Annemiek van Vleuten (Orica-Scott) easily won stage 2 of La Course, taking the pursuit stage by 1:40 over Lizzie Deignan (Boels Dolmans) and Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle-High5). She covered the 22.5km around Marseille in a time of 32:52. Deignan took a narrow second place after ahead of Longo Borghini, finishing 1:52 down on the winner and only one second ahead of the Italian.
Van Vleuten won the first stage – and official La Course event according to UCI rankings – up the Izoard on Thursday, which set her up to take off as first in this pursuit format stage. The top 19 women from the first stage took off in order of their finish on Izoard, with Van Vleuten thus starting 43 seconds before Deignan.
The format, different from the usual individual time trial, allowed riders to wait for teammates or form alliances. Deignan waited for her teammate Megan Guarnier and, in turn, formed an alliance with Longo Borghini. The wait only increased Van Vleuten’s lead, giving her a comfortable gap on the Marseille roads.
Guarnier was dropped on the day’s climb as Longo Borghini pushed on, taking Deignan with her. They brought Van Vleuten back a few seconds but the Dutchwoman never showed signs of weakness and in the end built her 43 seconds lead into nearly two minutes.
|#||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Orica Scott Women||0:32:52|
|2||Elizabeth Deignan (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam||0:01:52|
|3||Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle High5|
|4||Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam||0:03:00|
|5||Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica Scott Women||0:03:26|
|6||Shara Gillow (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope||0:03:48|
|7||Lauren Stephens (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank||0:03:53|
|8||Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) WM3 Pro Cycling||0:04:35|
|9||Ashleigh Moolman Pasio (RSA) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team|
|10||Ana Christina Sanabria Sanchez (Col) Servetto Giusta||0:04:46|
|11||Hanna Nilson (Swe) BTC City Ljubljana|
|12||Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Team Sunweb Women||0:05:09|
|13||Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Canyon SRAM Racing|
|14||Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team|
|15||Eri Yonamine (Jpn) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope||0:05:11|
|16||Janneke Ensing (Ned) Alé Cipollini||0:05:13|
|17||Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Sunweb Women||0:05:44|
|18||Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam|
|19||Ursa Pintar (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana|