July 31, 2016 (London, UK) – Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Liv-Plantur landed on the podium in 3rd at the 66km Prudential RideLondon Classique won by Kirsten Wild (Ned) Hitec Products with Nina Kessler (Ned) Lensworld-Zannata in second. Fellow Canuck Joelle Numainville (Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team) was 6th.
“Today was a very strong team performance, and every rider was super focused to put Leah in the perfect position for the sprint. That was the only focus for this race and we succeeded. The last 500m of the sprint were a bit hectic due to a crash, but Leah got the most out of it, finishing 3rd in this WorldTour race. She also moved up to 3rd in the overall WorldTour rankings with just three races to go,” commented Team Liv-Plantur Head Coach Hans Timmermans.
Prudential RideLondon Classique Report
It was a day of double Dutch success at the Prudential RideLondon Classique as Kirsten Wild powered past the rest of the field to take the world’s richest one-day prize and Lucinda Brand became Queen of the Sprints in a frantic race around the streets of central London.
Wild emerged from under Admiralty Arch at the end of an hour and a half of helter skelter racing around St James’s Park, Parliament Square and Whitehall as a huge group bore down on the Finish Line.
British champion Hannah Barnes was well placed to attack but her challenge collapsed when her gears jumped 200m out, just as Wild began her move. Twice in the first three years this event has been won by Italians, but Dutch riders had been prominent throughout the dozen 5.5km circuits and Wild sealed a great day for the Netherlands as she burst clear of Nina Kessler and Leah Kirchmann to take a lucrative bike-length victory for her Hitec Products team.
Brand had won the overall sprint title with top three places at each of the intermediate stages, and it was her Dutch-based RaboLiv squad that picked up the team prize after launching attack after attack over the 66km of the tightly cornered course.
But in a race packed with young and emerging talent, it was the imposing figure of 34-year-old Wild who swept under the gantry for ultimate victory, her arms held high in the air with the distant sight of Buckingham Palace stretched out before her.
“Winning is always good but especially with this big prize,” said Wild of the 25,000 Euros cheque she pocketed for her efforts.
“It is always good to win and it was a nice fast race. Racing on these big famous streets is really cool. I had done a lot of training and I was ready for it. But you can never tell what’s going to happen in a sprint.”
Behind her, Kessler secured a Dutch one-two as she claimed second for Lensworld-Zannata, while Liv-Plantur’s Canadian sprinter Leah Kirchmann was third and Brand fourth. In all, riders from the Netherlands filled three of the top four places and four of the top seven.
As for Barnes, she quietly put herself in contention over the last lap and was poised to make her move when she suffered what she called “a bike malfunction” and could only place ninth, one place ahead of younger sister Alice.
“I had a bit of a bike malfunction as I started to sprint,” said the 23-year-old Canyon SRAM star. “I felt really good and I was in a good position, but my gears jumped a bit with 200m to go. It’s never happened to me before but there was nothing I could do.
“I’m a bit upset because it would have been a nice race to win in front of these big home crowds.”
For 11 laps Barnes had barely appeared at the front of the race as others tussled for sprint points and the minor glory of mini-breaks. Last week’s La Course winner Chloe Hosking had also been notable by her absence but the Australian fared no better in the final sprint, placing 11th.
It was RaboLiv who did much of the early work pulling the 118-strong field down the long straights of The Mall, Whitehall and Birdcage Walk and into the tight U-turns on Constitution Hill and the Strand.
Brand snapped up the first 1,000 Euros sprint prize at the end of lap three and immediately opened a gap on the peloton. Lines of red London double-deckers paused beneath Big Ben as the colourful parade swept around Trafalgar Square.
Brand was in the mix at the second sprint too, placing third behind Astana’s Sofia Bertizzolo as Canyon SRAM’s Alexis Ryan took the prize at half way. Crowds stood three or four deep around some of the most famous streets on the planet as many of the world’s best women riders pumped the pedals in pursuit of glory.
Orica-AIS’s Jessica Allen made a lone and brief bid for victory opening a 10-second gap with four circuits left but the Australian was soon swept up and it was Orica’s Sarah Roy who won a five-woman battle for the third sprint at the end of lap nine, Brand sealing the overall sprints prize in second.
“We are used to this kind of race in the Netherlands, and we love it,” said Brand later.
From now on it was all about the finish and what a finish it was. With such sharp corners leading out of Trafalgar Square to The Mall it was tough for any team to set up a lead-out train.
But Wild’s team is well-practised. Led out perfectly by Janicke Gunvaldsen, Wild timed her effort to perfection to take a confidence-boosting victory just a week before the Rio Olympic Games start.
“At first I thought I was too far back at the last corner, but then I started to pass a lot of riders and I knew I could do it,” she said.
“It was all down to really good teamwork. We have worked really well together in the past and we know what to do, so that makes my job easy.
1. Kirsten Wild (Ned) Hitec Products 1:28:12
2. Nina Kessler (Ned) Lensworld-Zannata
3. Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Liv-Plantur
4. Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team
5. Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Lensworld-Zannata
6. Joelle Numainville (Can) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team
7. Anouska Koster (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team
8. Carmen Small (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling
9. Hannah Barnes (Gbr) Canyon-SRAM
10. Alice Barnes (Gbr) Drops Cycling Team
11. Chloe Hosking (Aus) Wiggle High5
12. Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Alé Cipollini
13. Pascale Jeuland (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86
14. Jip Van Den Bos (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team
15. Roxane Fournier (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86
16. Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Bepink
17. Sarah Roy (Aus) Orica-AIS
18. Aude Biannic (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86
19. Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team
20. Mia Radotic (Cro) BTC City Ljubljana
21. Eugenia Bujak (Pol) BTC City Ljubljana
22. Kendall Ryan (USA) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
23. Amy Pieters (Ned) Wiggle High5
24. Grace Garner (Gbr) Podium Ambition Pro Cycling p/b Club La Santa
25. Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur
26. Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Lensworld-Zannata
27. Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon-SRAM
28. Alexis Ryan (USA) Canyon-SRAM
29. Lucy Garner (Gbr) Wiggle High5
30. Arianna Fidanza (Ita) Astana Pro Team
31. Ingrid Drexel (Mex) Astana Pro Team
32. Erica Allar (USA) Rally Cycling Women
33. Joanne Kiesanowski (Nzl) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
34. Jessica Allen (Aus) Orica-AIS
35. Alexandra Manly (Aus) Orica-AIS
36. Annasley Park (Gbr) Great Britain
37. Eugénie Duval (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86
38. Emma White (USA) Rally Cycling Women
39. Corinna Lechner (Ger) BTC City Ljubljana
40. Sara Poidevin (Can) Rally Cycling Women
41. Shara Gillow (Aus) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team
42. Anna Plichta (Pol) BTC City Ljubljana
43. Winanda Spoor (Ned) Lensworld-Zannata
44. Malgorzta Jasinska (Pol) Alé Cipollini
45. Kelly Van Den Steen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Etixx-Guill D’or
46. Emilie Moberg (Nor) Hitec Products
47. Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita) Astana Pro Team
48. Jessy Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Etixx-Guill D’or
49. Ursa Pintar (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana
50. Kelly Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Etixx-Guill D’or
51. Hayley Jones (Gbr) Great Britain
52. Stephanie Pohl (Ger) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team
53. Dani King (Gbr) Wiggle High5
54. Rebecca Durrell (Gbr) Drops Cycling Team
55. Claire Rose (Gbr) Podium Ambition Pro Cycling p/b Club La Santa
56. Doris Schweizer (Sui) Cylance Pro Cycling
57. Rebecca Womersley (Gbr) Drops Cycling Team
58. Annabel Simpson (Gbr) Drops Cycling Team
59. Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Alé Cipollini
60. Riejanne Markus (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur
61. Tereza Medvedova (Svk) Bepink
62. Esra Tromp (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team
63. Mayuko Hagiwara (Jpn) Wiggle High5
64. Kyara Stijns (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur
65. Coralie Demay (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86
66. Rachele Barbieri (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling 0:22
67. Nicole Hanselmann (Sui) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team
68. Jenelle Crooks (Aus) Orica-AIS
69. Sharon Laws (Gbr) Podium Ambition Pro Cycling p/b Club La Santa
70. Fanny Riberot (Fra) Astana Pro Team
71. Gilke Croket (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Etixx-Guill D’or
72. Kathrin Hammes (Ger) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
73. Julie Leth (Den) Hitec Products
74. Amélie Rivat (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86
75. Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Esp) Cylance Pro Cycling
76. Megan Barker (Gbr) Great Britain
77. Lauren Stephens (USA) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
78. Sarah Storey (Gbr) Podium Ambition Pro Cycling p/b Club La Santa
79. Thea Thorsen (Nor) Hitec Products
80. Lisa Klein (Ger) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team
81. Mieke Kroeger (Ger) Canyon-SRAM
82. Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team
83. Rozanne Slik (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur
84. Julia Soek (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur
85. Clara Koppenburg (Ger) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team
86. Martina Alzini (Ita) Alé Cipollini 0:40
87. Maaike Polspoel (Bel) Lensworld-Zannata 0:43
88. Lauren Hall (USA) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
89. Jermaine Post (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team 0:55
90. Amy Roberts (Gbr) Wiggle High5 1:23
91. Abigail Van Twisk (Gbr) Drops Cycling Team 3:31
92. Annalisa Cucinotta (Ita) Alé Cipollini
93. Janicke Gunvaldsen (Nor) Hitec Products 6:51
94. Elizabeth-Jane Harris (Gbr) Podium Ambition Pro Cycling p/b Club La Santa 7:08
95. Lotta Lepistö (Fin) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team 8:28
96. Lucy Shaw (Gbr) Drops Cycling Team
97. Manon Lloyd (Gbr) Great Britain
98. Thalita De Jong (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team
99. Abigail Dentus (Gbr) Great Britain
100. Catherine Ouellette (Can) Rally Cycling Women
101. Alison Tetrick (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling
102. Elena Bissolati (Ita) Bepink
103. Heather Fischer (USA) Rally Cycling Women
104. Jessica Corrin Prinner (USA) Rally Cycling Women
105. Nicole Moerig (Aus) Podium Ambition Pro Cycling p/b Club La Santa
106. Lenny Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Etixx-Guill D’or
107. Demmy Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Etixx-Guill D’or
DNF Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling
DNF Sara Pillon (Ita) Astana Pro Team
DNF Tone Hatteland Lima (Nor) Hitec Products
DNF Annelies Dom (Bel) Lensworld-Zannata
DNF Janneke Ensing (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team
DNF Chanella Stougje (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team
DNF Giulia Nanni (Ita) Bepink