Bronzini beats Vos to win the Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix

Italian wins in photo finish

Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle Honda) used her sprinting speed and experience to beat Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv) and win the Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix women's race on the Mall in the centre of London.

Vos led off the final corner, but Bronzini was dragged into contention by her teammates Laura Trott and Peta Mullins, and launched herself to the line alongside the world number one.

Bronzini threw her arms in the air and Vos stretched out her hand in congratulations, but it was so close that at first the announcers weren’t sure who would get the verdict.

When the result was confirmed, Bronzini beamed with delight, relieved that she had made amends for her last appearance in London when her chances of an Olympic medal were ruined by a flat tyre.

"That felt so good," said Bronzini, a former world champion who celebrated her 31st birthday last Sunday. "Any time you beat Marianne in a sprint you know you’re going to win."

Twelve months ago it was Trott who snatched victory for Wiggle Honda, but this time the 22-year-old Londoner played a supporting role, aiding Bronzini’s last-lap bid for the line, an effort the Italian was swift to acknowledge after the race.

"In the middle of the race I asked my teammates to make it hard and put in attacks to take the sting from Vos," said Bronzini. "What I did today was because of the support of my team.

"I think we made her tired by attacking as a team. That was our tactic today, and in the end it was a great sprint into a headwind.

"She was ahead until 100 metres to go when I passed her, but she came back and I had to push hard in the final 50 and lunge for the line. The last time I was here for the Olympics it was not a good day, so this time I wanted to win badly. It is so amazing to win here in such a historic city and in front of these amazing buildings.

"I really like racing in the sun, and today was a beautiful day."

Vos thought she may have began her sprint too early, and could not make up for the mistake, but she was pleased with the second place finish. “Today Giorgia was faster on the line. I knew I couldn’t make any mistakes so it was always going to be close. At the end she was just very fast.

"It was so amazing to race here again, especially in such a great race," she added. "To be part of a criterium with all the world’s top riders was an amazing feeling."

Behind the two tearaway leaders, Lizzie Armitstead stole third place for Boels Dolmans from Eileen Roe of Starley Primal Pro Cycling as Trott took fifth ahead of her arch rival, Hannah Barnes of UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling, last year’s runner-up.

Many had predicted Armitstead would be Vos’s closest rival, but the Briton admitted she was happy with third just a week after winning the Comonwealth Games road race gold in Glasgow.

"I had not really prepared for this because I’ve been concentrating on road races," said the 26-year-old from Yorkshire. "For me it was not about winning today but about having some fun."



#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Giorgia Bronzini (Ita)0:46:46 
2Marrianne Vos (Ned)  
3Lizzie Armitstead (GBr)  
4Eileen Roe (GBr)  
5Laura Trott (Ned)  
6Hannah Barnes (GBr)  
7Tiffany Cromwell (Aus)0:00:01 
8Grace Garner (GBr)  
9Nicola Juniper (GBr)  
10Abbie Dentus (GBr)0:00:02 
11Katie Curtis (GBr)  
12Lauren Creamer (GBr)  
13Mel Lowther (GBr)  
14Harriet Owen (GBr)  
15Lydia Boylan (GBr)0:00:04 
16Hayley Jones (GBr)  
17Gabriella Shaw (GBr)  
18Keira McVitty (GBr)  
19Laura Greenhalgh (GBr)  
20Nikki Harris (GBr)  
21Mary Costelloe (GBr)0:00:05 
22Clemence Copie (GBr)  
23Jennifer Crouch (GBr)  
24Sophie Faulkner (GBr)  
25Elizabeth Holden (GBr)  
26Lucy Coldwell (GBr)  
27Sophie Lankford (GBr)  
28Rebecca Womersley (GBr)0:00:06 
29Iona Sewell (GBr)  
30Rebecca Rimmington (GBr)  
31Lucy Chittenden (GBr)  
32Merce Pacios (GBr)  
33Cassie McGoldrick (GBr)  
34Hayley Simmonds (GBr)  
35Jessie Walker (GBr)  
36Abby Mae Parkinson (GBR)  
37Madeline Moore (GBr)0:00:07 
38Lauren O'Brien (GBr)  
39Jo Tindley (GBr)  
40Penny Rowson (GBr)  
41Anna Christian (GBr)  
42Hannah Walker (GBr)0:00:08 
43Brit Tate (GBr)  
44Clare Gillott (GBr)0:00:09 
45Jennifer George (GBr)  
46Sarah Storey (GBr)  
47Ally Stacher (USA)  
48Karol-Ann Canuel (Can)0:00:10 
49Tracy Best (GBr)  
50Amy Roberts (GBr)  
51Evgenia Ilyinskaya (GBr)0:00:12 
52Maxine Filby (GBr)0:00:15 
53Roxane Knetemann (Ned)0:00:24 
54Emilia Fahlin (Swe)0:00:28 
55Peta Mullins (Aus)  
56Jasmine Dotti (GBr)0:01:06 
57Emily Collins (NZl)0:01:55 
58Bethany Taylor (GBr)- 2 laps 
59Tanya Griffiths (GBr)- 4 laps 
60Sarah Piner (Irl)  
61Nicola Soden (GBr)  
62Nicole Oh (GBr)  
63Nicola Engelbach (GBr)  
64Ruby Chappell (GBr)  
65Hisayo Kaneko (GBr)  
66Fiona Guihen (Irl)  
67Tamala McGee (GBr)  
68Adel Tyson-Bloor (GBr)  
69Bella Leach (GBr)  
70Emma Towers (GBr)  
71Darrelle Parker (GBr)  
72Amy Gornall (GBr)  
73Laura Cheesman (GBr)  
74Sandra Mackay (GBr)  
75Hannah Ormesher (Irl)- 5 laps 
76Emily Barnes (GBr)  
77Annabel Sill (GBr)  
78Lucy Harper (GBr)  
79Sarah Odell (GBr)  
80Julie Erskine (GBr)  
81Anna Marie Hughes (GBR)  
82Michelle Forster (GBr)- 6 laps 
83Nichola Roberts (GBr)  

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