It was a day for the sprinters at the RideLondon Grand Prix as Barbara Guarischi (Velocio-SRAM) stormed to the victory ahead of Ale Cipollini teammates Shelley Olds and Annalisa Cucinotta, and Annette Edmondson (Wiggle-Honda) was fourth.
Guarischi, who avoided a large crash that took down many riders at the start of the last lap, relied on a strong lead-out from her Velocio-SRAM teammates to orbit the final 1.3km circuit and keep her protected for the final sprint. She launched her sprint late, behind Olds and Bronzini, but managed to come around them at the finish line.
"Trixi [Worrack] brought me through on the last corner and we were out there a bit long. But we knew that, and we knew it was a long straight and also a head wind. So I stayed smart and used the side of the Ale Cipollini lead out. I still went a little early and at one moment I thought, oh no, but I'm here now, so there's no point to lose time, there's only one way and that is to win, boom!" Guarischi said.
Although it was not a UCI-sanctioned event, there were several world-class teams on the start line including Wiggle-Honda, Velocio-SRAM and Orica-AIS, all committed to making the women’s Grand Prix criterium a challenging one.
Several attacks set the scene for an aggressive race during the first few laps, however, Ale-Cipollini pulled back most of those moves, working for their American sprinter Olds.
A breakaway of three riders eventually gained some seconds on the field that included Amy Roberts (Wiggle Honda), Lydia Boylan (Team WNT) and Lucy Chittenden (Bonita Squadra Corse).
The three riders were brought back shortly after they had established a gap, and so too was an unsuccessful counter move from Wiggle Honda’s Emilia Fahlin. As soon as Fahlin was reabsorbed into the field Molly Weaver opened up a gap but she too was quickly reeled back in.
The most dangerous move of the day set off with four laps to go, eight kilometres, with Lisa Brennauer (Velocio-SRAM) and Annette Edmondson (Wiggle Honda). The pair gained a sizable lead as Ale Cipollini desperately chased to bring them back before the final sprint.
The Italian team successfully brought the pair back as the teams with fast sprinters set up for a bunch kick with under three laps to go. A new group formed that included Chittenden, Danielle King (Wiggle-Honda) and Lucy Martin (Matrix Pro Cycling). Ale Cipollini, again, brought the three escapees back into the mix.
Velocio-SRAM emerged as the dominant lead-out train on the bell lap, just as a crash in the middle of the field took down many riders. Wiggle-Honda and Ale Cipollini also had a strong presence at the front of the field with under one kilometre go.
Despite Ale Cipollini's huge effort to keep the field together, it was Guarischi who took the win, leaving Olds and Cucinotta for the remaining podium places, and Edmondson in fourth.
|#||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Barbara Guarischi (Velocio Sports)||0:45:08|
|2||Shelley Olds (Ale Cipolinni)|
|3||Annalisa Cucinotta (Ale Cipolinni)|
|4||Annette Edmondson (Wiggle Honda)|
|5||Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle Honda)|
|6||Katie Archibald (Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International)||0:00:01|
|7||Emma Johansen (Orica AIS)|
|8||Laura Trott (Matrix Pro Cycling)|
|9||Eileen Roe (Wiggle Honda)||0:00:02|
|10||Edita Janeliunaite (APRIRE Bicycles / HSS Hire)|
|11||Marta Tagliaferro (Ale Cipolinni)|
|12||Grace Garner (Great Britain Olympic Development Programme)||0:00:03|
|13||Eleanor Dickinson (Great Britain Olympic Development Programme)||0:00:05|
|14||Emily Kay (Team USN)||0:00:06|
|15||Kim le Court (Matrix Pro Cycling)|
|16||Trixi Worrack (Velocio Sports)|
|17||Clemence Copie (Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International)||0:00:07|
|18||Gabriella Shaw (Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International)|
|19||Rebecca Nixon (FusionRTGearclub/Bikescience)|
|20||Nicola Juniper (Team Giordand Triton)|
|21||Abby Mae Parkinson (Great Britain Olympic Development Programme)|
|22||Keira Mcvitty (Team Giordana Triton)||0:00:08|
|23||Annasley Park (Team Giordana Triton)|
|24||Abi Van Twisk (Corley Cycles | Drops RT)|
|25||Lauren Creamer (Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International)|
|26||Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ale Cipolinni)|
|27||Danielle King (Wiggle Honda)||0:00:09|
|28||Louise Mahe (IKON - Mazda)|
|29||Molly Weaver (Team Liv Plantur)|
|30||Lucy Chittenden (Bonito Squadra Corse)|
|31||Merce Pacios (Zappi's Racing Team)|
|32||Emilia Fahlin (Wiggle Honda)|
|33||Gaby Leveridge (Velosure starley primal)|
|34||Lucy Martin (Matrix Pro Cycling)|
|35||Charline Joiner (Team WNT)|
|36||Natalie Grinczer (FusionRTGearclub/Bikescience)||0:00:10|
|37||Lauren O'brien (Team Giordana Triton)|
|38||Amy Roberts (Wiggle Honda)|
|39||Heather Fischer (Matrix Pro Cycling)||0:00:11|
|40||Katy Simcock (Corley Cycles | Drops RT)|
|41||Lisa Brennaeur (Velocio Sports)||0:00:15|
|42||Lydia Boylan (Team WNT)||0:00:20|
|43||Amy Gornall (Corley Cycles | Drops RT)||0:00:54|
|44||Tamara Davenne (Zappi's Racing Team)|
|45||Nicole Oh (Les Filles Racing Team)||0:00:55|
|46||Laura Greenhalgh (Les Filles Racing Team)|
|47||Gabriella Nordin (Zappi's Racing Team)||0:00:56|
|48||Jo Tindley (Team WNT)|
|49||Anna Christian (Wiggle Honda)||0:01:04|
|50||Manon Lloyd (Team USN)|
|51||Lucy Shaw (Matrix Pro Cycling)||0:01:08|
|52||Rebecca Mackey (APRIRE Bicycles / HSS Hire)||0:01:14|
|53||Emily Nelson (Team USN)|
|54||Elizabeth Stedman (FusionRTGearclub/Bikescience)||0:01:20|
|55||Tamiko Butler (Corley Cycles | Drops RT)||0:01:35|
|56||Jennifer George (Les Filles Racing Team)|
|57||Laura Massey (IKON - Mazda)||0:02:04|
|58||Mel Lowther (Matrix Pro Cycling)||0:03:15|
|60||Christina Siggaard (Matrix Pro Cycling)|
|62||Louise Moriarty (Les Filles Racing Team)|
|63||Bethany Taylor (Bonito Squadra Corse)|
|64||Anna Marie Hughes (Bonito Squadra Corse)|
|65||Sophie Faulkner (FusionRTGearclub/Bikescience)|
|66||Charlotte Broughton (Corley Cycles | Drops RT)|
|67||Abigail Dentus (Great Britain Olympic Development Programme)|
|68||Laura Cameron (London Phoenix)|
|69||Loren Rowney (Velocio Sports)|
|70||Becky Womersley (Corley Cycles | Drops RT)|
|71||Ellie Coster (Team USN)|
|72||Henrietta Colborne (Bonito Squadra Corse)||0:00:06|
|73||Chloe Weller (PMR@ToachimHouse)||0:00:56|
|74||Rebecca Carter (Team WNT)|
|75||Aoife Doherty (London Phoenix)||0:02:04|
|76||Natasha Morrison (Bonito Squadra Corse)||0:02:23|
|77||Tamala McGee (London Phoenix)||0:02:46|
|78||Tracy Corbett (Les Filles Racing Team)|
|79||Hannah Walker (Team WNT)|
|80||Juliet Milward (Zappi's Racing Team)|
|81||Penny Rowson (Matrix Pro Cycling)|
|82||Vicki Strila (PMR@ToachimHouse)|
|87||Charlotte Sampson (Zappi's Racing Team)||0:00:27|
Kirsten Frattini has been involved in bike racing from the grassroots level all the way to the World Cup. She is an honours graduate of Kinesiology and Health Science from York University in Toronto, Canada. Kirsten has worked in both print and digital publishing. She started with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006, and was responsible for reporting from the US and Canadian racing scene. Now as a Production Editor, she produces international race coverage for all cycling disciplines, edits global news and writes features.
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