Prudential RideLondon Classique Preview (1.WWT)

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A week after the twelfth UCI WWT round at the iconic Avenue des Champs-Élysées of Paris, it is now turn for London, United Kingdom. The fourth edition of Prudential RideLondon Classique (previously a criterium race named RideLondon Grand Prix, under non-UCI ranking) will witness the thirteenth round of the UCI Women’s World Tour. On Saturday, July 30th London will be once again the center of women’s cycling holding the thirteenth UCI WWT race offering the most lucrative prize pool in women’s cycling history.

After 2012 Olympics, London City decided to forward momentum creating one of the world’s greatest festival of cycling, Prudential RideLondon Festival. The cycling festival is held during the weekend of 29-31 July 2016 and includes several cycling races such as UCI-ranked men and women races, handcyclists races or youths and BMX races. A true legacy of the 2012 Olympic Games, that now turns it 4th year with Prudential RideLondon women’s race under UCIWWT ranking.

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In a crucial moment for women’s cycling, the prize pool offered at Prudential RideLondon Classique will be the highest ever offered for one-day race, matching the prize pool offered at the world’s richest one day men’s race (Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic, which is held on Sunday). Race organisers are offering a total 100,000€ prize purse, including 56,900€ on individual GC prizes, 30,500 on team prizes and 12,600€ on sprint prizes.

 

UCI WWT Race Schedule:

1. Strade Bianche, ITA – 05/03/16
 Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans) 
2. Women’s WorldTour Ronde van Drenthe,  NED – 12/03/16
  Chantal Blaak (Boels-Dolmans)
3. Trofeo Alfredo Binda – Comune di Cittiglio, ITA – 20/03/2016
 Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans)
4. Gent-Wevelgem In Flanders Fields, BEL – 27/03/16
 Chantal Blaak (Boels-Dolmans)
5. Ronde van Vlaanderen / Tour des Flandres, BEL – 03/04/16
  Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans)
6. La Flèche Wallonne Féminine, BEL – 20/04/15
  Anna van der Breggen (Rabobank Liv)
7. Tour of Chongming Island, CHN – 06/05/16 to 08/05/16
[AUS] Chloe Hosking (Wiggle High5)
8. Amgen Tour of California, USA – 19/05/16 to 22/05/16
 Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans)
9. Philadelphia International Cycling Classic, USA – 05/06/16
 Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans)
10. Aviva Womens Tour, GBR – 15/06/16 to 19/06/16
 Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans)
11. Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile, ITA – 01/07/16 to 10/07/16
 Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans)
12. La Course by Le Tour de France, FRA – 24/07/16

[AUS] Chloe Hosking (Wiggle High5)

13. Prudential Ride London, GBR – 30/07/15
14. Crescent Vargarda UCI Women’s WorldTour, SWE – 19/08/16
15. Crescent Vargarda UCI Women’s WorldTour TTT, SWE – 21/08/16
16. GP de Plouay-Bretagne, FRA – 27/08/16

17. LA MADRID CHALLENGE By La Vuelta, ESP – 11/09/16

UCI Women’s WorldTour Individual Ranking

1   Megan Guarnier Boels Dolmans 886
2   Elizabeth Armitstead Boels Dolmans 545
3   Elisa Longo Borghini Wiggle High5 493
47 [ESP] Sheyla Gutiérrez Cylance Pro Cycling 62

UCI Women’s WorldTour Youth Ranking

1 Katarzyna Niewiadoma Rabobank Liv  30
2 Floortje Mackaij Liv Plantur 18
3 Lotte Kopecky Lotto Soudal 12

Women’s WorldTour Team Ranking

1 Boels Dolmans 2529
2 Wiggle High5 1819
3 Rabobank Liv 1482

Programme

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Saturday, July 30th, Local Time: 17:00 p.m (UTC+1)

A total of 22 teams will participate in this edition of Prudential Ride London. Sheyla Gutiérrez (Cylancewill be our only Spanish representative at the thirteenth UCI WWT round.

Route 66km: The Mall, St James’s Park – The Mall, St James’s Park (London)

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Riders will have to complete 12 laps of a 5.5-kilometre circuit in central London. The circuit begins on The Mall in St James’s Park, goes up Constitution Hill, turning at the top to come down and onto Birdcage Walk, then passes Big Ben and turns left onto Whitehall and right onto the Strand before turning again to come back up the Strand, through Trafalgar Square, Admiralty Arch and back onto The Mall.

Favourites & Outsiders

EstrellaEstrellaEstrellaEstrella  [FIN] Lotta Lepistö, [HOL] Kirsten Wild, [AUS] Chloe Hosking
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[HOL] Lucinda Brand, [ITA] Marta Bastianelli, [CAN] Leah Kirchmann 
EstrellaEstrella [AUS] Loren Rowney, [ITA] Maria Giulia Gonfalonieri, [ITA] Arianna Fidanza,  [AUS] Tiffany Cromwell
Estrella [HOL] Floortje Mackaij, [BEL] Kelly Druyts, [ESP] Sheyla Gutiérrez,  [GBR] Lucy Garner, [FRA] Fanny Riberot                

Betting area

Our favourite:  [HOL] Kirsten Wild
Our outsider:   [ESP] Sheyla Gutiérrez

Who to watch

15 top riders to watch

Participants

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Previous edition

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Italian rider Barbara Guarischi (Velocio SRAM) won the 2015 Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix last year when the race was non-UCI registered. Guarischi out-sprinted American rider Shelley Olds (Alé Cipollini), who finished second. Her  compatriot Annalisa Cucinotta (Alé Cipollini) completed the podium.

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Post race interview of 2015 Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix (non UCI WE)

Results

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Barbara Guarischi
Velocio SRAM
45’08”
2
 
Shelley Olds
Alé Cipollini
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3
 
Annalisa Cucinotta
Alé Cipollini
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4
Annette Edmondson
Wiggle Honda
st
5
Giorgia Bronzini
Wiggle Honda
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6
Katie Archibald
Pearl Izumi
1”
7
Emma Johannson
Orica AIS
st
8
Laura Trott
Matrix Pro Cycling
st
9
Eileen Roe
Wiggle Honda
2”
10
[LIT]
Edita Janeliunaite
APRIRE Bicycles
st

Live TV Streaming

There will be live coverage of the Prudential RideLondon Classique on BBC TV on Saturday 30 July.

Twitter coverage

A few Twitter accounts and hashtags to follow the race (among others):

Facebook 

Sources

Official website
UCI
WomenCyclingFever

Written by:
Diego Martín

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