Lorena Wiebes wins stage one of RideLondon Classique

Team DSM sprinter takes convincing win on first stage of three-day race.

by Amy Jones

photography by Getty Images


The RideLondon Classique may have been extended by two days to incorporate two road stages, but it is still very much a sprinter’s paradise.

It was a tightly-controlled race on the roads of Essex, with no break being let go for over half of the race. Lorena Wiebes (Team DSM) won the first intermediate sprint in Maldon with 38km to go after which Anna Henderson (Jumbo-Visma) was the only rider to attack and stay away.

Henderson held off the peloton for over 30km, picking up maximum points on both Spring Elms Lane QOMs meaning she will wear the climber’s jersey tomorrow. With Team DSM, Liv Racing Xstra and Trek-Segafredo working to close the gap down, not even the British national time trial champion could stay in front and she was caught with 250m to go.

After a break from racing after Paris Roubaix Femmes (with the exception of GP Eco-Struct earlier this month), Wiebes took a convincing win in Maldon, crossing the line bike lengths ahead of world champion Elisa Balsamo (Trek-Segafredo) and Emma Norsgaard (Movistar).

Wiebes will wear the leader’s jersey going into Saturday’s second road stage, which is also expected to culminate in a sprint finish.

RideLondon Classique (2.WWT) Maldon → Maldon

WIEBES Lorena
1
WIEBES Lorena Team DSM
2
BALSAMO Elisa Trek - Segafredo
3
NORSGAARD Emma Movistar Team
4
KOPECKY Lotte Team SD Worx
5
GUAZZINI Vittoria FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
6
PERSICO Silvia Valcar - Travel & Service
7
CONSONNI Chiara Valcar - Travel & Service
8
BASTIANELLI Marta UAE Team ADQ
9
BOILARD Simone St Michel - Auber93 WE
10
BORGHESI Letizia EF Education-TIBCO-SVB

WIEBES Lorena

WIEBES Lorena

HENDERSON Anna

GUAZZINI Vittoria

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