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World champion wins the first women's race on the Champs-Élysées

Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv Woman Cycling Team) wins inaugural La Course by Le Tour de France

Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv Woman Cycling Team) wins inaugural La Course by Le Tour de France

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World champion Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv) produced the sprint of her life to win the first-ever edition of the La Course on the Champs-Élysées, as women finally got to share the spotlight alongside the men on the final day of the Tour de France.

"La Course's really something awesome for women's cycling, but it's just one step towards the recognition we deserve. I'd like to thank the organisers again. I hope everyone who saw us today realised the peloton's getting stronger and stronger. I've already won most major races, and La Course is one I just had to add to my palmarès. It's also thanks to my team that I won today. Yet the more you win, the more you want to win."

Vos rode a clever race, letting the many attacks cancel each other out before she launched her sprint. Kirsten Wild (Giant-Shimano) got back up to the front after a late puncture and started her sprint at the same time as Vos. However, despite her superior power and sprinting skills, she could not match Vos and eased up near the line, and banged her handlebars in disappointment.

Canada's Leah Kirchmann (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) was third in the sprint, with Italy's Barbara Guarischi (Alé Cipollini) fourth ahead of her US teammate Shelley Olds.

A late crash saw French national champion Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Rabo-Liv) and Britain's Elisabeth Armitstead (Boels Dolmans) taken out of the sprint.

Round and round

The women’s return to the Tour de France - their first since 2009 - was not a stage race but one-day shot at glory, 13 laps of the well-known Champs Elysees circuit course.. Many of the top names were there, eager to shine in a race which they hope will be repeated, bigger and better, in the coming years.

The sun was shining, giving the women much better weather than the men have had much of their race. Things kicked off promptly just before 1:00 pm.

The attacks started very early, with Annemiek Van Vleuten (Rabo Liv) being one of the first to go. But the pack refused to let anyone get away, and there was never a gap of more than 20 seconds.

Elin Van Dijk (Boels Dolman), Chantal Blaak (SpecializedLuluLemon), Alena Amialiusik (Astana BePink), Rachel Neylan (Australia) all tried to jump, but none were successful.

It had been expected that the day would end in a mass sprint and about half way through the race it became clear that no one would be allowed to establish a breakaway.

Things finally picked up in the last lap. The pace increased and the field stretched out. A crash with some 4km to go took down the Mexican national champion, and the crash at the flamme rouge with Ferrand Prevot and Armitstead cut the sprinting field down to 30 or so.

As they neared the finish, there were four ahead. Wild went first, but Vos turned on the power to take the win. Kirchmann moved up to power her way into third.

 

Full Results

 
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 2:00:41  
2 Kirsten Wild (Ned) Team Giant - Shimano    
3 Leah Kirchmann (Can) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit    
4 Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Specialized - Lululemon    
5 Shelley Olds (Usa) Ale Cipollini    
6 Coryn Rivera (Usa) Unitedhealthcare    
7 Jolien D'hoore (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies    
8 Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica - Ais    
9 Simona Frapporti (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team    
10 Roxane Fournier (Fra) Poitou-Charentes Futuroscope    
11 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle Honda    
12 Lizzie Williams (Aus) Australie    
13 Fiona Dutriaux (Fra) Poitou-Charentes Futuroscope    
14 Elena Cecchini (Ita) Estado De Mexico Faren    
15 Aude Biannic (Fra) France    
16 Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team    
17 Oxana Kozonchuk (Rus) Rusvelo    
18 Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team    
19 Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team    
20 Chloe Hosking (Aus) Hitec Products    
21 Hannah Barnes (Gbr) Unitedhealthcare    
22 Fanny Riberot (Fra) France 0:00:04  
23 Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Astana Bepink Womens Team 0:00:06  
24 Sharon Laws (Gbr) Unitedhealthcare 0:00:10  
25 Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Ale Cipollini    
26 Yulia Blindyuk (Rus) Rusvelo    
27 Clemilda Fernandes Silva (Bra) Bizkaia-Durango 0:00:20  
28 Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team    
29 Véra Koedooder (Ned) Bigla Cycling Team    
30 Sarah Roy (Aus) Poitou-Charentes Futuroscope    
31 Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team    
32 Valentina Ndolara (Ita) Orica - Ais    
33 Taryn Heather (Aus) Bigla Cycling Team    
34 Carmen Small (Usa) Specialized - Lululemon    
35 Rachel Neylan (Aus) Australie    
36 Janel Holcomb (Usa) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit    
37 Chantal Blaak (Ned) Specialized - Lululemon    
38 Romy Kasper (Ger) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team    
39 Amy Pieters (Ned) Team Giant - Shimano    
40 Janine Van Der Meer (Ned) Pays-Bas    
41 Marcia Fernandes Silva (Bra) Bizkaia-Durango    
42 Katarzyna Pawlowska (Pol) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team    
43 Emily Collins (Nzl) Wiggle Honda    
44 Brianna Walle (Usa) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit    
45 Elena Kuchinskaia (Rus) Rusvelo    
46 Nina Kessler (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team    
47 Cecilie Johnsen (Nor) Hitec Products    
48 Charlotte Lenting (Ned) Pays-Bas    
49 Charlotte Bravard (Fra) Poitou-Charentes Futuroscope    
50 Irene San Sebastian Lasa (Esp) Bizkaia-Durango    
51 Jade Wilcoxson (Usa) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit    
52 Dorleta Eskamendi (Esp) Bizkaia-Durango    
53 Sara Mustonen (Swe) Team Giant - Shimano    
54 Cari Higgins (Usa) Unitedhealthcare    
55 Liesbeth De Vocht (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies    
56 Lotta Lepistö (Fin) Bigla Cycling Team    
57 Melodie Lesueur (Fra) France    
58 Amélie Rivat (Fra) Poitou-Charentes Futuroscope    
59 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized - Lululemon    
60 Lieselot Decroix (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies    
61 Yulia Ilinykh (Rus) Bizkaia-Durango    
62 Chantal Hofmann (Lux) Lotto Belisol Ladies    
63 Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Wiggle Honda    
64 Jacqueline Hahn (Aut) Bigla Cycling Team    
65 Elise Delzenne (Fra) Specialized - Lululemon    
66 Audrey Cordon (Fra) Hitec Products    
67 Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Ale Cipollini    
68 Maaike Polspoel (Bel) Team Giant - Shimano 0:00:27  
69 Jessie Maclean (Aus) Orica - Ais    
70 Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team    
71 Iris Slappendel (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team    
72 Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica - Ais    
73 Carlee Taylor (Aus) Orica - Ais 0:00:30  
74 Jessica Mundy (Aus) Australie    
75 Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica - Ais    
76 Charlotte Becker (Ger) Wiggle Honda 0:00:39  
77 Emilie Moberg (Nor) Hitec Products 0:00:56  
78 Giada Borgato (Ita) Estado De Mexico Faren 0:01:02  
79 Eugénie Duval (Fra) France 0:01:13  
80 Marion Sicot (Fra) France    
81 Anouska Koster (Ned) Pays-Bas    
82 Ashlunn Van Baarle (Ned) Pays-Bas 0:01:16  
83 Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team    
84 Emma Pooley (Gbr) Lotto Belisol Ladies    
85 Julia Soek (Ned) Team Giant - Shimano    
86 Tayler Wiles (Usa) Specialized - Lululemon 0:01:19  
87 Lauren Tamayo (Usa) Unitedhealthcare    
88 Denise Ramsden (Can) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit    
89 Lauren Hall (Usa) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit    
90 Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Ale Cipollini 0:01:28  
91 Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Ale Cipollini    
92 Elena Berlato (Ita) Ale Cipollini    
93 Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 0:02:21  
94 Elizabeth Armitstead (Gbr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team 0:03:11  
95 Anastasia Chulkova (Rus) Rusvelo 0:04:10  
DNF Anna Zita Maria Stricker (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team    
DNF Makhabbat Umutzhanova (Kaz) Astana Bepink Womens Team    
DNF Jenelle Crooks (Aus) Australia    
DNF Louisa Lobigs (Aus) Australia    
DNF Desiree Ehrler (Sui) Bigla Cycling Team    
DNF Elke Gebhardt (Ger) Bigla Cycling Team    
DNF Leire Olaberria Dorronsoro (Esp) Bizkaia - Durango    
DNF Ana Teresa Casas Bonilla (Mex) Estado de Mexico Faren    
DNF Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Estado de Mexico Faren    
DNF Carolina Rodriguez Gutierrez (Mex) Estado de Mexico Faren    
DNF Anna Trevisi (Ita) Estado de Mexico Faren    
DNF Sophie Creux (Fra) France    
DNF Tone Hatteland Lima (Nor) Hitec Products    
DNF Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec Products    
DNF Anisha Vekemans (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies    
DNF Kirsten Coppens (Ned) Netherlands    
DNF Evy Kuijpers (Ned) Netherlands    
DNF Pascale Jeuland (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope    
DNF Alexandra Burchenkova (Rus) RusVelo    
DNF Maria Mishina (Rus) RusVelo    
DNF Willeke Knol (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano    
DNF Scotti Wilborne (Usa) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team    
DNF Beatrice Bartelloni (Ita) Wiggle Honda    
DNF Kathryn Bertine (Skn) Wiggle Honda    
Points classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Ale Cipollini 32  pts
2 Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Astana Bepink Womens Team 25  
3 Audrey Cordon (Fra) Hitec Products 16  
4 Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team 13  
5 Chantal Blaak (Ned) Specialized - Lululemon 8  
6 Anastasia Chulkova (Rus) Rusvelo 7  
7 Brianna Walle (Usa) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit 6  
8 Amy Pieters (Ned) Team Giant - Shimano 6  
9 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized - Lululemon 5  
10 Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Specialized - Lululemon 4  
11 Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 4  
12 Véra Koedooder (ned) Bigla Cycling Team 4  
13 Elena Kuchinskaia (Rus) Rusvelo 4  
14 Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Ale Cipollini 4  
15 Sarah Roy (Aus) Poitou-Charentes Futuroscope 3  
16 Elise Delzenne (Fra) Specialized - Lululemon 3  
17 Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 3  
18 Iris Slappendel (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 3  
19 Nina Kessler (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team 2  
20 Jade Wilcoxson (sa) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit 2  
21 Sara Mustonen (Swe) Team Giant - Shimano 2  
22 Jessie Maclean (Aus) Orica - Ais 2  
23 Romy Kasper (ger) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team 1  
24 Maaike Polspoel (Bel) Team Giant - Shimano 1  
25 Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica - Ais 1  
26 Carlee Taylor (Aus) Orica - Ais 1  
27 Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica - Ais 1  
28 Giada Borgato (Spa) Estado De Mexico Faren 1  
29 Tayler Wiles (Usa) Specialized - Lululemon 1