Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 21, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Zakarin climbs to Tour de France stage win, Froome extends GC lead; Spratt wins penultimate stage of Internationale Thüringen Rundfahrt der Frauen; GC Leader Buts sprints to stage 4 win in Qinghai Lake; Jelle Wallays wins Grand Prix Cerami; Sagan signs €6 million contract with Bora-hansgrohe; Cavendish leaves Tour de France on second rest day to prepare for Olympics; Your guide to La Course by le TDF; First all-black women’s pro cycling team forming in Africa; Henao on riding against former flatmate; New professiona; Cyclist hit by vehicle on first ride with camera; Sagan: Life is like a movie (part 2)

Your guide to La Course by le TDF

by Jeanine Laudy

As the riders in the Tour de France take on the Alps and are racing their final week in the biggest Grand Tour of the year, the women look ahead at their moment to shine in La Course by le Tour de France, this Sunday in Paris.

The inaugural event of La Course by le TDF, in 2014, was accompanied by cheerful, sunny weather. How different was last year, when rain was pouring down on the cobbles of la Champs Élysées, leading to a crash-filled 89 kilometer race.

While La Course hasn’t been part of the World Cup series in the last two years, the third edition of this race joined the Women’s WorldTour to form round twelve in the inaugural event.

The race itself is not what makes it so exciting. It’s actually nothing more than a criterium, the race consisting of 13 laps on the 6.85 kilometer circuit.

But the ambiance, the tv coverage and the sensation of being a (small) part of the biggest cycling event in the world, all make up for the unspectacular race circuit and explain why this race is so exciting for the women’s peloton.

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