Marianne Vos - La Course 2014

Symbol of a real revolution. The La Course bike of Marianne Vos

In 2022, there will again be a 'real' Tour for women. A first impetus for this was given in 2014, with the organisation of 'La Course by Le Tour de France'. The driving force behind this process was the Dutch Marianne Vos. Vos also became the first winner of La Course. She triumphed on a Giant, specially developed for professional cyclists.

Reigning world champion Marianne Vos sees the launch of 'La Course' in 2014 as a stepping stone to the organisation of a new, fully-fledged Tour de France for women, something which fits in perfectly with the Dutchman's ambition to have cycling for women seen as fully-fledged. Vos herself will of course appear at the start of the first edition of La Course. In anticipation of the final arrival of the Tour for men, the women do 13 laps - about 90 km - on the stones around the mythical Arc de Triomphe.

In a royal sprint, Vos proves to be the fastest and sprints as first across the finish line in Paris. She does so on a very beautiful bicycle. In close cooperation with Vos, bicycle manufacturer Giant - the bicycle manufacturer of her former Rabobank-Liv team - develops an 'Envie Advanced Aero Road Bike' line. These road bikes were made specifically for professional cyclists, and every positioning of components was thoroughly tested. The gold shades on the saddle and frame of Vos' bike - referring to her Olympic gold medals - make the whole look absolutely stunning. It is definitely a gem that will also forever symbolise a real revolution in women's cycling.

Marianne Vos

Marianne Vos (pronunciation ; born 13 May 1987) is a Dutch multi-discipline cyclist, who currently rides for UCI Women's Continental Team Team Jumbo–Visma.After winning a junior European and World Championship in road racing, she continued her success in senior cycling by becoming World Champion in cyclo-cross and road racing at the age of 19. Vos added track racing World Championships when she won the points race in 2008 and the scratch race in 2011. At the 2008 Summer Olympics, she won the gold medal in the points race; at the 2012 Summer Olympics, gold in the women's road race. She is a 3 times World Road Race Champion – in 2006, 2012 and 2013 – and 8 times World Cyclo-cross Champion – in 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2022. She has multiple wins at the Giro Rosa, Holland Ladies Tour, Ladies Tour of Norway, La Flèche Wallonne, Ronde van Drenthe, Trofeo Alfredo Binda-Comune di Cittiglio, Emakumeen Euskal Bira and GP de Plouay – Bretagne; also she ranked first in points in the UCI Women's Road World Cup five times and in the 2019 UCI Women's World Tour. She has 24 races at the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup, and claimed the first place overall in the 2018–19 season. Vos was a founding member of Le Tour Entier, which campaigned for a Women's Tour de France and improvements to women's cycling generally. Vos has drawn comparison to Eddy Merckx as being "the finest cyclist of [her] generation".
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