Tour de France Femmes: Dutch rider Lorena Wiebes wins stage one

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Lorena Wiebes celebrates
The winner of the yellow jersey will likely be topped atop La Planche des Belles Filles on 31 July

Dutch rider Lorena Wiebes received the primary stage of the inaugural Tour de France Femmes, edging compatriot Marianne Vos within the last dash in Paris.

Wiebes, of Crew DSM, swept previous three-time street world champion Vos to clinch the chief’s yellow jersey with the historic win on the Champs-Elysees.

Belgian Lotte Kopecky beat Italian Rachele Barbieri to take third and the final of the obtainable bonus factors.

“It is superb. The group did a tremendous job,” Wiebes mentioned.

“It was a extremely chaotic dash and likewise a protracted dash. I used to be fairly relaxed earlier than the beginning. We did all the things as regular, we noticed it as a traditional race, however in fact I used to be fairly nervous in the direction of the top.

“It was actually shut however fortunately I may speed up yet one more time and make it to the end line.”

Whereas there had been variations of the ladies’s occasion through the years till 2009, the brand new eight-stage race is the primary time since 1989 that it has formally been held and hosted by the boys’s Tour de France organisers.

A number of assaults didn’t threaten the peloton alongside the opening 82km route, which featured 12 laps of the long-lasting Champs-Elysees circuit – as seen within the males’s Tour de France and beforehand in three editions of La Course by Le Tour de France between 2014 and 2016.

French rider Gladys Verhulst went clear inside the ultimate 20km and established a lead of over 40 seconds, however she was reeled in by the peloton earlier than the frenetic end.

Vos, who received the primary intermediate dash, was supported effectively by her group within the closing levels and made a protracted dart for the end line, however Wiebes timed her last push to perfection.

“My group did an ideal job,” mentioned Vos. “They saved me out of bother. All the pieces went good. When Lorena opened her dash there was nothing I can do.

“You’ll be able to’t blame your self for doing nothing incorrect. Lorena was good immediately and it was a deserved win.”

Stage two is one other flat 136.4km route from Meaux to Provins and is anticipated to show one other day for the sprinters.

Stage one outcomes

1. Lorena Wiebes (Ned/Crew DSM) 1hr 54mins

2. Marianne Vos (Ned/Jumbo Visma) identical time

3. Lotte Kopecky (Bel/SD Worx)

4. Rachele Barbieri (Ita/LIV Racing Xstra)

5. Emma Norsgaard (Den/Movister)

6. Maike van der Duin (Ned/Le Col-Wahoo)

7. Elisa Balsamo (Ita/Trek-Segafredo

8. Simone Boilard (Can/St-Michel Auber)

9. Tamara Dronova (Roland Cogeas Edelweiss)

10. Vittoria Guazzini (Ita/FDJ Suez Futuroscope)

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