La Course by Le Tour de France - Race Overview

Dutch national time trial champion Annemiek van Vleuten has produced a spectacular performance for ORICA-SCOTT women to take victory atop the iconic Col d’Izoard at Le Course by Le Tour de France today, ensuring pole position for Saturday’s individual time trial in Marseille.

A short 67.5kilometre opening day of racing unfolded at lightening speed as the field sped through the Alpine valley towards the Izoard.

Van Vleuten’s ORICA-SCOTT teammates held position and kept her well placed at the front until the start of the climb as the selections began to form, Van Vleuten and Amanda Sprattwere both part of the leading group that went clear with 14kilometres to go.

Timing her attack to perfection Van Vleuten accelerated clear inside the final five kilometres, creating an unassailable lead of 40seconds that she held all the way to the finish line.

“To finish here with a victory at the Tour de France in front of so many people is amazing,” said Van Vleuten. “You know before I wasn’t really a climber, but since the Olympics in Rio that was the first time that I felt I was climbing really well and that inspired me to focus more on my climbing and when we saw the route for today’s race I knew I wanted to go for it.”

Read the full report here.

Place Rider/Team Time
1 Annemiek Van Vleuten (NED) - ORICA-SCOTT 2:07:18
2 Elizabeth Deignan (GBR) - Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam 0:00:43
3 Elisa Longo Borghini (ITA) - Wiggle High5 0:01:23
4 Megan Guarnier (USA) - Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam 0:01:28
5 Shara Gillow (AUS) - FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope 0:01:33
6 Amanda Spratt (AUS) - ORICA-SCOTT 0:01:41
7 Lauren Stephens (USA) - Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank 0:01:51
8 Ana Christina Sanabria Sanchez (COL) - Servetto Giusta 0:02:24
9 Katarzyna Niewiadoma (POL) - WM3 Procycling 0:02:52
10 Hanna Nilsson (SWE) - BTC City Ljubljana 0:03:04
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
1 Annemiek Van Vleuten (NED) - ORICA-SCOTT 2:07:18
6 Amanda Spratt (AUS) - ORICA-SCOTT 0:01:41
35 Alexandra Manly (AUS) - ORICA-SCOTT 0:08:12
44 Rachel Neylan (AUS) - ORICA-SCOTT 0:09:49