The Giro Rosa is just one day behind us, but Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team is already preparing for the next Women's WorldTour race. On Tuesday 17 July, La Course by the Tour de France will be held in the Savoie-Mont Blanc region.
Five riders from our Giro Rosa squad will appear at the start of La Course. The number five of the GC Megan Guarnier, Karol-Ann Canuel, Amy Pieters, Luxembourg champion Christine Majerus and world champion Chantal Blaak.
“I think a lot of riders will be riding a double program,” said Blaak. “It’s not ideal, but we have to with these two great races so close together on the calendar. Fortunately, many riders are in the same situation.”
Olympic champion Anna van der Breggen is the sixth rider in the line-up. The double Giro Rosa winner did travel to Italy in July, but not for the Giro. Instead she opted to debut in a mountain bike World Cup in Val di Sole. She joins the team again in La Course.
"I think it's a really nice route that awaits us," said Van der Breggen. "I have no idea whether my adventures on the mountainbike have been the best preparation for it, but I have enjoyed doing it immensely. I expect to find my road legs quickly again tomorrow."
La Course by le Tour de France was introduced in 2014 as a criterium-style race on the final day of the Tour de France. On the cobblestones of the Champs Élysées, the women’s peloton rode a total of 89 kilometers. This format was used for three years and saw the win go to Marianne Vos, Chloe Hosking and Anna van der Breggen.
Last year, a new format was introduced for the race, with a climbing stage to the top of the Col d'Izoard on Tuesday, followed by a pursuit-style individual time trial on Saturday. Each rider rolled of the start ramp with the same deficit they had on the winner of the Tuesday stage, which was Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott). Lizzie Deignan finished second in both stages and won the combativity award.
In 2018, La Course by Le Tour de France is a one-day race again, this time featuring four climbs. The race is 112.5 kilometers in length and starts in Annecy. The finish is located in le Grand Bornan, with the Col de Bluffy, the Côte de Saint-Jean-de-Sixt, the Col de Romme and the Col de la Colombière along the way.
How to follow the race
The race is also live on television! Tune into Eurosport 1 in Europe or watch via the Eurosport Player. The finish is expected between 12.45 and 1.15 pm CET.
Boels-Dolmans for La Course:
Anna van der Breggen