What for many people has just been a fantasy so far will be tomorrow a dream coming true. Within less than 24 hours, women’s cycling will meet the Champs-Elysées and the Tour de France, and the 120 contenders to the maiden edition of La Course by le Tour de France are already in the starting blocks. Vos, Armitstead, Wild, Bronzini, Pooley, Ferrand-Prévot ; all of them were pleased to accept the invitation and will fight a real battle, broadcasted worldwide, on the fields of the Champs-Elysées. While the battle is expected to be hard, there are no doubts concerning the outcome : this 27th of July will mark a milestone for the history of a peloton moving quickly forward to the recognition it really deserves.
Sprinters at the rendez-vous
While there may be various team strategies to broach the competition, all of them already expect a very nervous race. But you can take one thing for sure: the parcours and the length of the race presuppose that there won’t be any equivocations. The winner will be a fast one or not…
For the sprinters who may have had a glance at the last men’s finishes, everything points out that there will be a bunchsprint on the finish line. On the cobblestones on the Champs Elysées, where you need to jostle to get a good position, La Course will round up the world’s best sprinters and all rounders of women’s cycling.
Wild, the girl to beat
While Marcel Kittel is aiming for a second big victory on the most beautiful avenue of the world, another sprinter star, Kirsten Wild, will defend Team Giant-Shimano’ s colours a few hours earlier. Versus former world champion Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle Honda) or Marianne Vos with her Rabo Liv armada, the Dutch sprinter will have to toil. But if the sprinters are ready to go for a win, they will also have to pay attention and manage the numerous attacks from all those who want to shine at the Champs-Elysées.
To be seen… and recognized!
Tomorrow, the whole women’s cycling world will « parade » on the most beautiful avenue of the world. For the 120 athletes starting at La Course, the cobbles of the Champs-Elysées will turn into a red carpet during two hours. Broadcasted into 157 countries, La Course will benefit from the most impressive TV coverage in women’s cycling history and this will certainly give ideas to those who want to show off their teams jerseys. On the eve of La Course, the women’s peloton is excited and aware that the whole world is looking at them.
Find here the final list of starters for La Course by le Tour.