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Lepistö sprints to fifth in Prudential RideLondon Classique

Lepistö sprints to fifth in Prudential RideLondon Classique

Lepistö sprints to fifth in Prudential RideLondon Classique

The Prudential RideLondon Classique ended in an expected bunch sprint on Saturday. Lotta Lepistö was the best-placed rider from the Cervélo Bigla Pro Cycling Team, finishing fifth.

“I’m disappointed I didn’t make it to the podium like last year,” Lepistö said. “The course was a little different this year. There was a lot of wind today which made the sprint a gamble. There was a headwind, so I was waiting and didn’t want to go too early. I was surfing different wheels and didn’t want to get boxed in but the finish line came quickly all of a sudden. The team did a good job in controlling the race and did their best. We only started with five riders due to the injuries but for the most part, we showed ourselves at the front and gained some good exposure again.”

With the winner earning 25,000 Euros, the race is the biggest prize purse in women’s cycling. The race is also known for its iconic route. The peloton started on The Mall in St James’s Park and went up Constitution Hill before turning at the top to come down and on to Birdcage Walk.

Kirsten Wild (Wiggle-High5) won the race to become the first rider to do so for the second time. 

Lotta Lepistö smiles for a photo with a young fan before the Prudential RideLondon Classique - a 64.8 km road race, starting and finishing in central London on July 28, 2018, in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Balint Hamvas/Velofocus.com)

Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio smiles before the Prudential RideLondon Classique - a 64.8 km road race, starting and finishing in central London on July 28, 2018, in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Balint Hamvas/Velofocus.com)

The peloton approaches the Buckingham Palace in the first lap of the Prudential RideLondon Classique - a 64.8 km road race, starting and finishing in central London on July 28, 2018, in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Balint Hamvas/Velofocus.com)

The peloton approaches the Buckingham Palace in the first lap of the Prudential RideLondon Classique - a 64.8 km road race, starting and finishing in central London on July 28, 2018, in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Balint Hamvas/Velofocus.com)

Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio digs deep near the front during the Prudential RideLondon Classique - a 64.8 km road race, starting and finishing in central London on July 28, 2018, in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Balint Hamvas/Velofocus.com)

The peloton heads back to the finish line during the Prudential RideLondon Classique - a 64.8 km road race, starting and finishing in central London on July 28, 2018, in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Balint Hamvas/Velofocus.com)

The peloton corners at the Trafalgar Square during the Prudential RideLondon Classique - a 64.8 km road race, starting and finishing in central London on July 28, 2018, in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Balint Hamvas/Velofocus.com)

One of the many attacks during the Prudential RideLondon Classique - a 64.8 km road race, starting and finishing in central London on July 28, 2018, in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Balint Hamvas/Velofocus.com)

The peloton speeds down on Whitehall during the Prudential RideLondon Classique - a 64.8 km road race, starting and finishing in central London on July 28, 2018, in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Balint Hamvas/Velofocus.com)

The peloton heads back to the finish line during the Prudential RideLondon Classique - a 64.8 km road race, starting and finishing in central London on July 28, 2018, in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Balint Hamvas/Velofocus.com)

The start of the Prudential RideLondon Classique - a 64.8 km road race, starting and finishing in central London on July 28, 2018, in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Balint Hamvas/Velofocus.com)