Watch the 2017 La Course by Le Tour de France LIVE!

Thursday 20th July

Saturday 22nd July

After the stage races, the Women’s WorldTour is back to day races, and not exactly a Classic, more of a hill climb, with La Course by Le Tour de France – and on Saturday, a Pursuit day for the winners of the WWT race, which is a whole new format.

The WorldTour race is on Thursday, and it starts at 10:00 European CEST (9am UK BST, 4am North American EDT and 6pm Australian AEST). It will be a fantastic showcase for the climbers, a short 67km run up the famous Col d’Izoard, before the men take it on later that day.

The top 20 finishers, or all those within 5 minutes, depending which number is smaller, will race the Pursuit, on the men’s TdF ITT course, on Saturday.  This will start at 13:00 CEST (midday UK BST, 7am EDT, 9pm AEST).  This doesn’t have any UCI points, but will be interesting as it’s a new format, with the riders starting at the same time intervals they finished on Izoard – so if a rider finished 1:30 behind winner Annemiek van Vleuten, she starts the Pursuit 1:30 after AvV – and the first rider across the finish line wins.  You can find the startlist here:

The route and tons of information are on La Course website – The WorldTour race, and the Pursuit.

I’ll be commentating on ITV4, with Rochelle Gilmore, which you can watch here from in the UK (or with a VPN) – or if you can’t do that, try via Filmon.  but there will be TV pretty much everywhere.  Per the race website, here are other channels that will show it:

If you don’t have access to any of these, there should be streams here, here or here.

Follow on twitter via the #LaCourse hashtag and the race twitter.

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If you, like me, love women’s cycling, or even have followed a little bit, you’ve probably seen the Vélofocus pictures – on their site, the UCI facebook, and in the race reports from Canyon-SRAM, Boels-Dolmans, Cylance Procycling and Cervélo-Bigla.  They have around 48 hours left on the kickstarter for their 2017 book, which will have their gorgeous photos, and articles (including by me).   If you want to know more, I interviewed them recently about their work and the book – and if you can, please do support them – but every little helps, even just sharing or RTing their tweets.  Let’s see if we can make this happen!

 

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4 thoughts on “Watch the 2017 La Course by Le Tour de France LIVE!

  1. Great commentary Sarah. I think LD should have tried to chase down LvV from the start. Do you think she would have caught her?

    • No, I think that AvV, or any of the riders who can TT (eg Elisa Longo Borghini, Lauren Stephens, maybe Shara Gillow) would have won if they’d have started 45″ ahead like that. Deignan isn’t an ITT rider – her only choice was to race with a ‘partner’. Maybe she shouldn’t have waited for Guarnier? I wish we’d been able to see more of how that group got together.

      And thanks for the kind words!

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