Demi Vollering wins La Course by le Tour de France

Demi Vollering (Team SD Worx) has won La Course by Le Tour de France, held on the morning of stage 1 of the men's Tour de France. After an aggressive race, the 24-year-old Dutchwoman was the fastest in a sprint of a group of eight, passing Marianne Vos (Team Jumbo-Visma) on the last metres to take the victory. Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope) also squeezed by Vos to finish second, with Vos in third place.

A strong breakaway of twelve riders was caught with only five kilometres to go, and the race came down to the final ascent of the Côte de la Fosse aux Loups. After several attacks, a group of eight came onto the finishing straight together, and world champion Anna van der Breggen (Team SD Worx) opened up the sprint early.

“It almost went wrong because Vos was going all the way to the right and I was boxed in a bit. Anna made the speed and forced Marianne to go already. Then I could go in Marianne’s slipstream and come over her,” Vollering said of the finish.

“I was really looking forward to the race this morning, but I was not expecting to win. It was an awesome race and gives me a lot of confidence. And now that I won La Course, I am looking forward to the women’s Tour de France next year,” she added.

How it unfolded

After an aggressive start with many attacks, local riders Cédrine Kerbaol (Team Arkéa) and Noémie Abgrall (Stade Rochelais Charente-Maritime) got away separately, but Abgrall never made it to Kerbaol. Elena Pirrone (Valcar-Travel & Service) had more luck, bridging to the front with 60 km to go.

The first time up the Fosse aux Loups, an attack by Lucinda Brand (Trek-Segafredo) led to a group of eleven catching Pirrone, who had dropped Abgrall on the climb. They stayed about half a minute ahead of the peloton on the 14-kilometre lap, and Van der Breggen accelerated on the second ascent of the Fosse aux Loups, eventually catching the front group.

With two laps and 28 km to go, there were about 30 riders in the first group, and Ruth Winder (Trek-Segafredo) immediately launched an attack that brought about a group of ten riders, also including Niamh Fisher-Black (Team SD Worx), Brodie Chapman (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope), Juliette Labous (Team DSM), Mikayla Harvey (Canyon-SRAM), Grace Brown (Team BikeExchange), Anna Henderson (Jumbo-Visma), Sofia Bertizzolo (Liv Racing), Leah Thomas (Movistar Team), and Silvia Persico (Valcar-Travel & Service).

Kristen Faulkner (TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank) and Tatiana Guderzo (Alé BTC Ljubljana) bridged to this group while the peloton slowed down as nobody would take responsibility for the chase. With 19 km left to race, the front group was a minute ahead, with Marta Lach (Ceratizit-WNT) in between in a doomed solo chase. When Chapman lost contact on the penultimate time up the Fosse aux Loups, this inspired an attack by Uttrup Ludwig who was followed by Van der Breggen, Vos, Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM), Liane Lippert (Team DSM), and Soraya Paladin (Liv Racing). After reeling in Lach, this move fell apart again, and Évita Muzic (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope) countered, staying ahead of the peloton for a while.

These moves had reduced the gap to 40 seconds at the start of the final lap, and eventually Jumbo-Visma took charge of the chase, with Canyon-SRAM also helping out. The gap shrank quickly to only 14 seconds at the 5-kilometre mark, and an attack by Brand meant that the front group was reeled in.

The final climb of the Côte de Fosse aux Loups saw a move by Tiffany Cromwell (Canyon-SRAM), preparing the following attack by Niewiadoma who took Brown, Uttrup Ludwig, and Van der Breggen with her. Paladin, Vos, Vollering, and Lippert got back on as the climb flattened out two kilometres from the finish, and shortly afterwards Uttrup Ludwig put in an attack. Van der Breggen chased her down with Brown in her wheel, but after the catch none of the three would drive the move.

Because of that, all eight were together again coming into the final kilometre, and after a short jump by Lippert that was neutralised by Vos, Van der Breggen started the sprint early, allowing Vollering and Uttrup Ludwig to come from behind and beat Vos to the line.

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Full Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Demi Vollering (Ned) Team SD Worx 2:50:29
2Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
3Marianne Vos (Ned) Jumbo-Visma Women Team
4Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Team SD Worx
5Grace Brown (Aus) Team BikeExchange
6Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon-SRAM Racing
7Soraya Paladin (Ita) Liv Racing
8Liane Lippert (Ger) Team DSM
9Elizabeth Deignan (GBr) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:04
10Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita) Liv Racing
11Leah Thomas (USA) Movistar Team Women
12Coryn Rivera (USA) Team DSM 0:00:08
13Marta Cavalli (Ita) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
14Niamh Fisher-Black (NZl) Team SD Worx
15Mikayla Harvey (NZl) Canyon-SRAM Racing
16Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
17Anna Henderson (GBr) Jumbo-Visma Women Team
18Juliette Labous (Fra) Team DSM
19Pauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) Liv Racing
20Amanda Spratt (Aus) Team BikeExchange
21Kristen Faulkner (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank 0:00:21
22Katrine Aalerud (Nor) Movistar Team Women
23Joscelin Lowden (GBr) Drops-le Col Supported by Tempur
24Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Liv Racing
25Clara Koppenburg (Ger) Rally Cycling
26Barbara Malcotti (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service 0:00:38
27Lauren Stephens (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
28Lucinda Brand (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:40
29Elise Chabbey (Swi) Canyon-SRAM Racing 0:00:50
30Federica Piergiovanni (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
31Eider Merino Cortazar (Spa) A.R. Monex Women's Pro Cycling Team
32Ariadna Gutierrez Arzaluz (Mex) A.R. Monex Women's Pro Cycling Team
33Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon-SRAM Racing 0:01:05
34Brodie Chapman (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope 0:01:22
35Evita Muzic (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
36Riejanne Markus (Ned) Jumbo-Visma Women Team
37Anouska Koster (Ned) Jumbo-Visma Women Team
38Silvia Persico (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
39Ane Santesteban Gonzalez (Spa) Team BikeExchange
40Sarah Roy (Aus) Team BikeExchange 0:01:37
41Ruth Winder (USA) Trek-Segafredo 0:02:06
42Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service 0:03:02
43Eugenia Bujak (Slo) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
44Lucie Jounier (Fra) Arkea Pro Cycling Team
45Marta Lach (Pol) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team
46Katia Ragusa (Ita) A.R. Monex Women's Pro Cycling Team
47Victorie Guilman (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
48Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) Liv Racing
49Esmée Peperkamp (Ned) Team DSM
50Valerie Demey (Bel) Liv Racing
51Kathrin Hammes (Ger) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team
52Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
53Amandine Fouquenet (Fra) Arkea Pro Cycling Team
54Shirin van Anrooij (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
55Krista Doebel-Hickok (USA) Rally Cycling
56Maaike Coljé (Ned) Massi Tactic Women Team
57Alice Towers (GBr) Drops-le Col Supported by Tempur
58Debora Silvestri (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
59Andrea Ramírez Fregoso (Mex) A.R. Monex Women's Pro Cycling Team
60Spela Kern (Slo) Massi Tactic Women Team
61Amber Kraak (Ned) Jumbo-Visma Women Team
62Omer Shapira (Isr) Canyon-SRAM Racing
63Clara Honsinger (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
64Elena Pirrone (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service 0:03:11
65Marit Raaijmakers (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
66Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
67Elizabeth Holden (GBr) Bizkaia-Durango
68Nina Buijsman (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
69Georgia Williams (NZl) Team BikeExchange
70Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team DSM
71Emilia Fahlin (Swe) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
72Sara Poidevin (Can) Rally Cycling
73Emilie Fortin (Can) Bizkaia-Durango 0:03:30
74Anna Christian (GBr) Drops-le Col Supported by Tempur 0:03:33
75Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team DSM
76Pauline Allin (Fra) Arkea Pro Cycling Team 0:03:49
77Olivia Baril (Can) Massi Tactic Women Team 0:03:58
78Heidi Franz (USA) Rally Cycling 0:04:07
79Chantal van den Broek-Blaak (Ned) Team SD Worx 0:04:45
80Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAM Racing
81Laura Tomasi (Ita) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
82Tayler Wiles (USA) Trek-Segafredo 0:05:20
83Aude Biannic (Fra) Movistar Team Women 0:05:41
84Roxane Fournier (Fra) Team SD Worx
85Cedrine Kerbaol (Fra) Arkea Pro Cycling Team 0:06:17
86Femke Gerritse (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg 0:07:12
87Julia van Bokhoven (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg 0:08:49
88Maeva Squiban (Fra) Stade Rochelais Charente-Maritime Women Cycling 0:10:38
89Pien Limpens (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg 0:11:11
90Noemie Abgrall (Fra) Stade Rochelais Charente-Maritime Women Cycling 0:12:16
91Mireia Benito Pellicer (Spa) Massi Tactic Women Team 0:12:44
92Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Movistar Team Women
93Nikola Noskova (Cze) Team SD Worx
94Greta Marturano (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
95Greta Richioud (Fra) Arkea Pro Cycling Team
96Giorgia Vettorello (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
97Noemi Rüegg (Swi) Stade Rochelais Charente-Maritime Women Cycling
98Danielle Christmas (GBr) Drops-le Col Supported by Tempur
99Laura Asencio (Fra) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team
100Maria Vittoria Sperotto (Ita) A.R. Monex Women's Pro Cycling Team
101Maaike Boogaard (Ned) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
102Karlijn Swinkels (Ned) Jumbo-Visma Women Team
DNFAudrey Cordon Ragot (Fra) Trek-Segafredo
DNFAnna Trevisi (Ita) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
DNFPaula Patiño Bedoya (Col) Movistar Team Women
OTLLeah Dixon (GBr) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
OTLTanja Erath (Ger) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
DNFJade Teolis (Fra) A.R. Monex Women's Pro Cycling Team
OTLSandra Alonso Dominguez (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango
DNFIurani Blanco Calbet (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango
DNFDaniela Campos (Por) Bizkaia-Durango
DNFAriana Gilabert Vilaplana (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango
DNFTyphaine Laurance (Fra) Arkea Pro Cycling Team
DNFHolly Breck (USA) Rally Cycling
DNFKatie Clouse (USA) Rally Cycling
DNFSara Penton (Swe) Drops-le Col Supported by Tempur
DNFFinja Smekal (Ger) Drops-le Col Supported by Tempur
OTLSarah Rijkes (Aut) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team
OTLLara Vieceli (Ita) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team
OTLBelle de Gast (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
DNFAgua Marina Espinola Salinas (Par) Massi Tactic Women Team
DNFMarta Sanchez Hernandez (Spa) Massi Tactic Women Team
DNFElodie Le Bail (Fra) Stade Rochelais Charente-Maritime Women Cycling
DNFManon Souyris (Fra) Stade Rochelais Charente-Maritime Women Cycling
DNFMichela Balducci (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
DNFElisa Dalla Valle (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
DNFIris Monticolo (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo

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