GB’s Deignan second in La Course opener

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Britain’s Lizzie Deignan finished second as Dutch rider Annemiek van Vleuten won stage one of the two-day La Course by the Tour de France.

Orica-Scott’s Van Vleuten, 34, attacked the lead group in the final 5km to take victory on the Col d’Izoard summit.

Boels-Doemans rider Deignan, 28, was 43 seconds behind, with Italy’s Elisa Longo Borghini a further 40 seconds back in third.

The race ends on Saturday with a 22.5km ‘chase’ in Marseille.

The riders will set off according to the time gaps established on the opening stage, with Van Vleuten first on to the course.

More to follow.


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