Wild wins Prudential RideLondon Classique

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

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kirsten Wild (Ned) Hitec Products1:28:12
2Nina Kessler (Ned) Lensworld-ZannataRow 1 - Cell 2
3Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Liv-PlanturRow 2 - Cell 2
4Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling TeamRow 3 - Cell 2
5Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Lensworld-ZannataRow 4 - Cell 2
6Joelle Numainville (Can) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 5 - Cell 2
7Anouska Koster (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling TeamRow 6 - Cell 2
8Carmen Small (USA) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 7 - Cell 2
9Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAMRow 8 - Cell 2
10Alice Barnes (GBr) Drops Cycling TeamRow 9 - Cell 2
11Chloe Hosking (Aus) Wiggle High5Row 10 - Cell 2
12Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Alé CipolliniRow 11 - Cell 2
13Pascale Jeuland (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86Row 12 - Cell 2
14Jip Van Den Bos (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental TeamRow 13 - Cell 2
15Roxane Fournier (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86Row 14 - Cell 2
16Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) BepinkRow 15 - Cell 2
17Sarah Roy (Aus) Orica-AISRow 16 - Cell 2
18Aude Biannic (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86Row 17 - Cell 2
19Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling TeamRow 18 - Cell 2
20Mia Radotic (Cro) BTC City LjubljanaRow 19 - Cell 2
21Eugenia Bujak (Pol) BTC City LjubljanaRow 20 - Cell 2
22Kendall Ryan (USA) Tibco-Silicon Valley BankRow 21 - Cell 2
23Amy Pieters (Ned) Wiggle High5Row 22 - Cell 2
24Grace Garner (GBr) Podium Ambition Pro Cycling p/b Club La SantaRow 23 - Cell 2
25Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Liv-PlanturRow 24 - Cell 2
26Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Lensworld-ZannataRow 25 - Cell 2
27Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon-SRAMRow 26 - Cell 2
28Alexis Ryan (USA) Canyon-SRAMRow 27 - Cell 2
29Lucy Garner (GBr) Wiggle High5Row 28 - Cell 2
30Arianna Fidanza (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 29 - Cell 2
31Ingrid Drexel (Mex) Astana Pro TeamRow 30 - Cell 2
32Erica Allar (USA) Rally Cycling WomenRow 31 - Cell 2
33Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) Tibco-Silicon Valley BankRow 32 - Cell 2
34Jessica Allen (Aus) Orica-AISRow 33 - Cell 2
35Alexandra Manly (Aus) Orica-AISRow 34 - Cell 2
36Annasley Park (GBr) Great BritainRow 35 - Cell 2
37Eugénie Duval (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86Row 36 - Cell 2
38Emma White (USA) Rally Cycling WomenRow 37 - Cell 2
39Corinna Lechner (Ger) BTC City LjubljanaRow 38 - Cell 2
40Sara Poidevin (Can) Rally Cycling WomenRow 39 - Cell 2
41Shara Gillow (Aus) Rabo Liv Women Cycling TeamRow 40 - Cell 2
42Anna Plichta (Pol) BTC City LjubljanaRow 41 - Cell 2
43Winanda Spoor (Ned) Lensworld-ZannataRow 42 - Cell 2
44Malgorzta Jasinska (Pol) Alé CipolliniRow 43 - Cell 2
45Kelly Van Den Steen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Etixx-Guill D'orRow 44 - Cell 2
46Emilie Moberg (Nor) Hitec ProductsRow 45 - Cell 2
47Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 46 - Cell 2
48Jessy Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Etixx-Guill D'orRow 47 - Cell 2
49Ursa Pintar (Slo) BTC City LjubljanaRow 48 - Cell 2
50Kelly Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Etixx-Guill D'orRow 49 - Cell 2
51Hayley Jones (GBr) Great BritainRow 50 - Cell 2
52Stephanie Pohl (Ger) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 51 - Cell 2
53Dani King (GBr) Wiggle High5Row 52 - Cell 2
54Rebecca Durrell (GBr) Drops Cycling TeamRow 53 - Cell 2
55Claire Rose (GBr) Podium Ambition Pro Cycling p/b Club La SantaRow 54 - Cell 2
56Doris Schweizer (Swi) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 55 - Cell 2
57Rebecca Womersley (GBr) Drops Cycling TeamRow 56 - Cell 2
58Annabel Simpson (GBr) Drops Cycling TeamRow 57 - Cell 2
59Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Alé CipolliniRow 58 - Cell 2
60Riejanne Markus (Ned) Team Liv-PlanturRow 59 - Cell 2
61Tereza Medvedova (Svk) BepinkRow 60 - Cell 2
62Esra Tromp (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental TeamRow 61 - Cell 2
63Mayuko Hagiwara (Jpn) Wiggle High5Row 62 - Cell 2
64Kyara Stijns (Ned) Team Liv-PlanturRow 63 - Cell 2
65Coralie Demay (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86Row 64 - Cell 2
66Rachele Barbieri (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling0:00:22
67Nicole Hanselmann (Swi) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 66 - Cell 2
68Jenelle Crooks (Aus) Orica-AISRow 67 - Cell 2
69Sharon Laws (GBr) Podium Ambition Pro Cycling p/b Club La SantaRow 68 - Cell 2
70Fanny Riberot (Fra) Astana Pro TeamRow 69 - Cell 2
71Gilke Croket (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Etixx-Guill D'orRow 70 - Cell 2
72Kathrin Hammes (Ger) Tibco-Silicon Valley BankRow 71 - Cell 2
73Julie Leth (Den) Hitec ProductsRow 72 - Cell 2
74Amélie Rivat (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86Row 73 - Cell 2
75Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 74 - Cell 2
76Megan Barker (GBr) Great BritainRow 75 - Cell 2
77Lauren Stephens (USA) Tibco-Silicon Valley BankRow 76 - Cell 2
78Sarah Storey (GBr) Podium Ambition Pro Cycling p/b Club La SantaRow 77 - Cell 2
79Thea Thorsen (Nor) Hitec ProductsRow 78 - Cell 2
80Lisa Klein (Ger) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 79 - Cell 2
81Mieke Kroeger (Ger) Canyon-SRAMRow 80 - Cell 2
82Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling TeamRow 81 - Cell 2
83Rozanne Slik (Ned) Team Liv-PlanturRow 82 - Cell 2
84Julia Soek (Ned) Team Liv-PlanturRow 83 - Cell 2
85Clara Koppenburg (Ger) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 84 - Cell 2
86Martina Alzini (Ita) Alé Cipollini0:00:40
87Maaike Polspoel (Bel) Lensworld-Zannata0:00:43
88Lauren Hall (USA) Tibco-Silicon Valley BankRow 87 - Cell 2
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 CipolliniRow 91 - Cell 2
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 TeamRow 95 - Cell 2
97Manon Lloyd (GBr) Great BritainRow 96 - Cell 2
98Thalita De Jong (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling TeamRow 97 - Cell 2
99Abigail Dentus (GBr) Great BritainRow 98 - Cell 2
100Catherine Ouellette (Can) Rally Cycling WomenRow 99 - Cell 2
101Alison Tetrick (USA) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 100 - Cell 2
102Elena Bissolati (Ita) BepinkRow 101 - Cell 2
103Heather Fischer (USA) Rally Cycling WomenRow 102 - Cell 2
104Jessica Corrin Prinner (USA) Rally Cycling WomenRow 103 - Cell 2
105Nicole Moerig (Aus) Podium Ambition Pro Cycling p/b Club La SantaRow 104 - Cell 2
106Lenny Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Etixx-Guill D'orRow 105 - Cell 2
107Demmy Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Etixx-Guill D'orRow 106 - Cell 2
DNFValentina Scandolara (Ita) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 107 - Cell 2
DNFSara Pillon (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 108 - Cell 2
DNFTone Hatteland Lima (Nor) Hitec ProductsRow 109 - Cell 2
DNFAnnelies Dom (Bel) Lensworld-ZannataRow 110 - Cell 2
DNFJanneke Ensing (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental TeamRow 111 - Cell 2
DNFChanella Stougje (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental TeamRow 112 - Cell 2
DNFGiulia Nanni (Ita) BepinkRow 113 - Cell 2

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Kirsten Frattini
Women's Editor

Kirsten Frattini is an honours graduate of Kinesiology and Health Science from York University in Toronto, Canada. She has been involved in cycling from the community and grassroots level to professional cycling's WorldTour. She has worked in both print and digital publishing, and started with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. Moving into a Production Editor's role in 2014, she produces and publishes international race coverage for all men's and women's races including Spring Classics, Grand Tours, World Championships and Olympic Games, and writes and edits news and features. As the Women's Editor at Cyclingnews, Kirsten also coordinates and oversees the global coverage of races, news, features and podcasts about women's professional cycling.

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