D’hoore takes seventh in the Prudential Ride London Classique

Sat 28 Jul 2018

Two-time Giro-Rosa stage winner Jolien D’hoore sprinted to seventh place today in the UCI women’s WorldTour event, the Prudential Ride London Classique, after finding herself squeezed on the right hand side barrier with no clear run at the finish line.

After controlling the peloton for the final few laps, Mitchelton-SCOTT kept their sprint leader out of trouble, but in the closing kilometres a surge from behind saw a crash which caused a messy finale with Kirsten Wild (Wiggle-High5) coming out on top with another victory in the event.

Short and sharp

After the hilly, lengthy Giro-Rosa 10-day stage race, the Mitchelton-SCOTT team returned to racing, this time in London for a short 5.4km city centre circuit race. 

Almost every team had a sprint favourite in their team line-up and therefore the race remained altogether with no riders given any freedom to breakaway.

Controlling the front

With confidence in their recent performances at the Giro-Rosa, where D’hoore claimed two bunch sprint victories, the team took control of the race in the final laps, in an attempt to keep things together and ready for a sprint finish.

A crash in the closing 500metres caused splits in the front of the race and the two Mitchelton-SCOTT riders Sarah Roy and D’hoore were able to avoid the pile up, staying ahead of the chaos as the dash for the line began.

D’hoore found herself caught on the right hand side barriers when the sprint opened up, with not much room to launche she had to settle for seventh place.

Jolien D’hoore - 7th place

"The team did a great job but maybe we started a bit too early. We were already one rider short with Jess Allen unable to start due to illness, so we missed that extra rider in the last two kilometres but the girls did great again.

"They worked so hard for me and I’m so grateful for their support. I chose the Team Sunweb train in the last 600metres but they didn’t speed it up and I got boxed in on the right side.

"I’m so disapointed because I feel like I didn’t do my sprint at all. I wanted to show what I can, but I didn’t have the chance and I’m really gutted."

Prudential Ride London Classique results:

1. Kirsten Wild (Wiggle-High5)
2. Marianna Vos (Waowdeals)
3. Elisa Balsamo (ValcarPBM)
7. Jolien D’hoore (Mitchelton-SCOTT)

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