Van Vleuten wins on the Izoard to take La Course title

Annemiek van Vleuten (Orica Scott) claimed the Women's WorldTour offering of La Course by Tour de France with a dominant performance on the Izoard. The Orica rider made use of some botched tactics from Boels Dolmans on the final climb before jumping clear with around four kilometres to go. Lizzie Deignan, who set the pace for the majority of the climb in a bit to set-up her teammate Megan Guarnier, was unable to follow Van Vleuten's attack and was forced to settle for second. Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle High5) finished third.

"To finish here at the Tour de France with so many people is amazing," Van Vleuten said after the race. "Especially when before I wasn't a climber but since the Rio Olympic Games when I was able to climb with everyone uphill that inspired me to focus more on the climbing. To organise this uphill finish for the girls on the Tour de France is great.

"To be honest, I regretted that I went so early. I had double tactics in mind because we have the pursuit on Saturday and I wanted to have some time in front also. I knew that everybody was hurting and I thought that it was better to go. If you wait to long then it makes it easier for the others. If have the legs then it's good to go early."

As expected the stage came down to showdown on the Izoard. Only Linda Villumsen was able to break free and the former world time trial champion built up a 30-second lead on the lower slopes of the climb.

Boels Dolmans - mainly through Deignan – set the pace in pursuit and whittled down the lead group to under a dozen riders. However's Deignan's pace was too much for the rest of her team and she was briefly forced to ease up as Guarnier battled back into contention.

Orica, meanwhile, allowed Boels to set the pace and then made use of the confusion before Van Vleuten attacked.

The top riders will now go into a pursuit style time trial on Saturday, with the time gaps decided by the gaps at the finish on the Izoard. 

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Orica - Scott2:07:18
2Elizabeth Deignan (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:00:43
3Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle High50:01:23
4Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:01:28
5Shara Gillow (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope0:01:33
6Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica - Scott0:01:41
7Lauren Stephens (USA) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank0:01:51
8Ana Christina Sanabria Sanchez (Col) Servetto Giusta0:02:24
9Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) WM3 Procycling0:02:52
10Hanna Nilsson (Swe) BTC City Ljubljana0:03:04
11Eri Yonamine (Jpn) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope0:03:12
12Ashleigh Moolman Pasio (RSA) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team0:03:16
13Janneke Ensing (Ned) Ale Cipollini0:03:38
14Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Team Sunweb0:04:25
15Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Sunweb0:04:34
16Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Canyon SRAM RacingRow 15 - Cell 2
17Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 16 - Cell 2
18Ursa Pintar (Slo) BTC City LjubljanaRow 17 - Cell 2
19Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:04:50
20Rossella Ratto (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling0:05:08
21Nikola Noskova (Cze) Bepink CogeasRow 20 - Cell 2
22Linda Villumsen (NZl) Team Veloconcept Women0:05:15
23Olena Pavlukhina (Aze) Astana Women's Team0:05:19
24Katrine Aalerud (Nor) Hitec Products0:05:35
25Ingrid Drexel (Mex) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank0:05:51
26Tetiana Riabchenko (Ukr) Lensworld - Kuota0:06:00
27Juliette Labous (Fra) Team Sunweb0:06:48
28Ane Santesteban Gonzales (Spa) Ale Cipollini0:06:58
29Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Lensworld - Kuota0:07:25
30Claudia Lichtenberg (Ger) Wiggle High5Row 29 - Cell 2
31Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita) Astana Women's TeamRow 30 - Cell 2
32Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Fra) Wiggle High50:07:29
33Polona Batagelj (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana0:07:32
34Antri Christoforou (Cyp) Servetto Giusta0:07:46
35Alexandra Manly (Aus) Orica - Scott0:08:12
36Eugenia Bujak (Pol) BTC City Ljubljana0:08:22
37Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Cylance Pro Cycling0:08:28
38Carlee Taylor (Aus) Ale Cipollini0:08:37
39Severine Eraud (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope0:08:55
40Kathrin Hammes (Ger) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank0:09:09
41Camilla Pedersen (Den) Team Veloconcept Women0:09:14
42Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:09:29
43Lara Vieceli (Ita) Astana Women's Team0:09:34
44Rachel Neylan (Aus) Orica - Scott0:09:49
45Clara Koppenburg (Ger) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team0:10:04
46Alison Jackson (Can) Bepink Cogeas0:10:12
OTLAlice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Lensworld - KuotaRow 46 - Cell 2
OTLMarianne Vos (Ned) WM3 ProcyclingRow 47 - Cell 2
OTLJenelle Crooks (Aus) Orica ScottRow 48 - Cell 2
OTLSofia Beggin (Ita) Astana Women's TeamRow 49 - Cell 2
OTLChristine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 50 - Cell 2
OTLCharlotte Becker (Ger) Hitec ProductsRow 51 - Cell 2
OTLAmelie Rivat (Fra) Lares - Waowdeals Women Cycling TeamRow 52 - Cell 2
OTLMarion Sicot (Fra) FranceRow 53 - Cell 2
OTLLisa Klein (Ger) Cervelo - Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 54 - Cell 2
OTLGeorgia Williams (NZl) Orica ScottRow 55 - Cell 2
OTLSheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 56 - Cell 2
OTLJulia Soek (Ned) Team SunwebRow 57 - Cell 2
OTLAnouska Koster (Ned) WM3 ProcyclingRow 58 - Cell 2
OTLLeah Thorvilson (USA) Canyon SRAM RacingRow 59 - Cell 2
OTLAmber Leone Neben (USA) Team Veloconcept WomenRow 60 - Cell 2
OTLAude Biannic (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 61 - Cell 2
OTLLex Albrecht (Can) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley BankRow 62 - Cell 2
OTLShani Bloch-Davidov (Isr) Team Veloconcept WomenRow 63 - Cell 2
OTLElena Cecchini (Ita) Canyon SRAM RacingRow 64 - Cell 2
OTLNathalie Verschelden (Bel) Lensworld - KuotaRow 65 - Cell 2
OTLLaura Camila Lozano Ramirez (Col) Servetto GiustaRow 66 - Cell 2
OTLCharlotte Bravard (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 67 - Cell 2
OTLVictorie Guilman (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 68 - Cell 2
OTLNikki Brammeier (GBr) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 69 - Cell 2
OTLCyriane Muller (Fra) FranceRow 70 - Cell 2
OTLNatalya Saifutdinova (Kaz) Astana Women's TeamRow 71 - Cell 2
OTLDaniela Reis (Por) Lares - Waowdeals Women Cycling TeamRow 72 - Cell 2
OTLAmiliya Iskakova (Kaz) Astana Women's TeamRow 73 - Cell 2
OTLTatiana Shamanova (Rus) Bepink CogeasRow 74 - Cell 2
OTLJessie Daams (Bel) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 75 - Cell 2
OTLJulie Van De Velde (Bel) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 76 - Cell 2
OTLIngvild Gåskjenn (Nor) Hitec ProductsRow 77 - Cell 2
OTLNicole Hanselmann (Swi) Cervelo - Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 78 - Cell 2
OTLSilvia Valsecchi (Ita) Bepink CogeasRow 79 - Cell 2
OTLAnna Potokina (Rus) Servetto GiustaRow 80 - Cell 2
OTLLauren Kitchen (Aus) WM3 ProcyclingRow 81 - Cell 2
OTLFanny Leleu (Fra) FranceRow 82 - Cell 2
OTLRozanne Slik (Ned) Team SunwebRow 83 - Cell 2
OTLAlexis Ryan (USA) Canyon SRAM RacingRow 84 - Cell 2
OTLValentina Scandolara (Ita) WM3 ProcyclingRow 85 - Cell 2
OTLLucie Lahaye (Fra) FranceRow 86 - Cell 2
OTLClaudia Koster (Ned) Team Veloconcept WomenRow 87 - Cell 2
OTLKatia Ragusa (Ita) Bepink CogeasRow 88 - Cell 2
OTLTiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon SRAM RacingRow 89 - Cell 2
OTLDaiva Tuslaite (Ltu) Ale CipolliniRow 90 - Cell 2
OTLSarah Inghelbrecht (Bel) Lares - Waowdeals Women Cycling TeamRow 91 - Cell 2
OTLChristina Perchtold (Aut) Cervelo - Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 92 - Cell 2
OTLBrianna Walle (USA) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley BankRow 93 - Cell 2
OTLMarjolaine Bazin (Fra) FranceRow 94 - Cell 2
OTLKseniia Dobrynina (Rus) Servetto GiustaRow 95 - Cell 2
OTLAmy Cure (Aus) Wiggle High5Row 96 - Cell 2
OTLSoraya Paladin (Ita) Ale CipolliniRow 97 - Cell 2
OTLMia Radotic (Cro) BTC City LjubljanaRow 98 - Cell 2
OTLClemilda Fernandes Silva (Bra) Servetto GiustaRow 99 - Cell 2
OTLTereza Medvedova (Svk) Bepink CogeasRow 100 - Cell 2
OTLSara Penton (Swe) Team Veloconcept WomenRow 101 - Cell 2
OTLUrška Žigart (Slo) BTC City LjubljanaRow 102 - Cell 2
OTLBarbara Guarischi (Ita) Canyon SRAM RacingRow 103 - Cell 2
OTLLaura Asencio (Fra) FranceRow 104 - Cell 2
OTLCecilie Gotaas Johnsen (Nor) Hitec ProductsRow 105 - Cell 2
OTLMarta Tagliaferro (Ita) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 106 - Cell 2
OTLPuck Moonen (Ned) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 107 - Cell 2
OTLWilleke Knol (Ned) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 108 - Cell 2
OTLAmy Roberts (GBr) Wiggle High5Row 109 - Cell 2
OTLMieke Docx (Bel) Lares - Waowdeals Women Cycling TeamRow 110 - Cell 2
OTLIsabelle Beckers (Bel) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 111 - Cell 2
DNFLucy Garner (GBr) Wiggle High5Row 112 - Cell 2
DNFAnna Plichta (Pol) WM3 ProcyclingRow 113 - Cell 2
DNFNicolle Bruderer (Gua) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley BankRow 114 - Cell 2
DNFMolly Weaver (GBr) Team SunwebRow 115 - Cell 2
DNFMartina Stefani (Ita) Ale CipolliniRow 116 - Cell 2
DNFAlice Cobb (GBr) Lares - Waowdeals Women Cycling TeamRow 117 - Cell 2
DNSKaat Hannes (Bel) Lensworld - KuotaRow 118 - Cell 2

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