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- UCI president David Lappartient told BBC Sport he will “continue to push” ASO though.
Deignan skipped the Giro Rosa, which was a particularly hilly and tough course this year.
Could that benefit the former world champion here or will the other favourites have better form after putting more racing miles in?
Britain’s Lizzie Deignan, speaking to ITV4:“I’ve not raced since winning the Women’s Tour last month because I’ve been at altitude so I’m curious to see how I’ll go.
“Van Vleuten might struggle because these are power climbs. It should suit us as a team.
“Vos is in top shape and is the one to beat – or the one to drop if we can.
“I’m really happy with where I am but I’ve never come down from an altitude block and straight into a race – I’ve heard mixed things but it’s all about suffering and i’m pretty good at that.
“I’m not race sharp but working towards the world championships, I’m really happy with where I am.”
A few counter and surges off the front of the peloton have brought the gap down.
The 10 riders in the break lead by 1:05 with 70km to go.
There is an absolutely savage ramp up towards the finish line in Pau.
I don’t think the pure sprinters stand much chance in that finale.
Marianne Vos might well enjoy it though.
Annemiek van Vleuten comes into the race having just defended her title at the Giro Rosa, the women’s sole Grand Tour, which ended on Sunday.
Van Vleuten is also chasing a third straight La Course title and won an amazing race last year, overhauling compatriot Anna van der Breggen in the final 25m on a brutal rise to the line.
World champion Van der Breggen is another former La Course winner in the field, as is Marianne Vos, who is in tremendous form after winning four stages at the Giro Rosa.
Lizzie Deignan is trying to use this race to build her form towards the world championships in Yorkshire later this year.
Britons Alice and Hannah Barnes could compete and also look out for Katarzyna Niewiadoma, Elisa Longo Borghini, Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig, Chloe Hosking and Amanda Spratt.
Alexandra Manly has dropped back, leaving 10 riders in the break: Sarah Roy (Mitchelton-Scott), Karol-Ann Canuel (Boels-Dolmans), Jeanne Korevaar (CCC-Liv), Elise Chabbey (Bigla), Nikola Noskova (Bigla), Alexis Ryan (Canyon-SRAM), Liane Lippert (Sunweb), Audrey Cordon Ragot (Trek-Segafredo), Evita Muzic (FDJ), Sofie de Vuyst (Parkhotel Valkenburg).
They lead the chasing peloton by 1:15.
The women’s peloton are tackling 121km in total – made up of five laps of the 27.2km individual time trial course that will be used for stage 13 of the Tour de France later on.
Each lap includes the climbs of the Cote d’Esquillot and the Cote de Gelos, while there is also a sharp drag up to the finish in Pau.
Racing got under way around 45 minutes ago and a breakaway of 11 riders have got up the road.
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Hello! Welcome to live coverage of La Course 2019, the sixth edition of the women’s one-day race run by Tour de France organisers ASO.
Another new route this year after the mountainous course last year.
This is over more rolling terrain and should favour the riders who excel on short, sharp climbs.