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by Neal Rogers
July 21, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Barguil solos to second stage win of 2017 Tour de France atop Col d’Izoard; Van Vleuten climbs to solo victory atop Izoard to win La Course Col d’Izoard; Howes, Lay take Stage 1 victories at Cascade Cycling Classic; Video: GoPro’s Tour de France Stage 18 highlights; Video: The inner workings of radio tour at the Tour de France; Video: Orica-Scott Backstage Pass, Tour de France Stage 17.
After her Olympic disaster and narrowingly missing out on the pink jersey in the 2017 Giro Rosa, Annemiek van Vleuten today proved that she’s one of the best in the mountains, winning La Course by Le Tour de France atop the Col d’Izoard.
Van Vleuten (Orica-Scott) attacked an elite group at 4.5 kilometres from the finish line and soloed to victory. British road champion Lizzie Deignan (Boels-Dolmans) crossed the line in second, 43 seconds behind Van Vleuten; Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle-High5) rounded out the podium, 1:23 behind.
The renewed La Course consists of two stages. However, only the first stage, today’s race up Col d’Izoard, is part of the UCI Women’s WorldTour.
The riders will start their time trial behind Van Vleuten, in the actual time that they finished behind her on the climb. The rider who crosses the finish line first on Saturday wins the full two-day event.
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