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Équipe Paule Ka shows determination at La Course

Starting on the Boulevard Jean Jaurés in Nice, the highly-anticipated French one-day race took on two laps, totalling 96km, and saw the riders climb the Côte de Rimiez on both laps, with the race finishing on the Promenade des Anglais. Due to the blistering speed right from the get-go, several riders in the peloton were already dropped on the first ascent. Équipe Paule Ka remained at the front, helping set the tempo, with the field splitting into several smaller groups. On the descent, several riders were able to go clear but were chased by a group containing Mikayla Harvey, Lizzy Banks, Niamh Fisher-Black and Leah Thomas, who rode strongly to try and catch up to the leaders. Despite having suffered a puncture, our newly-crowned Danish champion Emma Norsgaard Jørgensen was able to catch up to the front of the main field, to lead the chase with her teammates. Équipe Paule Ka set a furious pace on the front and with 50 km to go, the break was brought back. On the slopes of the final ascent, further attacks ensued and six riders managed to escape, yet Lizzy, Mikayla and Niamh managed to make it into the chasing group and set after the front group. Despite their efforts, however, they were unable to reel the leaders back in, and the race was decided by a sprint among the breakaway. The highest-placed rider from the team by day’s end was Mikayla Harvey, who finished in the chasing group in 12th place overall.



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