20 Jul La Course Poursuite Preview: Orange Vélodrome-Orange Vélodrome 22.5km
Dutch rider Annemiek van Vleuten (Orica-Scott) soloed to the victory atop of the Col d’Izoard, delivering an outstanding performance to claim the fourth edition of La Course by Le Tour. With 5 kilometres to go, van Vleuten attacked, hastily opening an important gap to her main chasers: British rider Lizzie Deignan (Boels Dolmans), Italian rider Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle High5) and Australian Shara Gillow (FDJ Nouvelle-Auitaine Futuroscope). Deignan crossed the finish line atop Izoard in second place, 43 seconds behind van Vleuten, while Longo Borghini completed the podium in third place, 1’23” behind the winner.
After an impressive climb atop to the Col d’Izoard, it is turn now for the second leg of La Course by Le Tour de France. The newborn format will have its second stage on Saturday 22nd July, restricted to the 19 fastest riders who finished within 5 minutes of the winner (Annemiek van Vleuten) in the Izoard stage. With a start and finish inside Orange Vélodrome in Marseille and sharing its race course with the men’s individual time trial, riders will battle for the overall La Course victory under a new pursuit format. Riders will start based on their time differences recorded at the Col d’Izoard. The first one to reach the finish line will become the winner of the new La Course format.
Saturday, 22 July 2017, local time from 13:00 until 13:35 approx (UTC+2)
Route 22.5km: Orange Vélodrome – Orange Vélodrome
La Course Poursuite, the innovate race format that ASO has posted for 2017, will feature the same course the men’s Tour de France individual time trial. A demanding 22.5-kilometre race course that starts inside the Orange Vélodrome. Once the start is given riders will head to the coast, riding half of the course by the sea relatively open to the wind. Thus, this could be a key and tricky part of the race if some riders manage to group and collaborate well together. Throughout some segments of the course the tarmac is relatively uneven including cobble stone road sections. With nearly eight kilometres to go riders will tackle Notre Dame de la Garde, a 1.2-kilometre climb at an average 9.5% gradient, the final threat before heading back to the Orange Vélodrome.
Annemiek van Vleuten (Orica-Scott) will start this second leg with a 43 second advantage over her first chaser. Will the chasers manage to work well together and close van Vleuten’s advantage? Or will her superb time trial skill prevail claiming the first victory in this new format?
Favourites & Outsiders
Lauren Stephens, Shara Gillow, Elisa Longo-Borghini
Kasia Niewiadoma, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, Ana Sanabria, Amanda Spratt
Janneke Ensing, Pauline Ferrand-Prevot, Karol-Ann Canuel, Hannah Nilson, Eri Yonamine
Our favourite: Annemiek van Vleuten
Our outsider: Eri Yonamine
Annemiek van Vleuten and Amanda Spratt (Orica Scott); Lizzie Deignan, Megan Guarnier and Karol-Ann Canuel (Boels Dolmans); Elisa Longo-Borghini (Wiggle High5); Shara Gillow and Eri Yonamine (FDJ Nouvelle-Auitaine Futuroscope); Lauren Stephens (Tibco-SVB); Ana Sanabria (Servetto Giusta); Kasia Niewiadoma (WM3 Energie); Hannah Nilson and Ursa Pintar (BTC City Ljubljana); Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio and Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Cérvelo Bigla); Janneke Ensing (Alé Cipollini); Sabrina Stultiens and Leah Kirchman (Sunweb); and Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (Canyon // SRAM) will the 19 riders participation at the second leg of the 2017 La Course by Le Tour de France.
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How to follow the race
The race will have live broadcasting on:
- Eurosport @Eurosport_ES
A few Twitter accounts and hashtags (among others) to follow the race:
A few Facebook accounts:
Featured picture: ASO / Bruno BADE