And here is a photo of Vibs taking part in the sprint on the Champs Elysees.
Vibs finished ahead of Vos by about a wheel length, with Lotte Kopecky (SD Worx) in third place. But while Vibes will take the triumph of the day, the celebration of the first leg of the Women’s Tour de France today means that the biggest winner this Sunday will undoubtedly be cycling as a whole.
Viebes took the final corner quite far back, and although Vos got away from a distance, Viebs managed to get ahead of the 2014 La Course winner. Thus, Vibs has 52 wins in his career and is ranked 16th of the year.
Lorena Vibes (DSM) won the first stage of the Women’s Tour de France. And the first leader of the race too.
The sprint starts with Vos leading on one side of the track and Vibs on the other.
DSM also enters the fray and Vos still has two riders for the Jumbo-Visma. Henderson leads the sprint.
Track Segafredo Ellen Vian Dyck leads the last kilometer.
2 kilometers to go
And a group sprint is almost inevitable.
Jumbo-Visma and Movistar now take the lead when Verhulst is caught.
3 kilometers to go
And break up to 10 seconds
Jumbo-Visma and Trek-Segafredo, along with DSM, are going to the forefront.
4 km left
Verhulst still has a 13 second lead, but the pin closes quickly…
Another accident. Amanda Spratt (BikeExchange-Jayco) fell, as did Laura Subemich (Plantur-Pura), but both riders can get back on their bikes.
6.6 km left
Last round. Trek-Segafredo and Jumbo-Visma lead the pursuit of Gladys Ferhulst (Le Kol-Wahoo). 33 seconds between them.
9 kilometers left
Kastrika’s refusal is confirmed, and Verhulst increases his lead to 43 seconds.
According to unconfirmed reports, Alana Castricke (Cofidis) was forced to leave the plane after the accident, when about 12 kilometers remained to the finish line.
11 kilometers left
Verhulst is leading for 33 seconds.
Accident in the back of the bundle. Alana Castricke (Cofidis) is one of the victims, as well as Christina Mayerus (SD Worx).
14 kilometers left
Verhulst pulls ahead by 30 seconds as DSM controls the group behind.
Another break tries to end, Gladys Verhulst (Le Col-Wahoo) comes off by about 20 seconds.
19 kilometers left
Marcus claims points in the Gore rankings.
Martha Lach (Ceratizit-WNT), Femke Markus (Parkhotel Valkenburg) and Ann Dort Iceland (Uno-X ProCycling) leave right before classification in the mountains.
A flurry of new attacks as we approach the “top” of the Gor classification, located on the ninth circle.
Lotte Kopecky (SD Worx) wins the second and final intermediate sprint.
27 kilometers left
Two are wrapped.
Henrietta Christie (Human Powered Health) approaches Allin in front. But the peloton is only 16 seconds behind the leading duo, with the second intermediate sprint fast approaching.
And here is another symbolic picture from today’s scene.
32 km left
The second intermediate sprint is fast approaching, and Allin’s backlog is closing just as fast.
36 kilometers left
And after a series of unsuccessful counterattacks, Allin’s backlog was reduced to a meager 12 seconds.
38 kilometers left
And the gap between Polina Allin (Arkea-Samsic) and the band fluctuates around 22 seconds.
43 km left
Arkea-Samsik gets another solo break: France’s Pauline Allin wins by 20 seconds in the group.
47 kilometers left
Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma) was ahead of Lorena Vibes (DSM) in the sprint.
And the gap is completely gone. Bundle all together, and Jumbo-Visma leads the chain.
49 kilometers left
Jumbo-Visma and SD Worx took the lead and closed the gap between Emily Newsom (EF-Education-Tibco-SVB) and Micha Bredwald (Parkhotel Valkenburg) to 12 seconds.
According to the official website, it is getting hotter outside, reaching 31 degrees.
52 kilometers left
Emily Newsom (EF-Education-Tibco-SVB) and Mischa Bredevold (Parkhotel Valkenburg) have a 40 second lead in the peloton
One of the first photos of the opening scene
58 kilometers left
And the gap has now increased to 20 seconds.
Another move finally opens up a small lead: Emily Newsom (EF-Education-Tibco-SVB) and Micha Bredwald (Parkhotel Valkenburg) have a 10 second lead.
60 km left
More movements are coming and flowing, but so far nothing has been able to consolidate
62 kilometers left
65 kilometers left
Almost immediately after the 7-rider run ends, there is another breakaway, this time a solo move by Laura Asensio (Ceratizit-WNT ProCycling).
The move of seven riders, including Anais Morichon (Arkea-Samsic), has been canceled by DSM, who have Lorena Vibs as one of the favorites in a potential group sprint.
69 kilometers left
And we have the first break of the day: the movement of the seven riders in front.
And on the ninth circle, a mountain classification is proposed.
It is worth noting that at this stage there are two intermediate sprints on the fifth and eighth circles of the Champs Elysees.
75 kilometers left
There are five kilometers in the race, but there are no serious movements yet.
And so it began. Riders begin the 81.7 km stage 1 of the Women’s Tour de France.
Let’s also not forget that Vos was the first winner of the La Course back in 2014, held on a very similar course in central Paris.
My colleague Kirsten Frattini wrote a wonderful interview with Marianne Vos about the Women’s Tour de France. Highly recommended.
Marianne Vos: Tour de France is more than a sport
The riders begin the neutralized section of the first leg of the Women’s Tour de France, and after months of preparation, the race is finally underway.
After repeated expressions of excitement and emotion at the opportunity to take part in the first edition of such a key event for cycling, the riders are moving towards a neutral start. Two minutes left.
The weather is dry and warm, the temperature on the street according to the official website of the race is 28.8 Celsius. The wind is light but not strong, only 11 km/h.
The first leg of the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift is 81.6 km long and follows the famous Champs Elysées circuit. Neutral start at 13:30, then a 5.3 km neutralized section before the start of the race at 13:40.
To read our analysis of today’s opening leg on Cyclingnews, look no further than
Tour de France Femmes 2022 – preview of the first stage
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