Twelve months on from dethroning Marianne Vos, Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (France) returns to defend her World Championship title. Ferrand-Prevot has been busy collecting rainbow jerseys and has taken two in other disciplines since her first in Ponferrada.
Vos isn’t riding in Richmond this weekend, but there is a strong bunch of contenders looking to take the rainbow stripes, including her Dutch teammate Anna van der Breggen. The team from the Netherlands will be expected to try and control things as they’ve done many times in the past.
While Ferrand-Prevot is defending champion, it’s Lizzie Armitstead who is the overwhelming favourite for victory on Saturday. The British rider has enjoyed a career-best season and will be spurred on by missing out last time.
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