29 Jul 15 riders to watch at Prudential RideLondon Classique (1.WWT)
Scratch sliver medallist at the 2016 Track World Championships Kirsten Wild is one of the most powerful sprinters of the international peloton. This season Wild has claimed five victories in her 22 racing days (considering only UCI ranked road races). Despite the fact that her focus lies on the Track for Rio Olympics, Kirsten is the main contender for the victory in London.
Australian rider Hosking is again one the main contenders at the 13th UCI WWT round. Despite generally playing domestique and co-equipier roles on behalf of her teammates, Chloe has been able to shine throughout the season and has claimed 5 victories, three stage victories as well as the seventh and twelfth UCI WWT rounds (at Chongming Island and Paris). Australian rider Hosking will try to forward momentum form her victory at La Course.
The 2015 Dutch national champion, who finished in thirteenth place at Ronde van Drenthe will likely share leading duties with Anouska Koster at RaboLiv team. After a solid Giro Rosa performance (despite the fact that it wasn’t as successful as in 2015 when she won two stages and second on another two) Dutch rider Brand was be very active on La Course, getting on some the most important breakaways during the race. She worked there on behalf of her teammate Marianne Vos.
Former Road World champion Marta Bastianelli made her debut at La Course by Le Tour last weekend, where she could only finished 19th due to the several crashes in the final kilometres of the race. Bastianelli, who has claimed two victories this season so far, has recently performed well at Giro Rosa, where she narrowly missed a stage victory (finished second and fourth at two stages).
In her first “full European season” Canadian rider Leah Kirchmann has performed well persistently both at the classics or one-day races and at some stage races. Kirchmann has recently showed her impressive form both at Aviva Women’s Tour and at Giro Rosa, where she claimed a stage victory (prologue), wore the leader’s jersey during one stage, as well as finished eighth overall. Despite the fact that Kirchmann could only finished twelfth at La Course, she is one of the main contenders for the victory in London.
After a slow start to the season, Australian rider Loren Rowney has delivered some great results during the previous months, claiming a stage victory and a podium finish at Tour de Feminine stage race. Similarly to La Course, Loren will be, together with her teammate Sarah Roy, the main chance for Orica-AIS in the expected bunch sprint.
Australian rider Tiffany Cromwell had a strong start to the season, with solid performances prior to main block of spring classics. During the end of March, April, May and June Cromwell’s performances were a bit far from what we could expect from such a such a strong rider. However, Tiffany is back on track, she has delivered good performances during July, both at Giro Rosa, where she won a stage, and at La Course, where she finished in seventh place. Tiffany is one of our rider to watch in London.
Maria Giulia Confalonieri
Young Italian rider Maria Giulia Confalonieri is one of our riders to watch in London. Confalonieri has proved she is on a good form during the previous month both at Giro Rosa (where she narrowly missed the victory, finishing on the podium in three stages), BeNe Ladies Tour and at La Course by Le Tour. Last weekend she finished tenth proving she is able to fight against the greatest cyclist of the international peloton at the UCI WWT one day races.
Young Italian rider Fidanza will be the leader of Astana Women’s team. Fidanza has performed well during her 29 racing days, claiming several podium finishes as well as a stage victory at Zhoushan Island. During the previous month Fidanza managed to finished sixth at the stage of Lovere in the last Giro Rosa and finished seventh place in the points race of the U23 European Track Championships. Last weekend she finished 16th at La Course.
Dutch rider Mackaij heads to London after performing well during the previous months narrowly missing a victory at several one-day races and at BeNe Ladies Tour, where she finished second overall. Floortje will be Liv Plantur second chance for the expected bunch sprint finale.
Despite she may have to work on behalf of her teammate Chloe Hosking either setting up her final sprint lead-out manoeuvre or controlling the race on the front of the peloton, British rider Lucy Garner is one of our riders to watch in London. On the other hand she may be given some freedom or be Wiggle High5 second chance in the well-expected bunch sprint finish.
Belgian rider Kelly Druyts is one of the riders to watch at Prudential RideLondon Classique. Druyts currently leads Lotto Cycling Cup before its final race. During her 29 competition days in 2016, Belgian rider Druyts has had some good performances, specially at one-day races.
Sheyla Gutiérrez will be the only Spanish rider at Prudential RideLondon Classique. Her solid performances during the previous months (currently sit 47th with 62 points at UCI WWT rankings) will probably make her lead Cylance Pro Cycling at the thirteenth UCI WWT round. At La Course Sheyla finished in 22nd place, position she will try to improve on Saturday.
French rider Fanny Riberot will be the second chance on the expected bunch sprint for Astana Women’s Team. Riberot has not had any great results this season so far as she has been mostly working on behalf of her teammate Arianna Fidanza.