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.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.