Vos wins La Course by Le Tour de France

Spratt caught and passed on final climb

Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv) won the La Course by Le Tour de France with a powerful attack on the last climb in the centre of Pau. Vos passed Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott) at the top of the short, steep climb after Spratt had been on a solo attack for the last of the five 25-kilometre laps.

Vos powered to the finish and won with a three-second gap to Leah Kirchmann (Team Sunweb) who beat Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Bigla) in the sprint for second place.

“My first La Course win was five years ago, to win it again now, on a different circuit, is a very special feeling,” said Vos.

“I came out of the Giro Rosa with good motivation, and La Course was a good inspiration to give it an extra go. The break of Amanda Spratt was pretty dangerous, so my teammates had to do a lot of work to bring it back. When I saw it came down on the climb, I knew I had a chance. I went and just had the legs to continue.”

How it happened

Having been held in the Alps for the previous two years after three editions on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, race organiser ASO moved the sixth edition of La Course to Pau. The women did five laps of a hilly circuit of 25 kilometres south of the city that included the Côte de Gelos followed by a rolling section, a technical downhill and the Côte d’Esquillot. After another descent, there were 11 flat kilometres to Pau where the Rue Mulot, a 185-metre, 17-percent wall on the final kilometre, meant this was a race for puncheurs. Due to a neutral section at the start of the race, the distance was 121 km.

A break of eleven riders formed on the first lap, with most of the big teams represented. The second time up the Côte de Gelos, four riders tried to bridge to the front but were quickly reeled in again by the peloton. When the breakaway’s advantage increased to 1:45 minutes after 60 kilometres, this prompted WNT-Rotor and Lotto Soudal Ladies – both teams had missed the break – to take up the chase and reduce the gap.

Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Trek-Segafredo) attacked from the breakaway but her solo move was over when Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) upped the pace on the third ascent of the Côte de Gelos, reeling in all escapees and reducing the peloton to about 50 riders.

The following kilometres were hectic with several unsuccessful attacks. On the Côte d’Esquillot with 37 km to go, an attack by Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) led to a front group of 11 riders that also included Van Vleuten, Vos, Spratt, Uttrup Ludwig, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (CCC-Liv), Ane Santesteban (WNT-Rotor), Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM), Lucinda Brand (Team Sunweb), Soraya Paladin (Alé Cipollini), and Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo).

This group of favourites struggled to work together and after several attacks, five riders got away while the other six were caught by the peloton. Spratt, Paladin, Moolman-Pasio, Uttrup Ludwig, and Brand had a lead of up to 20 seconds but the chase work done by Boels Dolmans in particular had reduced this to only a few metres at the bottom of the Rue Mulot.

Spratt kept the move going over the steep climb and pulled away from Moolman-Pasio and Uttrup Ludwig on the following descent, going solo 24.5 kilometres from the finish. After a regrouping behind, nobody took charge in the peloton and Spratt carved out an advantage of more than 30 seconds in the first half of the rolling final lap.

Brand launched an attack into the technical descent and was followed by Vos and Van Vleuten but this group was caught again after Uttrup Ludwig and Paladin bridged on the Côte d’Esquillot. Spratt still held a 26-second lead at the 10-kilometre mark but by now CCC-Liv and Team Sunweb had committed to reeling her in.

Despite Van Vleuten trying to disrupt their chase and Spratt giving everything she had, the Australian climber’s advantage gradually came down. Entering the final kilometre, Spratt was still 12 seconds ahead but the peloton could see her.

On the steep Rue Mulot, Vos made her trademark attack, passing Spratt at the top and going on to open a three-second gap to the rest in the last 350 metres to the finish. Kirchmann won the sprint for second ahead of Uttrup Ludwig.

Van Vleuten finished in seventh place and defended her lead in the UCI Women’s WorldTour classification. Marta Cavalli (Valcar Cylance) continues to lead the UCI Women’s WorldTour U23 ranking.

Elise Chabbey (Bigla) was part of the early breakaway and first over the Côte de Gelos twice, enough to win the race’s Queen of the Mountains classification. For her long-range solo attack, Spratt was awarded the combativity prize.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Marianne Vos (Ned) CCC-Liv3:15:20 
2Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Sunweb Women0:00:03 
3Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
4Lucinda Brand (Ned) Team Sunweb Women0:00:04 
5Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) CCC-Liv0:00:06 
6Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Trek-Segafredo Women  
7Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Mitchelton-Scott Women0:00:07 
8Soraya Paladin (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
9Ane Santesteban Gonzalez (Spa) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling  
10Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
11Demi Vollering (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
12Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Sunweb Women  
13Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon-SRAM0:00:10 
14Rachel Neylan (Aus) Team Virtu Cycling  
15Sofie De Vuyst (Bel) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
16Eugenia Bujak (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
17Janneke Ensing (Ned) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling  
18Paula Andrea Patiño Bedoya (Col) Movistar Team Women  
19Katharine Hall (USA) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:00:13 
20Urska Pintar (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana0:00:14 
21Hanna Nilsson (Swe) BTC City Ljubljana  
22Evita Muzic (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
23Eri Yonamine (Jpn) Ale Cipollini  
24Amanda Spratt (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women  
25Brodie Chapman (Aus) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
26Julie Van de Velde (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
27Nikola Noskova (Cze) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
28Erica Magnaldi (Ita) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling  
29Annika Langvad (Den) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
30Elise Chabbey (Swi) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
31Riejanne Markus (Ned) CCC-Liv0:00:24 
32Juliette Labous (Fra) Team Sunweb Women0:00:28 
33Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Movistar Team Women0:00:43 
34Tayler Wiles (USA) Trek-Segafredo Women  
35Pauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) (CCC-Liv)0:04:03 
36Elizabeth Banks (GBr) Bigla Pro Cycling Team0:05:00 
37Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) CCC-Liv0:05:04 
38Ruth Winder (USA) Trek-Segafredo Women0:06:49 
39Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
40Edwige Pitel (Fra) Cogeas Mettler Look0:09:19 
41Shara Gillow (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
42Alexis Ryan (USA) Canyon-SRAM0:10:56 
43Anouska Koster (Ned) Team Virtu Cycling  
44Ahreum Na (Kor) Ale Cipollini  
45Marta Cavalli (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling0:10:58 
46Krista Doebel-Hickok (USA) Rally UHC Cycling Women  
47Nina Buijsman (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg0:10:59 
48Jade Wiel (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
49Leah Thomas (USA) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
50Lotte Kopecky (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
51Rossella Ratto (Ita) BTC City Ljubljana  
52Victorie Guilman (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
53Kelly Van Den Steen (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
54Lara Vieceli (Ita) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling  
55Rozanne Slik (Ned) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank0:11:03 
56Pfeiffer Georgi (GBr) Team Sunweb Women0:11:04 
57Liane Lippert (Ger) Team Sunweb Women  
58Sarah Roy (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women  
59Deborah Paine (NZl) Cogeas Mettler Look  
60Katrine Aalerud (Nor) Team Virtu Cycling  
61Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon-SRAM  
62Georgia Williams (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott Women  
63Mikayla Harvey (NZl) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
64Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling  
65Dalia Muccioli (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling  
66Elena Pirrone (Ita) Astana Women's Team  
67Lorena Llamas Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team Women0:11:08 
68Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAM0:11:10 
69Eider Merino Cortazar (Spa) Movistar Team Women0:11:13 
70Nadia Quagliotto (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
71Laura Asencio (Fra) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling  
72Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Canyon-SRAM  
73Asja Paladin (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling0:11:22 
74Aude Biannic (Fra) Movistar Team Women  
75Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
76Audrey Cordon Ragot (Fra) Trek-Segafredo Women  
77Elizabeth Deignan (GBr) Trek-Segafredo Women  
78Charlotte Becker (Ger) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
79Severine Eraud (Fra) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport0:12:57 
80Annelies Dom (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
81Mieke Docx (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport  
82Danielle Christmas (GBr) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
83Chloe Hosking (Aus) Ale Cipollini  
84Sara Bergen (Can) Rally UHC Cycling Women  
85Marina Uvarova (Rus) Cogeas Mettler Look  
86Lucie Lahaye (Fra) Charente-Maritime Women0:13:02 
87Pauline Allin (Fra) Charente-Maritime Women  
88Birgitte Andersen (Den) Team Virtu Cycling  
89Jesse Vandenbulcke (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport0:13:06 
90Alice Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAM  
91Urska Zigart (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana0:13:07 
DNFJessica Allen (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women  
DNFAlexandra Manly (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women  
DNFValerie Demey (Bel) CCC-Liv  
DNFJessica Raimondi (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
DNSSheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Movistar Team Women  
DNFLex Albrecht (Can) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
DNFNina Kessler (Ned) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
DNFEmily Newsom (USA) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
DNFAnna Plichta (Pol) Trek-Segafredo Women  
DNFEugénie Duval (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
DNFElisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling  
DNFBelle de Gast (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
DNFRoxane Knetemann (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
DNFOlga Deyko (Rus) Cogeas Mettler Look  
DNFAnastasiia Pliaskina (Rus) Cogeas Mettler Look  
DNFSari Saarelainen (Fin) Cogeas Mettler Look  
DNFCameron Vandenbroucke (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
DNFSofia Bertizzolo (Ita) Team Virtu Cycling  
DNFSpela Kern (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
DNFAllison Beveridge (Can) Rally UHC Cycling Women  
DNFAbigail Mickey (USA) Rally UHC Cycling Women  
DNFSara Poidevin (Can) Rally UHC Cycling Women  
DNFEmma White (USA) Rally UHC Cycling Women  
DNFPascale Jeuland (Fra) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport  
DNFDaniela Reis (Por) Doltcini-Van Eyck Spor  
DNSMarion Sicot (Fra) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport  
DNFNoemie Abgrall (Fra) Charente-Maritime Women  
DNFAnaïs Morichon (Fra) Charente-Maritime Women  
DNFMarine Quiniou (Fra) Charente-Maritime Women  
DNFAnna Traxler (Can) Charente-Maritime Women  
Mountain 1 - Côte de Gelos - 50.5 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Elise Chabbey (Swi) Bigla Pro Cycling Team3 pts
2Sofie De Vuyst (Bel) Parkhotel Valkenburg2 
3Nikola Noskova (Cze) Bigla Pro Cycling Team1 
Mountain 2 - Côte de Gelos - 25.5 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sofie De Vuyst (Bel) Parkhotel Valkenburg3 pts
2Nikola Noskova (Cze) Bigla Pro Cycling Team2 
3Elise Chabbey (Swi) Bigla Pro Cycling Team1 
Mountain 3 - Côte de Gelos - 75 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Elise Chabbey (Swi) Bigla Pro Cycling Team3 pts
2Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Mitchelton-Scott Women2 
3Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) CCC-Liv1 
Mountain 4 - Côte de Gelos - 100 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Amanda Spratt (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women3 pts
2Elise Chabbey (Swi) Bigla Pro Cycling Team2 
3Katharine Hall (USA) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam1 
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Amanda Spratt (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women  
Young rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Demi Vollering (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg3:15:27 
2Paula Andrea Patiño Bedoya (Col) Movistar Team Women0:00:03 
3Evita Muzic (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope0:00:07 
4Nikola Noskova (Cze) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
5Juliette Labous (Fra) Team Sunweb Women0:00:21 
6Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) CCC-Liv0:04:57 
7Marta Cavalli (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling0:10:51 
8Nina Buijsman (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg0:10:52 
9Jade Wiel (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
10Victorie Guilman (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
11Pfeiffer Georgi (GBr) Team Sunweb Women0:10:57 
12Liane Lippert (Ger) Team Sunweb Women  
13Deborah Paine (NZl) Cogeas Mettler Look  
14Mikayla Harvey (NZl) Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
15Elena Pirrone (Ita) Astana Women's Team  
16Nadia Quagliotto (Ita) Ale Cipollini0:11:06 
17Laura Asencio (Fra) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling  
18Mieke Docx (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport0:12:50 
19Marina Uvarova (Rus) Cogeas Mettler Look  
20Lucie Lahaye (Fra) Charente-Maritime Women0:12:55 
21Jesse Vandenbulcke (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport0:12:59 
22Urska Zigart (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana0:13:00 


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