Marianne Vos of the Netherlands completed an irresistible win in La Course, the one-day women’s race organised by the Tour de France, outsprinting a select group that included last year’s champion and the recent winner of the Giro Rosa, Annemiek van Vleuten.
Australia’s Amanda Spratt led by 10 seconds into the final kilometre of the 121km circuit and was alone when she started the sharp ramp with 450m to go. But Vos burst away from the other chasers, sprinted past Spratt and was able to coast over the line, beating Leah Kirchmann by three seconds.
“I was well positioned just behind the Sunweb train,” Vos said. “We came to that final corner to the steep hill and on instinct I just went from the bottom, full gas to the finish. When I came around the last corner I saw I had quite a good lead. Lactic acid was everywhere but it was quite a good feeling.”
Three-time world champion Vos won the first edition of La Course in 2014. La Course was set up by Tour de France organisers ASO in 2014 in response to lobbying by Le Tour Entier, a campaign group that was co-founded by Vos.
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