Charlotte Kool takes ‘dream start’ at RideLondon Classique with stage one win, Lizzie Deignan sprints to third

Dutchwoman claims victory from reduced group on first day of three-stage race

Charlotte Kool wins stage one RideLondon Classique
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Charlotte Kool (Team DSM) took a “dream start” at this year’s Ford RideLondon Classique, darting to victory and the race lead on the first stage in Colchester. 

The win marked the 24-year-old's fifth of the season, and came from a 15-rider move which tore clear of the peloton inside the final 30km. With 200m to go, following an uphill lead-out from team-mate Pfeiffer Georgi, Kool sprung off the wheel of Clara Copponi (FDJ-Suez), putting three bike lengths into the Frenchwoman across the line. 

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Tom Davidson
Senior News Writer

Tom joined Cycling Weekly as a news and features writer in the summer of 2022, having previously contributed as a freelancer. He is the host of The TT Podcast, which covers both the men's and women's pelotons and has featured a number of prominent British riders. 

An enthusiastic cyclist himself, Tom likes it most when the road goes uphill and actively seeks out double-figure gradients on his rides. 

He's also fluent in French and Spanish and holds a master's degree in International Journalism.