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."
|#||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Coryn Rivera (USA) Team Sunweb Women||1:29:03|
|2||Lotta Lepistö (Fin) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team||Row 1 - Cell 2|
|3||Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Canyon SRAM Racing||Row 2 - Cell 2|
|4||Marianne Vos (Ned) WM3 Pro Cycling||Row 3 - Cell 2|
|5||Kirsten Wild (Ned) Cylance Pro Cycling||Row 4 - Cell 2|
|6||Jolien D'Hoore (Bel) Wiggle High5||Row 5 - Cell 2|
|7||Amalie Dideriksen (Den) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam||Row 6 - Cell 2|
|8||Roxane Fournier (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope||Row 7 - Cell 2|
|9||Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Canyon SRAM Racing||Row 8 - Cell 2|
|10||Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle High5||Row 9 - Cell 2|
|11||Chloe Hosking (Aus) Alé Cipollini||Row 10 - Cell 2|
|12||Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica Scott Women||Row 11 - Cell 2|
|13||Mia Radotic (Cro) BTC City Ljubljana||Row 12 - Cell 2|
|14||Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Sunweb Women||Row 13 - Cell 2|
|15||Christina Siggaard (Den) Team Veloconcept Women||Row 14 - Cell 2|
|16||Sarah Roy (Aus) Orica Scott Women||Row 15 - Cell 2|
|17||Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon SRAM Racing||Row 16 - Cell 2|
|18||Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) WM3 Pro Cycling||Row 17 - Cell 2|
|19||Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Team Sunweb Women||Row 18 - Cell 2|
|20||Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam||Row 19 - Cell 2|
|21||Lucinda Brand (Ned) Team Sunweb Women||Row 20 - Cell 2|
|22||Eugenia Bujak (Pol) BTC City Ljubljana||Row 21 - Cell 2|
|23||Ingrid Drexel (Mex) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank||0:00:07|
|24||Eugénie Duval (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope||Row 23 - Cell 2|
|25||Elise Delzenne (Fra) Lotto Soudal Ladies||Row 24 - Cell 2|
|26||Eleanor Dickinson (GBr) Great Britain National Team||Row 25 - Cell 2|
|27||Anna Trevisi (Ita) Alé Cipollini||Row 26 - Cell 2|
|28||Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) BePink Cogeas||Row 27 - Cell 2|
|29||Annalisa Cucinotta (Ita) Lensworld-Kuota||Row 28 - Cell 2|
|30||Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Wiggle High5||Row 29 - Cell 2|
|31||Moniek Tenniglo (Ned) WM3 Pro Cycling||Row 30 - Cell 2|
|32||Alexandra Manly (Aus) Orica Scott Women||Row 31 - Cell 2|
|33||Alice Barnes (GBr) Drops Cycling Team||Row 32 - Cell 2|
|34||Sara Penton (Swe) Team Veloconcept Women||Row 33 - Cell 2|
|35||Emilie Moberg (Nor) Hitec Products||Row 34 - Cell 2|
|36||Danielle King (GBr) Cylance Pro Cycling||Row 35 - Cell 2|
|37||Julie Leth (Den) Wiggle High5||Row 36 - Cell 2|
|38||Ursa Pintar (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana||Row 37 - Cell 2|
|39||Trixi Worrack (Ger) Canyon SRAM Racing||Row 38 - Cell 2|
|40||Elinor Barker (GBr) Great Britain National Team||Row 39 - Cell 2|
|41||Polona Batagelj (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana||Row 40 - Cell 2|
|42||Kendall Ryan (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank||Row 41 - Cell 2|
|43||Georgia Williams (NZl) Orica Scott Women||Row 42 - Cell 2|
|44||Amy Pieters (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam||Row 43 - Cell 2|
|45||Katarzyna Pawlowska (Pol) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam||Row 44 - Cell 2|
|46||Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Lensworld-Kuota||Row 45 - Cell 2|
|47||Heather Fischer (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank||Row 46 - Cell 2|
|48||Riejanne Markus (Ned) WM3 Pro Cycling||Row 47 - Cell 2|
|49||Rachele Barbieri (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling||Row 48 - Cell 2|
|50||Annette Edmondson (Aus) Wiggle High5||Row 49 - Cell 2|
|51||Elizabeth Holden (GBr) Drops Cycling Team||Row 50 - Cell 2|
|52||Christina Perchtold (Aut) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team||Row 51 - Cell 2|
|53||Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team||Row 52 - Cell 2|
|54||Manon Lloyd (GBr) Great Britain National Team||Row 53 - Cell 2|
|55||Nikki Brammeier (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam||Row 54 - Cell 2|
|56||Abby-Mae Parkinson (GBr) Drops Cycling Team||Row 55 - Cell 2|
|57||Simona Frapporti (Ita) Hitec Products||Row 56 - Cell 2|
|58||Mieke Kröger (Ger) Canyon SRAM Racing||Row 57 - Cell 2|
|59||Roxane Knetemann (Ned) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope||Row 58 - Cell 2|
|60||Lauren Stephens (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank||Row 59 - Cell 2|
|61||Lauren Kitchen (Aus) WM3 Pro Cycling||Row 60 - Cell 2|
|62||Rotem Gafinovitz (Isr) WM3 Pro Cycling||Row 61 - Cell 2|
|63||Aude Biannic (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope||Row 62 - Cell 2|
|64||Trine Schmidt (Den) Lotto Soudal Ladies||Row 63 - Cell 2|
|65||Thea Thorsen (Nor) Hitec Products||Row 64 - Cell 2|
|66||Gabriella Shaw (GBr) Team WNT Pro Cycling||0:00:21|
|67||Gabrielle Pilote-Fortin (Can) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team||Row 66 - Cell 2|
|68||Lydia Boylan (Irl) Team WNT Pro Cycling||Row 67 - Cell 2|
|69||Nicole Hanselmann (Swi) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team||Row 68 - Cell 2|
|70||Annasley Park (GBr) Drops Cycling Team||Row 69 - Cell 2|
|71||Lucy Shaw (GBr) Drops Cycling Team||Row 70 - Cell 2|
|72||Hayley Jones (GBr) Team WNT Pro Cycling||Row 71 - Cell 2|
|73||Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Cylance Pro Cycling||Row 72 - Cell 2|
|74||Coralie Demay (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope||0:00:27|
|75||Sheyla Gutiérrez (Spa) Cylance Pro Cycling||Row 74 - Cell 2|
|76||Julia Soek (Ned) Team Sunweb Women||Row 75 - Cell 2|
|77||Winanda Spoor (Ned) Lensworld-Kuota||0:00:42|
|78||Molly Weaver (GBr) Team Sunweb Women||Row 77 - Cell 2|
|79||Claire Rose (GBr) Great Britain National Team||0:00:48|
|80||Katie Archibald (GBr) Team WNT Pro Cycling||Row 79 - Cell 2|
|81||Alexis Ryan (USA) Canyon SRAM Racing||Row 80 - Cell 2|
|82||Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Alé Cipollini||Row 81 - Cell 2|
|83||Eileen Roe (GBr) Team WNT Pro Cycling||0:00:50|
|84||Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling||0:01:03|
|85||Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Lensworld-Kuota||0:01:16|
|86||Sara Mustonen (Swe) Team Veloconcept Women||0:01:19|
|87||Nina Kessler (Ned) Hitec Products||0:02:14|
|88||Romy Kasper (Ger) Alé Cipollini||Row 87 - Cell 2|
|89||Soraya Paladin (Ita) Alé Cipollini||Row 88 - Cell 2|
|90||Nicolle Bruderer (Gua) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank||Row 89 - Cell 2|
|91||Maria Vittoria Sperotto (Ita) BePink Cogeas||Row 90 - Cell 2|
|92||Elizabeth Jane Harris (GBr) Great Britain National Team||Row 91 - Cell 2|
|93||Greta Richioud (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope||Row 92 - Cell 2|
|94||Abigail Van Twisk (GBr) Drops Cycling Team||Row 93 - Cell 2|
|95||Jessica Allen (Aus) Orica Scott Women||Row 94 - Cell 2|
|96||Puck Moonen (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies||Row 95 - Cell 2|
|97||Martina Alzini (Ita) Alé Cipollini||Row 96 - Cell 2|
|98||Grace Garner (GBr) Wiggle High5||Row 97 - Cell 2|
|99||Rebecca Carter (GBr) Team WNT Pro Cycling||Row 98 - Cell 2|
|100||Megan Barker (GBr) Great Britain National Team||Row 99 - Cell 2|
|101||Fenna Vanhoutte (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies||Row 100 - Cell 2|
|102||Chantal Hoffmann (Lux) Lotto Soudal Ladies||Row 101 - Cell 2|
|103||Alison Jackson (Can) BePink Cogeas||Row 102 - Cell 2|
|104||Katia Ragusa (Ita) BePink Cogeas||Row 103 - Cell 2|
|105||Francesca Pattaro (Ita) BePink Cogeas||Row 104 - Cell 2|
|106||Urska Zigart (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana||Row 105 - Cell 2|
|107||Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Lensworld-Kuota||Row 106 - Cell 2|
|108||Kim De Baat (Bel) Lensworld-Kuota||Row 107 - Cell 2|
|109||Natalie Kerwin (NZl) Team Veloconcept Women||Row 108 - Cell 2|
|110||Brianna Walle (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank||Row 109 - Cell 2|
|111||Isabelle Beckers (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies||Row 110 - Cell 2|
|112||Susanne Andersen (Nor) Hitec Products||Row 111 - Cell 2|
|113||Tone Hatteland Lima (Nor) Hitec Products||Row 112 - Cell 2|
|114||Tereza Medvedova (Svk) BePink Cogeas||Row 113 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Claudia Koster (Ned) Team Veloconcept Women||Row 114 - Cell 2|
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