In Paris last Sunday, the sun shone as brightly as the spotlight did for one of cycling’s most joyous days of the year. Ahead of the finale of the Tour de France, the female peloton clipped in for La Course: 12 hot laps of a 7.5km loop in central Paris, from the Arc de Triomphe to the Jardins des Tuileries. After 89km, a mass sprint saw Chloe Hosking (Wiggle High5) become this year’s champion of the Champs-Élysées.
CANYON//SRAM’s day had begun well, as newly minted British road race champion Hannah Barnes got into the day’s four-rider breakaway, but back in the bunch Barbara Guarischi then crashed heavily, breaking her left elbow. The Barnes break was caught and at the line, Tiffany Cromwell emerged from the chaos and the cobbles to take seventh, saying afterwards: “I would’ve liked to have been able to finish it off for the team when they gave me the opportunity to sprint but it just wasn’t our day today.”
The team now head to London to compete at another high profile race, the Prudential RideLondon Classique. Similar in route to La Course, Hannah Barnes, Alexis Ryan, Tiffany Cromwell and Mieke Kroger will gallop round 12 laps of a 5.5km circuit that passes Horse Guards’ Parade and Buckingham Palace while vying for the highest ever purse at a women’s one-day race: 100,000 Euros.
Vive la Révolution
To celebrate last weekend’s spotlight on women’s racing, Rapha created a celebratory cap and t-shirt. It is available to buy now.