World champion Amalie Dideriksen sprinted to seventh place on a rainy Saturday evening at the Prudential RideLondon Classic. The 66-kilometre circuit race in London’s city centre was a controlled affair from the first of 12 laps until the sprint finish won by Coryn Rivera (Team Sunweb).
“There were a lot of sprinters here,” said Dideriksen. “Nearly every team came with a sprinter, and when it’s a criterium, the speed is really high because everyone wants to ride the front to save energy in the corners. It gets really hard to get away and even harder to stay away. No one team had to take control because the nature of the race controlled it automatically.”
Luxembourgish champion Christine Majerus was a frequent figure at the head of the peloton in the opening laps of the rainy race.
“We started only with five, but I think we all gave it a full effort and we were no less strong than teams of six,” said Dideriksen. “We talked about if something goes to be aware of it and maybe be in the move if it was threatening, but the speed was so high that every attempt neutralised itself.”
Majerus contested the second of three intermediate sprints and came away with the win. It was a Boels-Dolmans one-two in the third intermediate sprint with Dideriksen first across the line in front of Majerus.
“We talked about the sprints before the race, and the feeling was that if we were there, we could go for them,” said Dideriksen. “There was a lot of money available compared to other sprints that we wouldn’t bother racing for.”
By the time Dideriksen took out the third sprint, she knew she would also contest the finish.
“The plan overall was to sprint for Amy [Pieters], but she came to me with four or five laps left and said I could go for the sprint instead,” noted Dideriksen. “That’s why the team was on the front in the last few laps.”
Majerus led Dideriksen onto the finishing straight.
“When Christine opened, she got blocked by a CANYON rider that had pulled off the front,” Dideriksen noted. “She had to brake a little bit, and it’s hard to get back up to speed after that.
“It’s a shame because I think we did a good job with positioning,” Dideriksen added. “We missed a little luck in the end.”