Photo Credit: Cor Vos
A tough and challenging 107 kilometre long parcours awaited the women’s peloton this morning as they took on the eighth edition of La Course by Le Tour de France. With uncategorised and categorised climbs littered throughout the day, plus a stinging and punchy ascent to the line, it was set to be a hard day out.
From the flag drop it was a fast start to the race with multiple attacks at the head of the peloton. Eventually a solo rider broke clear, before one more rider counter attacked across, and then went over the top. However, the peloton were always in control and as they hit the local laps with 45 kilometres to go it was all back together. Covering the attacks well, Liane Lippert was sprightly and responded to a move on the finish circuit climb, breaking clear in a group of 13. Despite getting a 30 second gap, there wasn’t a lot of cooperation in the group and on the next passage of the line the reduced peloton brought them back.
Once again the attacks started, with Juliette Labous making the front selection for the team. This time their gap reached over a minute and with ten kilometres to go the race was perfectly poised. However, the peloton upped the pace and things regrouped as they hit the foot slopes of the climb for the last time. Lippert showed great legs by making it into an elite eight rider group on the stinging gradients while Labous stayed with Coryn Rivera in the next group on the road, setting a steady tempo. It was incredibly tactical at the front of the race and after the pace slowed Lippert attacked, trying to get a gap, but the rest of the group was quickly on her back wheel. The race came down to a sprint between the front group, with Lippert crossing the line in a good eighth place for the team, while Rivera showed her speed and ‘won’ the sprint from her group to take 12th place.
|1||VOLLERING Demi||SD Worx||2:50:29||400|
|2||LUDWIG Cecilie Uttrup||FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope||,,||320|
|3||VOS Marianne||Team Jumbo-Visma Women||,,||260|