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Frauen: DRIEDAAGSE BRUGGE – DE PANNE 2020

Brugge – De Panne (156km)
1 WIEBES Lorena (NED) TEAM SUNWEB 3:39:43
2 BRENNAUER Lisa ( GER ) CERATIZIT – WNT PRO CYCLING TEAM 0:00:00
3 KOPECKY Lotte (BEL) LOTTO SOUDAL LADIES 0:00:00
4 ROY Sarah (AUS) MITCHELTON – SCOTT 0:00:00
5 BERTIZZOLO Sofia (ITA) CCC – LIV 0:00:00
6 BARNES Alice (GBR) CANYON / /SRAM RACING 0:00:00
7 LONGO BORGHINI Elisa (ITA) TREK – SEGAFREDO 0:00:00
8 VAN DIJK Ellen (NED) TREK – SEGAFREDO 0:00:00
9 JACKSON Alison (CAN) TEAM SUNWEB 0:00:00
10 DUVAL Eugénie (FRA) FDJ NOUVELLE – AQUITAINE FUTUROSCOPE 0:00:00
11 KASPER Romy ( GER ) PARKHOTEL VALKENBURG 0:00:00
12 UNEKEN Lonneke (NED) BOELS DOLMANS CYCLINGTEAM 0:00:00
13 COPPONI Clara (FRA) FDJ NOUVELLE – AQUITAINE FUTUROSCOPE 0:00:00
14 PIETERS Amy (NED) BOELS DOLMANS CYCLINGTEAM 0:00:00
15 BALSAMO Elisa (ITA) VALCAR – TRAVEL & SERVICE 0:00:00

GENT – WEVELGEM 2020

Ieper – Wevelgem (232,5 km)
1 Mads Pedersen (Trek)
2 Florian Sénéchal (Deceuninck)
3 Matteo Trentin (CCC)
4 Alberto Bettiol (EF)
5 Stefan Küng (Groupama)
6 John Degenkolb (Lotto)
7 Yves Lampaert (Deceuninck)
8 Wout Van Aert (Jumbo)
9 Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin)
10 Dylan Teuns (Bahrain)
11 Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck)
12 Luke Rowe (Ineos)

BORA – hansgrohe glücklos bei Gent-Wevelgem
Mit Gent-Wevelgem startet heute die verkürzte Saison der Kopfsteinpflaster-Klassiker. Die Strecke von Ieper nach Welgem führte über 233 Kilometer, wobei auch einige Hellingen zu bewältigen waren. In einer ersten, schnellen Rennstunde setzten sich zuerst sieben Fahrer vom Feld ab und konnten einen Vorsprung von bis zu acht Minuten herausfahren. Im Feld arbeiteten einige Teams, darunter auch BORA – hansgrohe für Pascal Ackermann, einen der Mitfavoriten. Regen und starker Wind machte das Rennen heute extrem schwer und hektisch. Immer wieder kam es zu Stürzen und Lukas Pöstlberger musste leider nach rund 100 km aufgeben. Auch Pascal Ackermann hatte heute kein Glück. Im ersten Anstieg zum Kemelberg hatte er einen Schaltungsdefekt und musste das Rad wechseln. Da die Begleitfahrzeuge am Kemelberg dem Feld aber nicht folgen dürfen, verlor Pascal wertvolle Zeit. Mit der Hilfe von M. Schwarzmann und A. Schillinger versuchte Ackermann noch einmal aufzuschließen, musste aber wenig später erneut das Rad wechseln und war damit aus dem Rennen. Bereits 70 Kilometer vor dem Ziel teilte sich das Feld mehrmals. Zuerst war Jempy Drucker Teil einer etwa 30 Mann Verfolgergruppe, die wenig später zur Spitze des Rennens aufschließen konnte. Nach einer neuerlichen Attacke teilte sich auch das Feld im zweiten Anstieg zum Kemelberg. Leider verpasste BORA – hansgrohe diese entscheidende Gruppe und als an der Spitze das Rennen zusammenlief, fand sich Jempy erneut in der ersten größeren Verfolgergruppe zusammen mit Marcus Burghardt wieder. Am Ende holte M. Pedersen den Sieg, während sich Jempy Drucker noch einmal mit einer Gruppe vom Feld absetzen konnte und das Rennen auf Rang XX beendete.
Reaktionen im Ziel
„Es war brutal heute da draußen. Das Rennen war extrem schnell, aber auch sehr gefährlich. Es gab unzählige Stürze und leider waren da auch ein paar unserer Jungs dabei. Ich habe mich eigentlich ganz gut gefühlt und wollte am Ende vorne dabei sein. Als sich das Feld zum ersten Mal geteilt hat, war ich vorne dabei. Aber danach, als Van Aert am Kemelberg attackierte, war ich nicht gut genug positioniert. Dann gab es keine Chance mehr zurückzukommen, da alle Teams Fahrer vorne hatten. Am Ende nicht das Ergebnis, das ich erhofft hatte, aber zumindest waren meine Beine gut. Das stimmt mich zuversichtlich.“ – Jempy Drucker

„Das ist heute nicht gelaufen, wie wir gehofft hatten. Unser Plan war mit Pascal im Finale noch dabei zu sein, doch das Rennen war heute durch den Wind extrem hart und hektisch. Wir hatten wirklich kein Glück, es gab immer wieder Stürze und Lukas musste leider aufgeben. Pascal hat zwei Mal das Rad wechseln müssen und war daher chancenlos. Wir haben dann versucht, mit Jempy auf Ergebnis zu fahren, allerdings hatte er nicht die nötige Position, um am Kemelberg die entscheidende Attacke mit zu gehen. Danach war das Rennen gelaufen und wir konnten nur noch um die Platzierungen fahren.“ – Steffen Radochla, sportlicher Leiter

Frauen: GENT – WEVELGEM 2020
1 Jolien D’Hoore (Boels)
2 Lotte Kopecky (Lotto)
3 Lisa Brennauer (Ceratizit)
4 Sarah Roy (Mitchelton)
5 Marta Cavalli (Valcar)
6 Lauren Stephens (Tibco)
7 Demi Vollering (Parkhotel)
8 Lizzie Deignan (Trek)
9 Amy Pieters (Boels)
10 Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek)

Brabantse Pijl – BEL – Women – 1.1 – 121,9 Km

1 BROWN Grace AUS MITCHELTON – SCOTT 03:03:38 39,83
2 LIPPERT Liane GER TEAM SUNWEB 00:47
3 MACKAIJ Floortje NED TEAM SUNWEB 00:51
4 KOPECKY Lotte BEL LOTTO SOUDAL LADIES 01:19
5 FAHLIN Emilia SWE FDJ NOUVELLE – AQUITAINE FUTUROSCOPE 01:19
6 LELEIVYTE Rasa LTU AROMITALIA – BASSO BIKES – VAIANO 01:19
7 CONFALONIERI Maria Giulia ITA CERATIZIT – WNT PRO CYCLING TEAM 01:19
8 RAGUSA Katia ITA ASTANA WOMEN’S TEAM 01:19
9 GARCIA CAÑELLAS Margarita Victo ESP ALE‘ BTC LJUBLJANA 01:19
10 STEPHENS Lauren USA TEAM TIBCO – SILICON VALLEY BANK 01:19


Foto: Gerhard Plomitzer

LIÈGE – BASTOGNE – LIÈGE FEMMES 2020

Bastogne – Liège (135,0 km / 2100 hm)
1 DEIGNAN Elizabeth (GBR) TREK – SEGAFREDO 3:29:48
2 BROWN Grace (AUS) MITCHELTON – SCOTT 0:00:09
3 VAN DIJK Ellen (NED) TREK – SEGAFREDO 0:02:19
4 VOS Marianne (NED) CCC – LIV 0:02:19
5 PIETERS Amy (NED) BOELS DOLMANS CYCLINGTEAM 0:02:19
6 BARNES Hannah (GBR) CANYON / /SRAM RACING 0:02:21
7 REUSSER Marlen (SUI) EQUIPE PAULE KA 0:02:21
8 LABOUS Juliette (FRA) TEAM SUNWEB 0:02:21
9 AALERUD Katrine (NOR) MOVISTAR TEAM WOMEN 0:02:26
10 LIPPERT Liane (GER) TEAM SUNWEB 0:03:27

October 4 th 2020 – 13:01

At the end of a tremendous show of courage in the difficult conditions of the rainy Ardennes, Lizzie Deignan claimed Liege-Bastogne-Liege for the first time of her career. The Brit powered away on the Cote de la Redoute never to be caught despite the strong counter-attack of Grace Brown. She wins this 4th edition of the race ahead of Brown and Ellen Van Dijk. Thanks to her success, the Trek-Segafredo rider takes command of the UCI Women’s World Tour again.
Five months after its initial date, the weather conditions were just as cold for the ladies of the 4th edition of Liège-Bastogne-Liège women. Cold temperatures and rain as the 136 riders took off on the 135-km course from Bastogne to Liège. In these difficult conditions and with a strong tailwind, the pack remained bunched.
Hard to take off and power away from a pack well under the control of teams Sunweb, Trek-Segafredo and Boels-Dolmans. A first decisive move eventually came on the first climb of the day, the Cote de Wanne (km 56.5) when seven riders pulled away: Peters (Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team), Labous (Team Sunweb), Barnes (Canyon Sram), Van Dijk (Trek Segafredo), Vos (CCC Liv), Reusser (Paule Ka) and Stephens (Team Tibco – Silicon Valley Bank).
On the following climb, while Stephens was dropped, two others very interesting riders joined the front group: Deignan (Trek Segafredo) and Aalerud (Movistar Team). The advantage of the front 8 reached 32” at the top of the Cote de la Haute Levée.
That gap carried on growing despite the efforts of teams Mitchelton-Scott and FDJ-Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope at the front of the chasing bunch of around 40 riders. On the climb up the Côte de la Vecquée, Grace Brown (Mitchelton-Scott) managed to take off and eventually joined the escapees before the top where the gap had reached 1’20’’.
Among the seven former UCI road World champions present on the race, Lizzie Deignan was the first to give it a go as she powered away on the climb up the Côte de la Redoute. The Brit reached the summit with a 20” advantage over her former group and 1’30” over the pack.

Deignan saw her lead grow to 52” on her closest rivals and 2’20” on the pack with 20kms to go. On the final climb up La Roche aux Faucons, Grace Brown decided to take off on a counter-attack. At the summit, the Australian was only 35” adrift. While the pack of favourites including Van der Breggen and Van Vleuten failed to move any closer, a fantastic battle started between Deignan and Brown on the last 13kms to the finish in Liège.
With 5kms to go, Deignan could still enjoy a slim 10” lead over Brown. She eventually managed to remain clear all the way to the line, clinching Liège-Bastogne-Liège for the very first time. Deignan wins with a 9” advantage over Brown and 2’19” over third placed rider Ellen Van Dijk (Trek Segafredo). Deignan, thanks to her success, moves back into first position of the UCI Women’s World Tour.
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LIÈGE-BASTOGNE-LIÈGE 2020: INFO WITH ONE DAY TO GO

Key information:
 On the eve of Liège-Bastogne-Liège, all eyes are set on Julian Alaphilippe. The Frenchman is the main favourite for victory on his maiden race with the rainbow jersey – even more so after Alejandro Valverde’s last-minute withdrawal.
 There is a very long list of outsiders. Those who were up there already in Flèche Wallonne, such as Marc Hirschi, Benoît Cosnefroy, Michael Woods or Michal Kwiatkowski, are obvious names. And then there are those who have travelled to Belgium just for this event – such as Chris Froome, Primoz Roglic or Adam Yates.
 A surprise, late addition to a startlist already packed with talent is Mathieu Van der Poel. Right after winning the BinckBank Tour this very Saturday, the Alpecin-Fenix team confirmed the Dutch rider will take part in La Doyenne.
 The fourth edition of the Women’s Liège-Bastogne-Liège will be held hours before the men’s event, and pretty much on the same roads. Dutch duo Anna van der Breggen and Annemiek van Vleuten are the main favourites for victory on a race that will be broadcasted live across 190 countries.

WILL THE ROCHE-AUX-FAUCONS BE DECIDING AGAIN?
Last year, Liège-Bastogne-Liège went back to holding its finish line in the centre of the Ardennes city after 27 straight years ending with an uphill finish on its suburb Ans. Jakob Fuglsang took advantage of this set-up already in 2019, when he accelerated with 16 kilometres to go, up the Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons, to later launch his winning attack at its small, follow-up hill, the Côte de Boncelles. “It’s the change we were hoping for,” says route designer Jean-Michel Monin. “In previous years, riders waited until the eleventh hour at the Côte de Saint-Nicolas, 5 kilometres from the finish, to try and break away. The Roche-aux-Faucons is the key climb now, and that forces the favourites to attack earlier and provides for a more exciting finale. This year we can picture an outcome similar to 2019, although I only see one guy capable of pulling out such exploit: that’s Julian Alaphilippe, and only if he is in the same shape he was in Imola. In any case, the 90 final kilometres are very demanding and we can expect a very reduced group to contend for victory in the closing stages of the race.”

ALAPHILIPPE’S RAINBOW SPELL TO BEGIN IN LIÈGE
Last Sunday, Julian Alaphilippe crowned himself UCI World Champion in Imola. Showcasing his recently attained rainbow jersey for the first time, the Deceuninck-Quick Step rider will try to finally net victory at Liège-Bastogne-Liège after placing 2nd in 2015 and 4th in 2018. Given his current shape and his knowledge of the event, he will be the man to watch – a favourite role reinforced by the last-minute absence of four-time winner Alejandro Valverde. “I’m very happy to honour the rainbow jersey by wearing it for the first time on a race such as La Doyenne,” said Alaphilippe on a virtual press conference. “It’s one of the races I’ve long dreamt of winning, and this is a new chance for it.” It’s not usual for the rainbow jersey to triumph in this race, though. Only 5 out of the 105 editions of Liège-Bastogne-Liège ended with the rainbow jersey raising his arms, with wins by: Ferdi Kübler, in 1952; Rick Van Looy, in 1961; Eddy Merckx, both in 1972 and 1975; and Moreno Argentin in 1987.

HIRSCHI FOR THE DOUBLE
Already victor at Wednesday’s Flèche Wallonne, Marc Hirschi is going to try and double-up his Ardennes Classic winning tally this Sunday at Liège-Bastogne-Liège. “We knew he had a big potential, but lately everything seems to be falling into place for him,” says his DS at Team Sunweb, Michiel Elijzen. “Tomorrow it will be a more difficult race to win, though, because there are way more cards and scenarios to play. It’s a longer, more challenging route, and the quality of the field is higher. The weather will play a part, too, as the headwind will make for a slow pace at the beginning, when heading south. Another big factor for the outcome is that no one will want to be a on a breakaway group with Julian Alaphilippe or Marc Hirschi. Deceuninck-Quick Step has multiple riders capable of winning, and we have a good back-up option in Tiesj Benoot. Anyways, it’s hard to predict how the race will pan out.”

BENOÎT COSNEFROY: “IT WILL BE ABOUT WHO PLAYS TACTICS BETTER”
After his aggressive performance in the Tour de France, the runner-up position at Flèche Wallonne went to confirm Benoît Cosnefroy’s prospects as one of the names to follow in professional cycling. Speaking to letour.fr ahead of Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the French rider explained: “I love the Classics. It’s the races that suit better my nature and my qualities as a rider. I knew I was capable of getting a result [atop the Mur de Huy], but I needed to actually deliver it.” Well aware of his potential, the AG2R La Mondiale rider will try to make the most out of it in La Doyenne. “I really like Liège because tactics and strategy are a bigger factor than in Flèche. The Roche-aux-Faucons definitely is the climax. I need to be amongst the top four or six riders at its summit. Right after comes the downhill and the flat terrain on the way to Liège, on which it will be about who plays tactics better. Although if Julian Alaphilippe puts the same attack he did last Sunday in Imola, it will be difficult to beat him…”

ROGLIC STARTS OVER
After the disappointing, heart-breaking ending of his Tour de France, Primoz Roglic has cleared his mind and is bound to start a campaign to defend his championship at La Vuelta. The first stop will be his maiden appearance at Liège-Bastogne-Liège. A stage-race man, Roglic found out the joy of one-day racing last autumn in Italy, where he won both the Giro dell’Emilia and the Tre Valle Varesine. His DS Franz Maassen considers we may see him shine tomorrow in Liège, along with his Team Jumbo Visma teammate Tom Dumoulin. “Primoz [Roglic] has the morale and the willingness to race a Monument. The length of the race may suit him. We are sure the Côte de la Redoute will be a key point, but the defining climb will be the Roche-aux-Faucons. Tom [Dumoulin] felt a bit tired at Flèche Wallonne, but it is entirely possible for him to surprise everybody tomorrow.”

POGACAR STILL IN THE MIX
UAE Team Emirates was one of the most relevant outfits at Wednesday’s Flèche Wallonne. “We did a great job, indeed – the best we could,” asserts DS Neil Stephens. In the final lap, both Sergio Henao and Rui Costa attacked to set-up a hard course in the benefit of their leader Tadej Pogacar, who could only deliver a 9th place atop the Mur de Huy. “We have to be realistic about Tadej,” Stephens explains. “The Tour de France was obviously very demanding for him, and he hasn’t recovered from it yet for a number of reason. Even if he wanted to perform in Flèche Wallonne and was in the right mindset to do so, he couldn’t do better than 9th. And it’s the same situation for tomorrow. Liège is one of the most beautiful Classics of the year. We have good cards to play, with several very good riders who are perfectly able to crack a top10 but for whom a victory is a tough ask. We expect the race to be decided at the Roche-aux-Faucons. The winner will go clear there – be it solo or in a group.”

FROOME + KWIATO = DOUBLE THREAT FROM INEOS GRENADIERS
It won’t be a first, because he has already participated six times in Liège with the 36th position achieved in 2013 as his best result – but it will be a last. Liège-Bastogne-Liège will be Chris Froome’s final one-day race with Ineos Grenadiers. The four-times winner of the Tour de France will play a domestique role, working for his teammate (and loyal domestique) Michal Kwiatkowski, who has stood twice at the podium of La Doyenne (3rd in both 2014 and 2017). But Ineos Greandiers’ DS, Brett Lancaster, doesn’t rule out the possibility of seeing Froome on a different note. “Chris [Froome] has worked very well over the last few weeks in Andorra and is in very good shape. He is set to work for Michal [Kwiatkowski], but he might be on the offensive if any dangerous break goes early. It’s true Michal is very focused on this Classics campaign. We’ve been discussing it for three months already and he is determined to race all the way to Paris-Roubaix.”

VAN DER BREGGEN AND VAN VLEUTEN SPEARHEAD WOMEN’S LIÈGE
Despite the long tradition of the men’s event, the Women’s Liège-Bastogne-Liège is still a relatively young race with only three editions on its record books. The two marquee names of the female peloton in this decade have so far been dominant in this Classic, with two victories under Anna van der Breggen’s name (2017 and 2018) and one under Annemiek van Vleuten’s (2019). Both Dutch cyclists will take part on this 2020 edition with their respective teams Boels Dolmans Cycling Team and Mitchelton Scott, spearheading a field with contenders such as Great Britain’s Lizzie Deignan (Trek Segafredo), Poland’s Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon // SRAM Racing), Netherlands’ Marianne Vos (CCC Team) or Flèche Wallonne’s runner-ups to Van der Breggen, Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope) and Demi Völlering (Parkhotel Valkenburg). The 134-kilometre long route from Bastogne to Liège features five climbs, with the Côte de la Haute-Levée as main addition for this year, and the Côte de la Redoute and the Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons as final challenges before the rolling run-in to Liège. As happened at last Wednesday’s Flèche Wallonne, the Women’s Liège Bastogne-Liège will be broadcasted live across 190 countries via 20 TV channels thanks to a 90-minute coverage provided by host broadcaster RTBF.
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PARIS–ROUBAIX FEMMES: A RITE OF PASSAGE ON THE COBBLESTONES

PARIS–ROUBAIX FEMMES:
A RITE OF PASSAGE ON THE COBBLESTONES

Key points:
 The inaugural edition of the Women’s Paris–Roubaix will be held ahead of the men’s race on Sunday 25 October. The peloton will roll out from Denain at 9:10 am and tackle a 116 km course featuring 29,2 kilometres of cobblestones divided in 17 sectors.
 A provisional live broadcast of the Paris Roubaix Femmes on both general interest channels with large audiences and on sports-dedicated channels in almost 130 territories on 5 continents.
 24 teams representing the world cycling elite have been invited to be part of this momentous event.

Their time has come. The world’s top female cyclists have long watched their male counterparts do battle and get rattled on the cobbled sectors of Paris–Roubaix with a mix of jealousy and awe. Now, their first foray into the Hell of the North is approaching fast. The town of Denain, in the Nord department, will host the start of the race. The „fun“ starts after 20-odd kilometres, especially when the riders get to Hornaing, where the courses of the two races converge. At that point, 86 kilometres and two sectors with the maximum difficulty rating will stand between them and glory: Mons-en-Pévèle and the Carrefour de l’Arbre, which have witnessed numerous make-or-break moments for cobble-gobblers over the generations. This year, the ladies will also know how it feels to go head to head on such hellish terrain, which only makes the entrance to Roubaix Velodrome that much sweeter.

Committed Partners
Already a major partner in men’s racing, the Hauts-de-France region is, with its newest collaboration, showing how strongly committed it is to cycling, the cobbles and to the „Reine des Classiques“.
FDJ, who have just renewed their partnership with the „La Course By Le Tour de France avec FDJ“, reinforce their presence in women’s cycling by becoming the official partner of the new race. This partnership has been created as a part of the „Sport pour elles“ program, launched by FDJ in 2016. FDJ-Nouvelle-Aquitaine-Futuroscope cycling team of which it is the major partner will be at the start of this first Paris-Roubaix women.
Amaury Sport Organisation is glad to be able to count on all of the partners of the men’s event for their growing support for the first edition of Paris-Roubaix Women.

Teams selection
In accordance with the Union Cycliste International’s regulations, the eight women’s UCI World Teams automatically entered are:

ALE‘ BTC LJUBLJANA (ITA)
CANYON / /SRAM RACING (GER)
CCC – LIV (POL)
FDJ NOUVELLE – AQUITAINE FUTUROSCOPE (FRA)
MITCHELTON SCOTT (AUS)
MOVISTAR TEAM WOMEN (ESP)
TEAM SUNWEB (GER)
TREK – SEGAFREDO (USA)

As well as the eight teams already selected, the organisers have extended invitations to the following fifteen teams:

AROMITALIA – BASSO BIKES – VAIANO (ITA)
ASTANA WOMEN’S TEAM (KAZ)
BEPINK (ITA)
BOELS DOLMANS CYCLINGTEAM (NED)
CERATIZIT – WNT PRO CYCLING TEAM (GER)
CHARENTE – MARITIME WOMEN CYCLING (FRA)
COGEAS METTLER LOOK PRO CYCLING TEAM (RUS)
HITEC PRODUCTS – BIRK SPORT (NOR)
LOTTO SOUDAL LADIES (BEL)
PARKHOTEL VALKENBURG (NED)
PAULE KA (SUI)
RALLY CYCLING (USA)
TEAM ARKEA (FRA)
TEAM TIBCO – SILICON VALLEY BANK (USA)
VALCAR-TRAVEL & SERVICE (ITA)

Straßen-WM 2020 – Straßenrennen Frauen Elite

Imola – Imola (143,0 km / 2800 hm)

1 VAN DER BREGGEN Anna NED 4:09:57
2 VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek NED + 1:20
3 LONGO BORGHINI Elisa ITA + 1:20
4 VOS Marianne NED + 2:01
5 LIPPERT Liane GER + 2:01
6 DEIGNAN Elizabeth GBR + 2:01
7 NIEWIADOMA Katarzyna POL + 2:01
8 LUDWIG Cecilie Uttrup DEN + 2:41
9 BRENNAUER Lisa GER + 3:08
10 REUSSER Marlen SUI + 3:08
11 STEPHENS Lauren USA + 3:08
12 VAN DEN BROEK-BLAAK Chantal NED + 3:08
13 CORDON RAGOT Audrey FRA + 3:08
14 BUJAK Eugenia SLO + 3:08
15 FISHER-BLACK Niamh NZL + 3:08


WM 2018 und 2020: Anna van der Breggen


Liane Lippert
Fotos: Gerhard Plomitzer

Frauen: LA COURSE BY LE TOUR DE FRANCE 2020

DEIGNAN DENIES VOS AND VAN VLEUTEN DUTCH HAT-TRICK
Nice – Nice (96,0 km)
1 Elizabeth Deignan (GBr) Trek – Segafredo 2:22:51
2 Marianne Vos (Ned) CCC – Liv 0:00:00
3 Demi Vollering (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg 0:00:00
4 Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon // SRAM Racing 0:00:00
5 Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Mitchelton – Scott 0:00:00
6 Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Trek – Segafredo 0:00:07
7 Emilia Fahlin (Swe) FDJ – Nouvelle Aquitaine – Futuroscope 0:01:50
8 Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar – Travel & Service 0:01:50
9 Soraya Paladin (Ita) CCC – Liv 0:01:50
10 Liane Lippert (GER) Team Sunweb 0:01:50
11 Lotte Kopecky (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies 0:01:50
12 Mikayla Harvey (NZl) Equipe Paule Ka 0:01:50
13 Eugenia Bujak (Slo) Alé BTC Ljubljana 0:01:50
14 Katia Ragusa (Ita) Astana Women’s Team 0:01:50
15 Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon // SRAM Racing 0:01:50

Nice, Saturday, August 29th2020 – Britain’s Lizzie Deignan (Trek Segafredo) made the best of her current form and perfect teamwork to outwit title-holder Marianne Vos and world champion Annemiek van Vleuten and win La Course by Le Tour de France avec FDJ on Saturday. The 2015 world champion, supported by team-mate Elisa Longo-Borghini, surged on the line to narrowly upstage Vos while unheralded Dane Demi Vollering (Parkhotel Valkenburg) finished third. Poland’s Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon) was the 6th member of the decisive breakaway launched by van Vleuten in the second ascent of the 96-km circuit around Nice.
Six in the lead
The initial ascent of Cote de Rimiez started to skim the peloton as the pace was high until the top, where Luxembourg’s Christine Majerus (Boels Dolmans) led the way and collected three points in the KOM classification.
Former world and European champion Maria Bastianelli (Ale BTC Ljubjana) of Italy was among the first riders to call it quits while Spain’s Sheyla Guttierez, the Movistar leader, was unable to keep in touch with the front of the bunch, led by most of the favourites.
In Aspremont, at the top of the long 16-km climbing stretch, the pack had lost nearly half of the 137 riders at the start.
The technical descent to Nice split the peloton even more, as rain started to pour, and a group emerged, including Elsa Longo-Borghini (Trek-Segafredo), Chistine Majerus, Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon), Lotte Kopecky (Lotto Soudal), Cecile Ludwig (FDJ-Nouvelle Aquitaine) and Anna Henderson (Sunweb). The six briefly led the chase by 40 seconds before the regrouped main bunch caught them in the outskirts of Nice.
Van Vleuten seizes reins
At the start of the second ascent, Annemiek van Vleuten decided to take the reins and raised the pace significantly. Lizzie Deignan was the first to take her wheel, followed by her Trek Segafredo team-mate Longo-Borghini, Marianne Vos, Niewiadoma and Dane Demi Vollering (Parkhotel Valkenburg). The six held a minute’s lead at the top of the climb and 1:20 in Aspremont. Deignan tried to attack early in the descent as Van Vleuten stayed at the back and Niewiadoma led the way downhill, as she had done in the first lap, followed by Vos and Deignan.
At the bottom of the climb, the six led the pack by 1:30 and were left to battle it out for victory.
Deignan outwits Vos
With three current or former world champions in the break, the finale was an exciting one even if the slight headwind made it difficult for van Vleuten to surge and avoid a sprint finish. She tried to with 2 km left but was reeled in. Longo Borghini also tried her luck but she was also brought back by Vos. A last attempt by the Dutch world champion under the red flame was also quashed. Vos counter-attacked and looked set for victory but Deignan timed her sprint to perfection to beat her on the line. The Briton had previously finished second in La Course in 2017 while both Vos and van Vleuten had won the race twice before and were denied a treble.
Lizzie Deignan: “I’m really relieved that I won it. What a great overall performance by the team. Every one of my team-mates did a great job today. This is phenomenal because sometimes when you train hard and you don’t win you get frustrated and then when it comes at last, you’re really relieved. The period is pretty good for me. It’s pretty special because I’m close to home and I can’t wait to talk to my husband my daughter on the phone.”
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2020 LA COURSE BY LE TOUR DE FRANCE AVEC FDJ: LATEST NEWS WITH ONE DAY TO GO

Key points:
 The 7th edition of La Course by Le Tour de France avec FDJ looks more unpredictable than ever on a course around Nice especially designed to favour tactics over sheer strength. Title holder Marianne Vos and in-form Lizzie Deignan, who races at home, are excited about the 96-km event.
 In spite of the Covid-19 crisis, broadcasting of La Course is on the rise.

Jean-Marc Marino : « The most clever rider will win”
Race director Jean-Marc Marino is confident that the 7th edition of La Course by Le Tour de France avec FDJ will be exciting to watch and he warns that tactics, more than strength, will be the key on the 96-km course designed in the hills around Nice.
“It’s a pretty hard course at first, with a 5.5 km climb (Cote de Rimiez) at 5% and then it goes on climbing, it’s the Nice hinterland and we know how bumpy it is. Then there is a really steep descent, very technical and then 20 km on the flat,” he said.
“We can expect a big battle in the climbs. The big question is whether a sprinter can survive or whether a breakaway can go all the way. Nothing is written and that’s what we wanted, to have an unpredictable race. We noticed in the past that if we made too hard a course, it was always the same who won. This time, it might not be the strongest who wins, but certainly the most clever,” the former Tour de France rider added.
While Dutch riders, led by Marianne Vos, Annemiek van Vleuten and Anna van der Breggen, who is not taking part this year, stole the show in the past, Marino expects a tougher fight this time.
“You can expect a surprise because there are a lot of up and coming young riders who will be less closely watched than the favourites. They can sneak their way into victory. Of course we can have a solo win by Annemiek van Vleuten, and Marianne Vos, who climbs well, can win a sprint finish. Or Lizzie Deignan, who just won in Plouay and has a strong finish,” he said.

Marianne Vos: “Not for a specific rider”
Marianne Vos will be going for a hat trick on Saturday all the more confident as she feels the course suits her better than most.
“Last year’s was a fantastic win for me personally. After the first time on the Champs-Elysées, it was a different course but the same sensations and feelings crossing the line”, the Dutchwoman said.
Winner of La Course in 2014 on the Champs Elysees and last year in Pau, the three-times world road champion said the course was all the more interesting as it was unpredictable. She will obviously be among the leading favourites with compatriot Annemiek van Vleuten, also a two-times winner of the race, who was crowned European champion on Thursday.
“The course does not seem to be made for a specific type of rider. It’s not for the sprinters, it’s not for the climbers, it gives possibilities for a breakaway, it gives possibilities even for a sprinter if she survives but also the stronger climbers or classics riders can make a difference,” she said.
“I think a lot of teams will go there with an aim to win. I don’t really know the course, I’ve seen it on the Internet, which is the only possibility we have at this moment. I’ll see the course when I’m there. But the team will do the preparation and you can do a fairly good recon without being there”, she added.

Lizzie Deignan: “It’s kind of a home race”
Fresh from her third victory in the Grand Prix de Plouay, 2015 road world champion Lizzie Deignan is looking forward to La Course by le Tour de France avec FDJ, almost on home truf as she lives in Monaco during the season.
“La Course by le Tour de France avec FDJ it’s kind of a home race, it’s just down the road and I’ve ridden on those roads quite a lot. It’s obviously going to be a big celebration of cycling, with the Tour de France just down the road, it’s quite exciting to be part of that,” she said.
The Briton likes the circuit very much. “I think it’s actually a good course, a good racing course. this year was an easy year for A.S.O. to back out from having a woman’s race and I’m pleased that there’s still a woman race”.
“I think it’s a good racing circuit and is going to be quite aggressive”, Deignan, the Trek-Segafredo team leader added.
Deignan, who had health problems – food poisoning and a crash at Strade Bianche –, at the start of the season, showed great shape and tactical sense to win in Plouay and she will hope to improve on her best result in La Course by le Tour de France avec FDJ – second place in 2017. She can also count on the support of Italy’s Elisa Longo Borghini, silver-medallist ay the European Championships, who can be an outside chance for team Trek-Segafredo.
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Lisa Brennauer auf dem Sachsenring erneut DM im Straßenrennen

Lisa Brennauer (Ceratiztit – WNT) setzte sich auf der Motorsport-Rennstrecke diesmal vor Charlotte Becker (Arkéa – Samsic) und Tanja Erath (Canyon – SRAM) durch.

23.08. Frauen Elite: Rund um den Sachsenring (98,0 km)
1 Brennauer, Lisa CERATIZIT-WNT pro Cycling Team 02.52.26 00.00
2 Becker, Charlotte Arkéa Pro Cycling Team 02.52.26 00.00
3 Erath, Tanja CANYON // SRAM Racing 02.52.26 00.00
4 Stock, Gudrun maxx-solar LINDIG women cycling team RC Die Schwalben München 02.52.26 00.00
5 Schiff, Carolin maxx-solar LINDIG women cycling team VC Vegesack 02.52.26 00.00
6 Koppenburg, Clara EQUIPE PAULE KA 02.52.26 00.00
7 Ventker, Lydia RSG Gießen BIEHLER RSV Gütersloh 1931 02.52.26 00.00
8 Bauernfeind, Ricarda Einzelfahrerin RSG Ansbach 02.52.26 00.00
9 Lechner, Corinna Team Stuttgart SV Aufbau Altenburg 02.52.26 00.00
10 Trommer, Selma SV Grün-Weiss Einruhr 1966 02.52.32 00.06
11 Betz, Svenja RSG Gießen BIEHLER RSV Friedenau Steinfurt 02.52.32 00.06
12 Hering, Eva Marie d.velop ladies RSV Irschenberg 02.52.33 00.07
13 Kasper, Romy Parkhotel Valkenburg Cycling T 02.52.33 00.07
14 Worrack, Trixi Trek – Segafredo 02.52.33 00.07
15 Smekal, Finja Einzelfahrerin DROPS 02.52.33 00.07

Frauen: STRADE BIANCHE 2020

Siena – Siena (136,0 km)
1 Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Mitchelton – Scott 4:03:54
2 Margarita Victo Garcia Cañellas (Esp) Alé BTC Ljubljana 0:00:22
3 Leah Thomas (USA) Equipe Paule Ka 0:01:53
4 Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Boels – Dolmans Cycling Team 0:02:05
5 Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Trek – Segafredo 0:02:11
6 Marianne Vos (Ned) CCC – Liv 0:02:26
7 Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) FDJ – Nouvelle Aquitaine – Futuroscope 0:02:40
8 Lisa Brennauer (GER) Ceratizit – WNT Pro Cycling 0:03:26
9 Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Boels – Dolmans Cycling Team 0:04:20
10 Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Alé BTC Ljubljana 0:05:20
11 Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Aromitalia – Basso Bikes – Vaiano 0:05:21
12 Mikayla Harvey (NZl) Equipe Paule Ka 0:05:21
13 Amanda Spratt (Aus) Mitchelton – Scott 0:05:55
14 Eugenia Bujak (Slo) Alé BTC Ljubljana 0:06:02
15 Ane Santesteban Gonzalez (Esp) Ceratizit – WNT Pro Cycling 0:06:23
16 Liane Lippert (GER) Team Sunweb 0:06:27