Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team crosses the pond this weekend for the RideLondon Classique on Saturday 28 July. The roads of London City Centre will set the scene for round 16 in the Women’s WorldTour.
World champion Chantal Blaak and Amy Pieters start in London after doing the Giro Rosa-La Course double, while Anna Plichta and Skylar Schneider take up racing after the Giro. Danish champion Amalie Dideriksen returns to road racing after a training camp with the Danish national track team and the team is completed by Luxembourg champion Christine Majerus.
Team manager Danny Stam takes some time off after a busy July month, so it will be director sportif Bram Sevens who travels to London with the team. He is aiming for an active race in which a bunch sprint might even be prevented.
“I want us to race like we always do: aggressively,” said Sevens. “Of course we know that this race will most likely end in a bunch sprint, but we have several options.”
“We will see what we can do during the race,” continued Sevens, “and we have Amalie and Amy for the bunch sprint if the race finishes like that. Plenty of possibilities for a great race.”
The 2018 edition of the Prudential RideLondon Classique will be held on Saturday 28 April. The start is given at 5.00pm GMT, or 6.00pm CET. The women race on the 5.4 kilometer circuit that crosses Whitehall, Trafalgar Square and the Horse Guards Parade.
RideLondon was introduced in 2013 as part of the London 2012 Olympic legacy and included races for men, women and handbikers, plus a number of activities for non-racers.
The race was won by home rider Laura Trott in 2013 and Italian riders Giorgia Bronzini and Barbara Guarischi crossed the line first in 2014 and 2015 before it was granted UCI status. In 2016, the race was immediately entered the Women’s WorldTour as it was given the highest UCI status.
Kirsten Wild delivered her team Hitec Products the inaugural Women’s WorldTour win, while Coryn Rivera (Team Sunweb) was victorious on the wet streets of London city in 2017. RideLondon offers the biggest prize purse available in the Women’s WorldTour at 100,000 Euros in total.
How to follow the race
The women’s race is broadcasted live across Europe on Eurosport and on NBC Sports Gold in the USA. To follow the race on social media, check out the official race account on Twitter, @RideLondonWT. The hashtag for all races and side events is #RideLondon, so your best choice when following the race via Twitter is to use #UCIWWT.
Of course there will be Women’s WorldTour highlights by the UCI after the race.
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