2014 La Course by Le Tour de France
The 2014 La Course by Le Tour de France was the inaugural edition of La Course by Le Tour de France, a one-day women's cycle race held in France. The race was run before the 21st stage of the 2014 Tour de France on 27 July. The race consisted of 13 laps on the traditional course on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, making a distance of 89.0 kilometres. The race was organised by the ASO and rated by the UCI as a 1.1 category race.
Logo of the 2014 edition
|Dates||27 July 2014|
|Distance||89.0 km (55.30 mi)|
|Winning time||2h 00' 41"|
The race was covered in 157 countries by 25 TV broadcasters, 23 of which broadcast the last hour of the race live.
The race started at 11:45 Central European Summer Time (UTC+2), and was scheduled to last until 13:00. The race saw many attacks. Dutchwomen Ellen van Dijk (Boels–Dolmans), who attacked multiple times, was the only women who was able to get clear for a few laps with a maximal advantage of over half a minute. Besides of her also Anna van der Breggen, Annemiek van Vleuten (both Rabo–Liv), Amy Pieters (Team Giant-Shimano), Chantal Blaak (Specialized–lululemon), Alena Amialiusik (Astana BePink) and Rachel Neylan (Australia National team) attempted to ride away from the peloton, but none were successful. With a few kilometres to go the Mexican national champion Ana Teresa Casas (Estado de México-Faren Kuota) crashed out of the race, and with around a kilometre to go another crash in the bunch took down Lizzie Armitstead (Boels Dolmans Cycling Team) and Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (Rabo Liv Cycling Team). The race ended in a bunch sprint with a peloton of about 30 riders. Marianne Vos (Rabo Liv Cycling Team) won the sprint ahead of Kirsten Wild (Team Giant-Shimano). Canada's Leah Kirchmann (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) finished third in the sprint.
Besides the individual time classification (finishing time of the riders) there is a sprint and young rider classification. The Young rider classification exists of the individual time classification with riders born since 1 January 1992. The sprint classification is established by adding up the points obtained in each of the intermediate sprints. There were sprints after each of the first eleven laps, where 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1 point(s) were/was awarded to the top five riders.
The total prize money of the race was €22,500: €17,500 was to be awarded to the best 20 riders of the individual time classification, €3,500 to the first 3 riders in the sprint classification and €2,000 to the first three riders of the young rider classification.
|Position||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||5th||6th||7th||8th||9th||10th||11th – 20th||Total|
|Young rider classification||€1,000||€600||€400||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||€2,000|
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