D’hoore to lead Mitchelton-SCOTT women at the Prudential RideLondon ClassiqueWed 25 Jul 2018
Two-time Giro-Rosa stage winner Jolien D’hoore will lead Mitchelton-SCOTT at this weekend's Prudential RideLondon Classique.
After a short break since their dominating performances at the Giro-Rosa and La Course, the team return to racing for the 16th round of the UCI Women’s WorldTour, with an in-form group of riders looking to continue their successful July momentum.
The one-day event is a 5.5km circuit race in the centre of London, taking in many famous landmarks. The race begins on The Mall in St James’s Park before passing Horse Guards Parade, making a U-turn in front of Big Ben, through Trafalgar Square and Admiralty Arch before finishing back on the Mall.
In the past two editions of the Classique, the races have been aggressive with numerous breakaways and attacks but both times concluded with a bunch sprint. This year is expected to be a similar finish with many of the big named sprinters on the start list.
The Mitchelton-SCOTT six-rider squad is made up of strong and fast riders, experienced with leading-outs after delivering D'hoore to two sprint stage wins at the Giro-Rosa.
22-year-old Alex Manly comes in fresh to the squad from a stint of racing on the track, bringing extra speed to the outfit as the only rider in the team line-up not to have raced at the recent Giro-Rosa.
"I’m looking forward to getting back to the flat and fast races. We had some successful weeks with the team in the mountains at the Giro-Rosa, but now I’m happy to get back to the type of races that suit me.
"After the Giro-Rosa I raced the BeNe Ladies Tour where I felt that my shape was really good but I was still a bit tired and missed my power for the sprints. After a few easy days I hope to be back and ready for Ride London.
"We have a strong team for the race and we proved already in the past that if we can have our lead-out train on point, we’re hard to beat."
Martin Vestby - Sport director
“I expect a fast race for the sprinters. It's hard to get any breaks up the road with this short lap and we would be happy if it is a bunch sprint.
“Jolien is fast in these type of short, sharp races with her background in the track. With the strength in the team line-up it is natural to support her.”
Previously in the Prudential RideLondon Classique
Last year in the pouring rain, Gracie Elvin was the highest place finisher for the team in 12th place.
Saturday, 28th July: The Mall, 5.5km laps
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