Der Kurs sieht wieder Lepistö Progess
Arguably the biggest one day race in women’s cycling, La Course by Le Tour de France took place in rainy conditions in Paris on Sunday. The Bigla Pro Cycling Team continued its progression in professional women’s cycling as Lotta Lepistö placed fifth in the race.
Anna van der Breggen (Rabo-Liv) outsmarted the peloton with a late attack and held her lead to win the day in a solo attack. The reduced peloton of around 40 riders collaborated to bring the attacker back but they were unsuccessful.
The sprinters were left fighting for the spoils with Jolien D’hoore (Wiggle-Honda) winning the sprint behind van der Breggen.
“It was a crazy race,” Lepistö said. “There were so many crashes. We lost Iris [Slappendel] in the first crash but luckily she is ok. The end was crazy because there were some crashes in the last 1,5 kilometres. I was maybe a little bit far behind coming into the finish and I felt I didn’t have space to pass Jolien. The plan was to try and keep it together for a bunch sprint and the girls were looking after me and I have to thank them for a great job,” Lepistö concluded.
When van der Breggen made her move, Joëlle Numainville was the first to repond. The Canadian road champion got within touching distance of the eventual winner but was unable to make the junction.
“I’m really frustrated I couldn’t get across. I was lacking some power. That was the move of the day. When she jumped I knew she was dangerous immediately so I tried to respond. I knew she could make it to the finish and I tried but I regret not getting across,” Numainville said.
The race was another great advert for women's cycling and broadcasted around the world to 190 countries.