Britain’s Lizzie Deganan climbed to a groundbreaking victory at the inaugural Paris Rowbikes Fame, as rain, mud and crash made a memorable debut for the world’s best female riders on Saturday’s infamous cobalt course.
The former world champion made an impressive journey over a distance of 115.6 kilometers (about 72 miles) and overcame a powerful late Geue of the Dutch Great Marian Voss in one minute and 17 seconds.
“I’m incredibly proud,” said Deigan, who added the first Paris Rowbikes to his other notable victories, including last year’s League-Bastagon-League.
“Women’s cycling is at this turning point, and is part of history today. It proves women’s appetite for cycling and riders can do one of the toughest races in the world.
“Today I was the third rider (in the team) and I had to stay at the front in the first shoe section to protect my leaders. But then I saw there was a gap so I kept going.
After three circuits around Denaine, the trek Segafredo Ryder Deganan placed a small lead over the pack 49 miles over before the first of the 17 moccasins.
The riders struggled to hold a concert chase, many of them jumping on the fat shoe, driven by former world champion Deigan Commanding Lead.
With 1 mile left, Trek-Segafredo holds a two-minute, one-second lead over a group including rider Vos (Jumbo Wisma), teammate Audrey Cordon-Ragot and Germany’s Lisa Brennauer (Seratigit-WNT).
Deganon maintained his advantage by handling bone-shaking “pavement” boulders as several curious riders, including European champion Ellen van Dyke, were severely devastated.
Vos finally put down the hammer and tried to catch Deignan, slicing into the lead as he drove through the cobbled section of Carrefour de L’Arbre.
The vign interval closes at 1:18 when Deignan starts the final 6 miles, but with the famous Roubaix velodrome finish Deignan proves obsolete from the front.
Deiganon went so far as to end up inside the Rowbikes velodrome in a lap of honor because the Yorkshire rider wrote his name in a cycling history book.
Voss finished more than a minute behind, with Degan’s teammate Alyssa Longo Borgini in third place.
Organizer ASO, who also owns the Tour de France, added a female version of the 125-year-old Paris Roubaix last year, but the Covid-1 pandemic epidemic meant the so-called journey to hell had to wait another year.
The total prize money for the men’s long-distance run on Sunday was pot1,000 euros (about $ 105,500), the women’s run was only 505 euros (about $ 6,000), and Deganon received 1,5355 euros (about 7 1,7).
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times