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Chloe Hosking claims La Course title

Press AssociationPress Association 25/07/2016

Chloe Hosking of Australia celebrates victory. © Michael Steele/Getty Images Chloe Hosking of Australia celebrates victory. Australian rider Chloe Hosking has comfortably won La Course by Le Tour in a sprint finish on the Champs-Elysees in Paris.

Hosking, of Wiggle-High5, burst clear at the line on Sunday to win by several bike lengths from Finland's Lotta Lepisto of Cervelo Bigla after two big crashes in the final moments of the 89km circuit race thinned the field.

They hauled in a late attempt from Boels-Dolman's Ellen van Dijk to break clear before a select sprint.

"My team were incredible," Hosking said.

"I'm so lucky. Amy Roberts never gave up, and Audrey Cordon kept me safe in the final laps.

"I saw Van Dijk pull away, went past her, and was waiting for everyone else to catch me."

World champion Lizzie Armitstead, a team-mate of Van Dijk's, had been due to race but withdrew to focus on the Olympics.

(left to right) Second place Lotta Lepisto, winner Chloe Hosking and third place Marianne Vos celebrate after La Course by Le Tour de France in Paris. © John Walton/Press Association (left to right) Second place Lotta Lepisto, winner Chloe Hosking and third place Marianne Vos celebrate after La Course by Le Tour de France in Paris.
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