Warm weather and building crowds greeted the women’s peloton on the Champs-Elysees as La Course got underway for the first of 13 laps of a 6.85km circuit. As predicted, the attacks came thick and fast, with Specialized-Lululemon rider Chantal Blaak among those to animate the early proceedings.

With three laps completed the race was all together before former British national champion Lizzie Armitstead (Boels Dolmans) featured in a move of roughly 10 riders. The move was soon brought back to the bunch.

Trixi Worrack (Specialized-Lululemon) and Annemiek van Vleuten (Rabo-Liv) got clear of the field with eight laps remaining and a lap later than were still holding on to an advantage of 16 seconds. But the high speed in the peloton — an average of 44km/h — ensured the catch was imminent.

World ITT champion Ellen van Dijk (Boels Dolmans) made her move inside seven laps to go, getting 20 seconds clear of the bunch while French road race and ITT champion Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (Rabo-Liv) and Charlotte Becker (Wiggle Honda) chased her down.

The two chasers were reeled in with five laps to go, with Van Dijk finally brought back to the peloton with 32km remaining. No sooner had that moved ended than another began. A group of five went up the road, including Ferrand-Prevot and Orica-AIS’s Valentina Scandolara.

They too were caught a short time later before Belarusian champion Alena Amialiusik (Astana BePink) came to the front solo. She dangled out front of the peloton for roughly four kilometres before another group, this one featuring two-time Australian champion Gracie Elvin (Orica-AIS), caught her then tried to build some kind of advantage.

They were all brought back a short time later, except for Bigla’s Vera Koedooder who pressed on, before being joined by Van Dijk and then, with 21km still to race, being caught by the UnitedHealthcare led peloton.

And so the pattern repeated itself. Many riders tried to get clear as the finish approached, including former world championship silver medallist Rachel Neylan (Australian National Team), and Amanda Spratt (Orica-AIS), but ultimately nothing stuck.

There was a brief pause with 15.9km to go as the peloton reformed and the riders seemed to take a deep breath ahead of the bunch sprint that seemed unavoidable. Anna van der Breggen (Rabo-Liv) and Amy Pieters (Giant-Shimano) were among the riders that tried to get clear in the final 15km, but they were caught with less than 10km to race.

Vera Koedooder made another attempt at a solo victory with 8.2km to go, being joined by another nine riders, before Lizzie Armitstead tried to get clear of that group on her own. But with 6.2km to the finish, they were all caught.

The final attack of the day, and probably the most promising, came from Pauline Ferrand-Prevot and Amy Pieters with 4.5km to go. But with Pieters leaving all the work to Ferrand-Prevot — Pieters’ teammate Kirsten Wild was on of the big favourites for the bunch sprint — the escape was ultimately doomed.

Ale-Cipollini did the bulk of the work to close down the two leaders, working in support of sprinter Shelley Olds, and with 2.7km to go and a bunch sprint seemed inevitable. Marianne Vos, spotted only once in the live coverage to that point, had found herself into the first few wheels and was looking dangerous.

With just 1km to go a crash in the main field took out Pauline Ferrand-Prevot and Lizzie Armistead, with the bunch splitting behind. As the 300m-to-go banner approached, German national champion Lisa Brennauer (Specialized-Lululemon) came to the front to lead things out.

It was Marianne Vos who launched her sprint first, flying up the left-hand side of the road with Kirsten Wild the next to react. With just metres to the line the two riders were level on the road, but it was Vos who had the staying power to pull just clear of Wild, crossing the line to take out the race that she has campaigned for and championed since its inception.


Vos’ win in La Course is the latest in another outstanding season from the world champion, in which she’s won the Women’s Tour of Britain (including three stages), Gooik-Geraardsbergen-Gooik, and the Giro Rosa (including four stages).

La course by Le Tour de France

: Paris > Paris

Sunday 27th July (2014)

Classification: 1.1

Category: Int. Woman

Distance: 89km

1. nl
VOS Marianne
Rabobank-Liv Woman Cycling Team
02:00:41
2. nl
WILD Kirsten
Team Giant-Shimano
-
3. ca
KIRCHMAN Leah
Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
-
4. de
BRENNAUER Lisa
Specialized-lululemon
-
5. us
OLDS Shelley
Alé Cipollini
-
6. us
RIVERA Coryn
UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Women’s Team
-
7. be
D'HOORE Jolien
Lotto Belisol Ladies
-
8. se
JOHANSSON Emma
Orica - AIS
-
9. it
FRAPPORTI Simona
Astana BePink Womens Team
-
10. fr
FOURNIER Roxane
Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86
-
11. it
BRONZINI Giorgia
Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling
-
12. au
WILLIAMS Lizzie
-
13. fr
DUTRIAUX Fiona
Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86
-
14. it
CECCHINI Elena
Estado de México-Faren Kuota
-
15. fr
BIANNIC Aude
Lointek
-
16. lu
MAJERUS Christine
Boels - Dolmans Cycling Team
-
17. ru
KOZONCHUK Oxana
RusVelo
-
18. nl
VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek
Rabobank-Liv Woman Cycling Team
-
19. nl
VAN DIJK Ellen
Boels - Dolmans Cycling Team
-
20. au
HOSKING Chloe
Hitec Products
-
21. gb
BARNES Hannah
UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Women’s Team
-
22. fr
RIBEROT Fanny
Lointek
0:04
23. by
AMIALIUSIK Alena
Astana BePink Womens Team
0:06
24. gb
LAWS Sharon
UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Women’s Team
0:10
25. it
TAGLIAFERRO Marta
Alé Cipollini
-
26. ru
BLINDYUK Yulia
RusVelo
-
27. br
FERNANDES SILVA Clemilda
Bizkaia-Durango
0:20
28. nl
BRAND Lucinda
Rabobank-Liv Woman Cycling Team
-
29. nl
KOEDOODER Vera
Bigla Cycling Team
-
30. au
ROY Sarah
Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86
-
31. it
ZORZI Susanna
Astana BePink Womens Team
-
32. it
SCANDOLARA Valentina
Orica - AIS
-
33. au
HEATHER Taryn
Bigla Cycling Team
-
34. us
SMALL Carmen
Specialized-lululemon
-
35. au
NEYLAN Rachel
-
36. us
HOLCOMB Janel
Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
-
37. nl
BLAAK Chantal
Specialized-lululemon
-
38. de
KASPER Romy
Boels - Dolmans Cycling Team
-
39. nl
PIETERS Amy
Team Giant-Shimano
-
40. nl
VAN DER MEER Janine
Futurumshop.nl-Zannata
-
41. br
FERNANDES SILVA Marcia
Bizkaia-Durango
-
42. pl
PAWLOWSKA Katarzyna
Boels - Dolmans Cycling Team
-
43. nz
COLLINS Emily
Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling
-
44. us
WALLE Brianna
Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
-
45. ru
KUCHINSKAYA Elena
RusVelo
-
46. nl
KESSLER Nina
Boels - Dolmans Cycling Team
-
47. no
JOHNSEN Cecilie Gotaas
Hitec Products
-
48. nl
LENTING Charlotte
-
49. fr
BRAVARD Charlotte
Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86
-
50. es
SAN SEBASTIAN LASA Irene
Bizkaia-Durango
-
51. us
WILCOXSON Jade
Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
-
52. es
ESKAMENDI GIL Dorleta
Bizkaia-Durango
-
53. se
MUSTONEN Sara
Team Giant-Shimano
-
54. ca
HIGGINS Cari
UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Women’s Team
-
55. be
DE VOCHT Liesbet
Lotto Belisol Ladies
-
56. fi
LEPISTö Lotta
Bigla Cycling Team
-
57. fr
LESUEUR Mélodie
Lointek
-
58. fr
RIVAT Amelie
Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86
-
59. de
WORRACK Trixi
Specialized-lululemon
-
60. be
DECROIX Lieselot
Lotto Belisol Ladies
-
61. ru
ILINYKH Yulia
Bizkaia-Durango
-
62. lu
HOFFMANN Chantal
Lotto Belisol Ladies
-
63. se
FAHLIN Emilia
Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling
-
64. at
HAHN Jacqueline
Bigla Cycling Team
-
65. fr
DELZENNE Elise
Specialized-lululemon
-
66. fr
CORDON Audrey
Hitec Products
-
67. pl
JASINSKA Malgorzta
Alé Cipollini
-
68. be
POLSPOEL Maaike
Team Giant-Shimano
0:27
69. au
MACLEAN Jessie
Orica - AIS
-
70. nl
VAN DER BREGGEN Anna
Rabobank-Liv Woman Cycling Team
-
71. nl
SLAPPENDEL Iris
Rabobank-Liv Woman Cycling Team
-
72. au
ELVIN Gracie
Orica - AIS
-
73. au
TAYLOR Carlee
Orica - AIS
0:30
74. au
MUNDY Jessica
-
75. au
SPRATT Amanda
Orica - AIS
-
76. de
BECKER Charlotte
Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling
0:39
77. no
MOBERG Emilie
Hitec Products
0:56
78. it
BORGATO Giada
Estado de México-Faren Kuota
1:02
79. fr
DUVAL Eugénie
1:13
80. fr
SICOT Marion
-
81. nl
KOSTER Anouska
Futurumshop.nl-Zannata
-
82. nl
VAN BAARLE Ashlynn
1:16
83. it
VALSECCHI Silvia
Astana BePink Womens Team
-
84. gb
POOLEY Emma
Lotto Belisol Ladies
-
85. nl
SOEK Julia
Team Giant-Shimano
-
86. us
WILES Tayler
Specialized-lululemon
1:19
87. us
TAMAYO Lauren
UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Women’s Team
-
88. ca
RAMSDEN Denise
Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
-
89. us
HALL Lauren
Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
-
90. it
GUDERZO Tatiana
Alé Cipollini
1:28
91. it
GUARISCHI Barbara
Alé Cipollini
-
92. it
BERLATO Elena
Alé Cipollini
-
93. it
TREVISI Anna
Estado de México-Faren Kuota
1:47
94. nl
KNOL Willeke
Team Giant-Shimano
-
95. fr
FERRAND-PREVOT Pauline
Rabobank-Liv Woman Cycling Team
2:21
96. gb
ARMITSTEAD Elizabeth
Boels - Dolmans Cycling Team
3:11
97. ru
CHULKOVA Anastasiya
RusVelo
4:10
DNF. fr
JEULAND Pascale
Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86
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