Lisa Brennauer sprinted to third place at the Prudential Ride London Classique in central London. The race was won by Coryn Rivera (SUN) with Lotta Lepistö (CBT) second, both passing Brennauer only in the final metres in the sprint to the line.
With heavy rain for much of the race, Trixi Worrack led her CANYON//SRAM team by example from the front. Any attempts at breakaways were neutralised and the field was strung out with the high pace reducing the size of the peloton each lap.
“The wet conditions were hard and made it a little bit of a crazy race but I found that everyone in the peloton was aware of it and raced quite smart, it never felt unsafe,” Brennauer said after the race.
“I’m happy with how we worked as a team at the front and how we found each other on this circuit. We were always there and ready for every situation.”
Alexis Ryan led the peloton as teams rushed for position into the final 180 turn. Worrack was in front with one kilometre remaining and with Brennauer on her wheel, the German duo led through the final technical section, under Admiralty Arch and onto The Mall. With 450m to go on the long straight to the finish, Worrack pulled off and Brennauer was forced to start the sprint.
“In the end, it was not really how we planned the final to be for our team. I sensed Lepistö was on my wheel but I had to start my sprint at 400m. It was the only opportunity we had given how our last 1.5km went. I’m really happy with the third place for the team,” said Brennauer.
The team will now prepare for the next race of the UCI Women’s WorldTour, a team time trial in Vårgårda, Sweden on 11 August 2017.