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Thursday, July 21, 2016

World’s Fastest Women Compete at La Course by Le Tour

Since its first edition in 2014, La Course by Le Tour is one of the most prestigious races on the Women’s calendar. For the third edition, La Course by Le Tour is now part of the new Women’s WorldTour.

Thirteen laps (89km) of the famous brick and paved circuit will challenge both the racers’ stamina and technical skills. The course travels towards the Arc de Triomphe, down the Champs-Élysées, round les Tuileries and the Louvre and across the Place de la Concorde back to the Champs-Élysées. It’s a favorite circuit for both riders and fans alike as it offers numerous opportunities for attacks.


Among the 21 selected squads of six riders, three teams will be riding SRAM RED® and SRAM RED eTap®CANYON//SRAM Racing,Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team and Cylance Pro Cycling.

Who will succeed Mariane Vos (2014) and Anna van Breggen (2015) in 2016? Riders to watch include Giro Rosa and US National Champ Megan Guarnier as well as her fellow Boels-Dolmans teammates, World Champ Lizzie Armitstead and Hour Record holder Evelyn Stevens. Other riders to watch include British National Champ Hannah Barnes and 2014 ITT World Champion Lisa Brennauer of CANYON//SRAM Racing. Be sure to also keep an eye on Spanish phenom Sheyla Gutierrez and breakaway artist Alison Tetrick of Cylance Pro Cycling.


For some pre-race insight, we’ve reached out to our teams to get their perspective on the race and better understand their equipment choices.

Always nice to race in La course, on the course where the men finish the Tour de France, all the media is present and the women get the attention what they deserve.” Danny Stam – Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team Manager

I am looking forward to going there and soaking up the experience of the race and everything around it.” Chantal Blaak – Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team

La Course is a big women's cycling race with a lot of prestige and media attention. It is a honor for us just to participate there and we will do our best to have a good result.” Manel Lacambra – Cylance Team Manager

The gear will be standard 53/39 and 11/25. It is a hard but very fast race. In the cobblestone sections this gives me stability for pedaling and I won't waste any extra energy.” Barbara Guarischi – CANYON//SRAM Racing

SRAM RED eTap is important in any race but the ability to have extra buttons (Blips) is a great advantage in a race like La Course. Having buttons on the top of your bars for example as you’ll often hold your bars here when riding cobbles, just means you’re not messing around with changing your hand positions when trying to change gears under pressure. Also having sprint buttons too when your going for that final sprint in the drops is again a nice advantage to have.” Tiffany Cromwell – CANYON//SRAM Racing


Alena Amialiusik (BLR)
Hannah Barnes (GBR)
Lisa Brennauer (GER)
Tiffany Cromwell (AUS)
Barbara Guarischi (ITA)
Alexis Ryan (USA)
Frames: Canyon Aeroad & Ultimate
Components: SRAM RED® eTap® - 53x39T/ 11-28T
Power Meter: SRAM RED Quarq
Wheels: Zipp 404 Firecrest® Tubular
Twitter/ Instagram accounts@WMNcycling

Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team
Lizzie Armitstead (GBR)
Chantal Blaak (NEL)
Ellen van Dijk (NEL)
Romy Kasper (GER)
Christine Majerus (LUX)
Katarzyna Pawlowska (POL)
Frames: Specialized S-Works Amira
Components: SRAM RED® eTap® - 53x39T/ 11-28T
Power Meter: SRAM RED Quarq
Wheels: Zipp 303 Firecrest® Tubular
Bar-Stem-Seat post: Zipp SL Speed & Zipp Service Course SL
Twitter/ Instagram accounts@boelsdolmansct

Cylance Pro Cycling
Rachele Barbieri (ITA)
Sheyla Gutierrez (ESP)
Rossella Ratto (ITA)
Valentina Scandolara (ITA)
Doris Schweizer (SUI)
Alison Tetrick (USA)
Frames: Cannondale EVO & Synapse
Components: SRAM RED® and RED® eTap® - 53x39T/ 11-28T
Bar-Stem: Zipp Service Course SL
Twitter/ Instagram accounts@CylanceCycling

Photo credits: Photo#1 & #3 © Velofocus/ Photo #2 © BrakeThrough Media

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