Loes Gunnewijk sprinted to fifth place in the inaugural Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix. Hometown hero Laura Trott (Wiggle Honda) won the professional women’s criterium one year after claiming the gold at the 2012 London Olympics. Trott bested British National Criterium Champion Hannah Barnes for the win. Loren Rowney (Specialized-lululemon) rounded out the podium
“Our plan was to make the race as hard as possible. We sat in for the first 10-15 minutes and started attacking after that. We got in a few good moves, but the course didn’t really lend itself to a breakaway. It was hard to stay away. We raced aggressively and were represented in any move that looked significant, so that was the main positive.” – Amanda Spratt
Spratt and Gunnewijk represented their home nations at the Olympics last year, with Gunnewijk part of Marianne Vos’ gold medal ride for The Netherlands. Both said the event was particularly enjoyable thanks to the trip down memory lane.
“The atmosphere around St James’s Park was incredible. We had the same finish line tonight as we did for the road race at the Olympics. The approach was different but the line was in the same place. That was pretty special. The crowds were great tonight. I’d be happy to come back anytime.” – Amanda Spratt