Race report

Lorena Wiebes and Team DSM complete hat-trick of wins and seal incredible RideLondon Classique GC title

RideLondon Classique

Photo Credit: Jed Leicester / RideLondon 

After dominating the opening two days, Team DSM and Lorena Wiebes tackled the streets of London this evening with the aim of making it three wins from three. In command throughout the race, the team worked superbly together through the technical circuit before setting up Wiebes for the finale who surged to the line, completing the hat-trick and claiming the GC crown with it.

The final stage of racing saw the peloton take on the traditional RideLondon Classique route from when it was a one-day race, with fast action around the streets of London, taking in some iconic landmarks along the way – although with the speed they were travelling, there wasn’t much time for the peloton to sightsee. Due to the nature of the course it made it hard for any breakaway to form, with the team riding well to patrol the front of the bunch and make sure that no dangerous move escaped. Despite a flurry of attacks it was all together as they heard the bell, with the team peeling off one-by-one on the run in to the line, positioning Wiebes perfectly, who came out of Charlotte Kool’s wheel with force to take the victory – rounding out an incredible three days of racing for Team DSM.

Photo Credit: Thomas Lovelock / RideLondon 

“As expected it was a really fast lap with a lot going on, but the team kept me safe during the stage,” expressed a smiling Wiebes at the finish. “All the time I was protected by the girls, they all did an amazing job today. I think we really showed ourselves as a team especially in the lead out, it was a super strong lead out from all of the girls. Then Charlotte in the last 500 metres brought me into a perfect position, speeding up. Without the team the last three days were not possible. It was really a team effort, I think a lot of people forget that but cycling is a team sport.”

A buoyant Team DSM coach Pim Ligthart added: “Only one word can describe it today – amazing. The team had everything control throughout the stage. Then when I saw the lead out we did to get the hat-trick done, it was incredible and a perfect end to our three days here. It was a real team victory.”

Photo Credit: Bob Martin / RideLondon 

Results

Pos. Rider Team Time Points
1 WIEBES Lorena Team DSM 2:01:01 50
2 BALSAMO Elisa Trek - Segafredo ,, 40
3 KOPECKY Lotte Team SD Worx ,, 30