2024 RideLondon Classique – Stage 1 Race Report

How the race finished

Lorena Wiebes (SD Worx Protime) was victorious after a strong leadout from Lotte Kopecky at the opening stage of the RideLondon Classique. Letizia Paternoster (Liv AlUla Jayco) sprinted to second ahead of Clara Copponi (Lidl Trek). 

Full results are available below.

How it happened

The opening stage of this year’s RideLondon Classique took the peloton over 150 km from Saffron Walden to Colchester. A face-paced stage earmarked for a sprint finish, many teams tried their hand at finding an opportunity to get up the road in the hopes of wearing the first leader’s jersey.

A strong attack with 151km to go saw Rebecca Koerner (Uno-X Mobility), April Tacey (Coop-Repsol) and Lea Lin Teutenberg (Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cyling) go clear. The trio picked up points at the intermediate sprints and mountains classifications, before Tacey dropped back to the peloton. 

With Koerner and Teutenberg still out front, attacks came from the peloton to pick up the remaining bonus second available in the second intermediate sprint of the day at Mistley. Soraya Paladin (Canyon//Sram Racing) struck out strongly, but Lorena Wiebes (SD Worx Protime) was able to get on her wheel and then surge for the seconds. 

After the intermediate sprint a small group clipped off, but didn’t work well together despite Lotte Kopeckty (SD Worx Protime) looking keen to keep things moving. The counter attacks continued, mainly from Canyon//Sram Racing, and the gap to the leading duo dropped significantly. Eventually Lidl Trek came through to patrol the front, and the bunch settled again, allowing the breakaway to extend their lead again.

With a number of teams interested in a sprint finish, the leaders were caught with 16 km to go. Attacks came once again, with Alice Towers (Canyon//Sram Racing) pulling away solo. After leading the chase for a few minutes, Lidl-Trek decided to put a rider across, and Loretta Hansen joined Towers. The pair worked well together, but with the power of dsm-firmenich Post NL, Uno-X Mobility and SD Worx Protime behind, it wasn’t to be.

Things got a bit messy as the bunch navigated a number of roundabouts and traffic islands heading into the finish in Colchester. Lidl Trek and Uno-X Mobility seemed well placed early on, only to run out of riders. Dsm firmenich Post NL were well timed, but SD Worx Protime were able to use world champion Lotte Kopecky to great effect in the closing kilometer, coming through once the other teams’ legs had tired and slingshotting Lorena Wiebes away for a clear victory.

Stage One – Full Results

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