2017 Prudential RideLondon Classique

Of all the various editions of these races I have photographed, this was the first rainy one – and it was a tough one. It was only drizzling when I arrived at Charing Cross (the shortest trip to a race of the season, of any seasons) but as soon as I left the media centre, it started to rain properly and it didn’t really let up until the end. Which was not too far away, as this was just an hour and half criterium race essentially. We can argue about the merits of that, but the fact that the organisers ponied up €100k (which is probably not much less than the combined prize money of ALL the other races this year) is definitely admirable. I just wish the riders could show what they can do on a longer and tougher course. Maybe the same course as the men? It worked for the Tour de Yorkshire… Just saying.

 

Elise Delzenne rides to the start of the Prudential RideLondon Classique

Natalie Kerwin warms up before the race

I think I will put together a gallery at the end of the season where Ellen van Dijk is hounded for autographs

Julia Soek tucks her team radio in her jersey while she warms up for the race

Lotta Lepistö prepares for the race

Moniek Tenniglo tries to stay warm

Julie Leth rides at the front in the neutral lap

Leah Kirchmann leads the peloton in the first lap

We haven’t seen Christine Majerus for a while, but she was back today where we normally see her – at the front of the peloton

Marianne Vos gingerly tackles a corner

Lisa Brennauer rides near the front in the fifth lap

Gracie Elvin rides mid-pack in the fifth lap

The peloton rides around Trafalgar Square

Amy Pieters (NED) of Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team leads the peloton in the seventh lap of the Prudential Ride London Classique – a 66 km road race, starting and finishing in London on July 29, 2017, in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Balint Hamvas/Velofocus.com)

Lucinda Brand took tightest line in this corner on Trafalgar Square

Team Sunweb DS Hans Timmermans keeps tabs on the happenings at Trafalgar Square

The peloton rides past Downing Street

The peloton reaches Trafalgar Square in the ninth lap

The peloton approaches the finish line in the tenth lap

Christine Majerus checks her teammates in the penultimate lap

Coryn Rivera (USA) wins the Prudential Ride London Classique

Team Sunweb riders celebrate Rivera’s win

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