The seventh La Course takes it back to its origins, when Marianne Vos sprinted to victory in the inaugural edition in 2014
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The race moved from Paris in 2016 in order to give other types of riders than just sprinters a chance of winning, with Marianne Vos winning the most recent 2019 course in Pau designed for puncheurs.
La Course is perhaps one of the most controversial races within the UCI pro women’s calendar.
Organised by ASO, it was added in 2014 in answer to demands for a women’s Tour de France.
The first three editions consisted of this kermesse-style race in Paris that will return in 2020. In 2017, the event progressed to comprise of two days – the second being a ‘pursuit’ style handicap time trial.
Handicapping the world class women’s peloton in the style of a local league Thursday night race didn’t go down so well, so in 2018 it was back down to just one day – held 48-hours after the final stage of the Giro Rosa.
The one day format remains into 2020.
La Course 2020: the route
The 2020 La Course route returns to Paris, with 90km consisting of 13 laps around the historical Paris circuit.
More to come…