Hosking wins La Course by Le Tour de France

Wiggle-High5 rider takes out crash-riddled race

Chloe Hosking (Wiggle-High5) won La Course by Le Tour de France, taking the sprint of a reduced field. The finale was marked by a series of crashes on the cobblestones. Second place went to Lotta Lepistö (Cervelo-Bigla), with Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv) third.

The field stayed together much of the race, with numerous escapes quickly shut down. Ellen van Dijk (Boels-Doelmans) looked to have good chances in the final lap, but was caught and easily passed near the end.

"My team were incredible," Hosking said after celebrating with her family. "We missed the first break but we had everyone on the front for that move. We never gave up and they protected me and put me in position. I'm so lucky."

21 teams took to the start of the third running of this race, taking on 13 laps of the Champs Elysees for a total of 89 kilometres. The bunch stayed together on the early laps, with the only action being punctures caused by the cobblestones.

Soon, however, a break group of four formed: Lucinda Brand (Rabobank-Liv), Chantal Blaak (Boels-Doelmans), Hannah Blake (Canyon-SRAM), and Olga Zabelinskaya (BePink). On such a short course, the field was not eager to let anyone get much of a gap, and their lead was never more than eight seconds.

With 48 kilometres to go the group was caught. The pace stayed high, with no one team in control. Numerous attempts to get away were quickly squashed. Kathrin Hammes of Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank gave it a try with some 30 kilometres to go, but she too was reeled back in. The speed by now was high enough to string the peloton out, and the field was alert enough to hold things together.

By this time, Rabobank, determined to have Marianne Vos win the race again, aggressively rode down every break. In the penultimate lap, Brand went again, along with Amy Pieters (Wiggle) and Lauren Stephens (Tibco-SVB). This group was more successful, holding a gap of up to 11 seconds.

A crash near the end of the penultimate lap took down a number of riders, momentarily disrupting the chase.

The three leaders held on to their 10 second gap as the bell lap started. Their lead was narrow but they looked to have a good chance, as the chase was not co-ordinated. Another crash in the final lap again left several women lying injured on the road.

With 3.7km to go the gap was closed. Moments later, a crash near the front of the field took out a large number of riders.

It was a greatly reduced field of around 30 riders that went into the final two kilometres. Van Dijk jumped just before the final kilometre and led the way into the final curve. But the sprinters’ teams turned on the speed and caught her. Hosking came up through the middle, accelerating enough to take the win by several bike lengths.

"[The team] were incredible, " Hosking said. "There were a few moments there. We missed that first break that had about three or four girls in it, but I just looked up the peloton and they were all just on the front. Then Amy Pieters was in a break with a lap to go, and I don’t even know when we caught them actually.

"Amy Roberts, our young British rider, was up the front, then at the back, and then up the front and never gave up. Then of course Audrey, our French rider, was protecting me for the last three laps, and put me in position. I'm so lucky!"

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chloe Hosking (Aus) Wiggle High52:01:27 
2Lotta Lepistö (Fin) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
3Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
4Joelle Numainville (Can) Cervelo Bigla  
5Roxane Fournier (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
6Pascale Jeuland (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
7Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon SRAM Racing  
8Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank  
9Lotte Kopecky (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
10Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Lensworld-Zannata  
11Olga Zabelinskaya (Rus) Bepink  
12Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Liv-Plantur  
13Diana Penuela Martinez (Col) Unitedhealthcare  
14Mia Radotic (Cro) BTC City Ljubljana  
15Sarah Roy (Aus) Orica-AIS  
16Arianna Fidanza (Ita) Astana Women's Team  
17Emilie Moberg (Nor) Hitec Products  
18Natalie Van Gogh (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
19Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Alé Cipollini  
20Kelly Van Den Steen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Etixx  
21Eugenia Bujak (Pol) BTC City Ljubljana  
22Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Cylance Pro Cycling  
23Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
24Kaat Van Der Meulen (Bel) Lensworld-Zannata0:00:04 
25Ingrid Drexel (Mex) Astana Women's Team  
26Julia Soek (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur  
27Eleonora Van Dijk (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
28Anouska Koster (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
29Simona Frapporti (Ita) Hitec Products  
30Ursa Pintar (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
31Aude Biannic (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.860:00:06 
32Elise Delzenne (Fra) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
33Moniek Tenniglo (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
34Eugénie Duval (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
35Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:00:09 
36Coralie Demay (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.860:00:11 
37Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Canyon SRAM Racing  
38Demi De Jong (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
39Alexis Ryan (USA) Canyon SRAM Racing  
40Sara Mustonen (Swe) Team Liv-Plantur0:00:29 
41Claudia Lichtenberg (Ger) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:00:36 
42Lieselot Decroix (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
43Loren Rowney (Aus) Orica-AIS  
44Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
45Jessica Allen (Aus) Orica - AIS0:00:39 
46Vita Heine (Nor) Hitec Products0:00:54 
47Fiona Dutriaux (Fra) France  
48Véra Koedooder (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Cont.0:01:06 
49Simona Bortolotti (Ita) Bepink  
50Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Lensworld-Zannata  
51Jessy Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Etixx  
52Nina Kessler (Ned) Lensworld-Zannata  
53Séverine Eraud (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
54Kseniya Tuhai (Blr) Bepink  
55Demmy Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Etixx  
56Kim De Baat (Bel) Lensworld-Zannata  
57Kaat Hannes (Bel) Lensworld-Zannata  
58Lauren Hall (USA) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank  
59Jip Van Den Bos (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
60Gilke Croket (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Etixx  
61Iris Slappendel (Ned) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
62Chantal Hofmann (Lux) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
63Gabrielle Pilote-Fortin (Can) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team0:01:36 
64Corinna Lechner (Ger) BTC City Ljubljana0:01:39 
65Alexandra Manly (Aus) Orica-AIS  
66Doris Schweizer (Swi) Cylance Pro Cycling  
67Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:01:50 
68Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur  
69Kathrin Hammes (Ger) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank  
70Kelly Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Etixx0:02:17 
71Riejanne Markus (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur  
72Jelena Eric (Srb) BTC City Ljubljana  
73Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon SRAM Racing0:02:33 
74Iris Sachet (Fra) France0:02:43 
75Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling0:03:03 
76Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
77Ilona Hoeksma (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:03:41 
78Amy Pieters (Ned) Wiggle High5  
79Willeke Knol (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
80Lauren Stephens (USA) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank0:04:23 
81Esra Tromp (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:04:39 
82Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Bepink0:04:57 
83Kyara Stijns (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur0:05:01 
84Romy Kasper (Ger) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
85Katarzyna Pawlowska (Pol) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
86Audrey Cordon (Fra) Wiggle High50:05:04 
87Valerie Demey (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Etixx0:05:17 
88Jermaine Post (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:05:37 
89Cecilie Gotaas Johnsen (Nor) Hitec Products0:06:06 
89Julie Leth (Den) Hitec Products0:06:23 
91Coryn Rivera (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
92Tayler Wiles (USA) Orica-AIS  
93Rachele Barbieri (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling0:06:24 
DNFCécilia Le Bris (Fra) France  
DNFSoline Lamboley (Fra) France  
DNFMarion Borras (Fra) France  
DNFMarjolaine Bazin (Fra) France  
DNFFanny Riberot (Fra) Astana Women's Team  
DNFSara Pillon (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
DNFSofia Bertizzolo (Ita) Astana Women's Team  
DNFJenelle Crooks (Aus) Orica-AIS  
DNFNicole Hanselmann (Swi) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
DNFGuilia Nanni (Ita) Bepink  
DNFTereza Medvedova (Svk) Bepink  
DNFTone Hatteland Lima (Nor) Hitec Products  
DNFAlison Tetrick (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling  
DNFRossella Ratto (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling  
DNFKendall Ryan (USA) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank  
DNFBrianna Walle (USA) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank  
DNFLauren Tamayo (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
DNFCari Higgins (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
DNFKatie Hall (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
DNFAnna Trevisi (Ita) Ale' Cipollini  
DNFMarta Tagliaferro (Ita) Ale' Cipollini  
DNFDalia Muccioli (Ita) Ale' Cipollini  
DNFAnnalisa Cucinotta (Ita) Ale' Cipollini  
DNFMartina Alzini (Ita) Ale' Cipollini  
DNFAmy Roberts (GBr) Wiggle High5  
DNFLucy Garner (GBr) Wiggle High5  
DNFBarbara Guarischi (Ita) Canyon SRAM Racing  
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nina Kessler (Ned) Lensworld-Zannata33 pts
2Jessy Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Etixx24 
3Mia Radotic (Cro) Btc City Ljubljana14 
4Olga Zabelinskaya (Rus) Bepink13 
5Ilona Hoeksma (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team11 
6Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team7 
7Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam6 
8Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon SRAM Racing6 
9Kathrin Hammes (Ger) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank5 
10Sara Mustonen (Swe) Team Liv-Plantur3 
11Eugénie Duval (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.863 
12Iris Slappendel (Ned) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team3 
13Doris Schweizer (Swi) Cylance Pro Cycling3 
14Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Bepink3 
15Anouska Koster (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team2 
16Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam2 
17Joëlle Numainville (Can) Cervelo Bigla2 
18Jessica Allen (Aus) ORICA-AIS2 
19Moniek Tenniglo (Ned) Raboliv Womencyclingteam1 
20Chloe Hosking (Aus) Wiggle High51 
21Brianna Walle (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley1 
22Lauren Stephens (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley1 
23Véra Koedooder (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Cont.1 
24Eugenia Bujak (Pol) Btc City Ljubljana1 
25Marjolaine Bazin (Fra) France1 
26Soline Lamboley (Fra) France1  

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