipollini, Astana BePink, Australia, Bigla, Bizkaia, Boels Doelmans, Estado de Mexico, France, Hitec Products, Lotto Beilsol, Optum, Orica, Netherlands, Poitou-Charantes, Rusvelo, Specialized-LuluLemon, Giant Shimano, United Healthcare, and Wiggle Honda.
  9. 14:13:54 CEST

    The attacks have started, and Chantal Blaak is amongst them.
  10. 14:17:28 CEST

    Who is going to win this one? We have lots of candidates. Like world champion Marianne Vos, who has said she wants it.
  11. 14:18:28 CEST

    Anniemiek Van Vleuten (RaboLiv) is in the lead. We have 10 laps still to go, and the stragglers are starting to fall off the back.
  12. 14:24:25 CEST

    We have a huge pack charging down the cobblestones.
  13. 14:28:23 CEST

    Or how about Jolien d’Hoore (Lotto) or Lucinda Brand (Rabo-Liv) to take the win today?
  14. 14:30:55 CEST

    The bunch is still together.
  15. 14:34:12 CEST

    We now hear there is a break group of eight, including Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (Rabo Liv).
  16. 14:36:48 CEST

    Another lap is done, the group has been caught, and the pace slowed slightly.

     

  17. 14:41:53 CEST

    ON the fifth lap now, and Worrack and Van Vleuten have attacked.

     

  18. 14:43:51 CEST

    20 seconds for our two leaders.

     

  19. 14:49:28 CEST

    Kathryn Bertine of Wiggle Honda has fallen off the back so far that being lapped is becoming a possibility.

     

  20. 14:51:27 CEST

    If it comes down to a sprint, you can’t overlook three-time world champion Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle Honda). And don’t forget American Shelley Olds (Ale Cipollini and Australia’s Chloe Hosking (Hitec).
  21. 14:54:46 CEST

    Elin Van Dijk (Rabo) alone in the front, with 40.2km to go.
  22. 14:56:31 CEST

     Study this course carefully, you will see it again later today when the men go to it. Actually, you may remember it from the last umpteen years as the now-traditional final Tour stage.

  23. 14:57:26 CEST

    Van Dijk has 20 seconds, with two chasers, Roy and Brennauer. The field has just rounded the Arc de Triomph again.

     

  24. 14:58:19 CEST

    We see a great turnout from the fans today.

     

  25. 14:58:50 CEST

    A puncture for Jeuland.

     

  26. 15:01:46 CEST

    Van Dijk is of course with Boels Dolman and not Rabo. Sorry.

     

  27. 15:02:30 CEST

    The field has now caught the two chasers, and Van Dijk has 23 second as at the start off on yet another lap, with 34 km to go.

     

  28. 15:04:10 CEST

    The gaps down to 15 seconds, and she will be caught soon. We already have the net attack.

     

  29. 15:04:57 CEST

    This time it looks to be Chantal Blaak of Specialized-LuluLemon again.

     

  30. 15:07:04 CEST

    Attacks are coming fast and furious now, let's see if anyone can really get away.

     

  31. 15:09:20 CEST

    Cyclingnews’ Zeb Woodpower takes a look back the “Australian Pioneers”, the women who rode the women’s Tour de France back in the 1980s.

  32. 15:10:17 CEST

    Things have calmed down a tiny bit now. The field is strung out a long way, but no one is really getting away.

     

  33. 15:10:37 CEST

    Of course as we write that, more attacks start....

     

  34. 15:14:10 CEST

    Alena Amialiusik of Astana BePink has jumped to a tiny lead. Looking to emulate Astana teammate Vincenzo Nibali, perhaps?

     

  35. 15:15:05 CEST

    Ad once more around the Arch.

     

  36. 15:17:20 CEST

    Only 4 laps to go. We are beginning to doubt  that anyone will really get away and expect a furious mass sprint.

     

  37. 15:17:52 CEST

    24 km to go by the way, so three-plus laps.

     

  38. 15:19:24 CEST

    Two riders dash off the front in chase of one leader... 

     

  39. 15:20:33 CEST

    The leader is from Bigla, but we can#t see her number. Chasers are Van Dijk and a Giant Shimano rider, and they have now caught the leader.

     

  40. 15:21:15 CEST

    They haven't got a big lead, and in fact they now have no lead at all.

     

  41. 15:21:45 CEST

    All together as they set off on the third-to-last lap.

     

  42. 15:22:10 CEST

    Romy Kasper tried to attack, but a puncture put an end to that. 

     

  43. 15:22:54 CEST

    Someone from the Australian national team has attacked. 20km to go. It is Rachel Neylan.

     

  44. 15:23:18 CEST

    But she too is soon caught.

     

  45. 15:25:28 CEST

    More attacks.....

     

  46. 15:26:27 CEST

    Two riders with a little gap.

     

  47. 15:27:47 CEST

    And caught again.

     

  48. 15:29:13 CEST

    Through the tunnel they go and back out into the bright sunlight.

    15 km to go!

     

  49. 15:30:02 CEST

    Again, two riders with a slight gap, one is from Giant Shimano.

     

  50. 15:31:35 CEST

    Speaking of Giant-Shimano, how do you fancy Kirsten Wild today? She has 12 wins this season, second only to Vos with 16. And she would surely like to win on the Champs like her teammate Marcel Kittel did last year.

     

  51. 15:31:59 CEST

    All very unsettled at the moment. 

     

  52. 12.7km remaining from 90km

    15:32:40 CEST

    Right now we have a tightly packed group.

     

  53. 15:33:08 CEST

    A group of six has tried to get away, with no luck.

     

  54. 15:34:20 CEST

    Apparently Marta Tagliaferro of the Ale Cipollini team has won the sprint ranking.

     

  55. 15:35:31 CEST

    Three riders away. We apologise for not bringing you the names.

     

  56. 15:37:10 CEST

    They never got far away and as you might expect, have been caught again.

     

  57. 15:37:37 CEST

    They are flying along at 44km/h, with 9 km to go.

     

  58. 15:39:09 CEST

    One km, and then they start the final lap.

     

  59. 15:40:17 CEST

    And they are off on the bell lap! Now we expect to see some real action!

     

  60. 15:41:29 CEST

    The attacks have started, but the field doesn't want to see anyone get away at this point.

     

  61. 15:42:55 CEST

    Heading up the Arch for the final time today. We have one rider slightly ahead of four.

     

  62. 15:43:32 CEST

    Now a loose group of 12 or so forward.

     

  63. 15:44:16 CEST

    Tworiders ahead, Peters and Ferrand Prevot.

     

  64. 15:45:00 CEST

    4 km and minimal gaps.

     

  65. 15:45:35 CEST

    Crash, and one rider is very slow getting up, from the Mexican team.

     

  66. 15:46:10 CEST

    The two up front are still holding on to their lead. 2.9km to go.

     

  67. 15:46:34 CEST

    And caught.

     

  68. 15:47:41 CEST

    The pace is, as you might expect, extremely high. Last time through the tunnel.

     

  69. 15:47:57 CEST

    Last km!

     

  70. 15:48:34 CEST

    Another crash, nearly at the flamme rouge. 

     

  71. 15:49:05 CEST

    ONly 30 or so women in the group thundering to the finish line.

     

  72. 15:49:38 CEST

    Wild opens the sprint, but Vos jumps and takes the win!

     

  73. 15:51:57 CEST

    Two big names went down in that final crash, Lizze Armitstead and Pauline Ferrand Prevot.

     

  74. 15:54:33 CEST

    Third place went to Leah Kirchmann, the Canadian national champion, from Optum.

     

  75. 16:02:05 CEST

    1. Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabobank Liv 2:00:40

    2. Kirsten Wild (Ned) Giant-Shimano

    3. Leah Kirchmann (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies

    4. Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Ale Cipollini

    5. Shelley Olds - Evans (USA) Ale Cipollini

  76. 16:03:24 CEST

    That's it! Thanks for joining us, and come back shortly when we have the men's race -- you can expect another bunch sprint then!