Laws bests Whitelaw in opening stage

First UCI win puts Laws into leader's jersey

Sharon Laws (Cervelo TestTeam) outsprinted breakaway companion Vicki Whitelaw (Lotto Ladies Team) to win stage one of the Tour Cycliste Féminin International de l'Ardèche. Laws's teammate Lizzie Armitstead won the field sprint for third in the 112.4km stage, leading in the peloton 1:41 after Laws and Whitelaw.

With her victory in the opening stage, Laws also earned the first leader's jersey of the five-day French stage race. As in the stage results, Whitelaw holds second overall in the same time as Laws while Armitstead is third, 1:41 back.

"My legs were good today, I felt that I was stronger than Vicki, as she mostly followed in my wheel and I was able to beat her in the sprint," said Laws after winning the first UCI-sanctioned race of her career. "I have to say thanks to the team, today we were the smartest and strongest team.

"I will try to keep leader's jersey as long as possible on my shoulders, and we have a lot of other options in the team. I have had some bad luck this year, I broke my collarbone in the Giro and didn't race for a long time, so this is very gratifying."

Cervelo TestTeam sports director Egon van Kessel is pleased that Laws was able to have a breakthrough performance in France. "Sharon is a really good rider who has given the team a lot of support this year though she had never won a race," said van Kessel. "So it is great that she is able to win today, with a good perspective for the GC with an advantage of 1:41.

"Today's first stage in the Tour de Ardeche was an easy stage with only a small climb at the beginning of the race but the peloton stayed together," said van Kessel. "The Australian rider Amanda Spratt was in the lead and with 75km to go she had a quite a big gap. Then there was some wind from the side so we decided to attack with the whole team. We took Spratt back and then Sharon Laws attacked and took Vicky Whitelaw with her, together they took quite a big advantage."

Full Results
1Sharon Laws (GBr) Cervelo Test Team2:48:54 
2Vicki Whitelaw (Aus) Lotto Ladies Team  
3Lizzie Armitstead (GBr) Cervelo Test Team0:01:41 
4Grace Verbeke (Bel) Lotto Ladies Team  
5Vilija Sereikaite (Ltu) Lithuania  
6Ludivine Henrion (Bel) Belgium  
7Christine Majerus (Lux) Esgl 93 - Gsd Gestion  
8Emilie Moberg (Nor) Norway  
9Ausrine Trebaite (Ltu) Lithuania  
10Sanne Cant (Bel) Belgium  
11Latoya Brulee (Bel) De Sprinters Malderen  
12Aurore Verhoeven (Fra) France  
13Sjoukje Dufoer (Bel) Belgium  
14Jennifer Hohl (Swi) Switzerland  
15Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Lotto Ladies Team  
16Sophie Creux (Fra) Esgl 93 - Gsd Gestion  
17Daniela Gass (Ger) Bike-Aid  
18Christel Ferrier Bruneau (Fra) France  
19Tatiana Riabchenko (Ukr) Acs Chirio - Forno D'Asolo  
20Alli Holland (GBr) Rapha Condor  
21Kaat Hannes (Bel) Belgium  
22Laure Werner (Bel) Belgium  
23Laura Van Der Kamp (Ned) Netherlands  
24Linda Van Rijen (Ned) Netherlands  
25Liselot Decroix (Bel) Cervelo Test Team  
26Agne Silinyte (Ltu) Lithuania  
27Egle Zablockyte (Ltu) Lithuania  
28Daphny Van Den Brand (Ned) Netherlands  
29Marie Voreland (Nor) Norway  
30Marion Rousse (Fra) Esgl 93 - Gsd Gestion  
31Sophie De Boer (Ned) Netherlands  
32Ashleigh Moolman (RSA) Lotto Ladies Team  
33Claudia Häusler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team  
34Ruth Corset (Aus) Australia  
35Elodie Hegoburu (Fra) Esgl 93 - Gsd Gestion  
36Eugenie Mermillod (Fra) Esgl 93 - Gsd Gestion  
37Lise Noestvold (Nor) Norway  
38Jessica Schneeberger (Swi) Switzerland  
39Elena Eggl (Ger) Bike-Aid  
40Andréa Graus (Aut) Acs Chirio - Forno D'Asolo  
41Margriet Kloppenburg (Den) Czech-Slovak Mixed Team  
42Arenda Grimberg (Ned) Netherlands  
43Ine Beyen (Bel) Belgium  
44Doris Schweizer (Swi) Switzerland  
45Natalie Creswick (GBr) Rapha Condor  
46Emma Silversides (GBr) De Sprinters Malderen  
47Carlee Taylor (Aus) Australia  
48Annelies Visser (Ned) Netherlands  
49Fröydis Waersted (Nor) Norway  
50Katarina Hranaiova (Cze) Czech-Slovak Mixed Team  
51Cecilie Johansen (Nor) Norway  
52Fabienne Schauss (Lux) De Sprinters Malderen  
53Karine Aune (Swe) De Sprinters Malderen  
54Lizanne Naude (RSA) Lotto Ladies Team  
55Mireille Robin (Fra) Bourgogne Cyclisme Féminin  
56Christina Kollmann (Aut) Acs Chirio - Forno D'Asolo  
57Patricia Schwager (Swi) Cervelo Test Team  
58Audrey Cordon (Fra) France  
59Mirjam Schwager (Swi) Switzerland  
60Rosane Kirch (Bra) Acs Chirio - Forno D'Asolo  
61Anna Fischer (Ger) Rapha Condor  
62Svetlana Pauliukaite (Ltu) Lithuania  
63Urte Joudvalkite (Ltu) Acs Chirio - Forno D'Asolo  
64Kathrin Hammes (Ger) Bike-Aid  
65Natasha Perry (Aus) Rapha Condor  
66Carla Ryan (Aus) Cervelo Test Team  
67Andrea Dvorak (USA) Acs Chirio - Forno D'Asolo  
68Amanda Spratt (Aus) Australia  
69Béatrice Thomas (Fra) Esgl 93 - Gsd Gestion  
70Fabienne Sommer (Swi) Switzerland0:02:18 
71Emma Grant (GBr) Rapha Condor0:04:47 
72Désirée Schuler (Ger) Bike-Aid  
73Rebecca Curley (GBr) Rapha Condor  
74Manon Parisot (Fra) Bourgogne Cyclisme Féminin  
75Amelie Rivat (Fra) France  
76Emilie Blanquefort (Fra) France  
77Steffi Meizer (Ger) Bike-Aid  
78Amy De Ridder (Bel) De Sprinters Malderen  
79Sylvie Gaillon (Fra) Bourgogne Cyclisme Féminin  
80Sylvie Quittot (Fra) Bourgogne Cyclisme Féminin0:04:59 
81Shara Gillow (Aus) Australia0:05:20 
82Line Foss (Nor) Norway0:05:58 
83Myfanwy Galloway (Aus) Australia0:07:11 
84Elke Bolangier (Bel) De Sprinters Malderen  
85Roberta Barzdaite (Ltu) Lithuania0:07:57 
86Alna Burato (Fra) France0:08:00 
87Tina Heinzmann (Ger) Bike-Aid  
88Lucie Macikova (Cze) Czech-Slovak Mixed Team  
89Andrea Chlumska (Cze) Czech-Slovak Mixed Team  
90Zuzana Vojtasova (Svk) Czech-Slovak Mixed Team0:33:11 
DNFJennifer Sägeser (Swi) Switzerland  
Points
1Sharon Laws (GBr) Cervelo Test Team12pts
2Vicki Whitelaw (Aus) Lotto Ladies Team10 
3Lizzie Armitstead (GBr) Cervelo Test Team8 
4Grace Verbeke (Bel) Lotto Ladies Team7 
5Vilija Sereikaite (Ltu) Lithuania6 
6Ludivine Henrion (Bel) Belgium5 
7Christine Majerus (Lux) Esgl 93 - Gsd Gestion4 
8Emilie Moberg (Nor) Norway3 
9Ausrine Trebaite (Ltu) Lithuania2 
10Sanne Cant (Bel) Belgium1 
Sprint 1 - Aux 4 Soux, 20.4km
1Vilija Sereikaite (Ltu) Lithuania5pts
2Désirée Schuler (Ger) Bike-Aid3 
3Vicki Whitelaw (Aus) Lotto Ladies Team2 
4Christine Majerus (Lux) Esgl 93 - Gsd Gestion1 
Sprint 2 - Cave d'Alba la Romaine, 50.5km
1Amanda Spratt (Aus) Australia5pts
2Christine Majerus (Lux) Esgl 93 - Gsd Gestion3 
3Daniela Gass (Ger) Bike-Aid2 
4Kathrin Hammes (Ger) Bike-Aid1 
Sprint 3 - Cruas, 89.1km
1Claudia Häusler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team5pts
2Patricia Schwager (Swi) Cervelo Test Team3 
3Carla Ryan (Aus) Cervelo Test Team2 
4Sharon Laws (GBr) Cervelo Test Team1 
Mountain 1 - Côte de St Vincent de Barrés, 14.9km
1Jessica Schneeberger (Swi) Switzerland3pts
2Ashleigh Moolman (RSA) Lotto Ladies Team2 
3Sharon Laws (GBr) Cervelo Test Team1 
Teams
1Lotto Ladies Team8:30:04 
2Cervelo Test Team  
3Belgium0:01:41 
4Lithuania  
5Esgl93 - Gsd Gestion  
6Norway  
7Netherlands  
8France  
9Switzerland  
10De Sprinters Malderen  
11Acs Chirio - Forno D'Asolo  
12Bike-Aid  
13Rapha Condor  
14Australia  
15Bourgogne Cyclisme Feminin0:07:53 
16Czech-Slovak Mixed Team0:08:00 
General classification after stage 1
1Sharon Laws (GBr) Cervelo Test Team2:48:54 
2Vicki Whitelaw (Aus) Lotto Ladies Team  
3Lizzie Armitstead (GBr) Cervelo Test Team0:01:41 
4Grace Verbeke (Bel) Lotto Ladies Team  
5Vilija Sereikaite (Ltu) Lithuania  
6Ludivine Henrion (Bel) Belgium  
7Christine Majerus (Lux) Esgl 93 - Gsd Gestion  
8Emilie Moberg (Nor) Norway  
9Ausrine Trebaite (Ltu) Lithuania  
10Sanne Cant (Bel) Belgium  
11Latoya Brulee (Bel) De Sprinters Malderen  
12Aurore Verhoeven (Fra) France  
13Sjoukje Dufoer (Bel) Belgium  
14Jennifer Hohl (Swi) Switzerland  
15Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Lotto Ladies Team  
16Sophie Creux (Fra) Esgl 93 - Gsd Gestion  
17Daniela Gass (Ger) Bike-Aid  
18Christel Ferrier Bruneau (Fra) France  
19Tatiana Riabchenko (Ukr) Acs Chirio - Forno D'Asolo  
20Alli Holland (GBr) Rapha Condor  
21Kaat Hannes (Bel) Belgium  
22Laure Werner (Bel) Belgium  
23Laura Van Der Kamp (Ned) Netherlands  
24Linda Van Rijen (Ned) Netherlands  
25Liselot Decroix (Bel) Cervelo Test Team  
26Agne Silinyte (Ltu) Lithuania  
27Egle Zablockyte (Ltu) Lithuania  
28Daphny Van Den Brand (Ned) Netherlands  
29Marie Voreland (Nor) Norway  
30Marion Rousse (Fra) Esgl 93 - Gsd Gestion  
31Sophie De Boer (Ned) Netherlands  
32Ashleigh Moolman (RSA) Lotto Ladies Team  
33Claudia Häusler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team  
34Ruth Corset (Aus) Australia  
35Elodie Hegoburu (Fra) Esgl 93 - Gsd Gestion  
36Eugenie Mermillod (Fra) Esgl 93 - Gsd Gestion  
37Lise Noestvold (Nor) Norway  
38Jessica Schneeberger (Swi) Switzerland  
39Elena Eggl (Ger) Bike-Aid  
40Andréa Graus (Aut) Acs Chirio - Forno D'Asolo  
41Margriet Kloppenburg (Den) Czech-Slovak Mixed Team  
42Arenda Grimberg (Ned) Netherlands  
43Ine Beyen (Bel) Belgium  
44Doris Schweizer (Swi) Switzerland  
45Natalie Creswick (GBr) Rapha Condor  
46Emma Silversides (GBr) De Sprinters Malderen  
47Carlee Taylor (Aus) Australia  
48Annelies Visser (Ned) Netherlands  
49Fröydis Waersted (Nor) Norway  
50Katarina Hranaiova (Cze) Czech-Slovak Mixed Team  
51Cecilie Johansen (Nor) Norway  
52Fabienne Schauss (Lux) De Sprinters Malderen  
53Karine Aune (Swe) De Sprinters Malderen  
54Lizanne Naude (RSA) Lotto Ladies Team  
55Mireille Robin (Fra) Bourgogne Cyclisme Féminin  
56Christina Kollmann (Aut) Acs Chirio - Forno D'Asolo  
57Patricia Schwager (Swi) Cervelo Test Team  
58Audrey Cordon (Fra) France  
59Mirjam Schwager (Swi) Switzerland  
60Rosane Kirch (Bra) Acs Chirio - Forno D'Asolo  
61Anna Fischer (Ger) Rapha Condor  
62Svetlana Pauliukaite (Ltu) Lithuania  
63Urte Joudvalkite (Ltu) Acs Chirio - Forno D'Asolo  
64Kathrin Hammes (Ger) Bike-Aid  
65Natasha Perry (Aus) Rapha Condor  
66Carla Ryan (Aus) Cervelo Test Team  
67Andrea Dvorak (USA) Acs Chirio - Forno D'Asolo  
68Amanda Spratt (Aus) Australia  
69Béatrice Thomas (Fra) Esgl 93 - Gsd Gestion  
70Fabienne Sommer (Swi) Switzerland0:02:18 
71Emma Grant (GBr) Rapha Condor0:04:47 
72Désirée Schuler (Ger) Bike-Aid  
73Rebecca Curley (GBr) Rapha Condor  
74Manon Parisot (Fra) Bourgogne Cyclisme Féminin  
75Amelie Rivat (Fra) France  
76Emilie Blanquefort (Fra) France  
77Steffi Meizer (Ger) Bike-Aid  
78Amy De Ridder (Bel) De Sprinters Malderen  
79Sylvie Gaillon (Fra) Bourgogne Cyclisme Féminin  
80Sylvie Quittot (Fra) Bourgogne Cyclisme Féminin0:04:59 
81Shara Gillow (Aus) Australia0:05:20 
82Line Foss (Nor) Norway0:05:58 
83Myfanwy Galloway (Aus) Australia0:07:11 
84Elke Bolangier (Bel) De Sprinters Malderen  
85Roberta Barzdaite (Ltu) Lithuania0:07:57 
86Alna Burato (Fra) France0:08:00 
87Tina Heinzmann (Ger) Bike-Aid  
88Lucie Macikova (Cze) Czech-Slovak Mixed Team  
89Andrea Chlumska (Cze) Czech-Slovak Mixed Team  
90Zuzana Vojtasova (Svk) Czech-Slovak Mixed Team0:33:11 
Points classification
1Sharon Laws (GBr) Cervelo Test Team12pts
2Vicki Whitelaw (Aus) Lotto Ladies Team10 
3Lizzie Armitstead (GBr) Cervelo Test Team8 
4Grace Verbeke (Bel) Lotto Ladies Team7 
5Vilija Sereikaite (Ltu) Lithuania6 
6Ludivine Henrion (Bel) Belgium5 
7Christine Majerus (Lux) Esgl 93 - Gsd Gestion4 
8Emilie Moberg (Nor) Norway3 
9Ausrine Trebaite (Ltu) Lithuania2 
10Sanne Cant (Bel) Belgium1 
Sprints classification
1Vilija Sereikaite (Ltu) Lithuania5pts
2Claudia Häusler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team5 
3Amanda Spratt (Aus) Australia5 
4Christine Majerus (Lux) Esgl 93 - Gsd Gestion4 
5Patricia Schwager (Swi) Cervelo Test Team3 
6Désirée Schuler (Ger) Bike-Aid3 
7Vicki Whitelaw (Aus) Lotto Ladies Team2 
8Daniela Gass (Ger) Bike-Aid2 
9Carla Ryan (Aus) Cervelo Test Team2 
10Sharon Laws (GBr) Cervelo Test Team1 
11Kathrin Hammes (Ger) Bike-Aid1 
Mountains classification
1Jessica Schneeberger (Swi) Switzerland3pts
2Ashleigh Moolman (RSA) Lotto Ladies Team2 
3Sharon Laws (GBr) Cervelo Test Team1 
Young riders classification
1Lizzie Armitstead (GBr) Cervelo Test Team2:50:35 
2Vilija Sereikaite (Ltu) Lithuania  
3Christine Majerus (Lux) Esgl 93 - Gsd Gestion  
4Emilie Moberg (Nor) Norway  
5Ausrine Trebaite (Ltu) Lithuania  
6Sanne Cant (Bel) Belgium  
7Latoya Brulee (Bel) De Sprinters Malderen  
8Aurore Verhoeven (Fra) France  
9Sjoukje Dufoer (Bel) Belgium  
10Jennifer Hohl (Swi) Switzerland  
11Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Lotto Ladies Team  
12Tatiana Riabchenko (Ukr) Acs Chirio - Forno D'Asolo  
13Kaat Hannes (Bel) Belgium  
14Laura Van Der Kamp (Ned) Netherlands  
15Linda Van Rijen (Ned) Netherlands  
16Liselot Decroix (Bel) Cervelo Test Team  
17Agne Silinyte (Ltu) Lithuania  
18Egle Zablockyte (Ltu) Lithuania  
19Marie Voreland (Nor) Norway  
20Marion Rousse (Fra) Esgl 93 - Gsd Gestion  
21Sophie De Boer (Ned) Netherlands  
22Elodie Hegoburu (Fra) Esgl 93 - Gsd Gestion  
23Eugenie Mermillod (Fra) Esgl 93 - Gsd Gestion  
24Lise Noestvold (Nor) Norway  
25Jessica Schneeberger (Swi) Switzerland  
26Elena Eggl (Ger) Bike-Aid  
27Ine Beyen (Bel) Belgium  
28Doris Schweizer (Swi) Switzerland  
29Carlee Taylor (Aus) Australia  
30Annelies Visser (Ned) Netherlands  
31Fröydis Waersted (Nor) Norway  
32Cecilie Johansen (Nor) Norway  
33Christina Kollmann (Aut) Acs Chirio - Forno D'Asolo  
34Audrey Cordon (Fra) France  
35Mirjam Schwager (Swi) Switzerland  
36Urte Joudvalkite (Ltu) Acs Chirio - Forno D'Asolo  
37Kathrin Hammes (Ger) Bike-Aid  
38Amanda Spratt (Aus) Australia  
39Fabienne Sommer (Swi) Switzerland0:00:37 
40Emma Grant (GBr) Rapha Condor0:03:06 
41Manon Parisot (Fra) Bourgogne Cyclisme Féminin  
42Amelie Rivat (Fra) France  
43Emilie Blanquefort (Fra) France  
44Amy De Ridder (Bel) De Sprinters Malderen  
45Shara Gillow (Aus) Australia0:03:21 
46Myfanwy Galloway (Aus) Australia0:05:30 
47Roberta Barzdaite (Ltu) Lithuania0:06:16 
48Andrea Chlumska (Cze) Czech-Slovak Mixed Team0:06:19 
Teams classification
1Lotto Ladies Team8:30:04 
2Cervelo Test Team  
3Belgium0:01:41 
4Lithuania  
5Esgl93 - Gsd Gestion  
6Norway  
7Netherlands  
8France  
9Switzerland  
10De Sprinters Malderen  
11Acs Chirio - Forno D'Asolo  
12Bike-Aid  
13Rapha Condor  
14Australia  
15Bourgogne Cyclisme Feminin0:07:53 
16Czech-Slovak Mixed Team0:08:00 
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