Can You Confirm?
At the top of the final climb a group of favorites got away. Marianne Vos, Emma Johannson, Lizzie Armstead and Lisa Brennauer, had gotten the gap that they needed to contest for the Rainbow Jersey and the other two steps for the podium. However as the quartet got inside the final kilometer, they began to slow each not wanting to be on the front of the group (a position that is very difficult to win from). As they wove back and forth across the road and hard charging group of 10 riders driven by two women from the German team tagged onto the leading group, I was left wondering why they had let the others back into the race. I have seen this far to many times in the professional peloton. The four had a seventy five percent chance of landing on the podium, with the gamesmanship, none finish even in the top five. With so many coming to the line together, it wasn't clear who had taken the victory. The UCI will lay a hand on the winner of every race, taking them directly to drug testing (just to insure they have raced clean). Here the shepherds of Pauline Ferrnad-Prevot (France) used their radio to confirm that she is indeed the new Women's Road Racing World Champion. Chapeau, Pauline!