La Course is a Parisian city centre circuit race that allows the women’s peloton to make the most of crowds gathered for the finale of the Tour de France. Now in its third year, it’s always been a hugely high profile race, but with its new Women’s World Tour status it’s even more hotly anticipated.
Timeline: How La Course by Le Tour de France Came About
Gallery: The Importance of La Course
The product of effective campaigning from Marianne Vos, Kathryn Bertine, Emma Pooley and Ironman triathlete Chrissie Wellington, it was seen as a step in the direction of reinstating the Women’s Tour de France which ceased to be back in 2009.
This year’s race takes place this Sunday, 24 July. In total, 21 teams will gather at the start line – with every single World Tour team having accepted invitation, as well as the addition of the French National team.
The teams you’ll be able to see racing this event are:
- Rabo Liv
- Lotto Soudal
- Wiggle High5
- Ale Cipollini
- United Healthcare
- Team Tibco Silicon Valley Bank
- Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental
- Cylance Pro Cycling
- BTC City Ljubljana
- Hitec Products
- Cervelo Bigla
- Astana Women’s Team
- Topsport Vlaanderen
- France National Team
There will be 126 riders, and you can see who will be lining up on the official start list here. We know Boels-Dolmans will be looking to continue their incredible run of good results, but 2014 winner Marianne Vos (Rabo Liv) is intending to start and after showing good in Germany too she’ll be on our ‘watch list’. Canyon//SRAM’s Lisa Brennauer and Barbara Guarischi are always ones to keep an eye on in a sprint finish such as this, as are Wiggle High5’s Chloe Hosking and Liv Plantur’s rider Leah Kirchmann.