Report & Results – RideLondon Women’s GP


Barbara Guarischi has won the Ride London Women’s Grand Prix held on Saturday on the Mall in London in a bunch finish

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There was an Italian victory at the Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix on The Mall this evening, but it was Barbara Guarischi who was yelling in delight rather than the much-fancied defending champion Giorgia Bronzini as the Velocio Sports rider snatched the win by half a wheel in a bunch sprint at the end of a race in which half the field were wiped out in a huge crash with one lap to go.


Photo: Paul Burgoine

In a  race where the British domestic based riders were in many of the attacks, in the end, it was the international riders who dominated the result.


Photo: Paul Burgoine

Led out by Trixi Worrack, Guarischi timed her effort to perfection to pip Shelley Olds on the line after three-quarters of an hour of helter-skelter cycling around St James’s Park, with Olds’s Ale Cipolinni team-mate Annalisa Cucinotta taking third barely a wheel’s rim behind.

Guarischi’s team leader Lisa Brennauer had made a break with five of the 15 1.3-mile circuits to go, and when the world time trial champion was reeled in the Velocio squad reorganised at the front of the peloton to get Guarischi into prime position.

With Bronzini and her Wiggle Honda team-mates in the hunt, and 2013 winner Laura Trott among the contenders, it was never going to be easy. But Worrack and Brennauer pushed hard as the riders turned off Horse Guards Road and unleashed Guarischi with 100 metres to go.

The Italian has been in fine form recently, winning a stage at the Giro d’Italia Femminile, and she launched herself at the line alongside her Cipolinni rivals before throwing her right arm up in triumph and screaming at the London sky, full of joy at a job done well.


Photo: Paul Burgoine

“I can’t believe it, I really can’t believe it,” said the 25-year-old. “This is all down to teamwork; together we can do anything. All season we have worked together and we have won a lot.

“Today was a good race for us; a great race for me. Our tactic was to go all out for me to win the sprint. But it was not easy because there were a lot of strong riders in the race and it was hard to compete.

“Luck was with us today and in the last lap my team was really super. Trixi pushed for me in the last 200m and then with 100m to go I pushed hard and it was done.”

Twelve months ago it was Bronzini who took victory on the line, but this time the 32-year-old had to settle for fifth behind her Wiggle team-mate Annette Edmondson, her late dash for the line hampered by the aftermath of the crash.

Trott was affected by the pile-up too as her main Matrix Pro lead-out rider was taken out, leaving the double Olympic champion high and dry on the last lap.

“It was really too fast for me and I was too far back,” said Trott, who has been training hard on the track for the Rio Olympics. “Then there was that massive crash, which took out my lead-out girl, so that was it. I was left to fend for myself and I wasn’t ready for such a fast sprint.”

Olds and Cucinotta were a fraction short of firepower too as their four-woman outfit came up just short of their target against the larger set-ups.

“It was such an aggressive race and we only had four, so it was tough against the bigger teams,” said Olds. “We had to be careful we didn’t let anything go and we wanted to be up for the sprint too, so it was hard work.

“We didn’t get on top step and that was our goal so we are a little disappointed. But we had two on the podium so we know we are stong.”

Cucinotta led briefly as the sprinters began to wind-up for their final efforts, only to be overhauled when Guarischi sprung from the Velocio trap. “I started early in the sprint but Barbara was very strong and that was kaput,” she said.

For Olds, racing with Ale Cipolinni for the first time, it was only the team’s inexperience that cost them the victory. “When we come together better we can win,” said the American who moved from Bigla Pro Cycling earlier this year. “We placed two and three today, but we know in the future we can win. We’ll be back.”

After claiming the biggest win of her career in front of Buckingham Palace, Guarischi will surely be back too.

“This win was really important for me,” she said. “I was a bit tired when I arrived in London but with this team it’s impossible not to race well.

“It’s the first time I’ve done this race and it was amazing. The people here are incredible. It’s super.”

Of the other British riders, Abby Mae Parkinson, Lucy Martin, Dani King, Lydia Boylan, Molly Weaver, Lucy Chittenden and Jo Tindley were just some of those seen attacking during the race where a move by Dani King, Lucy Martin and Lucy Chittenden at the end almost stayed away for the victory.

Youth Races

There were super finishes in the two criterium races for youth riders, which brought day one of the greatest festival of cycling to a close, the next generation of cycling champions racing over the same iconic course as the pros.

National road and track champion Ella Barnwell added a third title to her growing list of honours when she led Sophie Williams to a Welsh one-two in the girls’ race ahead of Elizabeth Catlow of the East Midlands.

“That was a great experience,” said Barnwell, who is clearly getting used to the winning feeling. “The race was quite fast and technical in some parts. I wasn’t nervous because I won the nationals a few weeks ago, but it feels really amazing to win on this course. It’s such a great opportunity.”

Jake Stewart grabbed an impressive win in the boys’ race, the West Midlands rider covering early attacks before sprinting across the line ahead of Central region’s Charles Page, with Jim Brown of Yorkshire third.

“I knew it was a quick circuit so I was hoping to win,” said Stewart, who finished second in the recent British Championships. “I chased down a few breaks early on then it was just the top five riders for the last two laps.

“I am just chuffed to come out on top, over the moon. It’s great to be racing somewhere like this with such a great atmosphere. It’s inspiring, something you can only dream of as a youth rider.”

1  Guarischi, Barbara Velocio Sports
2  Olds, Shelley Ale Cipolinni
3  Cucinotta, Annalisa Ale Cipolinni
4  Edmondson, Annette Wiggle Honda
5  Bronzini, Giorgia Wiggle Honda
6  Archibald, Katie Pearl Izumi Sports Tours …
7  Johansen, Emma Orica AIS
8  Trott, Laura Matrix Pro Cycling
9  Roe, Eileen Wiggle Honda
10  Janeliunaite, Edita APRIRE Bicycles / HSS Hire
11  Tagliaferro, Marta Ale Cipolinni
12  Garner, Grace Great Britain Olympic Dev…
13  Dickinson, Eleanor Great Britain Olympic Dev…
14  Kay, Emily Team USN
15  le Court, Kim Matrix Pro Cycling
16  Worrack, Trixi Velocio Sports
17  Copie, Clemence Pearl Izumi Sports Tours …
18  Shaw, Gabriella Pearl Izumi Sports Tours …
19  Nixon, Rebecca FusionRTGearclub/Bikescie…
20  Juniper, Nicola Team Giordand Triton
21  Parkinson, Abby Mae Great Britain Olympic Dev…
22  Mcvitty, Keira Team Giordana Triton
23  Park, Annasley Team Giordana Triton
24  Van Twisk, Abi Corley Cycles | Drops RT
25  Creamer, Lauren Pearl Izumi Sports Tours …
26  Confalonieri, Maria Giulia Ale Cipolinni
27  King, Danielle Wiggle Honda
28  Mahe, Louise IKON – Mazda
29  Weaver, Molly Team Liv Plantur
30  Chittenden, Lucy Bonito Squadra Corse
31  Pacios, Merce Zappi’s Racing Team
32  Fahlin, Emilia Wiggle Honda
33  Leveridge, Gaby Velosure starley primal
34  Martin, Lucy Matrix Pro Cycling
35  Joiner, Charline Team WNT
36  Grinczer, Natalie FusionRTGearclub/Bikescie…
37  O’brien, Lauren Team Giordana Triton
38  Roberts, Amy Wiggle Honda
39  Fischer, Heather Matrix Pro Cycling
40  Simcock, Katy Corley Cycles | Drops RT
41  Brennaeur, Lisa Velocio Sports
42  Boylan, Lydia Team WNT
43  Gornall, Amy Corley Cycles | Drops RT
44  Davenne, Tamara Zappi’s Racing Team
45  Oh, Nicole Les Filles Racing Team
46  Greenhalgh, Laura Les Filles Racing Team
47  Nordin, Gabriella Zappi’s Racing Team
48  Tindley, Jo Team WNT
49  Christian, Anna Wiggle Honda
50  Lloyd, Manon Team USN
51  Shaw, Lucy Matrix Pro Cycling
52  Mackey, Rebecca APRIRE Bicycles / HSS Hire
53  Nelson, Emily Team USN
54  Stedman, Elizabeth FusionRTGearclub/Bikescie…
55  Butler, Tamiko Corley Cycles | Drops RT
56  George, Jennifer Les Filles Racing Team
57  Massey, Laura IKON – Mazda
58  Lowther, Mel Matrix Pro Cycling


1 Stewart, Jake West Midlands Region
2 Page, Charles Central Region
3 Brown, Jim Yorkshire Region
4 Jolly, Carl Central Region
5 Shaw, Matthew West Midlands Region
6 Leivers, Alistair North West Region
7 Mew Jensen, Georg London
8 Dransfield, Brad Yorkshire Region
9 Anderson, Anthony Central Region
10 Vaughan, Jacob South East Region
11 Hindmarsh, Liam East Midlands Region
12 Cameron, Euan Yorkshire Region
13 Coombe, Daniel Wales
14 Hardwick, Ben West Midlands Region
15 Hughes, Dylan North East
16 Davies, Liam East Midlands Region
17 Barton, Jack North West Region
18 Armstrong, James East Midlands Region
19 King, Will Yorkshire Region
20 Tillett, Sam Wales
21 Christian, Ben North West Region
22 Mingay, Oscar Wales
23 Van katwyk, Alex Channel Islands
24 Zaman, Irfan London
25 Wright, Jake North West Region
26 Johnston, Innes Scotland
27 Collins, Alex South Region
28 Gifford, Ben Scotland
29 Dobbing, Matthew North East
30 Wharton, George North West Region
31 Bulley, Callum Eastern Region
32 Allen, Richie North East
33 Johnston, Charlie Scotland
34 Dahlhaus, Tobias London
35 Lassiter, Elliot South Region
36 Nel, Thamana South Region
37 Hookway, Scott East Midlands Region
38 Tillett, James Wales
39 Baker, Erin Central Region
40 Cox, Gabriel South West Region
41 Pilley, Rhys Channel Islands
42 Rose-Davies, Louis South East Region
43 Ellis, Rowan South West Region
44 Davey, Miles Channel Islands
45 Pratt McCullagh, Boru London
46 Monpetit-Le Brun, Luc Channel Islands
47 Tarlton, Alexander Eastern Region
48 Jarps, Adam North East
49 Plummer, Jamie South West Region
50 Yates, Alex West Midlands Region
51 Saunders, Joe South West Region
52 Longstaff, Bob Eastern Region
53 Haller, Lewis South East Region
54 Chinn, Gabriel South Region
55 Hilbourne, Jonathon Scotland
56 Jones, Steven South West Region
57 Abbs, Ryan North East
58 Price, Joshua South Region
59 Rebours, Ryan Channel Islands
60 Townend, Eddie Yorkshire Region
61 Dighton, Oliver West Midlands Region
62 Modell, Theo London
63 Durham, Christopher East Midlands Region
64 McAndrew, Robert Eastern Region
65 Bridges, Zach Wales
66 Dawkins, Niall Central Region
67 Gibson, Nathan Eastern Region


1 Barnwell, Ella Wales
2 Williams, Sophie Wales
3 Catlow, Elizabeth East Midlands Region
4 Joseph, Amber South Region
5 Kimber, Jamie South Region
6 Ashworth, Georgia North West Region
7 Davies, Eleanor North West Region
8 Darvill, Isabel East Midlands Region
9 Gibson, Charlotte North West Region
10 Denby, Libby Yorkshire Region
11 Woodworth, Jessica East Midlands Region
12 Hughes, Gwenno Wales
13 Stone, Isabella South East Region
14 Bridson, Emily Channel Islands
15 Wright, Sophie Eastern Region
16 Surridge, Becky South East Region
17 Tacey, April East Midlands Region
18 Horrocks, Lucy North West Region
19 Homer, Gabriella West Midlands Region
20 Shepherd, Josie South East Region
21 Jordan, Grace South West Region
22 Oxley, Ava May Yorkshire Region
23 Baker, Alderney Central Region
24 Mellor, Harriet Central Region
25 Greenhalgh, Lily Yorkshire Region
26 Wildman, Poppy East Midlands Region
27 Pitt, Emma Central Region
28 Chastell, Imogen Eastern Region
29 Feeney Davies, Jessica London
30 Shelton, Kate London
31 Upton, Neve South West Region
32 Bowler, Jemma Central Region
33 Lovett, Victoria South Region
34 Thackray, Sophie Yorkshire Region
35 Prior, Alana North East
36 Morrish, Jessica South West Region
37 Cole-Hossain, Charlotte London
38 Holmes, Sophie Eastern Region
39 Knight, Emily Eastern Region
40 Shaw, Elena Wales
41 Sharpe, Amy Channel Islands
42 Summerhayes, Harriet South West Region
43 Freeman, Ella South Region
44 Tillett, Emily Wales
45 Brehaut, Hannah Channel Islands
46 Gornall, Rhiannon North West Region
47 Steele, Lusia Scotland
48 Matravers, Alice South East Region
49 Earnshaw, Rachel Yorkshire Region
50 Halliday, Katie Channel Islands
51 Jones, Robyn North East
52 Surridge, Louise South East Region
53 Rush, Tegan South Region
54 Bryce, Alison Scotland
55 Wickett, Alanah South West Region
56 Coombes, Amelia London


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