24 Jul 15 riders to watch at La Course by Le Tour (1.WWT)
After her 2015 absence, Dutch rider Marianne Vos heads back to les Champs Elyses, where she won La Course inaugural edition. “The Cannibal” is on fire, thus she is the main favourite for the victory. After claiming a stage victory and finishing fourth overall at Aviva Women’s Tour, Vos has performed superbly at Thüringen Rundfahrt, where she has won three stages. Vos is on form and she will try to reedit her 2014 victory, extending Rabobank-Liv supremacy at La Course.
In her first “full European season” Canadian rider Leah Kirchmann has performed well persistently both at the classics or one-day races and at some stage races. Kirchmann has recently showed her impressive form both at Aviva Women’s Tour and at Giro Rosa, where she claimed a stage victory (prologue), wore the leader’s jersey during one stage, as well as finished eighth overall. Kirchmann will try to improve her 2014 podium finish.
Australian rider Hosking is one the main contenders at La Course by Le Tour. Despite generally playing domestique and co-equipier roles on behalf of her teammates, Chloe has been able to shine throughout the season and has claimed 4 victories, three stage victories and the seventh UCI WWT round at Chongming Island. Despite her crash at BeNe Ladies Tour Hosking is ready for La Course.
American rider Coryn Rivera has five victories in this season, overall classification at Joe Martin Stage Race and four stage victories (two at the latter stage race, one at Tour de San Luis and another one at Thüringen Rundfahrt). During the previous two months Rivera has shown a good form, at the multiple races she has taken part in, finishing always on the top 10. As in 2015 at the US Pro National Championship Rivera finished second behind Megan Guarnier. Rivera heads to Paris with the clear goal of improving her sixth position in 2014.
Luxembourger rider Christine Majerus will try to extend Boels Dolmans supremacy at the UCI WWT. Majerus has claimed five victories in 2016, including a stage victory at La Course and both ITT and road national titles. With Evelyn Stevens, Megan Guarnier and Lizzie Armitstead absences, Christine will have the opportunity to lead the Dutch team at La Course by Le Tour.
Canyon SRAM heads to Paris without two important riders for this type of race, Elisa Cecchini and Lisa Brennauer. Thus, Italian rider Barbara Guarischi emerges as the main leader of the team, who will rely on the help of Australian rider Tiffany Cromwell. Despite the fact that she has not been able to reedit a stage victory at Giro Rosa, Guarischi is on form and ready to get a good result in Paris.
Dutch rider Amy Pieters switched teams earlier this season joining Wiggle High5 from Liv Plantur. Despite performing well during the season, it was not until June when Pieters claimed her first victory for Wiggle High5, winning a stage at Aviva Women’s Tour. She will try to improve her third place at the previous edition of La Course by Le Tour.
Dutch rider Mackaij heads to les Champs Elyses after performing well during the previous months narrowly missing a victory at several one-day races and at BeNe Ladies Tour, where she finished second overall. Floortje will be Liv Plantur second chance for the likely bunch sprint finale.
After two seasons at Velocio Sports, French rider Elise Delzene switched teams earlier this season joining Lotto Soudal. Despite the fact that Delzene has not claimed a victory with her new team, she has performed well, specially during the past two months, finished several times on podium places.
Sheyla Gutiérrez will be the only Spanish rider at the 2016 edition of La Course. Her solid performances during the previous months (currently sit 43rd with 62 points at UCI WWT rankings) will probably make her lead Cylance Pro Cycling at one of the most iconic scenarios of the cycling peloton.
After a slow start to the season, Australian rider Loren Rowney has delivered some great results during the previous months, claiming a stage victory and a podium finish at Tour de Feminin stage race. Together with her teammate Sarah Roy, Rowney will be the main chance for Orica-AIS in the bunch sprint.
Young Italian rider Fidanza will be the leader of Astana Women’s team. Fidanza has performed well during her 28 racing days, claiming several podium finishes as well as a stage victory at Zhoushan Island. During the previous month Fidanza managed to finished sixth at the stage of Lovere in the last Giro Rosa and finished seventh place in the Points Race of the U23 European Track Championships.
Former Road World champion Marta Bastianelli heads to Paris to make her debut at La Course by Le Tour. Bastianelli, who has claimed two victories this season so far, has recently performed well at Giro Rosa, where she narrowly missed a stage victory (finished second and fourth at two stages).
French rider Roxane Fournier will lead French team Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86 at La Course by Le Tour. Despite Fournier has alternated good and bad performances throughout the season, she has claimed a stage victory in China at Zhoushan and finished fifth overall at Chonming UCI WWT stage race. Fournier will try to improve her tenth place from 2014 at inaugural La Course race.