Wiebes wins RideLondon Classique as Wild is disqualified

Kirsten Wild (WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling) crossed the line first Saturday at the RideLondon Classique, but the race jury ruled the Dutch rider deviated from her line in the final 100 metres and disqualified her result, lifting Lorena Wiebes (Parkhotel Valkenburg) to the top step of the podium ahead of Elisa Balsamo (Valcar-Cylance Cycling).

A massive crash in the final 100 metres took out Chloe Hosking (Alé Cipollini) and about 20 other riders, and the race jury ruled Wild's move from her line caused the melee. 

How it happened

The criterium-like course was shortened compared to the last year's. Cutting out Whitehall and the Admiralty Arch, the new circuit had a length of 3.4 kilometres and was raced clockwise instead of anticlockwise. On 20 laps, the peloton raced around St James’s Park, passing Horse Guards Parade and Buckingham Palace before going up Constitution Hill. After a U-turn at the top, the race finished on The Mall.

Intermediate sprints after laps 4, 8, 12, and 16 ensured that the speed was high throughout the race, and there were no real breakaways. Abby-Mae Parkinson (Drops) tried to get away several times but had the peloton on her wheel each time. Dani Christmas (Lotto Soudal Ladies) attacked on lap 11 and had a small gap for about one kilometre before being reeled in again.

Team Sunweb led out Susanne Andersen for the four intermediate sprints. The 21-year-old was first across the line three times, winning the sprint competition. Coming onto the finishing straight with one lap to go, her teammate Leah Kirchmann crashed. Kirchmann’s bike got tangled up with that of British champion Alice Barnes who avoided crashing but was out of contention for the final sprint.

The lead-out trains of Valcar Cylance and WNT-Rotor took control on the final lap. Team Sunweb came to the front with one kilometre to go, but it was German champion Lisa Brennauer (WNT-Rotor), with Wild on her wheel, who led the peloton past Buckingham Palace and onto the finishing straight with just over 500 metres to go.

Coming from behind, Wiebes had to open her sprint early and sped past Brennauer with about 200 metres to go as Brennauer ran out of steam. As riders tried to follow Wiebes, Wild lost the open road ahead of her, and when she went to the left, she caused the crash of Hosking that set off a chain reaction across the width of the road.

Wild crossed the line just ahead of Wiebes, but after a review of the finish, she was disqualified by the race jury, giving Wiebes the win.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lorena Wiebes (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg1:33:55
2Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar-Cylance CyclingRow 1 - Cell 2
3Coryn Rivera (USA) Team Sunweb WomenRow 2 - Cell 2
4Lotte Kopecky (Bel) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 3 - Cell 2
5Letizia Paternoster (Ita) Trek-Segafredo WomenRow 4 - Cell 2
6Marianne Vos (Ned) CCC-LivRow 5 - Cell 2
7Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 6 - Cell 2
8Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Hitec Products-Birk SportRow 7 - Cell 2
9Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Valcar-Cylance CyclingRow 8 - Cell 2
10Eugénie Duval (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 9 - Cell 2
11Eva Buurman (Ned) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 10 - Cell 2
12Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Team Virtu CyclingRow 11 - Cell 2
13Fernke Markus (Fra) Parkhotel ValkenburgRow 12 - Cell 2
14Lonneke Uneken (Ned) Hitec Products-Birk SportRow 13 - Cell 2
15Lucy Garner (GBr) Hitec Products-Birk SportRow 14 - Cell 2
16Romy Kasper (Ger) Ale CipolliniRow 15 - Cell 2
17Clara Copponi (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 16 - Cell 2
18Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon-SRAMRow 17 - Cell 2
19Alison Jackson (Can) Tibco-Silicon Valley BankRow 18 - Cell 2
20Jip van den Bos (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:00:05
21Lauren Kitchen (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope0:00:06
22Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) CCC-Liv0:00:14
23Karlijn Swinkels (Ned) Ale Cipollini0:00:19
24Riejanne Markus (Ned) CCC-LivRow 23 - Cell 2
25Annelies Dom (Bel) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 24 - Cell 2
26Maëlle Grossetete (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope0:00:23
27Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Sunweb Women0:00:25
28Pfeiffer Georgi (GBr) Team Sunweb Women0:00:26
29Lara Vieceli (Ita) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling0:00:28
30Lisa Brennauer (Ger) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling0:00:29
31Sara Penton (Swe) Team Virtu CyclingRow 30 - Cell 2
32Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling0:00:30
33Christina Siggaard (Den) Team Virtu Cycling0:00:32
34Julie Solvang (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport0:00:33
35Dani Christmas (GBr) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 34 - Cell 2
36Chiara Consonni (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling0:00:36
37Kirsten Wild (Ned) WNT-Rotor Pro CyclingRow 36 - Cell 2
38Coralie Demay (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope0:00:38
39Emilie Moberg (Nor) Team Virtu Cycling0:00:39
40Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Fra) Trek-Segafredo Women0:00:41
41Skylar Schneider (USA) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:00:42
42Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:00:44
43Danique Braam (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:01:04
44Claudia Koster (Ned) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling0:01:06
45Lealin Teutenburg (Ger) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling0:01:07
46Vittoria Guazzini (Ita) Valcar-Cylance CyclingRow 45 - Cell 2
47Ella Harris (NZl) Canyon-SRAMRow 46 - Cell 2
48Grace Garner (GBr) Hitec Products-Birk Sport0:01:12
49Jessica Raimondi (Ita) Ale Cipollini0:01:15
50Abby-Mae Parkinson (GBr) Drops0:01:19
51Sarah Rijkes (Aut) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling0:01:21
52Chantal Hoffmann (Lux) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:01:24
53Janine van der Meer (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg0:01:29
54Lauretta Hanson (Aus) Trek-Segafredo Women0:01:36
55Katarzina Pawlowska (Pol) Team Virtu Cycling0:01:37
56Susanne Andersen (Nor) Team Sunweb Women0:01:39
57Pernille Feldman (Nor) Hitec ProductsRow 56 - Cell 2
58Abi Van Twisk (GBr) Trek-Segafredo WomenRow 57 - Cell 2
59Julia Soek (Ned) Team Sunweb Women0:01:44
60Allison Beveridge (Can) Rally UHC Cycling Women0:01:46
61Rotem Gafinovitz (Isr) Canyon-SRAM0:01:53
62Christa Riffel (Ger) Canyon-SRAMRow 61 - Cell 2
63Sara Bergen (Can) Rally UHC Cycling Women0:01:59
64Lotta Pauliina Lepistö (Fin) Trek-Segafredo Women0:02:20
65Valerie Demey (Bel) CCC-Liv0:02:48
66Alice Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAM0:03:36
67Elizabeth Bennett (GBr) Drops0:03:59
68Manon Lloyd (GBr) Drops0:04:02
69Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Sunweb WomenRow 68 - Cell 2
70Natalie Redmond (Aus) DropsRow 69 - Cell 2
71Maria Van 'T Geloof (Ned) Alé Cipollini0:04:55
72Katherine Maine (Can) Rally UHC Cycling Women0:05:11
73Brodie Chapman (Aus) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank0:05:36
74Shannon Malseed (Aus) Tibco-Silicon Valley BankRow 73 - Cell 2
75Rozanne Slik (Ned) Tibco-Silicon Valley BankRow 74 - Cell 2
76Gillian Ellsay (Can) Rally UHC Cycling Women0:05:49
77Summer Moak (USA) Rally UHC Cycling Women0:05:50
78Esther van Veen (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg0:06:02
79Megan Barker (GBr) Drops0:07:44
80Kendall Ryan (USA) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank0:08:08
DNFDannielle Khan (GBr) Lotto Soudal LadiesRow 80 - Cell 2
DNFMarit Raaijmakers (Ned) Parkhotel ValkenburgRow 81 - Cell 2
DNFEmma White (USA) Rally UHC Cycling WomenRow 82 - Cell 2
DNFChloe Hosking (Aus) Ale CipolliniRow 83 - Cell 2
DNFLouise Norman Hansen (Den) Team Virtu CyclingRow 84 - Cell 2
DNFGiorgia Bariani (Ita) Ale CipolliniRow 85 - Cell 2
DNFAlice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Valcar-Cylance CyclingRow 86 - 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.