All new La Course by le Tour
The biggest one-day race on the women’s professional calendar, The La Course by le Tour de France, has expanded into two unique stages, beginning with a 67km stage 1 that starts in Briançon and finishes up the col d’Izoard. For those who finish within five minutes of the stage 1 winner, stage 2 takes place 48 hours later later with a pursuit-styled 22.5km time trial on traditional road bikes around Marseille.
Riders will undoubtedly battle hard for the top spots with the new “cut” format that shifts the race from a sprinter’s circuit to a balance of climbing, time trialing, plus a potential sprint finish.
Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team, who currently lead the Women’s WorldTour rankings in both the individual and team category, will be lead by Lizzie Deignan (GBR), Megan Guarnier (USA), Chantal Blaak (NED), Karol-ann Canuel (CAN), Nikki Brammeier (GBR), and Christine Majerus (LUX).
Boels-Dolmans will race their new Specialized Tarmac’s with SRAM RED eTap. Wheel choices should include Zipp 303’s during the Izoard stage, and the new Zipp 454 NSW’s for the pursuit stage into Marseille.
Coming off several inspired wins at the Giro Rosa, Lotto Thuringen Ladies Tour, and Pauline Ferrand-Prévot’s French MTB title, CANYON//SRAM Racing will feature Ferrand-Prévot, Italians Elena Cecchini and Barbara Guarischi, Americans Alexis Ryan and Leah Thorvilson, and Australian Tiffany Cromwell.
CANYON//SRAM will race in their new limited edition "La Course" inspired kits with matching graphics on their Canyon Aeroad and Ultimate bikes (Giro matched the helmets as well). The team expects to ride their Zipp 303’s during stage 1, and Zipp 454 NSW’s on stage 2.
"I think it’s an interesting concept. We’re going to see a strong battle up the slopes of Col d’Izoard and then the time trial concept in Marseille is unique and I think it will really capture the audience and it’s a great opportunity to showcase women’s cycling and what we’re capable of," stated CANYON//SRAM’s Tiffany Cromwell.