Rivera sprints to RideLondon Classique victory

American pips Lepisto to win on The Mall

Coryn Rivera (Team Sunweb) picked up her fourth WorldTour win of the 2017 season Saturday at the RideLondon Classique, sprinting to a narrow victory in the British capital.

The peloton pushed through driving rain on the urban circuit to set up a bunch kick on the Mall. Canyon-SRAM's Lisa Brennauer and Cervelo-Bigla's Lotta Lepistö battled at the head of the sprint to lead into the final hundred metres, but Rivera surged past on their right and pipped Lepistö for the win. Brennauer settled for third.

"I'm absolutely elated," said Rivera in a post-race interview on BBC Sport. "It's crazy. It's raining. It's not the best conditions, but when there's a goal in front of you, you've got to commit to get after it. It was a crazy, chaotic finish with a lot of elbows and everything."

The peloton largely stayed together throughout the 66-kilometre race in the British capital. Claudia Koster (VeloConcept) launched the first attack in lap two of the 12-lap race, but the attempt was neutralised quickly. A handful of escape attempts followed but none had staying power, and the race proved more fast and strung out than attacking and animated.

"[In the rain], I think everyone rides a bit different, a bit faster average speed and a bit more careful through the corners," said Rivera. "Everyone is a little more cautious. It makes a greater margin for error, but you have to deal with it and everybody has to deal with it. It's a challenge for everyone.

"There were a lot sprinters here," said world champion Amalie Dideriksen, who sprinted in for seventh place. "Nearly every team came with a sprint, and when it's a criterium the speed is really high because everyone wants to ride the front to save energy in the corners. It gets really hard to get away and even harder to stay away. No one team had to take control because the nature of the race controlled it automatically."

Three intermediate sprints on laps three, six and nine provided a bit of drama with newly crowned British criterium champion Katie Archibald (Team WNT) successfully challenging Leah Kirchmann (Sunweb) on the first sprint. Luxembourgish champion Christine Majerus pipped Kirchmann on the line at the mid-point of the race. It was a Boels-Dolmans on one-two on sprint three with Dideriksen first across the line ahead of Majerus. Kirchmann came third, but the total through the series of sprints gave her enough points to win the Continental Tyre Sprint Competition.

The high pace and the disruption in tempo due to intermediate sprints did damage at the back of the peloton with a number of riders losing contact, but the front of the peloton was largely a controlled affair with Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (Cervelo-Bigla) the most frequent figure on the front in the second half of the race.

Lauren Stephens (Team TIBCO-SVB) led the peloton over the penultimate passage of the start/finish line on The Mall, up Constitution Hill and past Buckingham Palace before Canyon-SRAM took over with Alexis Ryan, Trixi Worrack and Brennauer. The trio was lining things up for Hannah Barnes, who won a Giro Rosa stage earlier this month, but the Briton was unable to make her way onto her team's train.

Lepistö gained several spots with a bold move through the inside of the final corner that came 500 metres from the finish line. Majerus surged forward beyond the corner with Dideriksen on her wheel but was blocked by Worrack pulling off for Brennauer, who opened the sprint.

Lepistö closed quickly on the left to take the lead into the final hundred metres. Rivera closed even faster on the right, surging past moments before the line to take the win.

"I knew I was in the right place, and I just had to time my sprint correctly," said Rivera. "It's a very long sprint. You see it for awhile. It's a little deceptive, but I went at the right time apparently – and pulled it off."

Along with UCI Women's WorldTour points and another accolade to add her rapidly growing palmares, Rivera earned women's cycling largest prize purse. The race awards the winner €25,000 – an amount that is more than a large portion of the field's salary and equal to the prize awarded to the winner of the men's race on Sunday.

"I'm really excited to be here, really excited that the race understands that we race just as hard, just as crazy as the men," said Rivera. "It's special to me that they respect that. To win here, it's also my first time racing here, it's pretty special."

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Coryn Rivera (USA) Team Sunweb Women1:29:03 
2Lotta Lepistö (Fin) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
3Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Canyon SRAM Racing  
4Marianne Vos (Ned) WM3 Pro Cycling  
5Kirsten Wild (Ned) Cylance Pro Cycling  
6Jolien D'Hoore (Bel) Wiggle High5  
7Amalie Dideriksen (Den) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
8Roxane Fournier (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope  
9Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Canyon SRAM Racing  
10Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle High5  
11Chloe Hosking (Aus) Alé Cipollini  
12Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica Scott Women  
13Mia Radotic (Cro) BTC City Ljubljana  
14Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Sunweb Women  
15Christina Siggaard (Den) Team Veloconcept Women  
16Sarah Roy (Aus) Orica Scott Women  
17Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon SRAM Racing  
18Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) WM3 Pro Cycling  
19Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Team Sunweb Women  
20Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
21Lucinda Brand (Ned) Team Sunweb Women  
22Eugenia Bujak (Pol) BTC City Ljubljana  
23Ingrid Drexel (Mex) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank0:00:07 
24Eugénie Duval (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope  
25Elise Delzenne (Fra) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
26Eleanor Dickinson (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
27Anna Trevisi (Ita) Alé Cipollini  
28Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) BePink Cogeas  
29Annalisa Cucinotta (Ita) Lensworld-Kuota  
30Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Wiggle High5  
31Moniek Tenniglo (Ned) WM3 Pro Cycling  
32Alexandra Manly (Aus) Orica Scott Women  
33Alice Barnes (GBr) Drops Cycling Team  
34Sara Penton (Swe) Team Veloconcept Women  
35Emilie Moberg (Nor) Hitec Products  
36Danielle King (GBr) Cylance Pro Cycling  
37Julie Leth (Den) Wiggle High5  
38Ursa Pintar (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
39Trixi Worrack (Ger) Canyon SRAM Racing  
40Elinor Barker (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
41Polona Batagelj (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
42Kendall Ryan (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
43Georgia Williams (NZl) Orica Scott Women  
44Amy Pieters (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
45Katarzyna Pawlowska (Pol) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
46Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Lensworld-Kuota  
47Heather Fischer (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
48Riejanne Markus (Ned) WM3 Pro Cycling  
49Rachele Barbieri (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling  
50Annette Edmondson (Aus) Wiggle High5  
51Elizabeth Holden (GBr) Drops Cycling Team  
52Christina Perchtold (Aut) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
53Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
54Manon Lloyd (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
55Nikki Brammeier (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
56Abby-Mae Parkinson (GBr) Drops Cycling Team  
57Simona Frapporti (Ita) Hitec Products  
58Mieke Kröger (Ger) Canyon SRAM Racing  
59Roxane Knetemann (Ned) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope  
60Lauren Stephens (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
61Lauren Kitchen (Aus) WM3 Pro Cycling  
62Rotem Gafinovitz (Isr) WM3 Pro Cycling  
63Aude Biannic (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope  
64Trine Schmidt (Den) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
65Thea Thorsen (Nor) Hitec Products  
66Gabriella Shaw (GBr) Team WNT Pro Cycling0:00:21 
67Gabrielle Pilote-Fortin (Can) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
68Lydia Boylan (Irl) Team WNT Pro Cycling  
69Nicole Hanselmann (Swi) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
70Annasley Park (GBr) Drops Cycling Team  
71Lucy Shaw (GBr) Drops Cycling Team  
72Hayley Jones (GBr) Team WNT Pro Cycling  
73Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Cylance Pro Cycling  
74Coralie Demay (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope0:00:27 
75Sheyla Gutiérrez (Spa) Cylance Pro Cycling  
76Julia Soek (Ned) Team Sunweb Women  
77Winanda Spoor (Ned) Lensworld-Kuota0:00:42 
78Molly Weaver (GBr) Team Sunweb Women  
79Claire Rose (GBr) Great Britain National Team0:00:48 
80Katie Archibald (GBr) Team WNT Pro Cycling  
81Alexis Ryan (USA) Canyon SRAM Racing  
82Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Alé Cipollini  
83Eileen Roe (GBr) Team WNT Pro Cycling0:00:50 
84Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling0:01:03 
85Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Lensworld-Kuota0:01:16 
86Sara Mustonen (Swe) Team Veloconcept Women0:01:19 
87Nina Kessler (Ned) Hitec Products0:02:14 
88Romy Kasper (Ger) Alé Cipollini  
89Soraya Paladin (Ita) Alé Cipollini  
90Nicolle Bruderer (Gua) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
91Maria Vittoria Sperotto (Ita) BePink Cogeas  
92Elizabeth Jane Harris (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
93Greta Richioud (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope  
94Abigail Van Twisk (GBr) Drops Cycling Team  
95Jessica Allen (Aus) Orica Scott Women  
96Puck Moonen (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
97Martina Alzini (Ita) Alé Cipollini  
98Grace Garner (GBr) Wiggle High5  
99Rebecca Carter (GBr) Team WNT Pro Cycling  
100Megan Barker (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
101Fenna Vanhoutte (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
102Chantal Hoffmann (Lux) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
103Alison Jackson (Can) BePink Cogeas  
104Katia Ragusa (Ita) BePink Cogeas  
105Francesca Pattaro (Ita) BePink Cogeas  
106Urska Zigart (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
107Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Lensworld-Kuota  
108Kim De Baat (Bel) Lensworld-Kuota  
109Natalie Kerwin (NZl) Team Veloconcept Women  
110Brianna Walle (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
111Isabelle Beckers (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
112Susanne Andersen (Nor) Hitec Products  
113Tone Hatteland Lima (Nor) Hitec Products  
114Tereza Medvedova (Svk) BePink Cogeas  
DNFClaudia Koster (Ned) Team Veloconcept Women  

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