27 Jul Prudential RideLondon Classique Preview (1.WWT)
A week after the thirteenth UCI WWT round atop the iconic Col d’Izoard, it is now turn for London, United Kingdom. The fifth edition of Prudential RideLondon Classique (previously a criterium race named RideLondon Grand Prix, under non-UCI ranking) will witness its second edition in the UCI Women’s World Tour. On Saturday, 29 July London will be once again the center of women’s cycling holding the fourteenth UCI WWT race offering once again the most lucrative prize pool in women’s cycling history.
It was in 2016 when the organisers made major step forward for women’s cycling offering the highest prize pool 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 launched #PedalParity, a social media campaign to celebrate its landmark decision (to award the women’s elite race the same world record prize pool) and to embrace other in following their way. 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.
After 2012 Olympics, London City decided to forward momentum creating one the world’s greatest festival of cycling, Prudential RideLondon Festival. The cycling festival is held during the weekend of 28-30 July 2017 and includes several cycling races such as UCI-ranked men and women races, handcyclists races, youths and BMX races.
Saturday, 29 July 2017, local time from 17:00 until 18:45 approx (UTC+1)
Route 66km: The Mall, St James’s Park – The Mall, St James’s Park (London)
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
Our favourite: Kirsten Wild
Our outsider: Katie Archibald
Sheyla Gutiérrez (Cylance) will be our only Spanish representative at the fifth edition of Prudential RideLondon Classique.
Who to follow
15 riders to watch at Prudential RideLondon Classique
Dutch rider (Hitec Products) won in London the 13th round of the 2016 UCIWWT. As forecasted Wild was the fastest on the bunch sprint proving once again why she is often quoted as the best sprinter. Her compatriot Nina Kessler (Lensworld-Zannata) and Canadian rider Leah Kirchmann (Liv-Plantur) completed the podium in second and third place respectively.
How to follow the race
The race will be broadcasted live:
- BBC Two from 18:00-18:50 local time.
A few Twitter accounts and hashtags (among others) to follow the race:
A few Facebook accounts: