Coryn Rivera (Sunweb) put in a dominant sprint to win the 2017 RideLondon Classique.
The American timed her move to the finish to beat Lotta Lepistö (Cervélo-Bigla) and Lisa Brennauer (Canyon-Sram) by half a wheel on the line on the Mall.
Brennauer and Lepistö launched their sprints ahead of the peloton in the final 100m, distancing much of the group behind. However Rivera was able to come from behind and round the right hand side of the wide finishing to take victory with a perfectly times sprint.
Lepistö took second, while Brennauer had to settle for third.
Aside from the final sprint, the 66km circuit race around Central London had been a largely uneventful affair, with Boels-Dolmans controlling the bunch on the front in order to set a sprint up for world champion Amalie Dideriksen.
While the Dutch team weren’t able to pull off the victory, their pace setting and the technical circuit, as well as the falling rain, meant no-one was able to escape and get in a breakaway.
In the end, it all came down to positioning in the final corners as the peloton swung under Admiralty Arch and onto the Mall.
Tour of Flanders winner Rivera was able to sit perfectly positioned towards the front of the bunch, and was able to launch her sprint to take victory.
RideLondon Classique (66km)
1 Coryn Rivera (USA) Team Sunweb, in 1-29-04
2 Lotta Lepistö (Fin) Cervelo-Bigla Pro Cycling Team
3 Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Canyon-SRAM
4 Marianne Vos (Ned) WM3 Pro Cycling
5 Kirsten Wild (Ned) Cylance Pro Cycling
6 Jolien D’hoore (Bel) Wiggle High5, all same time
7 Amalie Dideriksen (Den) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team, at 1s
8 Roxane Fournier (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope
9 Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Canyon-SRAM
10 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle High5, all same time