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Lizzie Deignan critical of La Course format after Van Vleuten’s easy win

  • Dutch rider finishes 1min 52sec ahead of British champion
  • Deignan waited for riders to work together to close gap to no avail

Britain’s Lizzie Deignan was critical of the format of La Course after finishing a distant second, 1 min 52sec behind the Dutch rider Annemiek van Vleuten in the 22.5km finale in Marseille.

Having taken stage one at the summit finish on the Col d’Izoard with a lead of 43 seconds, Van Vleuten was favourite to win in Marseille as she started the pursuit race in with that same time advantage.

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