27 Jul 15 riders to watch at Prudential RideLondon Classique (1.WWT)
Defending champion Kirsten Wild is one of the top contenders to follow this weekend in the United Kingdom. Current road race silver Worlds medallist Kirsten Wild will try her to claim her fourth victory of the season and her first UCI WWT round victory of the season (after finishing second overall at Tour of Chongming Island). Often quoted as the most powerful sprinter of the international peloton, the Cyalnce rider heads with a strong lead-out train ready to defend her previous victory in London.
After becoming one of the most dominant sprinters of the international peloton winning several top-ranked races, including UCI WWT Chongming Island and La Course, Australian rider Chloe Hosking broke the news last September announcing that she would switch teams for 2017 joining Italian-registered Alé Cipollini Galassia, in pursuit of a more comprehensive approach to balance her personal life, tertiary education and her professional racing career. In 2017 Hosking has already repaid her Alé Cipollini team winning one stage at Santos Women’s Tour, Drentse Acht van Westerveld, one stage at OVO Energy Women’s Tour, finishing third at Tour of Chongming Island and narrowly missing a stage victory at the Giro Rosa. In London Chloe will count with the help of one of the strongest lead-out trains of the peloton to extend her UCIWWT track record.
After narrowly missing the victory in front of the home crowds at Gent-Wevelgem in Flanders Fields Belgian rider Jolien D’hoore claimed in Chongming Island her second UCI WWT round victory (after winning La Madrid Challenge in 2016). “The Belgian Bullet” will be the main sprinter of British team Wiggle-High5, who heads to its home race with probably the strongest lead-out train. After winning in London the final stage of OVO Energy Women’s Tour, becoming Belgian national champion and winning one stage at the Giro Rosa “the Belgian Bullet” is one of our favourites to follow in Prudential RideLondon Classique.
After an awaited comeback in 2016, Marianne Vos hasn’t had an easy season, mixing some great performances and results with tough moments, due to illnesses and injuries, that may prevented her from getting back to her previous dominant position in the women’s cycling peloton. After breaking her collarbone during OVO Energy Women’s Tour, Vos got back on track in BeNe Ladies Tour, winning the overall race as well as two stages (despite crashing in the prologue). Despite she may not head to London on her best form “The Cannibal” will be one of the top riders to follow at Prudential RideLondon Classique.
Finish rider Lotta Lepistö hit some strong form during the spring classics season winning both Dwars Door Vlaanderen and Gent-Wevelgem in Flanders Fields, claiming her first UCI WWT round win ever (also the first one for Cervélo Bigla). After successfully defending her national road titles, Lepistö forwarded momentum claiming her first stage victory at the Giro Rosa as well as finishing second in two stages. In London the Cervélo Bigla sprinter is one of the top riders to follow.
One of the best cyclists of the 2017 season. In her first full European season American rider Coryn Rivera has already become one of the revelations of the season following her teammate Leah Kirchmann 2016 feat. After winning Trofeo Alfredo Binda, becoming the first American to win Ronde van Vlaanderen and scoring some top results at the UCI WWT races, Rivera forwarded momentum to delivered an impressive performance in front of her home crowds at Amgen Tour of California. After a well deserved rest Rivera has started to build her form ahead of her next major goal, Bergen UCI World Road Championships. The Sunweb rider is one of our top-end speed riders to watch in London.
Former British champion Hannah Barnes is one of the top riders to follow in London, where she will try to claim the first UCI WWT round victory for Canyon//SRAM in front of her home crowds. The 24-year old British rider has recently shown some impressive form, narrowly missing the victory at the OVO Energy Women’s Tour (where she finished third overall) before claiming her first stage victory at the UCI WWT during the Giro Rosa.
Australian sprinter Sarah Roy is one our riders to follow in London. After finishing third at Omloop van het Hageland (Tielt-Winge) the Orica-Scott rider forwarded momentum narrowly missing the overall podium at Tour of Chongming Island, before claiming her first UCI WWT victory at stage 4 of OVO Energy Women’s Tour. Roy will be the main hope of Australian Orica-Scott at the fifth edition of Prudential RideLondon Classique.
Together with Lotte Kopecky, French rider Elise Delzenne will be the main hope for Lotto Soudal at the British one-day race. After claiming a stage victory in Luxembourg at Festival Elsy Jacobs Delzenne has persistently performed well throughout the past months, scoring several podiums and top-10 finishes. Despite a more challenging course will match better her skills French rider Elise Delzenne is one of our riders to follow in London.
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Italian rider Maria Giulia Confalonieri is one of our riders to follow in London. After hitting some impressive form during the spring classics season, where she scored some top podium finishes, Confalonieri hasn’t been to match expectations in the Giro Rosa after her 2016 impressive performance. In London the Lensworld Kuota rider will try to improve her fifth place from the previous edition.
American rider Kendall Ryan will be one of the top riders to follow at Prudential RideLondon Classique, where team Tibco-SVB heads with a solid roster ready to continue their good winning dynamic. The 24-year old rider, a very solid US criterium rider, heads to the British race on a good form after claiming a great victory at Candian one-day race White Spot/Delta.
Current Olympic TP champion and Omnium World champion Katie Archibald is one our riders to follow in London. Despite the fact Archibald has kept a wide track programme she has increased her focus or at least her racing days on the road. Throughout the 2017 season the Scottish rider has persistently performed well, mainly at stage races, narrowly missing a stage victory in a few occasions such as at Emakumeen Bira, where she was able to win the intermediate sprint classification. In the UK Archibald will try to put the icing on the cake to her amazing season with a victory in front of her home crowds.
After switching teams earlier this season joining Hitec-Products Nina Kessler has had a slow start to the season. However the 29-year old Dutch rider has recently hit some strong form winning SPAR Flanders Diamond Tour and scoring some good results during the previous weeks. In London Kessler is one of our riders to watch, where she will to try to reedit her second place from the previous edition.
French rider Roxane Fournier will be one of our riders to follow at Prudential RideLondon Classique. After a solid, but inconsistent, spring classics season, Fournier has hit some good form during the previous months scoring some top stages results at both OVO Energy Women’s Tour and Giro Rosa. In London Fournier will be the main hope for FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope due to her great top-end speed.
The 22-year-old British rider is one of the revelations of the season. After hitting some good early season during Santos Women’s Tour, Barnes continued on a good form during the European classics season, scoring some top results such as finishing eight and seventh at Ronde van Drenthe and Gent-Wevelgem, setting high expectations for the following races. After a superb OVO Energy Women’s Tour (where she finished sixth and narrowly missed the victory against Chloe Hosking), Barnes claimed her first UCI victory of the season at BeNe Ladies Tour, winning stage 1 after breaking away with Marianne Vos. Despite a more challenging course will suit better her skills, the British young star is one of the top riders to follow in London.