Race Preview: La Course by Le Tour de France
July 15 (Pescadero, CA) - After a very successful week of speed at BC SuperWeek that saw Team TIBCO - Silicon Valley Bank win seven out of nine race starts and podium in all nine; the team switches gears tomorrow to take on the French Alps with La Course by Le Tour De France, a one-day, 112.5 km race that challenges the mountainous terrain of France, starting in Annecy and finishing in Le Grand-Bornand.
Team TIBCO - Silicon Valley Bank’s roster for La Course by Le Tour de France is Kate Buss (USA), Brodie Chapman (AUS), Alice Cobb (GBR), Ingrid Drexel (MEX), Emma Grant (GBR) and Shannon Malseed (AUS).
“It’s great to be back in Europe for La Course by Le Tour de France,” said Linda Jackson, Founder of Team TIBCO - Silicon Valley Bank. “Our climbers have demonstrated some good form this year, with Brodie Chapman finishing 5th at the Amgen Tour of California and winning the Jayco Herald Sun Tour, we’re really looking forward to a strong, hard race in the mountains."
The mountainous course is a variation of the men’s stage 10 route. After a flat start, the women will climb 3 km up Col de Bluffy, a short warmup climb with an even shorter descent before they will face the next challenge: Côte de Saint-Jean-de-Sixt, a 6.7 km climb at 4.3%.
After a sweeping descent into Bonnev ille, the peloton will face the first major climb of the race., the Col de la Romme at 8.8 km and averaging 9%, with a middle section that pitches over 10%. This is where decisive moves will be made; even at the crest of the climb, riders will only have a brief descent before the Col de la Colombière. At 8.5%, this 7.5 km climb will be the final challenge before the descent to the finish line in Le Grand-Bornand.