Marianne Vos wins La Course in Paris, Lizzie Armitstead crashes

Rabo-Liv lead out woman who helped inspire race to victory on the Champs-Elysees

by Simon_MacMichael   July 27, 2014  

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Marianne Vos said last night that she felt like a child on the eve of her birthday ahead of today's inaugural edition of La Course in Paris, and the world champion received the perfect present from her Rabo-Liv team as they led her out to victory on the Champs-Elysees.

The woman many consider to be the world's most complete bike racer, and who was one of the prime movers behind making today's race possible, outsprinted fellow Dutchwoman Giant-Shimano's Kirsten Wild, with the Canadian rider Leah Kirchmann of Optum-Kelly Benefits third.

At the start of the last of the 13 laps of the 7 kilometre circuit that will feature later today in the finale of the Tour de France, Boels-Dolman's Lizzie Armitstead tried to get away but was quickly brought back.

Coming under the flamme rouge to mark the start of the final kilometre on the Rue de Rivoli, the Yorkshirewoman crashed with French champion Pauline Ferrand Prevot of Rabo Liv, and was shown holding her arm to her shoulder in what is typically a tell-tale sign of a collarbone fracture.

 

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Shame about Lizzy, but well done Marianne for a win that was richly deserved.

posted by leqin [120 posts]
28th July 2014 - 10:13

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Good race, I felt for Lizzie Armitstead, and for Kirsten Wild. I'm not sure if she went a little early, (she was tiring a little at the end) or if Vos would have been too strong anyway.

Tell you what I wasn't impressed with though - did you notice how quiet the crowds were? They'd turned up to get a good spot for the mens race, but most of them couldn't be arsed to cheer on the women. Maybe the French are a little blase about cycling - the TdF does finish here every year, after all, but let's be real, what kind of crowd reaction do you think they would have got in the UK?

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3329 posts]
28th July 2014 - 10:23

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Really enjoyed the race. The usual kamikaze attacking of women's racing was well in evidence. Big Grin

Somewhat predictable that Vos would win. Wild made her work for it but stopped pedalling a few metres too early...

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posted by Gizmo_ [897 posts]
28th July 2014 - 17:33

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