Hosk­ing sprints to La Course vic­tory

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Aus­tralian Chloe Hosk­ing sprinted clear of the field to win La Course on the Champs El­y­sees in Paris.

The 25-year-old came home ahead of Fin­land’s Lotta Lepisto and Olympic cham­pion Mar­i­anne Vos.

There were sev­eral crashes on the 13lap 89km course with Hosk­ing’s Wig­gle High5 team-mate Dani King one of those in­volved.

Bri­tish world cham­pion Lizzie Ar­mit­stead with­drew be­fore the start to con­cen­trate on the Olympics.

Ar­mit­stead, who won sil­ver in the Lon­don 2012 road race, has seven vic­to­ries this year, in­clud­ing the pres­ti­gious Tour of Flan­ders.

How­ever, the 27-yearold missed her de­fence of the Bri­tish ti­tle and had to with­draw from the Giro Rosa through ill­ness.

“Go­ing into Rio, I want gold. I would be dis­ap­pointed with any­thing else.” the York­shire rider said on Wed­nes­day. “Those are my am­bi­tions, and they’re very dif­fer­ent to Lon­don.”

Ar­mit­stead’s ab­sence left the Wig­gle High5 trio of King, Lucy Garner and Amy Roberts, along with na­tional cham­pion Han­nah Barnes, as the re­main­ing four Bri­tish rid­ers in yesterday’s race - the cur­tain-raiser to the fi­nal stage of the Tour de France.

Chloe Hosk­ing

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