Joëlle Numainville sixth in RideLondon
Joëlle Numainville was the team’s top finisher in Prudential RideLondon Classique on Saturday. With the start and finish line on The Mall, the race took in spectacular scenery, passing sights like Buckingham Palace and Big Ben.
As was widely expected on the flat course, the race came down to a bunch sprint with Kirsten Wild (Hitec-Products) winning from Nina Kessler (Lensworld-Zannata) and Leah Kirchmann (Liv-Plantur).
Cervélo Bigla's plan was derailed when Lotta Lepistö crashed after opening her sprint with 300 metres to go. “I thought Lotta was on my wheel and I opened up early,” Numainville said. “She crashed pretty hard. It sucks for us.”
Lepistö was recovering at the team hotel after the race and sustained no serious injuries.
Last weekend, Lepistö and Numainville finished second and fourth in La Course by Le Tour, respectively. “It was interesting to race in two major city centres two weekends in a row,” Numainville continued.
“La Course was pretty technical which suited us more. It had the cobbles and undulating roads. Today was pretty flat and fast but it was pretty cool to ride in downtime London past all the cool sights,” the 2012 London Olympian said.
Forming part of the UCI Women’s WorldTour, Prudential RideLondon Classique looks to raise the bar for women’s cycling by setting the record for the most prize money on the calendar. Equal prize money between the men and women’s races are set at a total of €100,000 per race with the winner taking home €25,000. The event was also broadcasted live on TV across the world.