News – Armitstead & Vos in London on Saturday


The greatest ever field for a women’s criterium staged in the UK will assemble in central London on Saturday afternoon

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News – Armitstead & Vos in London on Saturday

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The greatest ever field for a women’s criterium staged in the UK will assemble in central London tomorrow, as 100 of the world’s top riders race for victory in the Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix, one of five events in the Mayor of London’s multi-award winning Prudential RideLondon festival of cycling.


World and Olympic road race champion Marianne Vos tops a world-class field featuring the first three from last year’s inaugural race, including defending champion Laura Trott who will join her Wiggle Honda teammates to race on the flat, fast 1.3-mile circuit around St James’s Park.

“I’m really excited to be racing at the Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix again – having such a great field to compete against will be amazing. It means that this race can only get bigger,” said Trott ahead of Saturday’s race.

“I peaked for the Commonwealth Games so I’m not really in the best shape to be Wiggle Honda’s team leader right now; I think we’ll probably ride for Giorgia Bronzini [2011 world road race champion] instead. This race will be completely different to the points race at the Commonwealth Games because I’ll be riding a bike with gears!”

When the race gets underway shortly after 17:00 on Saturday 9 August, the cyclists likely to attract the most attention are Marianne Vos and Lizzie Armitstead as the gold and silver medallists from the 2012 Olympic Games road race are reunited on The Mall.


2012 – Vos versus Lizzie – Olympic Games London

Two years ago it was Vos who came out on top, and few would bet against a repeat victory for the Dutchwoman who has already enjoyed one major victory in Britain this year, having won the Women’s Tour in May.

Both are in fine form. Armitstead won gold in the Commonwealth Games road race last weekend, while Vos claimed victories in La Course by Le Tour plus the latest round of the UCI World Cup in Germany over the past two weekends.

Bronzini, who was second behind Vos in the Sparkassen Giro recently, is also one of the riders to keep an eye out for. The Italian is a fine sprinter with a fast finish and she has already won races in China, Italy and Belgium this season.

Armitstead isn’t the only Glasgow medallist in action this weekend; spectators can also look out for Scotland’s Katie Archibald, who took bronze in the Commonwealth Games points race on the track when Trott claimed the gold.


Fellow Scot Eileen Roe of the Starley Primal team has been the dominant force on the UK criterium scene, winning the Matrix Fitness GP Series in June followed by the British Circuit Race Championships, ensuring she’ll wear the red, white and blue stripes on Saturday evening.

Last year’s British Circuit Race champion Hannah Barnes will also be in the hunt a year on from being narrowly beaten by Trott on The Mall. Barnes now rides for the American UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling team, while her cousin Emily will line-up as part of the Team MuleBar Girl-Sigma Sport team.

Loren Rowney finished close behind Trott and Barnes last year and she is part of a very strong Specialized Lululemon team with Tiffany Cromwell while there are also three other top 10 finishers from 2013 – Matrix Fitness-Vulpine’s Harriet Owen (sixth), Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International’s Lauren Creamer (eighth) and 10th-placed Mary Costelloe from WyndyMilla Reynolds.

Creamer will be joined by her team captain Dame Sarah Storey, Britain’s most successful Paralympian, in the Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International team. The squad took the team prize during the Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series, with Storey featuring strongly in the Stoke-on-Trent and Redditch events, while in recent weeks she has won a stage of the Tour of Brittany.

Fellow domestic team Matrix Fitness-Vulpine has entered a six-rider squad in the week they announced plans to step up to UCI level for 2015 – a move that will put them alongside the likes of fellow Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix teams Specialized Lululemon and Rabo Liv.


Other names to look out for include Grace Garner (RST Racing Team), the younger sister of double junior world champion Lucy, and a rising star in the sport, plus Lydia Boylan and Jasmine Diotti, part of a strong line-up from Velosport Pasta Montegrappa, and Hannah Walker of Epic Cycles-Scott Contessa WRT.

Irish squad DID Electrical return to the Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix for the second year, while cycling fans with longer memories will recognise the name of Vos’s Rabo Liv teammate, Roxane Knetemann, daughter of the late 1978 world champion Gerrie.

Live coverage of the Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix starts on BBC2 at 17:00.


Pro Women Start List
Katie Archibald Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International
Lizzie Armitstead Boels Dolmans
Hannah Barnes United Healthcare Pro Cycling Team
Emily Barnes Team MuleBar Girl – Sigma Sport
Tracy Best Zappi’s Racing Team
Louise Borthwick BC Private Member
Lydia Boylan Velosport Pasta Montegrappa
Georgia Bronzini Wiggle Honda
Tamiko Butler WyndyMilla Reynolds
Elanor Cadzow Bonito Squadra Corse
Karol-Ann Canuel Specialized Lululemon
Ruby Chappell Behind The Bikeshed
Laura Cheesman RP Racing Team
Lucy Chittenden Hoops Velo
Anna Christian Epic-Scott
Dani Christmas SPEG Project 51
Lucy Coldwell Velosport Pasta Montegrappa
Emily Collins Wiggle Honda
Clemence Copie Team MuleBar Girl – Sigma Sport
Mary Costelloe WyndyMilla Reynolds
Lauren Creamer Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International
Natalie Creswick Team MuleBar Girl – Sigma Sport
Tiffany Cromwell Specialized Lululemon
Jennifer Crouch London Dynamo
Katie Curtis Starley Primal Pro Cycling
Elise Delzanne Specialized Lululemon
Abbie Dentus De Ver Cycles
Jasmine Dotti Velosport Pasta Montegrappa
Nicola Engelbach Les Filles RT
Julie Erskine Velosport Pasta Montegrappa
Emilia Fahlin Wiggle Honda
Sophie Faulkner Fusion RT
Maxine Filby Trek Bicycle Coventry
Michelle Forster London Phoenix CC
Grace Garner RST Racing Team
Jennifer George Les Filles RT
Clare Gillott Les Filles RT
Amy Gornall RST Racing Team
Laura Greenhalgh Twickenham CC
Tanya Griffiths Starley Primal Pro Cycling
Fiona Guihen DID Electrical Racing Team
Lucy Harper Bike Pure/ LeMond/ Aspire Velotech RT
Nikki Harris Telenet Fidea
Beth Hayward Matrix Fitness – Vulpine
Elizabeth Holden RST Racing Team
Anna Marie Hughes Bike Pure/ LeMond/ Aspire Velotech RT
Evgenia Ilyinskaya Edinburgh RC
Hayley Jones Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International
Nicola Juniper Team Echelon Rotor
Hisayo Kaneko Boom Cycle RC
Emily Kay Epic-Scott
Roxanne Knetemann Rabo-Liv
Sophie Lankford Team WNT
Bella Leach London Phoenix CC
Mel Lowther Matrix Fitness – Vulpine
Sandra Mackay GB
Lloyd Mannon Epic-Scott
Laura Massey Epic-Scott
Tamala McGee London Phoenix CC
Cassie McGoldrick Fusion RT
Keira McVitty WyndyMilla Reynolds
Madeline Moore VC St Raphael
Peta Mullins Wiggle Honda
Lauren O’Brien RST Racing Team
Sarah Odell Boom Cycle CC
Nicole Oh Les Filles RT
Hannah Ormesher DID Electrical Racing Team
Harriet Owen Matrix Fitness – Vulpine
Merce Pacios Zappi’s Racing Team
Darrelle Parker Boom Cycle RC
Abby Mae Parkinson RST Racing Team
Hannah Payton WyndyMilla Reynolds
Sarah Piner DID Electrical Racing Team
Rebecca Rimmington Merlin Cycles
Amy Roberts Wiggle Honda
Nichola Roberts Dulwich Paragon
Eileen Roe Starley Primal Pro Cycling
Loren Rowney Specialized Lululemon
Penny Rowson Matrix Fitness – Vulpine
Iona Sewell GB
Alexie Shaw Epic-Scott
Gabriella Shaw Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International
Annabel Sill Team Jadan
Hayley Simmonds Velosport Pasta Montegrappa
Nicola Soden GB
Melanie Spath WyndyMilla Reynolds
Ally Statcher Specialized Lululemon
Sarah Storey Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International
Brit Tate GB
Gillian Taylor Fusion RT
Bethany Taylor Fusion RT
Claire Thomas Velosport Pasta Montegrappa
Jo Tindley Matrix Fitness – Vulpine
Emma Towers Twickenham CC
Laura Trott Wiggle Honda
Adel Tyson-Bloor Team MuleBar Girl – Sigma Sport
Marrianne Vos Rabo-Liv
Hannah Walker Epic-Scott
Jessie Walker Matrix Fitness – Vulpine
Rebecca Womersley WyndyMilla Reynolds

Youth Boys
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David Barnes South East
Cameron Biddle West Midlands
Jake Billinghurst Channel Islands
Charlie Cooper South
Jake Dobson North East
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Etienne Georgi South
Robert Gray Yorkshire
Ewan Grivell – Mellor West Midlands
Harry Hardcastle Yorkshire
Adam Hartley North West
Theo Hartley North West
Ethan Hayter London
Oliver Hedger Central
Alex Jolliffe South
Carl Jolly Central
Alex Jones London
Will Lewis West Midlands
Owen Line West Midlands
Frank Longstaff Eastern
Thomas Lumborg Channel Islands
Patrick Manning Eastern
Charlie Meredith South West
Georg Mew Jensen London
Joshua Murphy Central
Charles Page Central
Harry Paine Eastern
Tom Pidcock Yorkshire
Rhys Pilley Channel Islands
Aaron Preston North East
Elliot Redfern South West
Robert Scott Yorkshire
Dylan Thomas South East
Timothy Torrie Eastern
Daniel Tulett South East
Alex Van katwyk Channel Islands
Matt Walls North West
Matthew Webber South East
Joseph West South West
Ryan White South West
Joe Wilson North East
Fred Wright London

Youth Girls
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Alderney Baker Central
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Sophie Capewell West Midlands
Anna Carter Eastern s
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Henrietta Colborne North West
Elizabeth Denby Yorkshire
Eleanor Dickinson North West
Anna Docherty Yorkshire
Lauren Dolan South West
Megan Dowinton Channel Islands
Tara Ferguson North West
Pfeiffer Georgi South
Jayati Hine Yorkshire
Georgie Hopkins London
Georgie Hopkins London
Rachel Jary London
Eve Jefferies South
Robyn Jones North East
Alice Law West Midlands
Alice Lodge West Midlands
Rosa Martin North West
Sabine Minchinton-Gilley Channel Islands
Hetty Niblett West Midlands
Becky Raybould South
Natasha Reddy Central
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Isla Rush Eastern s
Anna Saunders South East
Rosa Serret South West
Amy Sharpe Channel Islands
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Sophie Wright Eastern s

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