Giorgia Bronzini extended Wiggle-Honda’s unbeaten record in the Prudential RideLondon Women’s Grand Prix as she sprinted to victory on The Mall this evening.
The 31-year-old Italian got the better of Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv) to take the win, 12 months after team-mate Laura Trott triumphed in the inaugural edition of the event. Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans) finished third, just ahead of British Circuit Race Champion Eileen Roe.
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There were a number of attacks throughout, and Wiggle wisely sent Amy Roberts up the road on the final lap. This meant that Vos’s solo team-mate in the event, Roxanne Knetemann, had to lead the peloton’s chase.
This left Vos, who only arrived in England at 3pm today, without any semblance of a lead-out. Bronzini followed her wheel onto the finishing straight, and narrowly got the better of her over the line.
“It was an amazing race, I’m really excited,” said Bronzini. “The last time I was here was at the Olympic Games, I was a little bit unlucky in that race, so today I wanted to win in this beautiful city.
“I asked my team to show what women’s cycling is about – we’re full of power, we don’t have anything less than the men. That was a beautiful show for the people.”
Bronzini hotfooted it to Calais ahead of tomorrow’s opening stage of the Route de France, while Vos and Trott will be among those riding the RideLondon 100 mass-participation event.
Prudential RideLondon Women’s Grand Prix, London
1. Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle-Honda in 46-46
2. Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabo-Liv
3. Lizzie Armitstead (GBr) Boels-Dolmans
4. Eileen Roe (GBr) Starley Primal
5. Laura Trott (GBr) Wiggle-Honda
6. Hannah Barnes (GBr) UnitedHealthcare
7. Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Specialized-Lululemon
8. Grace Garner (GBr) RST Racing Team
9. Nicola Juniper (GBr) Team Echelon Rotor
10. Abbie Dentus (GBr) De Ver Cycles all at st.