Wild wins Prudential RideLondon Classique

Crash disrupts final sprint on The Mall

Kirsten Wild (Hitec Products) did exactly what most predicted and smashed the bunch sprint on The Mall to win the Prudential RideLondon Classique on Saturday. The powerful Dutch rider won the crash-marred finale ahead of Nina Kessler (Lensworld-Zannata) and Leah Kirchmann (Liv-Plantur).

Organisers of the Prudential RideLondon Classique offered the women’s field €100,000 prize money, equal to the prize given at the men's race the following day. That made it the richest race on the women's calendar, where the winner took home €25,000, and Wild a happier champion.

The race took place on a new 5.5km circuit in central London, beginning on The Mall in St James’s Park, going up Constitution Hill, turning at the top to come down and on to Birdcage Walk, then passing Big Ben and turning left on to Whitehall and right on to the Strand before turning again to come back up the Strand, through Trafalgar Square, Admiralty Arch and back for a flat finish on to The Mall. The women raced for 12 laps for a total of 66km.

The women set off for an aggressive start on lap 1 but it was Roxanne Knetemann (Rabo Liv) who was the first to create a gap during the second lap. The move resulted in a bigger split in the field with five riders clearing the peloton. That move also included Lotta Lepisto (Cervelo-Bigla), Valentina Scandolara (Cylance), Spoor, Plichta and Marta Tagliaferro (Ale Cipollini).

The five-rider breakaway didn’t last long as the speeds from the peloton were too fast, and they were reeled in by the third lap.

Claire Rose (Podium Ambition) and Annauska Koster (Rabo Liv) were the next to clear the field but there was a group of riders trying to bridge across. Neither groups stayed out front long as Wiggle High5 led the field to bring them all back.

The attacks continued until a small group emerged with Alice Arzuffi (Lensworld-Zannata), Lucinda Brand (Rabo-Liv) and Lauren Hall (Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank), and it was Brand who took the first intermediate sprint.

Back together again, Rabo Liv continued on as the most aggressive team in the race as Jeanne Korevaar was the next to attack. But with eight laps to go, teams with strong sprinters in the mix began to move forward and the field was all together.

Ahead of the next intermediate sprint lap, Ingrid Drexel (Astana), Erica Allar (Rally Cycling) and Stephanie Pohl (Cervelo-Bigla) rode off the front but they were reeled in before the sprint won by Alexis Ryan (Canyon-SRAM).

Seven riders broke clear of the field with two eventually breaking off the front of that including Korevaar and Confalonieri but the pair were caught by a chasing Liv-Plantur team.

Jessica Allen (Orica-AIS) attacked into the corner at The Strand and cleared the field solo and gained the most time of the day on the field with four laps to go. Amy Pieters (Wiggle High5) and Drexel bridged across to the solo breakaway rider and they built eight seconds on the chasing field. But that breakaway, too, didn’t survive the last two laps of the high-speed race.

On the third intermediate sprint, Sarah Roy (Orica-AIS) picked up full points and prizes ahead of Brand and Lepisto with three laps to go.

The field stayed together for the final two laps as sprinters' teams organized themselves near the front of the field. Hitec Product, largely quiet during the race, came forward with their sprinter Wild. Canyon-SRAM surfed the front with British road champion Hannah Barnes on their wheels. While Cervelo-Bigla moved forward with Lepisto and Numainville.

As the women set up for the final sprint, a crash in the middle of the road marred the efforts of some of the teams. In the end, it was Wild who got through the mess unscathed and took the bunch sprint for the victory.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kirsten Wild (Ned) Hitec Products1:28:12 
2Nina Kessler (Ned) Lensworld-Zannata  
3Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Liv-Plantur  
4Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
5Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Lensworld-Zannata  
6Joelle Numainville (Can) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
7Anouska Koster (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
8Carmen Small (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling  
9Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAM  
10Alice Barnes (GBr) Drops Cycling Team  
11Chloe Hosking (Aus) Wiggle High5  
12Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Alé Cipollini  
13Pascale Jeuland (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
14Jip Van Den Bos (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
15Roxane Fournier (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
16Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Bepink  
17Sarah Roy (Aus) Orica-AIS  
18Aude Biannic (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
19Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
20Mia Radotic (Cro) BTC City Ljubljana  
21Eugenia Bujak (Pol) BTC City Ljubljana  
22Kendall Ryan (USA) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
23Amy Pieters (Ned) Wiggle High5  
24Grace Garner (GBr) Podium Ambition Pro Cycling p/b Club La Santa  
25Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur  
26Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Lensworld-Zannata  
27Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon-SRAM  
28Alexis Ryan (USA) Canyon-SRAM  
29Lucy Garner (GBr) Wiggle High5  
30Arianna Fidanza (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
31Ingrid Drexel (Mex) Astana Pro Team  
32Erica Allar (USA) Rally Cycling Women  
33Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
34Jessica Allen (Aus) Orica-AIS  
35Alexandra Manly (Aus) Orica-AIS  
36Annasley Park (GBr) Great Britain  
37Eugénie Duval (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
38Emma White (USA) Rally Cycling Women  
39Corinna Lechner (Ger) BTC City Ljubljana  
40Sara Poidevin (Can) Rally Cycling Women  
41Shara Gillow (Aus) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
42Anna Plichta (Pol) BTC City Ljubljana  
43Winanda Spoor (Ned) Lensworld-Zannata  
44Malgorzta Jasinska (Pol) Alé Cipollini  
45Kelly Van Den Steen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Etixx-Guill D'or  
46Emilie Moberg (Nor) Hitec Products  
47Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
48Jessy Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Etixx-Guill D'or  
49Ursa Pintar (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
50Kelly Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Etixx-Guill D'or  
51Hayley Jones (GBr) Great Britain  
52Stephanie Pohl (Ger) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
53Dani King (GBr) Wiggle High5  
54Rebecca Durrell (GBr) Drops Cycling Team  
55Claire Rose (GBr) Podium Ambition Pro Cycling p/b Club La Santa  
56Doris Schweizer (Swi) Cylance Pro Cycling  
57Rebecca Womersley (GBr) Drops Cycling Team  
58Annabel Simpson (GBr) Drops Cycling Team  
59Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Alé Cipollini  
60Riejanne Markus (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur  
61Tereza Medvedova (Svk) Bepink  
62Esra Tromp (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
63Mayuko Hagiwara (Jpn) Wiggle High5  
64Kyara Stijns (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur  
65Coralie Demay (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
66Rachele Barbieri (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling0:00:22 
67Nicole Hanselmann (Swi) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
68Jenelle Crooks (Aus) Orica-AIS  
69Sharon Laws (GBr) Podium Ambition Pro Cycling p/b Club La Santa  
70Fanny Riberot (Fra) Astana Pro Team  
71Gilke Croket (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Etixx-Guill D'or  
72Kathrin Hammes (Ger) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
73Julie Leth (Den) Hitec Products  
74Amélie Rivat (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
75Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Cylance Pro Cycling  
76Megan Barker (GBr) Great Britain  
77Lauren Stephens (USA) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
78Sarah Storey (GBr) Podium Ambition Pro Cycling p/b Club La Santa  
79Thea Thorsen (Nor) Hitec Products  
80Lisa Klein (Ger) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
81Mieke Kroeger (Ger) Canyon-SRAM  
82Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
83Rozanne Slik (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur  
84Julia Soek (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur  
85Clara Koppenburg (Ger) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
86Martina Alzini (Ita) Alé Cipollini0:00:40 
87Maaike Polspoel (Bel) Lensworld-Zannata0:00:43 
88Lauren Hall (USA) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
89Jermaine Post (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:00:55 
90Amy Roberts (GBr) Wiggle High50:01:23 
91Abigail Van Twisk (GBr) Drops Cycling Team0:03:31 
92Annalisa Cucinotta (Ita) Alé Cipollini  
93Janicke Gunvaldsen (Nor) Hitec Products0:06:51 
94Elizabeth-Jane Harris (GBr) Podium Ambition Pro Cycling p/b Club La Santa0:07:08 
95Lotta Lepistö (Fin) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team0:08:28 
96Lucy Shaw (GBr) Drops Cycling Team  
97Manon Lloyd (GBr) Great Britain  
98Thalita De Jong (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team  
99Abigail Dentus (GBr) Great Britain  
100Catherine Ouellette (Can) Rally Cycling Women  
101Alison Tetrick (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling  
102Elena Bissolati (Ita) Bepink  
103Heather Fischer (USA) Rally Cycling Women  
104Jessica Corrin Prinner (USA) Rally Cycling Women  
105Nicole Moerig (Aus) Podium Ambition Pro Cycling p/b Club La Santa  
106Lenny Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Etixx-Guill D'or  
107Demmy Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Etixx-Guill D'or  
DNFValentina Scandolara (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling  
DNFSara Pillon (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
DNFTone Hatteland Lima (Nor) Hitec Products  
DNFAnnelies Dom (Bel) Lensworld-Zannata  
DNFJanneke Ensing (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
DNFChanella Stougje (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
DNFGiulia Nanni (Ita) Bepink  

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