A Great British Weekend at RideLondon

RideLondonThe Prudential RideLondon weekend, despite some dramatic weather, saw not only in excess of 20,000 amateur cyclists take on the Surrey 100 (making it the biggest sportive ever staged in the UK) but also incredible success for the British contingent in the professional events.


On Saturday Italy’s Giorgia Bronzini hit a turn of speed in the closing metres to beat Marianne Vos in the RideLondon Grand Prix – the 1.3mile lap race around St James’ Park – with Olympic silver medallist Lizzie Armitstead in third. An extraordinary seven of the top ten places in the event went to British riders with Eileen Roe and Olympic gold medallist Laura Trott finishing in fourth and fifth respectively.


British success continued on Sunday with the RideLondon Classic 100-mile Surrey to London race, which saw Adam Blythe win in a sprint finish ahead of Ben Swift. The final 30km witnessed the lead pack reduced from a dozen riders to just 5 in a highly tactical game that former road world champion Philippe Gilbert looked to already have in the bag on a number of occasions; but with the final turn into The Mall it was relative unknown Blythe who still had the legs to get to the line. Bradley Wiggins, making only his second competitive appearance in London since the 2012 Olympics, finished down in 30th place.


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Armitstead Heads for RideLondon

RideLondonLizzie Armitstead, who took gold at the Commonwealth Games road race in Glasgow, is set for an appearance at this weekend’s Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix (Saturday August 9). She joins her Team England colleagues Laura Trott and Hannah Barnes on the start list for the race, which will be broadcast live on BBC2, and will also be competing against reigning world and Olympic champion Marianne Vos.


The domestic contingent will also be strongly represented, with British Circuit Race champion and Matrix Fitness GP Series winner Eileen Roe and Women’s Road Series champion Nicola Juniper set to compete. Multiple Paralympic gold medallist Dame Sarah Storey will lead her Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International team which will also include seventh place finisher in the Commonwealth Games road race and track world champion Katie Archibald, plus Lauren Creamer who won the Women’s Tour of Staffordshire at the weekend, the final round of the domestic Women’s Road Series.


Despite the no-show at RideLondon by Mark Cavendish following his Tour de France crash, the weekend will see many of the world’s elite male cyclists taking to the streets. Australian Mark Renshaw, Chris Sutton and Ben Swift are amongst those confirmed.


The Prudential RideLondon event, to give it it’s full name, is an annual two-day festival of cycling developed by the Mayor of London and his agencies as part of the legacy of the London 2012 Games.


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