Second Edition Of The French Women’s Race, Sponsored By Specialized, And Held During The Last Stage Of The Tour De France 2015, Was Won By Anna Van Der Breggen
Just as in 2014, in the inaugural edition of the La Course by Le Tour, a Dutch cyclist got the better of her opponents and won the women’s cycling event in Paris (FRA). Anna van der Breggen succeeded her compatriot and team-mate Rabo-Liv, Marianne Vos, and was the first to cross the finish line on the Champs-Élysées, keeping the title of the competition on Dutch soil.
The Dutch launched the decisive attack in heavy rain in the last six kilometers, after opening the 13th and last lap of the Paris circuit, totaling 89 km pedaled in two hours and five minutes. The rain fell almost every day, making the track and especially the slippery cobblestones making life difficult for cyclists in the peloton.
The first attempt to escape was made only on the seventh lap, when Australian cyclist Gracie Elvin tried to escape the peloton. The advantage gained of 20 seconds lasted only one lap, when it was reached by the other competitors. Her teammate and compatriot, Lizzie Williams, tried to replicate Gracie’s strategy, but neither was it successful.
Meanwhile, cyclists did not avoid friction. With some light touches and dangerous corners, the circuit had some danger zones and many athletes suffered falls. The first mass drop occurred shortly during the second lap and has already eliminated three athletes from the race. New falls occurred, among them the Frenchwoman Pauline Ferrand-Prévot, one of the favorites to the title. Azar present once again in the life of the world champion, who saw his chances of victory close at the same place of his fall in 2014.
After achieving a 13-second advantage with her escape, Anna van der Breggen can raise her arms and celebrate the fruit of her great effort. The Dutchwoman crossed the line just one second ahead of the peloton, which had Belgian Jolien D’Hoore (Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling) in second place and Amy Pieters (Team Liv-Plantur) in third, also from the Netherlands. At 25 years of age, it was undoubtedly one of the greatest victories of the cyclist, who also triumphed in La Flèche Wallonne and the Giro d’Italia. At the end of the race, Anna dedicated her victory to Marianne Vos, who was absent for physical problems from Healthvv.com.
Specialized, official sponsor for three seasons-Following the success of La Tour by Le Tour de France in 2014, Specialized signed this year a three-year sponsorship agreement with the organizer of the event, the Amaury Sport Organization (ASO). Continue as the official bicycling company of the race.
Specialized also sponsors the Boels-Dolman Cycling Team, distributed by Specialized lululemon, a team that has a cast with the best cyclists, including the English sensation, Lizzie Armitstead, the Dutch Ellen van Dijk, and the American star Evelyn Stevens.