Pieters wins opening prologue at La Route de France

Liv-Plantur rider kicks off the race in the leader's jersey

Liv-Plantur's Amy Pieters won the opening prologue at La Route de France, and took the event's first leader's jersey on Sunday in Enghien les Bains. The Dutchwoman stormed to the stage victory, a 3km time trial in 3:40, beating BTC City Ljubljana's Eugenia Bujak by two seconds and Optum's Brianna Walle by three seconds.

"It's a nice way to start the race with a win!" Pieters said. "The course was fast and not too technical so I think this suited me well today, a short hard effort."

La Route de France will continue with stage 1 on Monday, a 118km flat race from Villemandeur to Bourges. Pieters says she will move into a support role for her team leader, and former overall winner, Claudia Lichtenberg during the hillier stages later in the week.

"The next few days should be alright for me but after that the stages start to get really hard and from there we will be looking after Claudia," Pieters said. "It's great to have the jersey and having it in the team puts us in a good situation now to defend it within the team for the coming days."

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Amy Pieters (Ned) Team Liv - Plantur0:03:40 
2Eugenia Bujak (Pol) Btc City Ljubljana0:00:02 
3Brianna Walle (USA) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies0:00:03 
4Jaime Nielsen (NZl) Bepink Laclassica0:00:04 
5Annette Edmondson (Aus) Wiggle Honda0:00:04 
6Leah Kirchmann (Can) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies0:00:05 
7Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Hitec Products0:00:05 
8Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle Honda0:00:06 
9Aude Biannic (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.900:00:06 
10Martina Ritter (Aut) Btc City Ljubljana0:00:07 
11Jasmin Glaesser (Can) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies0:00:08 
12Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) Bepink Laclassica0:00:09 
13Amy Cure (Aus) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:00:09 
14Claudia Lichtenberg (Ger) Team Liv - Plantur0:00:10 
15Cecilie Gotaas Johnsen (Nor) Hitec Products0:00:11 
16Maura Kinsella (USA) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies0:00:12 
17Jessie Daams (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:00:12 
18Daiva Tuslaite (Ltu) Inpa Sottoli Giusfredi0:00:13 
19Polona Batagelj (Slo) Btc City Ljubljana0:00:13 
20Kimberley Wells (Aus) Australia0:00:13 
21Mia Radotic (Cro) Btc City Ljubljana0:00:13 
22Coralie Demay (Fra) France0:00:14 
23Anouk Rijff (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:00:14 
24Amélie Rivat (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.860:00:14 
25Amber Neben (USA) Bepink Laclassica0:00:15 
26Annie Ewart (Can) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies0:00:15 
27Ellen Skerritt (Aus) Australia0:00:15 
28Molly Weavers (GBr) Team Liv - Plantur  
29Julia Soek (Ned) Team Liv - Plantur0:00:16 
30Roxane Fournier (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.870:00:16 
31Audrey Cordon (Fra) Wiggle Honda0:00:16 
32Isabelle Beckers (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:00:16 
33Lucy Garner (GBr) Team Liv - Plantur0:00:16 
34Willeke Knol (Ned) Team Liv - Plantur0:00:16 
35Tetiana Riabchenko (Ukr) Inpa Sottoli Giusfredi0:00:16 
36Carlee Taylor (Aus) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:00:17 
37Elena Utrobina (Rus) Bizkaia - Durango0:00:17 
38Belen Lopez Morales (Spa) Lointek Team0:00:18 
39Jenelle Crooks (Aus) Australia0:00:18 
40Ana Maria Covrig (Rom) Bepink Laclassica0:00:18 
41Eugénie Duval (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.880:00:19 
42Jessica Mundy (Aus) Australia0:00:19 
43Ingrid Drexel (Mex) Astana - Acca Due O0:00:19 
44Shannon Malseed (Aus) Australia0:00:19 
45Ursa Pintar (Slo) Btc City Ljubljana0:00:20 
46Eider Merino Kortazar (Spa) Lointek Team0:00:20 
47Mayuko Hagiwara (Jpn) Wiggle Honda0:00:20 
48Lieselot Decroix (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:00:21 
49Saartje Vandenbroucke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - Duo0:00:21 
50Loren Rowney (Aus) Australia0:00:22 
51Ilaria Bonomi (Ita) Bepink Laclassica0:00:22 
52Anna Christian (GBr) Wiggle Honda0:00:22 
53Fiona Dutriaux (Fra) France0:00:23 
54Charlotte Bravard (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.890:00:23 
55Larisa Pankova (Rus) Astana - Acca Due O0:00:24 
56Marion Sicot (Fra) France0:00:24 
57Anna Ramirez Bauxel (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango0:00:24 
58Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle Honda0:00:24 
59Fanny Leleu (Fra) France0:00:24 
60Nel De Crits (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - Duo0:00:24 
61Kaat Hannes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - Duo0:00:24 
62Soline Lamboley (Fra) Lointek Team0:00:26 
63Ane Santesteban Gonzalez (Ita) Inpa Sottoli Giusfredi0:00:26 
64Ariane Horbach (Ger) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies0:00:26 
65Makhabbat Umutzhanova (Rus) Astana - Acca Due O0:00:27 
66Greta Richioud (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.910:00:28 
67Aurore Verhoeven (Fra) Lointek Team0:00:28 
68Spela Kern (Slo) Btc City Ljubljana0:00:28 
69Emilie Rochedy (Fra) France0:00:29 
70Lucia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) Lointek Team0:00:29 
71Tatiana Antoshina (Rus) Russia0:00:29 
72Claudia Cretti (Ita) Inpa Sottoli Giusfredi0:00:30 
73Carolina Rodriguez Gutierrez (Spa) Astana - Acca Due O0:00:31 
74Natalya Saifutdinova (Kaz) Astana - Acca Due O0:00:31 
75Janicke Gunvaldsen (Nor) Hitec Products0:00:32 
76Oxana Kozonchuk (Rus) Russia0:00:32 
77Tone Hatteland Lima (Nor) Hitec Products0:00:32 
78Olga Dobrynina (Rus) Bizkaia - Durango0:00:33 
79Ingrid Lorvik (Nor) Hitec Products0:00:34 
80Anna Trevisi (Ita) Inpa Sottoli Giusfredi0:00:35 
81Manon Souyris (Fra) France0:00:37 
82Lierni Lekuona Etxebeste (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango0:00:38 
83Anna Potokina (Rus) Russia0:00:38 
84Jesst Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - Duo0:00:38 
85Tatiana Shamanova (Rus) Russia0:00:38 
86Dafné Therous Izquierdo (Can) Lointek Team0:00:39 
87Lindsay Marie Fox (USA) Bepink Laclassica0:00:39 
88Fien Delbaere (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - Duo0:00:39 
89Kseniia Dobrynina (Rus) Astana - Acca Due O0:00:42 
90Marina Likhanova (Rus) Russia0:00:43 
91Angela Maffeis (Ita) Inpa Sottoli Giusfredi0:00:52 
92Samara Sheppard (NZl) Bizkaia - Durango0:00:54 
General classification after prologue
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Amy Pieters (Ned) Team Liv - Plantur0:03:40 
2Eugenia Bujak (Pol) Btc City Ljubljana0:00:02 
3Brianna Walle (USA) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies0:00:03 
4Jaime Nielsen (NZl) Bepink Laclassica0:00:04 
5Annette Edmondson (Aus) Wiggle Honda0:00:04 
6Leah Kirchmann (Can) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies0:00:05 
7Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Hitec Products0:00:05 
8Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle Honda0:00:06 
9Aude Biannic (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.900:00:06 
10Martina Ritter (Aut) Btc City Ljubljana0:00:07 
11Jasmin Glaesser (Can) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies0:00:08 
12Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) Bepink Laclassica0:00:09 
13Amy Cure (Aus) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:00:09 
14Claudia Lichtenberg (Ger) Team Liv - Plantur0:00:10 
15Cecilie Gotaas Johnsen (Nor) Hitec Products0:00:11 
16Maura Kinsella (USA) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies0:00:12 
17Jessie Daams (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:00:12 
18Daiva Tuslaite (Ltu) Inpa Sottoli Giusfredi0:00:13 
19Polona Batagelj (Slo) Btc City Ljubljana0:00:13 
20Kimberley Wells (Aus) Australia0:00:13 
21Mia Radotic (Cro) Btc City Ljubljana0:00:13 
22Coralie Demay (Fra) France0:00:14 
23Anouk Rijff (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:00:14 
24Amélie Rivat (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.860:00:14 
25Amber Neben (USA) Bepink Laclassica0:00:15 
26Annie Ewart (Can) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies0:00:15 
27Ellen Skerritt (Aus) Australia0:00:15 
28Molly Weavers (GBr) Team Liv - Plantur  
29Julia Soek (Ned) Team Liv - Plantur0:00:16 
30Roxane Fournier (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.870:00:16 
31Audrey Cordon (Fra) Wiggle Honda0:00:16 
32Isabelle Beckers (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:00:16 
33Lucy Garner (GBr) Team Liv - Plantur0:00:16 
34Willeke Knol (Ned) Team Liv - Plantur0:00:16 
35Tetiana Riabchenko (Ukr) Inpa Sottoli Giusfredi0:00:16 
36Carlee Taylor (Aus) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:00:17 
37Elena Utrobina (Rus) Bizkaia - Durango0:00:17 
38Belen Lopez Morales (Spa) Lointek Team0:00:18 
39Jenelle Crooks (Aus) Australia0:00:18 
40Ana Maria Covrig (Rom) Bepink Laclassica0:00:18 
41Eugénie Duval (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.880:00:19 
42Jessica Mundy (Aus) Australia0:00:19 
43Ingrid Drexel (Mex) Astana - Acca Due O0:00:19 
44Shannon Malseed (Aus) Australia0:00:19 
45Ursa Pintar (Slo) Btc City Ljubljana0:00:20 
46Eider Merino Kortazar (Spa) Lointek Team0:00:20 
47Mayuko Hagiwara (Jpn) Wiggle Honda0:00:20 
48Lieselot Decroix (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:00:21 
49Saartje Vandenbroucke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - Duo0:00:21 
50Loren Rowney (Aus) Australia0:00:22 
51Ilaria Bonomi (Ita) Bepink Laclassica0:00:22 
52Anna Christian (GBr) Wiggle Honda0:00:22 
53Fiona Dutriaux (Fra) France0:00:23 
54Charlotte Bravard (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.890:00:23 
55Larisa Pankova (Rus) Astana - Acca Due O0:00:24 
56Marion Sicot (Fra) France0:00:24 
57Anna Ramirez Bauxel (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango0:00:24 
58Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle Honda0:00:24 
59Fanny Leleu (Fra) France0:00:24 
60Nel De Crits (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - Duo0:00:24 
61Kaat Hannes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - Duo0:00:24 
62Soline Lamboley (Fra) Lointek Team0:00:26 
63Ane Santesteban Gonzalez (Ita) Inpa Sottoli Giusfredi0:00:26 
64Ariane Horbach (Ger) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies0:00:26 
65Makhabbat Umutzhanova (Rus) Astana - Acca Due O0:00:27 
66Greta Richioud (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.910:00:28 
67Aurore Verhoeven (Fra) Lointek Team0:00:28 
68Spela Kern (Slo) Btc City Ljubljana0:00:28 
69Emilie Rochedy (Fra) France0:00:29 
70Lucia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) Lointek Team0:00:29 
71Tatiana Antoshina (Rus) Russia0:00:29 
72Claudia Cretti (Ita) Inpa Sottoli Giusfredi0:00:30 
73Carolina Rodriguez Gutierrez (Spa) Astana - Acca Due O0:00:31 
74Natalya Saifutdinova (Kaz) Astana - Acca Due O0:00:31 
75Janicke Gunvaldsen (Nor) Hitec Products0:00:32 
76Oxana Kozonchuk (Rus) Russia0:00:32 
77Tone Hatteland Lima (Nor) Hitec Products0:00:32 
78Olga Dobrynina (Rus) Bizkaia - Durango0:00:33 
79Ingrid Lorvik (Nor) Hitec Products0:00:34 
80Anna Trevisi (Ita) Inpa Sottoli Giusfredi0:00:35 
81Manon Souyris (Fra) France0:00:37 
82Lierni Lekuona Etxebeste (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango0:00:38 
83Anna Potokina (Rus) Russia0:00:38 
84Jesst Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - Duo0:00:38 
85Tatiana Shamanova (Rus) Russia0:00:38 
86Dafné Therous Izquierdo (Can) Lointek Team0:00:39 
87Lindsay Marie Fox (USA) Bepink Laclassica0:00:39 
88Fien Delbaere (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Pro - Duo0:00:39 
89Kseniia Dobrynina (Rus) Astana - Acca Due O0:00:42 
90Marina Likhanova (Rus) Russia0:00:43 
91Angela Maffeis (Ita) Inpa Sottoli Giusfredi0:00:52 
92Samara Sheppard (NZl) Bizkaia - Durango0:00:54 

 

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