Alice Barnes sprinted to ninth place last night in a fast-paced Prudential Ride London Classique in the heart of London. The Women’s WorldTour race was won by Kirsten Wild (WHT) ahead of Marianne Vos (WM3).
For twelve laps of a 5.3km circuit, the peloton raced around the iconic sights of London with a total prize pool of €100,000 on offer. Lisa Klein contended for the sprint classification with three intermediate sprints but a crash with four laps remaining marred her efforts.
Klein’s teammate Barnes was also brought down in the same crash but was quickly able to re-join the peloton.
“I wasn’t affected too much by the crash. In the final kilometres it was really hectic with a lot of washing machine effect as everyone was fighting for position. We knew that would be the case. Trixi (Worrack) told me she would make a late effort and she came passed me with one kilometre to go to bring me onto the back of Sunweb’s lead out train with 600m to go,” said Barnes.
“Usually where I was would have been ideal. I was hoping to get out on the right side but at one point had to brake and change lines for a new opening. In the end the best I could do was ninth,” added Barnes.