Races in the mountains are rare in women’s cycling. Today at La Course is our only real mountain top finish of the entire season. It makes days like these extra special! At 67km it was a very short stage so cramming in those all important photo opportunities, especially when much of the first hour of racing was so fast. Usually when a race gets to 10km to go it’s time to think about rushing to the finish on the moto, but here the race is only just getting started with the leg sapping climb.

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Motivational stem notes for Cillie.

Alexis Ryan hides from the damp start in the team camper.

Tiffany Cromwell prepares for team sign on in their new kit.

Tereza Medvedova checks the course book.

Team Sunweb sign on for La Course.

Peloton weave through the countryside.

Willeke Knol gets a wheel change.

Kids look out for the race approaching.

Linda Villumsen attacks!

Boels Dolmans continue to set the pace on the climb.

Pauline Ferrand Prevot navigates another hairpin.

Elisa Longo Borghini looks back.

Tetyana Riabchenko moves up as the gradient increases.

Lizzie Deignan leads an elite group up Col d’Izoard.

Impressive performance from Hanna Nielsen.

Annemiek van Vleuten goes on attack.

Annemiek van Vleuten solo across Casse Deserte at La Course 2017 – a 67.5 km road race, from Briancon to Izoard on July 20, 2017, in Hautes-Alpes, France. (Photo by Sean Robinson/Velofocus.com)

Annemiek van Vleuten approaches the final kilometre.

Final metres for Annemiek van Vleuten.

Lauren Stephens reaches the final stretch.

Ashleigh Moolmann-Pasio navigates the final hairpin.

A small group of riders have the line in their sights.

Cillie catches her breath.

Lizzie Deignan celebrates receiving the most active rider’s award.

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