Australian Amanda Spratt fell short of a solo breakaway win in La Course by Le Tour de France on Friday, with the Mitchelton-Scott rider gobbled up by CCC Liv's Marianne Vos in the closing metres of the race.
Vos finished ahead of Leah Kirchmann (Sunweb) and Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Bigla Pro Cycling), with Spratt's teammate Annemiek Van Vleuten – winner of the Giro Rosa – outclassed on the climb to the finish.
The sixth edition of La Course – a one-day race by the organisers of the Tour de France – was run over five laps of the 27.2-kilometre men's time trial course used in Pau later in the day.
The victory marked an incredible 192nd career win for Vos, who has returned to vintage form after a lengthy layoff with injury, winning four stages in the recent 10-day Giro.
Spratt, who had maintained a 20-second lead into the last three kilometres, was caught by Vos inside the last 300 metres.
It was Vos' second La Course win following her victory in the inaugural edition in Paris in 2014.
Earlier, the International Cycling Union (UCI) president said he was hopeful of convincing Tour de France organisers to hold a full women's stage race.
Frenchman David Lappartient said that he had held discussions with organisers Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) to increase the event to 10 stages in future and match the ongoing Giro Rosa, one of the main races in women's road cycling.
"What's missing in our sport is a big stage race for women that can be seen worldwide. The Tour de France can really help with this," he told BBC Radio 5 Live.
The 46-year-old said he hoped ASO would overcome logistical hurdles that prevent a longer race during the men's race.
"One day of racing is clearly not enough for women … if we want a women's Tour de France, we can," Lappartient said.
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