La Course by Le Tour de France Preview (1.WWT)


La Course

Two years after its inception, La Course by Le Tour de France will be held again under the newborn UCI Women’s World Tour (WWT) series. 4 and a half months after the inaugural race of the UCI WWT at the historic city of Siena, it is now turn for Paris, France. Champs-Élysées will be the epicentre of women’s cycling hosting the twelfth UCI WWT round, one of the most iconic races in the UCI calendar.

Once again the women’s international peloton will head to Paris for La Course by Le Tour de France. On Sunday, July 24th July 121 riders from 21 teams will compete on the iconic and enchanting scenery of Champs-Élysées. Riders will have to cover 13 laps to the 7-kilometre circuit between the Arc de Triomphe and the Place de la Concorde totalling 89 kilometres.

UCI WWT Race Schedule:

1. Strade Bianche, ITA – 05/03/16
 Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans) 
2. Women’s WorldTour Ronde van Drenthe,  NED – 12/03/16
  Chantal Blaak (Boels-Dolmans)
3. Trofeo Alfredo Binda – Comune di Cittiglio, ITA – 20/03/2016
 Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans)
4. Gent-Wevelgem In Flanders Fields, BEL – 27/03/16
 Chantal Blaak (Boels-Dolmans)
5. Ronde van Vlaanderen / Tour des Flandres, BEL – 03/04/16
  Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans)
6. La Flèche Wallonne Féminine, BEL – 20/04/15
  Anna van der Breggen (Rabobank Liv)
7. Tour of Chongming Island, CHN – 06/05/16 to 08/05/16
[AUS] Chloe Hosking (Wiggle High5)
8. Amgen Tour of California, USA – 19/05/16 to 22/05/16
 Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans)
9. Philadelphia International Cycling Classic, USA – 05/06/16
 Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans)
10. Aviva Womens Tour, GBR – 15/06/16 to 19/06/16
 Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans)
11. Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile, ITA – 01/07/16 to 10/07/16

 Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans)

12. La Course by Le Tour de France, FRA – 24/07/16
13. Prudential Ride London, GBR – 30/07/15
14. Crescent Vargarda UCI Women’s WorldTour, SWE – 19/08/16
15. Crescent Vargarda UCI Women’s WorldTour TTT, SWE – 21/08/16
16. GP de Plouay-Bretagne, FRA – 27/08/16

17. LA MADRID CHALLENGE By La Vuelta, ESP – 11/09/16

UCI Women’s WorldTour Individual Ranking

1 Megan Guarnier Boels Dolmans 886
2 Elizabeth Armitstead Boels Dolmans 545
3 [ITA] Elisa Longo Borghini Wiggle High5 493
43 [ESP] Sheyla Gutiérrez Cylance Pro Cycling 62

UCI Women’s WorldTour Youth Ranking

1 Katarzyna Niewiadoma Rabobank Liv  30
2 Floortje Mackaij Liv Plantur 18
3 Jip van den Bos Parkhotel Valkenburg 10

Women’s WorldTour Team Ranking

1 Boels Dolmans 2529
2 Wiggle High5 1699
3 Rabobank Liv 1397



Sunday, July 24th, Local Time: 13:15 p.m. to 15:11 p.m. approx. (UTC+2)

A total of 21 teams and 121 riders will participate in the third edition of La Course by Le Tour de France. Sheyla Gutiérrez (Cylance) will be our only Spanish representative at the twelfth UCI WWT round.

Route 89km: Paris Champs-Élysées – Paris Champs-Élysées

Recorrido PROFIL

Favourites & Outsiders

EstrellaEstrellaEstrellaEstrella  [HOL] Marianne Vos, [CAN] Leah Kirchmann, [AUS] Chloe Hosking
 [FIN] Lotta Lepistö, [USA] Coryn Rivera, [LUX] Christine Majerus
EstrellaEstrella [ITA] Barbara Guarischi, [HOL] Amy Pieters, [HOL] Floortje Mackay, [FRA] Elise Delzene 
Estrella  [ESP] Sheyla Gutiérrez, [AUS] Loren Rowney, [ITA] Arianna Fidanza, [ITA] Marta Bastianelli, [FRA] Roxane Fournier

Betting area

Our favourite: [HOL] Marianne Vos
Our outsider:  [ITA] Arianna Fidanza

Who to watch

15 top riders to watch



Previous edition

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On Sunday, July 26th Dutch rider Anna van der Breggen extended Rabobank Liv winning streak at La Course, succeeding her compatriot and teammate Marianne Vos on the Champs-Élysées. Belgian rider Jolien D’hoore (Wiggle Honda) finished second, while Dutch rider Amy Pieters (Liv-Plantur) completed the podium.

On a very rainy day, Dutch rider Anna van der Breggen attacked solo with 6 kilometres to go. Rabobank Liv rider managed to stay away from the peloton until the finish line, foiling the expected bunch sprint. It was a very tough day for most of riders due to the weather conditions and several crashes occurred during the 89 kilometres of the race.

Highlights of 2015 La Course by Le Tour (WE 1.1)


Live TV Streaming


Twitter coverage

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Written by:
Diego Martín

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