With Katie Compton absent from the start line in Pont-Château, France, the race was a little more wide open than usual. Marianne Vos punched it from the start and soon distanced most of the other competitors. Christel Ferrier-Bruneau and Hanka Kupfernagel were able to hang on for a little while, but by the end of six laps Vos had over 20 seconds on all the other riders. Kupfernagel would hang on to second while Ferrier-Bruneau, who could only hold onto Vos for a couple of laps, would finish third. Sanne Van Paassen would finish fourth.
Sanne Van Paassen benefited from the absence of Compton, her fourth place today allowing her to take the overall World Cup lead from the American’s shoulders. Compton drops to second in the overall standings, just 30 points behind Van Paassen. Daphny Van den Brand is in third 50 points behind Compton, with Sanne Cant and Pavla Havlikova in a dead heat another 20 points back. Amy Dombroski (Luna), the lone American in the race, did her nation proud with a 12th place in a very competitive field. The finish bodes well for the Luna rider as she finishes her final prep for the World Championships in St. Wendel.
|4||Sanne VAN PAASSEN||NED||38:59:00|
|5||Pauline FERRAND PREVOT||FRA||39:01:00|
|7||Sophie DE BOER||NED||39:03:00|
|19||Linda VAN RIJEN||NED||41:35:00|
|20||Ellen VAN LOY||BEL||41:41:00|