Vos wins La Course with perfect sprint

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

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) TeamResult
1Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team2:00:41 
2Kirsten Wild (Ned) Team Giant - Shimano  
3Leah Kirchmann (Can) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit  
4Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Specialized - Lululemon  
5Shelley Olds (Usa) Ale Cipollini  
6Coryn Rivera (Usa) Unitedhealthcare  
7Jolien D'hoore (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies  
8Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica - Ais  
9Simona Frapporti (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team  
10Roxane Fournier (Fra) Poitou-Charentes Futuroscope  
11Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle Honda  
12Lizzie Williams (Aus) Australie  
13Fiona Dutriaux (Fra) Poitou-Charentes Futuroscope  
14Elena Cecchini (Ita) Estado De Mexico Faren  
15Aude Biannic (Fra) France  
16Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
17Oxana Kozonchuk (Rus) Rusvelo  
18Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
19Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
20Chloe Hosking (Aus) Hitec Products  
21Hannah Barnes (Gbr) Unitedhealthcare  
22Fanny Riberot (Fra) France0:00:04 
23Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Astana Bepink Womens Team0:00:06 
24Sharon Laws (Gbr) Unitedhealthcare0:00:10 
25Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
26Yulia Blindyuk (Rus) Rusvelo  
27Clemilda Fernandes Silva (Bra) Bizkaia-Durango0:00:20 
28Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
29Véra Koedooder (Ned) Bigla Cycling Team  
30Sarah Roy (Aus) Poitou-Charentes Futuroscope  
31Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team  
32Valentina Ndolara (Ita) Orica - Ais  
33Taryn Heather (Aus) Bigla Cycling Team  
34Carmen Small (Usa) Specialized - Lululemon  
35Rachel Neylan (Aus) Australie  
36Janel Holcomb (Usa) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit  
37Chantal Blaak (Ned) Specialized - Lululemon  
38Romy Kasper (Ger) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
39Amy Pieters (Ned) Team Giant - Shimano  
40Janine Van Der Meer (Ned) Pays-Bas  
41Marcia Fernandes Silva (Bra) Bizkaia-Durango  
42Katarzyna Pawlowska (Pol) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
43Emily Collins (Nzl) Wiggle Honda  
44Brianna Walle (Usa) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit  
45Elena Kuchinskaia (Rus) Rusvelo  
46Nina Kessler (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
47Cecilie Johnsen (Nor) Hitec Products  
48Charlotte Lenting (Ned) Pays-Bas  
49Charlotte Bravard (Fra) Poitou-Charentes Futuroscope  
50Irene San Sebastian Lasa (Esp) Bizkaia-Durango  
51Jade Wilcoxson (Usa) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit  
52Dorleta Eskamendi (Esp) Bizkaia-Durango  
53Sara Mustonen (Swe) Team Giant - Shimano  
54Cari Higgins (Usa) Unitedhealthcare  
55Liesbeth De Vocht (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies  
56Lotta Lepistö (Fin) Bigla Cycling Team  
57Melodie Lesueur (Fra) France  
58Amélie Rivat (Fra) Poitou-Charentes Futuroscope  
59Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized - Lululemon  
60Lieselot Decroix (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies  
61Yulia Ilinykh (Rus) Bizkaia-Durango  
62Chantal Hofmann (Lux) Lotto Belisol Ladies  
63Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Wiggle Honda  
64Jacqueline Hahn (Aut) Bigla Cycling Team  
65Elise Delzenne (Fra) Specialized - Lululemon  
66Audrey Cordon (Fra) Hitec Products  
67Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Ale Cipollini  
68Maaike Polspoel (Bel) Team Giant - Shimano0:00:27 
69Jessie Maclean (Aus) Orica - Ais  
70Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
71Iris Slappendel (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
72Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica - Ais  
73Carlee Taylor (Aus) Orica - Ais0:00:30 
74Jessica Mundy (Aus) Australie  
75Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica - Ais  
76Charlotte Becker (Ger) Wiggle Honda0:00:39 
77Emilie Moberg (Nor) Hitec Products0:00:56 
78Giada Borgato (Ita) Estado De Mexico Faren0:01:02 
79Eugénie Duval (Fra) France0:01:13 
80Marion Sicot (Fra) France  
81Anouska Koster (Ned) Pays-Bas  
82Ashlunn Van Baarle (Ned) Pays-Bas0:01:16 
83Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team  
84Emma Pooley (Gbr) Lotto Belisol Ladies  
85Julia Soek (Ned) Team Giant - Shimano  
86Tayler Wiles (Usa) Specialized - Lululemon0:01:19 
87Lauren Tamayo (Usa) Unitedhealthcare  
88Denise Ramsden (Can) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit  
89Lauren Hall (Usa) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit  
90Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Ale Cipollini0:01:28 
91Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
92Elena Berlato (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
93Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:02:21 
94Elizabeth Armitstead (Gbr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:03:11 
95Anastasia Chulkova (Rus) Rusvelo0:04:10 
DNFAnna Zita Maria Stricker (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team  
DNFMakhabbat Umutzhanova (Kaz) Astana Bepink Womens Team  
DNFJenelle Crooks (Aus) Australia  
DNFLouisa Lobigs (Aus) Australia  
DNFDesiree Ehrler (Sui) Bigla Cycling Team  
DNFElke Gebhardt (Ger) Bigla Cycling Team  
DNFLeire Olaberria Dorronsoro (Esp) Bizkaia - Durango  
DNFAna Teresa Casas Bonilla (Mex) Estado de Mexico Faren  
DNFMaria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Estado de Mexico Faren  
DNFCarolina Rodriguez Gutierrez (Mex) Estado de Mexico Faren  
DNFAnna Trevisi (Ita) Estado de Mexico Faren  
DNFSophie Creux (Fra) France  
DNFTone Hatteland Lima (Nor) Hitec Products  
DNFElisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec Products  
DNFAnisha Vekemans (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies  
DNFKirsten Coppens (Ned) Netherlands  
DNFEvy Kuijpers (Ned) Netherlands  
DNFPascale Jeuland (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope  
DNFAlexandra Burchenkova (Rus) RusVelo  
DNFMaria Mishina (Rus) RusVelo  
DNFWilleke Knol (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano  
DNFScotti Wilborne (Usa) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
DNFBeatrice Bartelloni (Ita) Wiggle Honda  
DNFKathryn Bertine (Skn) Wiggle Honda  
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Ale Cipollini32 pts
2Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Astana Bepink Womens Team25 
3Audrey Cordon (Fra) Hitec Products16 
4Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team13 
5Chantal Blaak (Ned) Specialized - Lululemon8 
6Anastasia Chulkova (Rus) Rusvelo7 
7Brianna Walle (Usa) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit6 
8Amy Pieters (Ned) Team Giant - Shimano6 
9Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized - Lululemon5 
10Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Specialized - Lululemon4 
11Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team4 
12Véra Koedooder (ned) Bigla Cycling Team4 
13Elena Kuchinskaia (Rus) Rusvelo4 
14Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Ale Cipollini4 
15Sarah Roy (Aus) Poitou-Charentes Futuroscope3 
16Elise Delzenne (Fra) Specialized - Lululemon3 
17Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team3 
18Iris Slappendel (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team3 
19Nina Kessler (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team2 
20Jade Wilcoxson (sa) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit2 
21Sara Mustonen (Swe) Team Giant - Shimano2 
22Jessie Maclean (Aus) Orica - Ais2 
23Romy Kasper (ger) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team1 
24Maaike Polspoel (Bel) Team Giant - Shimano1 
25Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica - Ais1 
26Carlee Taylor (Aus) Orica - Ais1 
27Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica - Ais1 
28Giada Borgato (Spa) Estado De Mexico Faren1 
29Tayler Wiles (Usa) Specialized - Lululemon1 


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