Wild wins Prudential RideLondon Classique

Kirsten Wild (Wiggle High5) has won the Prudential RideLondon Classique, triumphing on The Mall a second time after her 2016 win. In a headwind sprint, the Dutchwoman beat European champion Marianne Vos (WaowDeals) to the line, with Elisa Balsamo (Valcar PBM) finishing in third place.

Raced on a fast and technical city-centre circuit around St. James' Park, Trafalgar Square, and Horse Guards Parade, the peloton did twelve laps of the 5.4-kilometre course for a race length of 65 kilometres. Although the shortest and flattest of all UCI Women's WorldTour races, the RideLondon Classique offers the biggest prize fund with a total of € 100,000 on the line, the race winner alone pocketing €25,000.

There were three intermediate sprints as well, with nine, six, and three laps to go, with cash prizes for the top five in each sprint and the overall top five of the sprint competition. Amy Pieters (Boels Dolmans) won the first sprint ahead of Danielle Rowe (WaowDeals) and Lucy Garner (Wiggle High5), Rowe then beat Leah Kirchmann (Team Sunweb) and Chloe Hosking (Alé Cipollini) in the second sprint. Pieters prevailed against Rowe in the third sprint, but WaowDeals' British rider had amassed enough points to win the sprint competition and collect a total of €5000 for her sprint placings and overall win - this alone was more than the prize money awarded to the winner in many other UCI Women's WorldTour races.

There were a couple of attacks from the peloton on the fast, criterium-like course, but the sprinters' teams never lost control of the race. On the final three laps, Mitchelton-Scott were always seen at or near the front of the peloton for their sprinter Jolien D'hoore. The other lead-out trains got organised on the last ten kilometres that were raced at high speed. At the two-kilometre mark, Mitchelton-Scott were lined up on the right side of the road, with Alé Cipollini leading out Chloe Hosking in the middle and Lisa Brennauer (Wiggle High5) piloting her sprinter Kirsten Wild to the front on the left.

Team Sunweb came to the front in strength with one kilometre to go, putting last year's winner Coryn Rivera into the driver's seat as she still had three team mates to lead her out. Trixi Worrack (Canyon-SRAM) expertly placed her team mate Alice Barnes in the Sunweb train, causing Rivera to drop back a few positions. This meant that the US champion had to sprint back onto the back of her train as the field passed through Admiralty Arch and emerged onto The Mall.

A touch of wheels caused a crash around twentieth position that brought down a number of riders. At the front, Bastianelli peeled off after a last turn, and this was the signal for Marianne Vos to start her effort. From 14th position, the European champion sprinted into first position on the left side of the road, but Kirsten Wild immediately jumped when she saw Vos come past. On the right side, Rivera still had two team mates, but they could not match the best sprinters' speed and swung off, leaving Rivera to fight for herself. The US champion did not get up to speed and eventually finished in sixth place.

Vos faded on the last metres after her long sprint, and Wild came past her in the middle of the road to win about half a bikelength ahead of Vos. Elisa Balsamo had gone into Wild's wheel when the Dutchwoman started her sprint and finished third, behind her Chloe Hosking and Lotta Lepistö (Cervélo-Bigla) finished fourth and fifth.

Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) continues to lead the UCI Women's WorldTour overall standings; the next round of the race series will be the Vårgårda WestSweden TTT on 11 August followed by the Vårgårda WestSweden RR on August 13.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kirsten Wild (Ned) Wiggle High51:29:51
2Marianne Vos (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling TeamRow 1 - Cell 2
3Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar PBMRow 2 - Cell 2
4Chloe Hosking (Aus) Ale CipolliniRow 3 - Cell 2
5Lotta Pauliina Lepistö (Fin) Cervelo - Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 4 - Cell 2
6Coryn Rivera (USA) Team SunwebRow 5 - Cell 2
7Jolien D'hoore (Bel) Mitchelton ScottRow 6 - Cell 2
8Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 7 - Cell 2
9Alice Barnes (GBr) Canyon // Sram RacingRow 8 - Cell 2
10Amalie Dideriksen (Den) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 9 - Cell 2
11Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Valcar PBMRow 10 - Cell 2
12Anouska Koster (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling TeamRow 11 - Cell 2
13Emma White (USA) Rally CyclingRow 12 - Cell 2
14Sarah Roy (Aus) Mitchelton ScottRow 13 - Cell 2
15Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team SunwebRow 14 - Cell 2
16Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Team Virtu CyclingRow 15 - Cell 2
17Lucinda Brand (Ned) Team SunwebRow 16 - Cell 2
18Christina Malling Siggaard (Den) Team Virtu CyclingRow 17 - Cell 2
19Eugénie Duval (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope0:00:05
20Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 19 - Cell 2
21Soraya Paladin (Ita) Ale CipolliniRow 20 - Cell 2
22Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Wiggle High5Row 21 - Cell 2
23Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team SunwebRow 22 - Cell 2
24Rachele Barbieri (Ita) Wiggle High50:00:09
25Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Team SunwebRow 24 - Cell 2
26Silvia Persico (Ita) Valcar PBMRow 25 - Cell 2
27Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Ale CipolliniRow 26 - Cell 2
28Ingrid Drexel Clouthier (Mex) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank0:00:14
29Rozanne Slik (Ned) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 28 - Cell 2
30Kelly Catlin (USA) Rally CyclingRow 29 - Cell 2
31Nina Kessler (Ned) Hitec Products - Birk SportRow 30 - Cell 2
32Katarzyna Pawlowska (Pol) Team Virtu CyclingRow 31 - Cell 2
33Yara Kastelijn (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team0:00:20
34Elizabeth Holden (GBr) Trek - DropsRow 33 - Cell 2
35Eva Buurman (Ned) Trek - DropsRow 34 - Cell 2
36Eugenia Bujak (Slo) Btc City LjubljanaRow 35 - Cell 2
37Trixi Worrack (Ger) Canyon // Sram RacingRow 36 - Cell 2
38Lisa Klein (Ger) Canyon // Sram RacingRow 37 - Cell 2
39Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:00:24
40Amy Pieters (Ned) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 39 - Cell 2
41Ann-Sophie Duyck (Bel) Cervelo - Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 40 - Cell 2
42Macey Stewart (Aus) Wiggle High5Row 41 - Cell 2
43Brodie Chapman (Aus) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank0:00:29
44Alison Jackson (Can) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley BankRow 43 - Cell 2
45Heidi Franz (USA) Rally CyclingRow 44 - Cell 2
46Marta Cavalli (Ita) Valcar PBMRow 45 - Cell 2
47Charlotte Becker (Ger) Hitec Products - Birk SportRow 46 - Cell 2
48Kirsti Lay (Can) Rally CyclingRow 47 - Cell 2
49Elizabeth-Jane Harris (GBr) Storey Racing0:00:38
50Rebecca Durrell (GBr) Storey RacingRow 49 - Cell 2
51Gabrielle Pilote-Fortin (Can) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling Team0:00:40
52Abigail Van Twisk (GBr) Trek - DropsRow 51 - Cell 2
53Jelena Erić (Srb) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 52 - Cell 2
54Lea Lin Teutenberg (Ger) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling TeamRow 53 - Cell 2
55Monica Dew (GBr) Storey RacingRow 54 - Cell 2
56Bethany Crumpton (GBr) Storey RacingRow 55 - Cell 2
57Katherine Maine (Can) Rally CyclingRow 56 - Cell 2
58Urska Pintar (Slo) Btc City LjubljanaRow 57 - Cell 2
59Corinna Lechner (Ger) Btc City LjubljanaRow 58 - Cell 2
60Shannon Malseed (Aus) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley BankRow 59 - Cell 2
61Annabel Simpson (GBr) Trek - DropsRow 60 - Cell 2
62Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Cervelo - Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 61 - Cell 2
63Chiara Consonni (Ita) Valcar PBM0:00:46
64Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar PBMRow 63 - Cell 2
65Gracie Elvin (Aus) Mitchelton ScottRow 64 - Cell 2
66Thea Thorsen (Nor) Hitec Products - Birk SportRow 65 - Cell 2
67Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon // Sram RacingRow 66 - Cell 2
68Clara Koppenburg (Ger) Cervelo - Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 67 - Cell 2
69Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 68 - Cell 2
70Skylar Schneider (USA) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 69 - Cell 2
71Abby-Mae Parkinson (GBr) Trek - DropsRow 70 - Cell 2
72Lucy Garner (GBr) Wiggle High5Row 71 - Cell 2
73Amy Cure (Aus) Wiggle High5Row 72 - Cell 2
74Aafke Soet (Ned) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling Team0:00:51
75Nicole Hanselmann (Swi) Cervelo - Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 74 - Cell 2
76Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Cylance Pro Cycling0:01:00
77Maaike Boogaard (Ned) Btc City Ljubljana0:01:06
78Christa Riffel (Ger) Canyon // Sram RacingRow 77 - Cell 2
79Mieke Kröger (Ger) Team Virtu Cycling0:01:11
80Pernille Mathiesen (Den) Team Sunweb0:01:31
81Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team0:01:37
82Danielle Rowe (GBr) Waowdeals Pro Cycling TeamRow 81 - Cell 2
83Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling TeamRow 82 - Cell 2
84Anna Trevisi (Ita) Ale Cipollini0:01:39
85Anna Plichta (Pol) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:01:41
86Amanda Spratt (Aus) Mitchelton ScottRow 85 - Cell 2
87Alexandra Manly (Aus) Mitchelton ScottRow 86 - Cell 2
88Lucy Shaw (GBr) Trek - Drops0:02:17
89Emilie Moberg (Nor) Team Virtu Cycling0:02:30
90Coralie Demay (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope0:02:50
91Claudia Koster (Ned) Team Virtu Cycling0:03:16
92Tanja Erath (Ger) Canyon // Sram Racing0:03:43
93Moniek Tenniglo (Ned) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope0:05:26
94Kendall Ryan (USA) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank0:11:26
95Roxane Fournier (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 94 - Cell 2
96Mia Radotić (Cro) Btc City LjubljanaRow 95 - Cell 2
97Lauren Kitchen (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 96 - Cell 2
98Winanda Spoor (Ned) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling Team0:09:26
99Ingrid Moe (Nor) Hitec Products - Birk Sport0:11:26
100Line Marie Gulliksen (Nor) Hitec Products - Birk SportRow 99 - Cell 2
101Alice Cobb (GBr) Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank0:13:44
102Ingvild Gåskjenn (Nor) Hitec Products - Birk SportRow 101 - Cell 2
103Olena Pavlukhina (Aze) Btc City LjubljanaRow 102 - Cell 2
104Chanel Mason (GBr) Storey RacingRow 103 - Cell 2
105Anna Badegruber (Aut) WNT Rotor Pro Cycling Team0:18:40
106Martina Stefani (Ita) Ale CipolliniRow 105 - Cell 2
DNFKarlijn Swinkels (Ned) Ale CipolliniRow 106 - Cell 2
DNSSara Bergen (Can) Rally CyclingRow 107 - Cell 2

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Lukas Knöfler started working in cycling communications in 2013 and has seen the inside of the scene from many angles. Having worked as press officer for teams and races and written for several online and print publications, he has been Cyclingnews’ Women’s WorldTour correspondent since 2018.

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