Vos wins La Course by Le Tour de France

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

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#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 TeamRow 2 - Cell 2
4Lucinda Brand (Ned) Team Sunweb Women0:00:04
5Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) CCC-Liv0:00:06
6Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Trek-Segafredo WomenRow 5 - Cell 2
7Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Mitchelton-Scott Women0:00:07
8Soraya Paladin (Ita) Ale CipolliniRow 7 - Cell 2
9Ane Santesteban Gonzalez (Spa) WNT-Rotor Pro CyclingRow 8 - Cell 2
10Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 9 - Cell 2
11Demi Vollering (Ned) Parkhotel ValkenburgRow 10 - Cell 2
12Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Sunweb WomenRow 11 - Cell 2
13Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon-SRAM0:00:10
14Rachel Neylan (Aus) Team Virtu CyclingRow 13 - Cell 2
15Sofie De Vuyst (Bel) Parkhotel ValkenburgRow 14 - Cell 2
16Eugenia Bujak (Slo) BTC City LjubljanaRow 15 - Cell 2
17Janneke Ensing (Ned) WNT-Rotor Pro CyclingRow 16 - Cell 2
18Paula Andrea Patiño Bedoya (Col) Movistar Team WomenRow 17 - Cell 2
19Katharine Hall (USA) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:00:13
20Urska Pintar (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana0:00:14
21Hanna Nilsson (Swe) BTC City LjubljanaRow 20 - Cell 2
22Evita Muzic (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 21 - Cell 2
23Eri Yonamine (Jpn) Ale CipolliniRow 22 - Cell 2
24Amanda Spratt (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott WomenRow 23 - Cell 2
25Brodie Chapman (Aus) Tibco-Silicon Valley BankRow 24 - Cell 2
26Julie Van de Velde (Bel) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 25 - Cell 2
27Nikola Noskova (Cze) Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 26 - Cell 2
28Erica Magnaldi (Ita) WNT-Rotor Pro CyclingRow 27 - Cell 2
29Annika Langvad (Den) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 28 - Cell 2
30Elise Chabbey (Swi) Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 29 - Cell 2
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 WomenRow 33 - Cell 2
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 CyclingteamRow 38 - Cell 2
40Edwige Pitel (Fra) Cogeas Mettler Look0:09:19
41Shara Gillow (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 40 - Cell 2
42Alexis Ryan (USA) Canyon-SRAM0:10:56
43Anouska Koster (Ned) Team Virtu CyclingRow 42 - Cell 2
44Ahreum Na (Kor) Ale CipolliniRow 43 - Cell 2
45Marta Cavalli (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling0:10:58
46Krista Doebel-Hickok (USA) Rally UHC Cycling WomenRow 45 - Cell 2
47Nina Buijsman (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg0:10:59
48Jade Wiel (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 47 - Cell 2
49Leah Thomas (USA) Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 48 - Cell 2
50Lotte Kopecky (Bel) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 49 - Cell 2
51Rossella Ratto (Ita) BTC City LjubljanaRow 50 - Cell 2
52Victorie Guilman (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 51 - Cell 2
53Kelly Van Den Steen (Bel) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 52 - Cell 2
54Lara Vieceli (Ita) WNT-Rotor Pro CyclingRow 53 - Cell 2
55Rozanne Slik (Ned) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank0:11:03
56Pfeiffer Georgi (GBr) Team Sunweb Women0:11:04
57Liane Lippert (Ger) Team Sunweb WomenRow 56 - Cell 2
58Sarah Roy (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott WomenRow 57 - Cell 2
59Deborah Paine (NZl) Cogeas Mettler LookRow 58 - Cell 2
60Katrine Aalerud (Nor) Team Virtu CyclingRow 59 - Cell 2
61Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon-SRAMRow 60 - Cell 2
62Georgia Williams (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott WomenRow 61 - Cell 2
63Mikayla Harvey (NZl) Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 62 - Cell 2
64Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Valcar-Cylance CyclingRow 63 - Cell 2
65Dalia Muccioli (Ita) Valcar-Cylance CyclingRow 64 - Cell 2
66Elena Pirrone (Ita) Astana Women's TeamRow 65 - Cell 2
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 CipolliniRow 69 - Cell 2
71Laura Asencio (Fra) WNT-Rotor Pro CyclingRow 70 - Cell 2
72Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Canyon-SRAMRow 71 - Cell 2
73Asja Paladin (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling0:11:22
74Aude Biannic (Fra) Movistar Team WomenRow 73 - Cell 2
75Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 74 - Cell 2
76Audrey Cordon Ragot (Fra) Trek-Segafredo WomenRow 75 - Cell 2
77Elizabeth Deignan (GBr) Trek-Segafredo WomenRow 76 - Cell 2
78Charlotte Becker (Ger) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 77 - Cell 2
79Severine Eraud (Fra) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport0:12:57
80Annelies Dom (Bel) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 79 - Cell 2
81Mieke Docx (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck SportRow 80 - Cell 2
82Danielle Christmas (GBr) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 81 - Cell 2
83Chloe Hosking (Aus) Ale CipolliniRow 82 - Cell 2
84Sara Bergen (Can) Rally UHC Cycling WomenRow 83 - Cell 2
85Marina Uvarova (Rus) Cogeas Mettler LookRow 84 - Cell 2
86Lucie Lahaye (Fra) Charente-Maritime Women0:13:02
87Pauline Allin (Fra) Charente-Maritime WomenRow 86 - Cell 2
88Birgitte Andersen (Den) Team Virtu CyclingRow 87 - Cell 2
89Jesse Vandenbulcke (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport0:13:06
90Alice Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAMRow 89 - Cell 2
91Urska Zigart (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana0:13:07
DNFJessica Allen (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott WomenRow 91 - Cell 2
DNFAlexandra Manly (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott WomenRow 92 - Cell 2
DNFValerie Demey (Bel) CCC-LivRow 93 - Cell 2
DNFJessica Raimondi (Ita) Ale CipolliniRow 94 - Cell 2
DNSSheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Movistar Team WomenRow 95 - Cell 2
DNFLex Albrecht (Can) Tibco-Silicon Valley BankRow 96 - Cell 2
DNFNina Kessler (Ned) Tibco-Silicon Valley BankRow 97 - Cell 2
DNFEmily Newsom (USA) Tibco-Silicon Valley BankRow 98 - Cell 2
DNFAnna Plichta (Pol) Trek-Segafredo WomenRow 99 - Cell 2
DNFEugénie Duval (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 100 - Cell 2
DNFElisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar-Cylance CyclingRow 101 - Cell 2
DNFBelle de Gast (Ned) Parkhotel ValkenburgRow 102 - Cell 2
DNFRoxane Knetemann (Ned) Parkhotel ValkenburgRow 103 - Cell 2
DNFOlga Deyko (Rus) Cogeas Mettler LookRow 104 - Cell 2
DNFAnastasiia Pliaskina (Rus) Cogeas Mettler LookRow 105 - Cell 2
DNFSari Saarelainen (Fin) Cogeas Mettler LookRow 106 - Cell 2
DNFCameron Vandenbroucke (Bel) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 107 - Cell 2
DNFSofia Bertizzolo (Ita) Team Virtu CyclingRow 108 - Cell 2
DNFSpela Kern (Slo) BTC City LjubljanaRow 109 - Cell 2
DNFAllison Beveridge (Can) Rally UHC Cycling WomenRow 110 - Cell 2
DNFAbigail Mickey (USA) Rally UHC Cycling WomenRow 111 - Cell 2
DNFSara Poidevin (Can) Rally UHC Cycling WomenRow 112 - Cell 2
DNFEmma White (USA) Rally UHC Cycling WomenRow 113 - Cell 2
DNFPascale Jeuland (Fra) Doltcini-Van Eyck SportRow 114 - Cell 2
DNFDaniela Reis (Por) Doltcini-Van Eyck SporRow 115 - Cell 2
DNSMarion Sicot (Fra) Doltcini-Van Eyck SportRow 116 - Cell 2
DNFNoemie Abgrall (Fra) Charente-Maritime WomenRow 117 - Cell 2
DNFAnaïs Morichon (Fra) Charente-Maritime WomenRow 118 - Cell 2
DNFMarine Quiniou (Fra) Charente-Maritime WomenRow 119 - Cell 2
DNFAnna Traxler (Can) Charente-Maritime WomenRow 120 - Cell 2
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Mountain 1 - Côte de Gelos - 50.5 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Elise Chabbey (Swi) Bigla Pro Cycling Team3pts
2Sofie De Vuyst (Bel) Parkhotel Valkenburg2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Nikola Noskova (Cze) Bigla Pro Cycling Team1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Mountain 2 - Côte de Gelos - 25.5 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Sofie De Vuyst (Bel) Parkhotel Valkenburg3pts
2Nikola Noskova (Cze) Bigla Pro Cycling Team2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Elise Chabbey (Swi) Bigla Pro Cycling Team1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Mountain 3 - Côte de Gelos - 75 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Elise Chabbey (Swi) Bigla Pro Cycling Team3pts
2Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Mitchelton-Scott Women2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) CCC-Liv1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Mountain 4 - Côte de Gelos - 100 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Amanda Spratt (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women3pts
2Elise Chabbey (Swi) Bigla Pro Cycling Team2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Katharine Hall (USA) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam1Row 2 - Cell 3
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#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Amanda Spratt (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women
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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 TeamRow 3 - Cell 2
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 FuturoscopeRow 8 - Cell 2
10Victorie Guilman (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 9 - Cell 2
11Pfeiffer Georgi (GBr) Team Sunweb Women0:10:57
12Liane Lippert (Ger) Team Sunweb WomenRow 11 - Cell 2
13Deborah Paine (NZl) Cogeas Mettler LookRow 12 - Cell 2
14Mikayla Harvey (NZl) Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 13 - Cell 2
15Elena Pirrone (Ita) Astana Women's TeamRow 14 - Cell 2
16Nadia Quagliotto (Ita) Ale Cipollini0:11:06
17Laura Asencio (Fra) WNT-Rotor Pro CyclingRow 16 - Cell 2
18Mieke Docx (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport0:12:50
19Marina Uvarova (Rus) Cogeas Mettler LookRow 18 - Cell 2
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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