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Wiebes heads for the winner’s podium and dons the first yellow jersey of the Tour de France Femmes

Wiebes talks to the TV cameras: “the team did an amazing job and my thanks to them and all the people at headquarters, it was a really chaotic sprint, I expected that Marianne would do a long sprint. I was relaxed before the start and we started as a normal race, but it was a really nervous final.” As for holding the first lead of the race, “I’m really happy with this and I think the whole team deserved it. We are ready for the next goals. It was really close but luckily I could accelerate and hold it to the finish line.”

Wiebes 

And here’s a photo of Wiebes taking the sprint on the Champs-Élysées.

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Wiebes has finished ahead of Vos by around a wheel’s length, with Lotte Kopecky (SD Worx) in third. But while Wiebes will take the day’s triumph,  the celebration of  stage 1 of the Tour de France Femmes today means the biggest winner this Sunday is surely the sport of cycling in general.

Wiebes came round the last corner a fair way back, and while Vos went from a long way out, Wiebes had time to get ahead of the 2014 winner of La Course. Wiebes thus ranks up 52 wins in her career and her 16th of the year.

Lorena Wiebes (DSM) wins stage 1 of the Tour de France Femmes. And is the first leader of the race, too.

The sprint begins and Vos is leading one side of the road, Wiebes on the other.

DSM moves into action as well, while Vos still has two riders for Jumbo-Visma. Henderson leads out the sprint.

Trek Segafredo Ellen Vian Dijk leads the bunch into the last kilometre.

2 kilometres to go

And a bunch sprint is pretty much inevitable.

Jumbo-Visma and Movistar move to the front now as Verhulst is caught.

3 kilometres to go

And the break is down to just 10 seconds

Jumbo-Visma and Trek-Segafredo, together with DSM are massing at the front of the bunch.

4 kilometres to go

Verhulst still has a lead of 13 seconds but the bunch is closing fast…

Another crash. Amanda Spratt (BikeExchange-Jayco) is down as is Laura Subemich (Plantur-Pura), but both riders can get back on their bikes.

6.6 kilometres to go

Last lap. Trek-Segafredo, Jumbo-Visma head the chase after Gladys Verhulst (Le Col-Wahoo). 33 seconds between the two.

9 kilometres to go

Castrique’s abandon is confirmed, while Verhulst stretches her lead to 43 seconds.

Unconfirmed reports that Alana Castrique (Cofidis) has had to abandon following the crash with around 12 kilometres to go.

11 kilometres to go

33 seconds for Verhulst in the lead.

Crash at the back of the bunch. Alana Castrique (Cofidis) is one of those affected, also Cristina Majerus (SD Worx). 

14 kilometres to go

Verhulst pulls out a lead of 30 seconds as DSM control the bunch behind.

Yet another break tries to go clear as Gladys Verhulst (Le Col-Wahoo) scrapes up a lead of roughly 20 seconds.

19 kilometres to go

Markus claims the points for the Mountains ranking.

Marta Lach (Ceratizit-WNT), Femke Markus (Parkhotel Valkenburg) and Anne Dorth Ysland (Uno-X ProCycling) move away just before the Mountains classification.

A flurry of more attacks as we approach the Mountains classification ‘summit’, situated in the ninth lap.

Lotte Kopecky (SD Worx) takes the second  and last intermediate sprint.

27 kilometres to go

The two are reeled in .

Henrietta Christie (Human Powered Health) moves across to Allin at the front. But the peloton are barely 16 seconds behind the leading duo and the second intermediate sprint is fast approaching. 

And here’s another emblematic picture from today’s stage.

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32 kilometres to go

The second intermediate sprint is approaching fast and Allin’s gap is dropping equally quickly. 

36 kilometres to go

And after a flurry of unsuccessful counter-attacks, Allin’s gap has dropped to a scant 12 seconds.

38 kilometres to go

And the gap between Pauline Allin (Arkea-Samsic) and the bunch hovers at around the 22 second mark.

43 kilometres to go

Another solo break goes clear for Arkea-Samsic as Pauline Allin of France gains 20 seconds on the bunch.

47 kilometres to go

Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma) takes the sprint ahead of Lorena Wiebes (DSM)

And the gap has evaporated completely. Bunch all together and Jumbo-Visma are leading the string.

49 kilometres to go

Jumbo-Visma and SD Worx have moved to the front of the bunch and have squeezed down the gap held by Emily Newsom (EF-Education-Tibco-SVB) and Micha Bredewold (Parkhotel Valkenburg) to a scant 12 seconds. 

It’s getting hotter out there, reaching 31 degrees, according to the official website.

52 kilometres to go

Emily Newsom (EF-Education-Tibco-SVB) and Micha Bredewold (Parkhotel Valkenburg) have a 40 second advantage on the peloton

One of the first photos of the opening stage

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58 kilometres to go

And the gap has now opened to 20 seconds.

Another move finally opens up a small gap, with Emily Newsom (EF-Education-Tibco-SVB) and Micha Bredewold (Parkhotel Valkenburg) with a lead of 10 seconds.

60 kilometres to go

Yet more moves are ebbing and flowing but nothing is managing to stick yet

62 kilometres to go

65 kilometres to go

Almost as soon as the 7 rider move ends, there’s another breakaway, this time a solo move by Laura Asencio (Ceratizit-WNT ProCycling)

The seven rider move, including Anais Morichon (Arkea-Samsic), has been extinguished by DSM who have Lorena Wiebes as one of the favourites for a potential bunch sprint.

69 kilometres to go

And we have the first break of the day: a seven rider move is off the front.

And there’s also a mountains classification on offer on the ninth lap.

Worth noting that during this stage there are two intermediate sprints on the fifth and eighth laps of the Champs-Élysées.

75 kilometres to go

Five kilometres into the race and no major movements yet.

And so it begins. The riders begin the 81.7 kilometre stage 1 of the Tour de France Femmes. 

Let’s not forget, either, that Vos was the first winner of La Course back in 2014, held over a very similar course in central Paris.

My colleague Kirsten Frattini has written this great interview with Marianne Vos about the Tour de France Femmes. Highly recommended. 

Marianne Vos: Tour de France is bigger than sports

The riders begin the neutralised section of stage 1 of the Tour de France Femmes and after months of build-up, the race is, at long last, underway.

After multiple expressions of delight and emotion at their opportunity to be taking part in the first edition of such a key event for cycling, the riders are moving towards the neutralised start. Two minutes to go.

Weather is dry and warm, temperatures out there according the official  race website are 28.8 Celsius. There’s a bit of a breeze, but not too strong, just 11kmh.

The first stage of the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift  is 81.6km long,  running on the famous circuit on the Champs-Élysées. The neutralised start is at 13:30 and then there is a 5.3 kilometre neutralised section, prior to racing getting underway at 13:40.

To read our analysis of today’s opening stage on Cyclingnews, look no further than 

Tour de France Femmes 2022  – stage 1 preview

Bonjour and welcome to the Cyclingnews live coverage of stage 1 of the 2022 Tour de France Femmes.


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