Race Preview: La Course by Le Tour de France
On Friday, July 19, Team TIBCO - Silicon Valley Bank will race La Course by Le Tour de France, the next stop on the UCI World Tour calendar. The one-day race features a different route each year, with this year’s course being a rolling circuit in Pau, France.
The massive audience of the Tour brings a spotlight to this prestigious women’s race, which will undoubtedly be an exciting race to watch. With hardly any flat sections on the course, and steep, yet not long climbs, La Course lends opportunity to several different types of riders, whether they’re breakaway specialists, sprinters, or all-around riders.
Coming off of multiple victories at BC Superweek and a stage win at the Tour de Feminin, the team will be ready to capitalize on their strengths and take hold of opportunities at La Course.
In total, the women will race five laps on a 27-kilometer circuit. The relentless, rolling terrain will take a toll over the course of the 121-kilometer race. Among the more notable climbs on the circuit are the Côte de Gelos, just over one kilometer long, with an average gradient of 7.8 percent, and the Côte d’Esquillot, which summits just 11 kilometers from the finish.
After the last circuit, the riders will turn onto the Rue du Marquis le Béarn for the final sprint, which includes a grueling 17 percent gradient kicker before the finish.
How to Watch La Course
To watch the La Course in the USA, you’ll need to buy the Cycling Pass on NBC Gold. Coverage is available both live and on demand. For live text updates, follow @LaCoursebyTDF on Twitter. Visit the race website for more information and additional broadcasting stations.
La Course starts on Friday, July 19, at 3:20am EST (12:30am PST), and is expected to finish around 6:20am EST (3:20 PST).