Tour de l’Ardéche Day 1 (2.2)


Sharon Laws (Cervélo TestTeam) won her first UCI race by capturing the first stage at the Tour de Ardeche.  Laws won the 112.4 kilometres stage from Le Pouzin to Beauchastel defeating Vicki Whitelaw (Lotto Ladies Team) in a two up sprint.  Cervélo TestTeam mate Lizzie Armitstead won the bunch sprint for third.


Cervelo Test Team Tour de l'Ardeche

Photograph Courtesy of Cervelo Test Team


“Today’s first stage in the Tour de Ardeche was an easy stage with only a small climb at the beginning of the race but the peloton stayed together,” said Egon Van Kessel, Sports Director. “The Australian rider Amanda Spratt was in the lead and with 75 km to go she had a quite a big gap. There was some wind from the side, so we decided to attack with the whole team. We took Spratt back and then Sharon Laws attacked and took Vicky Whitelaw with her, together they took quite a big advantage. Sharon was able to beat Whitelaw in the sprint.”


“My legs where good today, I fel t that I was stronger than Vicki, as she mostly followed in my wheel and I was able to beat her in the sprint,” commented Sharon Laws after her stage win. “I have to say thanks to the team, today we were the smartest and strongest team. I will try to keep leader jersey as long as possible on my shoulders, and we have a lot of other options in the team. I have had some bad luck this year, I broke my collarbone in the Giro and didn’t race for a long time, so this is very gratifying.”


Sharon Laws takes the leaders jersey into stage 2 while Lizzie Armitstead will wear the jersey for the best young rider.



1 Sharon Laws (GBr) Cervelo Test Team 2:48:54  
2 Vicki Whitelaw (Aus) Lotto Ladies Team    
3 Lizzie Armitstead (GBr) Cervelo Test Team 0:01:41  
4 Grace Verbeke (Bel) Lotto Ladies Team    
5 Vilija Sereikaite (Ltu) Lithuania    
6 Ludivine Henrion (Bel) Belgium    
7 Christine Majerus (Lux) Esgl 93 - Gsd Gestion    
8 Emilie Moberg (Nor) Norway    
9 Ausrine Trebaite (Ltu) Lithuania    
10 Sanne Cant (Bel) Belgium    
11 Latoya Brulee (Bel) De Sprinters Malderen    
12 Aurore Verhoeven (Fra) France    
13 Sjoukje Dufoer (Bel) Belgium    
14 Jennifer Hohl (Swi) Switzerland    
15 Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Lotto Ladies Team    
16 Sophie Creux (Fra) Esgl 93 - Gsd Gestion    
17 Daniela Gass (Ger) Bike-Aid    
18 Christel Ferrier Bruneau (Fra) France    
19 Tatiana Riabchenko (Ukr) Acs Chirio - Forno D'Asolo    
20 Alli Holland (GBr) Rapha Condor    
21 Kaat Hannes (Bel) Belgium    
22 Laure Werner (Bel) Belgium    
23 Laura Van Der Kamp (Ned) Netherlands    
24 Linda Van Rijen (Ned) Netherlands    
25 Liselot Decroix (Bel) Cervelo Test Team    
26 Agne Silinyte (Ltu) Lithuania    
27 Egle Zablockyte (Ltu) Lithuania    
28 Daphny Van Den Brand (Ned) Netherlands    
29 Marie Voreland (Nor) Norway    
30 Marion Rousse (Fra) Esgl 93 - Gsd Gestion    
31 Sophie De Boer (Ned) Netherlands    
32 Ashleigh Moolman (RSA) Lotto Ladies Team    
33 Claudia Häusler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team    
34 Ruth Corset (Aus) Australia    
35 Elodie Hegoburu (Fra) Esgl 93 - Gsd Gestion    
36 Eugenie Mermillod (Fra) Esgl 93 - Gsd Gestion    
37 Lise Noestvold (Nor) Norway    
38 Jessica Schneeberger (Swi) Switzerland    
39 Elena Eggl (Ger) Bike-Aid    
40 Andréa Graus (Aut) Acs Chirio - Forno D'Asolo    
41 Margriet Kloppenburg (Den) Czech-Slovak Mixed Team    
42 Arenda Grimberg (Ned) Netherlands    
43 Ine Beyen (Bel) Belgium    
44 Doris Schweizer (Swi) Switzerland    
45 Natalie Creswick (GBr) Rapha Condor    
46 Emma Silversides (GBr) De Sprinters Malderen    
47 Carlee Taylor (Aus) Australia    
48 Annelies Visser (Ned) Netherlands    
49 Fröydis Waersted (Nor) Norway    
50 Katarina Hranaiova (Cze) Czech-Slovak Mixed Team    
51 Cecilie Johansen (Nor) Norway    
52 Fabienne Schauss (Lux) De Sprinters Malderen    
53 Karine Aune (Swe) De Sprinters Malderen    
54 Lizanne Naude (RSA) Lotto Ladies Team    
55 Mireille Robin (Fra) Bourgogne Cyclisme Féminin    
56 Christina Kollmann (Aut) Acs Chirio - Forno D'Asolo    
57 Patricia Schwager (Swi) Cervelo Test Team    
58 Audrey Cordon (Fra) France    
59 Mirjam Schwager (Swi) Switzerland    
60 Rosane Kirch (Bra) Acs Chirio - Forno D'Asolo    
61 Anna Fischer (Ger) Rapha Condor    
62 Svetlana Pauliukaite (Ltu) Lithuania    
63 Urte Joudvalkite (Ltu) Acs Chirio - Forno D'Asolo    
64 Kathrin Hammes (Ger) Bike-Aid    
65 Natasha Perry (Aus) Rapha Condor    
66 Carla Ryan (Aus) Cervelo Test Team    
67 Andrea Dvorak (USA) Acs Chirio - Forno D'Asolo    
68 Amanda Spratt (Aus) Australia    
69 Béatrice Thomas (Fra) Esgl 93 - Gsd Gestion    
70 Fabienne Sommer (Swi) Switzerland 0:02:18  
71 Emma Grant (GBr) Rapha Condor 0:04:47  
72 Désirée Schuler (Ger) Bike-Aid    
73 Rebecca Curley (GBr) Rapha Condor    
74 Manon Parisot (Fra) Bourgogne Cyclisme Féminin    
75 Amelie Rivat (Fra) France    
76 Emilie Blanquefort (Fra) France    
77 Steffi Meizer (Ger) Bike-Aid    
78 Amy De Ridder (Bel) De Sprinters Malderen    
79 Sylvie Gaillon (Fra) Bourgogne Cyclisme Féminin    
80 Sylvie Quittot (Fra) Bourgogne Cyclisme Féminin 0:04:59  
81 Shara Gillow (Aus) Australia 0:05:20  
82 Line Foss (Nor) Norway 0:05:58  
83 Myfanwy Galloway (Aus) Australia 0:07:11  
84 Elke Bolangier (Bel) De Sprinters Malderen    
85 Roberta Barzdaite (Ltu) Lithuania 0:07:57  
86 Alna Burato (Fra) France 0:08:00  
87 Tina Heinzmann (Ger) Bike-Aid    
88 Lucie Macikova (Cze) Czech-Slovak Mixed Team    
89 Andrea Chlumska (Cze) Czech-Slovak Mixed Team    
90 Zuzana Vojtasova (Svk) Czech-Slovak Mixed Team 0:33:11  
DNF Jennifer Sägeser (Swi) Switzerland



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