Marianne Vos has just missed out on winning the Tour de France Femmes opening stage. On the Champs Elysées, the rider of Team Jumbo-Visma had to acknowledge the superiority of Lorena Wiebes.
The first edition of the Tour de France Femmes started under the Eiffel Tower. From there, the riders rode twelve laps through the streets of Paris. During the race, several riders tried to avoid a bunch sprint, but due to Team Jumbo-Visma’s high pace, everything pointed to the expected sprint.
Vos, who launched her teammates well, was the first to go for the sprint but could not keep Wiebes from a historic stage victory. “I can’t blame myself. Lorena deservedly won today”, Vos said. “We all know she is hard to beat. The fact that I came so close gives me a good feeling.”
Vos was grateful to her teammates for their hard work. “In the last two laps, they kept me in the front, so I stayed out of trouble. We did everything we could to win, but unfortunately, it was not enough.”
Despite the second place, Vos enjoyed the atmosphere. “It was a great day. I was focused on the race, but at the same time, I was enjoying it.”