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Lizzie Deignan solos for 82km to win inaugural Paris-Roubaix Femmes

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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Elisabeth DeignanArmitstead of United Kingdom and Team Trek Segafredo celebrates winning in the Roubaix Velodrome Vlodrome Andr Ptrieux during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo) takes the win in the first women's Paris-Roubaix (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Elisabeth DeignanArmitstead of United Kingdom and Team Trek Segafredo celebrates winning in the Roubaix Velodrome Vlodrome Andr Ptrieux during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo) takes the win in the first women's Paris-Roubaix (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Elisabeth DeignanArmitstead of United Kingdom and Team Trek Segafredo celebrates winning in the Roubaix Velodrome Vlodrome Andr Ptrieux during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo) takes the win in the first women's Paris-Roubaix (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Elisa Longo Borghini of Italy and Team Trek Segafredo celebrates the victory of her teammate Elisabeth DeignanArmitstead of United Kingdom and Team Trek Segafredo in the Roubaix Velodrome Vlodrome Andr Ptrieux during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Elisa Longo Borghini celebrates her teammate's victory and her own third place (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Elisabeth DeignanArmitstead of United Kingdom and Team Trek Segafredo arriving at the Roubaix Velodrome Vlodrome Andr Ptrieux before crossing the finish line in the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Lizzie Deignan with one to go on the Roubaix Velodrome (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Elisabeth DeignanArmitstead of United Kingdom and Team Trek Segafredo competes in the breakaway during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo) en route to victory (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Elisabeth DeignanArmitstead of United Kingdom and Team Trek Segafredo competes in the breakaway through cobblestones sector during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Dutch Marianne Vos of Team JumboVisma pictured in action during the first edition of the women elite race of the ParisRoubaix cycling event 1165km from Denain to Roubaix France on Saturday 02 October 2021 BELGA PHOTO ERIC LALMAND Photo by ERIC LALMANDBELGA MAGAFP via Getty Images

Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 LR Elisa Longo Borghini of Italy and Team Trek Segafredo Audrey CordonRagot of France and Team Trek Segafredo and Emma Norsgaard Jorgensen of Denmark and Movistar Team compete through cobblestones sector during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Emma Norsgaard covered in mud after a crash in Paris-Roubaix (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 LR Marianne Vos of Netherlands and Jumbo Visma Team Marta Bastianelli of Italy and Team Ale Btc Ljubljana and Christine Majerus of Luxembourg and Team SD Worx compete through cobblestones sector during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Marianne Vos, Marta Bastianelli and Christine Majerus in the chasing group (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Elisabeth DeignanArmitstead of United Kingdom and Team Trek Segafredo competes in the breakaway through cobblestones sector during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo) was flawless (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Dutch Teuntje Beekhuis pictured in action during the first edition of the women elite race of the ParisRoubaix cycling event 1165km from Denain to Roubaix France on Saturday 02 October 2021 BELGA PHOTO ERIC LALMAND Photo by ERIC LALMANDBELGA MAGAFP via Getty Images

Teuntje Beekhuis (Jumbo-Visma) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Sarah Roy of Australia and Team BikeExchange competes during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Sarah Roy (BikeExchange) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Romy Kasper of Germany and Jumbo Visma Team competes during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Marta Bastianelli (Ale BTC) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Audrey CordonRagot of France and Team Trek Segafredo competes through cobblestones sector during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Chantal Van den Broek Blaak (SD Worx) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Elisa Longo Borghini of Italy and Team Trek Segafredo competes through cobblestones sector during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Lauretta Hanson of Australia and Team Trek Segafredo suffers a mechanical problem in cobblestones sector during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Lauretta Hanson (Trek-Segafredo) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Elisabeth DeignanArmitstead of United Kingdom and Team Trek Segafredo competes through cobblestones sector during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo) gave a masterclass on the cobbles on the first women's Paris-Roubaix (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Elisabeth DeignanArmitstead of United Kingdom and Team Trek Segafredo competes through cobblestones sector during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo) gives a masterclass on the cobbles on the first women's Paris-Roubaix (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Elisabeth DeignanArmitstead of United Kingdom and Team Trek Segafredo competes through Hornaing Wandignies cobblestones sector during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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UKs Elizabeth Deignan pictured in action during the first edition of the women elite race of the ParisRoubaix cycling event 1165km from Denain to Roubaix France on Saturday 02 October 2021 BELGA PHOTO ERIC LALMAND Photo by ERIC LALMANDBELGA MAGAFP via Getty Images

Lizzie Deignan on the attack in the early kilometres of Paris-Roubaix (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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items the first edition of the women elite race of the ParisRoubaix cycling event 1165km from Denain to Roubaix France on datetext BELGA PHOTO photographer Photo by ERIC LALMANDBELGA MAGAFP via Getty Images

Elisa Balsamo slid out in the mud (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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French cyclist Eugenie Duval falls during the first edition of the women elite race of the ParisRoubaix cycling event 1165km from Denain to Roubaix on October 2 2021 Belgium OUT Photo by ERIC LALMAND BELGA AFP Belgium OUT Photo by ERIC LALMANDBELGAAFP via Getty Images

Eugenie Duval was another victim of mud-slick cobbles (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 LR Teniel Campbell of Trinidad and Tobago Georgia Williams of New Zealand and Janneke Ensing of Netherlands and Team BikeExchange compete through Hornaing Wandignies cobblestones sector during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Janneke Ensing, Georgia Williams and Teniel Campbell on the pavé (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 LR Audrey CordonRagot of France and Elisa Longo Borghini of Italy and Team Trek Segafredo compete through Hornaing Wandignies cobblestones sector during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Pauline Allin of France and Arkea Pro Cycling Team competes through Hornaing Wandignies cobblestones sector during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Georgia Williams leads Teniel Campbell (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 LR Lotte Kopecky of Belgium and Team Liv Racing Aude Biannic of France and Movistar Team and the peloton compete through cobblestones sector during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Aude Biannic (Movistar) leads the peloton (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Elisa Balsamo of Italy and Team Valcar Travel Service World Champion Jersey competes through cobblestones sector during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Elisa Balsamo (Valcar) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Trixi Worrack of Germany and Team Trek Segafredo competes through cobblestones sector during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Trixi Worrack (Trek-Segafredo) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Lotte Kopecky of Belgium and Team Liv Racing leads the peloton through cobblestones sector during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Lotte Kopecky leads the peloton across a cobbled sector of the first Women's Paris-Roubaix (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Lauren Stephens of United States and Team TIBCO Silicon Valley Bank competes through Hornaing Wandignies cobblestones sector during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Lauren Stephens (TIBCO) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Italian Elisa Balsamo pictured in action during the first edition of the women elite race of the ParisRoubaix cycling event 1165km from Denain to Roubaix France on Saturday 02 October 2021 BELGA PHOTO ERIC LALMAND Photo by ERIC LALMANDBELGA MAGAFP via Getty Images

Elisa Balsamo on the first cobbled sector (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 LR Pauline Allin of France and Arkea Pro Cycling Team and Franziska Koch of Germany and Team DSM compete through Hornaing Wandignies cobblestones sector during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Pauline Allin and Franziska Koch (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Illustration picture shows the pack of riders in action during the first edition of the women elite race of the ParisRoubaix cycling event 1165km from Denain to Roubaix France on Saturday 02 October 2021 BELGA PHOTO ERIC LALMAND Photo by ERIC LALMANDBELGA MAGAFP via Getty Images

The first women's Paris-Roubaix breaks up on the cobbles (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 A general view of the peloton competes through Warlaing Brillon cobblestones sector during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

The corn towers over the riders in the first women's Paris-Roubaix (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Cyclists compete during the first edition of the women elite race of the ParisRoubaix cycling event 1165km from Denain to Roubaix on October 2 2021 Belgium OUT Photo by ERIC LALMAND BELGA AFP Belgium OUT Photo by ERIC LALMANDBELGAAFP via Getty Images

The women's Paris-Roubaix (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Elizabeth Bennett of United Kingdom and Team DropsLe Col Supported By Tempur and teammate crash through Warlaing Brillon cobblestones sector during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

The mud-slick cobbles caused numerous crashes (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 LR Lotte Kopecky of Belgium and Team Liv Racing and Christine Majerus of Luxembourg and Team SD Worx compete through Hornaing Wandignies cobblestones sector during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Lotte Kopecky (Liv) behind Christine Majerus (SD Worx) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 LR Franziska Koch of Germany and Team DSM Amy Pieters of Netherlands and Team SD Worx and Marta Lach of Poland and Ceratizit WNT Pro Cycling Team compete during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Amy Pieters (SD Worx) in the Dutch champion's colours (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Annemiek Van Vleuten of Netherlands and Movistar Team Pink UCI Womens WorldTour Leader Jersey competes through cobblestones sector during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar) chasing after an early incident (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Alana Castrique of Belgium and Team Lotto Soudal Ladies competes through cobblestones sector during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Alana Castrique (Lotto Soudal) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Elisabeth DeignanArmitstead of United Kingdom and Team Trek Segafredo competes during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo) at the start (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 LR Elisabeth DeignanArmitstead of United Kingdom and Team Trek Segafredo Lauretta Hanson of Australia and Team Trek Segafredo Alena Amialiusik of Belarus and Team Canyon SRAM Racing and Elena Pirrone of Italy and Team Valcar Travel Service compete during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

The rollout of the first women's Paris-Roubaix (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 LR Nicole Steigenga of Netherlands and Doltcini Van Eyck Proximus Continental Team and Emilie Moberg of Norway and Team DropsLe Col Supported By Tempur compete in the breakaway during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Nicole Steigenga and Emilie Moberg were the early attackers (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Evy Kuijpers of Netherlands and Team Liv Racing competes through cobblestones sector during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Evy Kuijpers (Liv Racing) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Detail view of a sign marking the departure during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

The start of Paris-Roubaix (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 A general view of the peloton prior to the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

The start of the first women's Paris-Roubaix (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 A general view of the peloton prior to the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

The start of the first women's Paris-Roubaix (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Paris-Roubaix Femmes 2021

(Image credit: Daniel Ostanek)
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German Lisa Brennauer and Italian Elisa Balsamo pictured before the start of the first edition of the women elite race of the ParisRoubaix cycling event 1165km from Denain to Roubaix France on Saturday 02 October 2021 BELGA PHOTO ERIC LALMAND Photo by ERIC LALMANDBELGA MAGAFP via Getty Images

Lisa Brennauer and new world champion Elisa Balsamo pictured before the start of the first edition of the women elite race of the Paris-Roubaix (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Ellen Van Dijk of Netherlands and Team Trek Segafredo prior to the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Ellen van Dijk (Trek-Segafredo) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Paris-Roubaix Femmes

(Image credit: Daniel Ostanek)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 LR Lauren Stephens of United States and Team TIBCO Silicon Valley Bank Sarah Roy of Australia and Team BikeExchange and Georgia Williams of New Zealand and Team BikeExchange prepare for the race prior to the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

National champions Lauren Stephens, Sarah Roy and Georgia Williams at the start of Paris-Roubaix (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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UKs Elizabeth Lizzie Deignan celebrates as she crosses the finish line to win the first edition of the women elite race of the ParisRoubaix cycling event 1165km from Denain to Roubaix on October 2 2021 Belgium OUT Photo by ERIC LALMAND BELGA AFP Belgium OUT Photo by ERIC LALMANDBELGAAFP via Getty Images

Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo) celebrates winning Paris-Roubaix (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Elena Cecchini of Italy and Team SD Worx crosses the finishing line in the Roubaix Velodrome Vlodrome Andr Ptrieux during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Elena Cecchini (SD Worx) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Sarah Roy of Australia and Team BikeExchange crosses the finishing line in the Roubaix Velodrome Vlodrome Andr Ptrieux during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Sarah Roy (BikeExchange) overcame several crashes to finish 23rd (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Marianne Vos of Netherlands and Jumbo Visma Team crosses the finishing line on second place in the Roubaix Velodrome Vlodrome Andr Ptrieux during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma) made a huge effort but couldn't catch Deignan (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Marianne Vos of Netherlands and Jumbo Visma Team crosses the finishing line on second place in the Roubaix Velodrome Vlodrome Andr Ptrieux during the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma) finishes second (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 LR Marianne Vos of Netherlands and Jumbo Visma Team on second place stage winner Elisabeth DeignanArmitstead of United Kingdom and Team Trek Segafredo and Elisa Longo Borghini of Italy and Team Trek Segafredo on third place pose on the podium during the podium ceremony after the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Marianne Vos, Lizzie Deignan and Elisa Longo Borghini on the podium (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 LR Marianne Vos of Netherlands and Jumbo Visma Team on second place stage winner Elisabeth DeignanArmitstead of United Kingdom and Team Trek Segafredo and Elisa Longo Borghini of Italy and Team Trek Segafredo on third place pose with trophies on the podium during the podium ceremony after the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Marianne Vos, Lizzie Deignan and Elisa Longo Borghini on the podium (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 LR Marianne Vos of Netherlands and Jumbo Visma Team on second place stage winner Elisabeth DeignanArmitstead of United Kingdom and Team Trek Segafredo and Elisa Longo Borghini of Italy and Team Trek Segafredo on third place pose with trophies on the podium during the podium ceremony after the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Marianne Vos, Lizzie Deignan and Elisa Longo Borghini on the podium (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Elisabeth DeignanArmitstead of United Kingdom and Team Trek Segafredo celebrates winning the race on the podium ceremony after the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Lizzie Deignan hoists the massive cobblestone overhead (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Elisabeth DeignanArmitstead of United Kingdom and Team Trek Segafredo celebrates winning the public price on the podium ceremony after the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Lizzie Deignan celebrates her Paris-Roubaix win (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo) has put her name into the history books of cycling by winning the first edition of Paris-Roubaix Femmes with a long attack. Deignan attacked with 82.5 kilometres to go, just before the first of 17 pavé sectors, and built a gap of up to 2:40 minutes as the peloton gradually fell apart on the cobbles behind her.

A chase group formed and eventually grew to almost 20 riders, but Deignan was still 2:16 minutes ahead at the 20-kilometre mark. Marianne Vos (Team Jumbo-Visma) then accelerated away from the chase group on the Camphin-en-Pévèle sector, quickly closing the gap to 1:17 minutes at the end of the Gruson sector with 14.8 km to go. But Deignan fought back, and at the end of the last real pavé sector 6.8 kilometres from the finish she was still 1:14 minutes ahead.

The Briton covered the final kilometres without mishap and celebrated her historic victory in the wet Roubaix velodrome, crossing the line before Vos had even entered the cycling track. Finishing 1:17 minutes behind, Vos took second place while Deignan’s teammate Elisa Longo Borghini completed the podium, holding off a late charge by Lisa Brennauer (Ceratizit-WNT). Marta Bastianelli (Alé BTC Ljubljana) won the sprint of a small group for fifth place.

“I feel really emotional,” said Deignan, who was initially struggling for words in the post-race interview, overcome by the magnitude of the moment. “I just, I don’t know, I’m just so happy, really proud. I can’t believe it happened.”

Having regained her composure, she continued: “Women’s cycling is at this turning point, and you saw it today, this is part of history. I am proud to be part of a team that also makes history. We are so grateful to everybody behind the scenes, all the viewers watching, because every fan who’s watching this is also making history. It is proving that there is appetite for women’s cycling and that the athletes here can do one of the hardest races in the world, and I am so proud that I can say that I am the first-ever winner.”

Deignan then explained how her race-winning solo came about: “This was really not the plan. I needed to be at the front in the first cobble section to protect my leaders. I was kind of the third rider today, actually. I looked behind after the first cobbles, there was a gap, and I thought, ‘well, at least, if I’m in the front, they have to chase me’, so I just kept going,” she said before receiving her very own cobblestone on the podium, framed by Vos and Longo Borghini.

How it unfolded

129 riders took to the start in Denain, facing 116.4 kilometres to the velodrome in Roubaix of which 29.2 km were on cobblestones, distributed over 17 different sectors. Although it stayed dry for most of the race, the previous day’s rain had left puddles behind, turning the roadsides and the worst pavé sectors into mud.

The race started with three laps of a short circuit around the start town, and the first to attack were Emilie Moberg (Drops-Le Col s/b Tempur) and Nicole Steigenga (Doltcini-Van Eyck-Proximus) who got a 20-second advantage, chased by Elena Pirrone (Valcar-Travel & Service). The peloton reeled all three riders in again before turning towards the first pavé, the four-star sector 17 from Hornaing to Wandignies (the sector numbers are counted down).

Just before the start of the cobbles, Deignan accelerated to enter the sector in first position and got a gap on the rest of the field. Going into sector 15, she was a minute ahead, and the peloton fell apart into many groups on this sector, also due to mechanicals and crashes, leaving only 32 riders in the first chase group that emerged once the race was on the asphalt again.

Unhindered by other riders, Deignan could choose her line on the pavé and continued to increase her advantage to almost two minutes at the start of the five-star Mons-en-Pévèle sector with just under 50 kilometres to go. Behind her, the peloton broke apart on the cobbles time and again as riders crashed or suffered punctures, including pre-race favourites Ellen van Dijk (Trek-Segafredo) and Lotte Kopecky (Liv Racing). Although Kopecky quickly received a teammate’s bike, the frame was too large for her, stopping the Belgian champion from playing a big role in the race.

Vos, Christine Majerus (Team SD Worx), Brennauer, Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Trek-Segafredo), Bastianelli, and Aude Biannic (Movistar Team) emerged from the Mons-en-Pévèle sector as the first chase group with individual riders and small groups all over the road behind them and Deignan 1:55 minutes ahead.

This gap increased further to 2:40 minutes at the start of sector 8, Templeuve, 33.8 km from the finish. The group had now grown to 17 riders, and Majerus, Chantal van den Broek-Blaak (Team SD Worx), Bastianelli, Vos, and Romy Kasper (Team Jumbo-Visma) pushed up the pace, dropping five riders including Van Dijk and Longo Borghini and finally eating into Deignan’s advantage.

The dropped riders came back on the asphalt, and the chase group entered the four-star sector 5, Camphin-en-Pévèle, 2:11 minutes behind Deignan who slid around the corners in the mud but kept her bike upright.

Vos put in an acceleration on the cobbles and was followed by Longo Borghini and Van Dijk, but the European champion crashed heavily, bringing down Majerus with her. Further down the paceline, Sarah Roy (Team BikeExchange) and Biannic crashed in the same spot.

Vos was speeding away, had opened a 50-metre gap on Longo Borghini by the end of the sector, and had reduced the gap to Deignan to 1:45 minutes when she entered the five-star Carrefour de l’Arbre. Longo Borghini lost ground when she had to put her foot down after misjudging a corner, and Vos continued to make up ground.

But after the Gruson sector, ending with 14.8 kilometres to go, Vos was unable to reduce the gap even further, and when Deignan still held a gap of 1:14 minutes at the end of sector 2, 6.8 kilometres from the finish and with only the largely-symbolic Espace Charles Crupelandt to come just before the entry to the velodrome, the victory was hers to take barring mishaps.

The Trek-Segafredo team car itself suffered a breakdown on the final kilometres into Roubaix as a drizzle began to set in, making it vitally important for Deignan not to get a late puncture, but when she finally turned into the velodrome, she could celebrate a historic victory as the first woman to win Paris-Roubaix.

Full Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Elizabeth Deignan (GBr) Trek-Segafredo 2:56:07
2Marianne Vos (Ned) Jumbo-Visma Women Team 0:01:17
3Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 0:01:47
4Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team 0:01:51
5Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Ale' BTC Ljubljana 0:02:10
6Emma Norsgaard (Den) Movistar Team Women
7Franziska Koch (Ger) Team DSM
8Audrey Cordon Ragot (Fra) Trek-Segafredo
9Marta Cavalli (Ita) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
10Chantal van den Broek-Blaak (Ned) Team SD Worx
11Christine Majerus (Lux) Team SD Worx 0:03:03
12Leah Thomas (USA) Movistar Team Women
13Maria Van 'T Geloof (Ned) Drops-le Col Supported by Tempur
14Amy Pieters (Ned) Team SD Worx 0:04:26
15Lotte Kopecky (Bel) Liv Racing 0:04:33
16Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
17Teuntje Beekhuis (Ned) Jumbo-Visma Women Team 0:04:36
18Romy Kasper (Ger) Jumbo-Visma Women Team 0:04:41
19Maria Martins (Por) Drops-le Col Supported by Tempur 0:05:55
20Lucie Jounier (Fra) Arkea Pro Cycling Team
21Aude Biannic (Fra) Movistar Team Women 0:06:04
22Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team 0:06:20
23Sarah Roy (Aus) Team BikeExchange
24Alison Jackson (Can) Liv Racing
25Elena Cecchini (Ita) Team SD Worx 0:06:24
26Alice Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAM Racing
27Eugénie Duval (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope 0:06:28
28Anna Henderson (GBr) Jumbo-Visma Women Team 0:06:37
29Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon-SRAM Racing 0:07:59
30Chiara Consonni (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service 0:08:27
31Maud Rijnbeek (Ned) NXTG Racing
32Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 0:08:32
33Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team DSM 0:08:35
34Riejanne Markus (Ned) Jumbo-Visma Women Team 0:08:57
35Amber van der Hulst (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg 0:09:04
36Marta Lach (Pol) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team
37Shari Bossuyt (Bel) NXTG Racing 0:09:08
38Marie Le Net (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope 0:09:25
39Femke Markus (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg 0:09:43
40Danique Braam (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies 0:09:53
41Jade Wiel (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope 0:09:55
42Jesse Vandenbulcke (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies
43Eugenia Bujak (Slo) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
44Nina Kessler (Ned) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
45Silke Smulders (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies 0:09:59
46Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Movistar Team Women 0:11:32
47Sara Penton (Swe) Drops-le Col Supported by Tempur 0:11:38
48Nicole Steigenga (Ned) Doltcini-Van Eyck-Proximus Continental Team 0:11:39
49Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Movistar Team Women 0:11:41
50Elise Chabbey (Swi) Canyon-SRAM Racing
51Margaux Vigie (Fra) Valcar-Travel & Service
52Lauretta Hanson (Aus) Trek-Segafredo
53Lonneke Uneken (Ned) Team SD Worx 0:12:00
54Mylene de Zoete (Ned) NXTG Racing
55Gladys Verhulst (Fra) Arkea Pro Cycling Team
56Valerie Demey (Bel) Liv Racing
57Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
58Pfeiffer Georgi (GBr) Team DSM
59Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAM Racing 0:13:30
60Maëlle Grossetete (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope 0:13:35
61Abby-Mae Parkinson (GBr) Lotto Soudal Ladies 0:13:49
OTLMischa Bredewold (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
OTLTanja Erath (Ger) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
OTLAlana Castrique (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies
OTLNicole Frain (Aus) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank
OTLJip van den Bos (Ned) Jumbo-Visma Women Team
OTLSarah Rijkes (Aut) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team
OTLKathrin Schweinberger (Aut) Doltcini-Van Eyck-Proximus Continental Team
OTLTeniel Campbell (TTo) Team BikeExchange
OTLJessica Allen (Aus) Team BikeExchange
OTLTatiana Guderzo (Ita) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
OTLMieke Kröger (Ger) Team Coop Hitec Products
OTLArianna Pruisscher (Ned) Stade Rochelais Charente- Maritime Women Cycling
OTLIndia Grangier (Fra) Stade Rochelais Charente-Maritime Women Cycling
OTLJolien D'Hoore (Bel) Team SD Worx
OTLJeanne Korevaar (Ned) Liv Racing
OTLPauline Allin (Fra) Arkea Pro Cycling Team
OTLVeronica Ewers (USA) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank
OTLTrixi Worrack (Ger) Trek-Segafredo
OTLMieke Docx (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck-Proximus Continental Team
OTLKirstie van Haaften (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
OTLSabrina Stultiens (Ned) Liv Racing
OTLLieke Nooijen (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
OTLFien Van Eynde (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck-Proximus Continental Team
OTLMaaike Boogaard (Ned) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
OTLChristina Schweinberger (Aut) Doltcini-Van Eyck-Proximus Continental Team
OTLJosie Nelson (GBr) Team Coop-Hitec Products
OTLCharlotte Kool (Ned) NXTG Racing
OTLIlse Pluimers (Ned) NXTG Racing
OTLElizabeth Bennett (GBr) Drops-le Col Supported by Tempur
OTLBritt Knaven (Bel) NXTG Racing
OTLCamilla Alessio (Ita) BePink
OTLNora Jencusová (Svk) BePink
OTLElise Vander Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies
OTLLara Crestanello (Ita) BePink
OTLEvy Kuijpers (Ned) Liv Racing
OTLAmalie Lutro (Nor) Team Coop Hitec Products
OTLPernille Larsen Feldmann (Nor) Team Coop Hitec Products
OTLMarie Morgane Le Deunff (Fra) Arkea Pro Cycling Team
OTLMinke Bakker (Ned) Doltcini-Van Eyck-Proximus Continental Team
OTLMaeva Squiban (Fra) Stade Rochelais Charente-Maritime Women Cycling
OTLLauren Stephens (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
OTLMarketa Hájková (Cze) BePink
OTLIlaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
OTLManon Souyris (Fra) Stade Rochelais Charente-Maritime Women Cycling
DNFMarlen Reusser (Swi) Ale' BTC Ljubljana
DNFEmilie Moberg (Nor) Drops-le Col Supported by Tempur
DNFMaike Van der Duin (Ned) Drops-le Col Supported by Tempur
DNFHenrietta Christie (NZl) BePink
DNFNoemi Rüegg (Swi) Stade Rochelais Charente-Maritime Women Cycling
DNFEmma Boogaard (Ned) Team Coop Hitec Products
DNFNora Tveit (Nor) Team Coop Hitec Products
DNFGreta Richioud (Fra) Arkea Pro Cycling Team
DNFMegan Jastrab (USA) Team DSM
DNFLorena Wiebes (Ned) Team DSM
DNFKristen Faulkner (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
DNFKatarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon-SRAM Racing
DNFCedrine Kerbaol (Fra) Arkea Pro Cycling Team
DNFLeonie Bos (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg
DNFGeorgia Williams (NZl) Team BikeExchange
DNFSusanne Andersen (Nor) Team DSM
DNFAlena Amialiusik (Blr) Canyon-SRAM Racing
DNFLara Vieceli (Ita) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team
DNFLaura Asencio (Fra) Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team
DNFAnnemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Movistar Team Women
DNFElena Pirrone (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
DNFVittoria Guazzini (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
DNFMarion Colard (Fra) Stade Rochelais Charente- Maritime Women Cycling
DNFJanneke Ensing (Ned) Team BikeExchange
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