ORICA-AIS has animated the second edition of La Course by Le Tour de France on a wet and windy afternoon in Paris.
The Australian outfit launched a number of threatening moves, including a solo effort by recent Thuringen Rudfahrt stage winner Gracie Elvin and immediate counter attack by GP Cham-Hagendorn winner Lizzie Williams.
On a day that saw the majority of the peloton hit the deck on the slippery cobbles of the Champs Elysees, Swedish champion Emma Johansson recovered from a crash and a flat to finish seventh. Anna Van der Breggen (Rabobank-Liv) held on from a late solo move to win just ahead of a chasing reduced peloton.
“That was crazy, it was like being on an ice rink,” Johansson said. “You could not touch your brakes, it was just so slippery.”