26 Jul La Course by Le Tour Review (1.WWT)
Australian rider Chloe Hosking (Wiggle High5) won on Sunday at Les Champs Elysees, Paris La Course by Le Tour, the twelfth round of the UCIWWT. It was the second UCI WWT round won by Hosking, she firstly won a stage and the GC of Tour de Chongming Island in May and a stage at Giro Rosa earlier in July.
Unlike the previous edition of La Course, the race ended with a bunch sprint from a reduced group, mainly due to the various crashes on the final kilometres of the race. Finish rider Lotta Lepistö (Cervélo Bigla) finished second, while Dutch rider Marianne Vos (Rabobank Liv), winner of the inaugural edition of race in 2014, completed the podium.
The first breakaway of the day was the one formed in early stages of the race by by Russian rider Olga Zabelinskaya (Bepink), British road national champion Hannah Barnes (Canyon SRAM), Dutch riders Lucinda Brand (Rabobank Liv) and Chantal Blaak (Boels Dolmans). The quarter never had more than a quarter of a minute advantage as Wiggle High5 led the chasing efforts on the peloton but managed to stay away for a few laps. Once they were caught several attacks followed on the peloton but no-one managed to get away from the peloton.
It was on the last 10 kilometres when American rider Lauren Stephens (TIBCO-SVB), Dutch riders Amy Pieters (Wiggle High5) and Lucinda Brand (Rabobank Liv) broke away from the peloton. The trio had a maximum advantage of nearly ten seconds as Stephens pushed hard and set a high pace to stay away from the peloton, while Brand struggled to hold their pace and wheels.
Once the trio was caught with around three kilometres to go, a few crashes occurred on the field and the main group was reduced to a few. It was with only a few kilometres to go when Dutch rider Ellen van Dijk (Boels Dolmans) attacked solo, trying to reedit her compatriot Anna van der Breggen (Rabobank Liv), who did not compete on Sunday, winning move at the previous edition of La Course.
Despite van Dijk’s time trial skills and efforts, the Dutch rider was caught with less than 300 meters to the finish line. It was Australian rider Hosking who caught her and launched the sprint from afar but managed to cross the finish line first to become both the first Australian rider and non-Rabobank Liv rider to win La Course by Le Tour. Finish rider Lotta Lepistö (Cervélo Bigla) and Dutch rider Marianne Vos (Rabobank Liv), could not out-sprint Hosking and finished second and third respectively. Sheyla Gutiérrez (Cylance), the only Spanish rider at La Course, finished in 22nd place.
Next UCI WWT race will be on Saturday 30th July 2016, as the Women’s WorldTour Prudential RideLondon Classique will be held in London, UK. The UCI WWT rankings remains as follows:
UCI Women’s WorldTour Individual Ranking
|1||Megan Guarnier||Boels Dolmans||886|
|2||Elizabeth Armitstead||Boels Dolmans||545|
|3||Elisa Longo Borghini||Wiggle High5||493|
|4||Evelyn Stevens||Boels Dolmans||484|
|5||Anna van der Breggen||Rabobank Liv||467|
|6||Emma Johansson||Wiggle High5||463|
|7||Leah Kirchmann||Liv Plantur||457|
|8||Marianne Vos||Rabobank Liv||399|
|9||Chantal Blaak||Boels Dolmans||351|
|10||Katarzyna Niewiadoma||Rabobank Liv||351|
|11||Chloe Hosking||Wiggle High5||314|
|12||Alena Amialiusik||Canyon SRAM||263|
|13||Claudia Lichtenberg||Lotto Soudal||211|
|14||Annemiek van Vleuten||Orica-AIS||209|
|15||Roxane Fournier||Poitou-Charentes Futuroscope 86||192|
|47||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||Lotte Kopecky||Lotto Soudal||12|
Women’s WorldTour Team Ranking
Highlights La Course by Le Tour UCI WWT