Look back at Stage Three of the RideLondon Classique on Sunday 29 May 2022.
Weibes secures the hat-trick!
It was a flourish at the Finish Line as yet again Lorena Wiebes bags first place, making it three stage wins out of three for the dominant Team DSM rider. It's an almighty result for our 2022 RideLondon Classique champion!
The peloton is back together as Woolaston loses her advantage and Marlen Reusser (Team SD Worx) reclaims her position at the front.
One lap remains!
Ally Woolaston (AG Insurance – NXTG Team) leads the race with a gap of nine seconds. Can our lone leader, who had her first professional win this month in GP de Plumelec-Morbihan, hold on to claim the win this time?
Spotlight on the sprints
Stage Three is all about speed, with no Queen of the Mountains points on offer. (There aren't many mountains in the centre of London, after all!) All Anna Henderson (Team Jumbo-Visma) – who bagged full Queen of the Mountains points in Stage One and Stage Two – needs to do now is complete the race in order to take home that jersey.
Second intermediate sprint results
1. Elisa Balsamo (Trek-Segafredo)
2. Chiara Consonni (Valcar Travel & Service)
3. Emma Bjerg (Movistar Team Women)
Balsamo chips into Wiebes' General Classification lead, taking three bonus seconds, while Wiebes fails to pick up any. Eight riders break off the front of the peloton, which strings out to catch them – at the same time, several other riders abandon the race.
Scott Sunderland, Race Director: "Now is the time to attack if the leading teams want to put the others under stress."
The peloton on Piccadilly
Second sprint soon
We are rapidly approaching our second intermediate sprint of the day with 30K to go and Jade Wiel (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope) in front. The peloton is strung out behind, but keen to catch her.
Meanwhile, nine riders have retired and left the race.
Four laps left
The peloton has been reduced by the injections of pace as spectators come out in force to support the riders!
With less than five laps of the race to go, Trek-Segafredo now comes to the front of the peloton, with World Champion Balsamo in second position.
Team SD Worx pushes the pace
Chantal van den Broek-Blaak (Team SD Worx) has taken her turn at the front of the peloton, followed by team mate Christine Majerus. All Team SD Worx riders are taking turns and pushing the pace, which is starting to send riders off the back.
Marlen Reusser is now powering on at the front. She is the 2021 European TT champion, placed second in the 2020 and 2021 TT World Championships and came second in the Tokyo Olympics TT. She can keep up an extremely fast and steady pace!
First intermediate sprint results
1. Anastasia Carbonari (Valcar Travel & Service)
2. Julia Borgstrom (AG Insurance – NXTG Team)
3. Amber Kraak (Team Jumbo-Visma)
The three riders out at the front sweep up the bonus seconds – the peloton has nothing left to sprint for as it crosses the line.
Three riders create a gap
We've completed our first lap of the course and Brodie Chapman (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope), Julia Borgstrom (AG Insurance – NXTG Team) and Karolina Kumiega (Valcar Travel & Service) are out alone at the front.
The first intermediate sprint is coming up.
Crash involving IBCT
Mia Griffin (IBCT) has been caught up in a crash and dropped off the back of the peloton, while SD Worx is currently leading the pack.
Having just fallen from the back, World Champion Elisa Balsamo (Trek-Segafredo) is now in the game again. Balsamo is currently in second place overall – she'd have to win both intermediate sprints in Stage Three, as well as the stage itself, in order to win the 2022 RideLondon Classique.
The flag has dropped!
For the third time this year our RideLondon Classique riders are off!
The streets are packed with spectators, including many cyclists who have taken part in the RideLondon FreeCycle earlier in the day.
Poised to pedal
We're warming up for a fiery race in the heart of London today! Looks like the riders have been enjoying their warm up too.
Quick-fire questions with Wiebes
Ahead of today's final stage in central London, we caught up with Lorena Wiebes of Team DSM and asked her a series of very important questions...
What's in store for Stage Three?
We're moments away from the start of the third and final stage of the 2022 RideLondon Classique – the shortest of all three at 85.3K. A criterium style circuit around the centre of London, Stage Three passes through Victoria Embankment, Piccadilly and Pall Mall, with Race Director Scott Sunderland likening it to "a city circuit along the lines of a World Championship course".
Lorena Wiebes (Team DSM), winner of Stage One and Stage Two, and dominant in sprints all year, will be the favourite for today's fast, flat stage. Her lead of 18 seconds in the General Classification looks to be insurmountable... Can she take the crown for Stage Three?
Stage Three of the RideLondon Classique
- Date: Sunday 29 May 2022
- Start: Victoria Embankment, 15:45
- Finish: Victoria Embankment, 17:35 – 17:50
- Distance: 85.3K
Similar to the previous one-day editions of the RideLondon Classique, the final Stage is a multi-lap circuit race in the centre of London. The route has been tweaked from previous editions of the race, with a start and finish on Victoria Embankment beside the River Thames. The route has also been made longer with two short (7.3km) laps and seven long (10.1km) laps on a circuit that includes some of London’s most famous streets, including Piccadilly, Pall Mall and the Strand.
Where to watch Stage Three
Pick a spot anywhere along the central London circuit on Stage Three and you’ll see the peloton whizz by on multiple occasions for about two hours. You could even start the day by participating in the free RideLondon FreeCycle, which will take place on parts of the Classique route, before watching the professionals take to the streets for the RideLondon finale.
The London Underground is the best way to get around – here is a list of stations you can alight at to get close to the action.
- The multi-lap Stage Three circuit starts on Victoria Embankment at 15:45. You can then stay here and watch as the cyclists pass this iconic part of the route another eight times.
15:45, 15:55, 16:06, 16:19, 16:32, 16:46, 16:59, 17:12, 17:26 and 17:39
- Why not watch the peloton pass through the City of London at Bank?
15:51, 16:01, 16:15, 16:28, 16:42, 16:55, 17:09, 17:22 and 17:35
- This is a great place to get off to watch the riders as they trace their way back along the River Thames towards Embankment.
16:03, 16:16, 16:30, 16:43, 16:57, 17:10, 17:23 and 17:37
- Charing Cross gives you a wonderful view of the cyclists heading down the Stand, which runs for three-quarters of a mile from Trafalgar Square to Middle Temple Lane before becoming Fleet Street — the home of Somerset House, The Savoy, historic theatres, smart restaurants and many other buildings of note.
15:46, 15:56, 16:10, 16:23, 16:37, 16:50, 17:04, 17:17 and 17:31
- Piccadilly is one of the most famous – and widest and straightest – streets in all of London.
16:09, 16:22, 16:36, 16:49, 17:03, 17:16 and 17:30
Check out the full Stage Three route below.
We wanted to make Stage Three more of a city circuit along the lines of a World Championships course you would have in a big city. We’re very excited with how this stage has turned out. It’s not entirely a sprinter’s day – it’s a day with opportunities with a nice long finishing straight along Embankment.
Race Director of the RideLondon Classique