Charlotte Kool (Crew DSM) received stage 1 of the RideLondon Classique from Saffron Walden to Colchester within the dash of a bunch of 16 riders, beating Clara Copponi (FDJ-SUEZ) and Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo).
A complete of 14 riders had attacked from the peloton with 29 km to go and had been later joined by Chloé Dygert and Maike van der Duin (Canyon-SRAM). On the slender, winding roads of Essex, they managed to eke out a 30-second benefit on the peloton and held that to the end.
In Colchester, Copponi launched the dash, however Kool got here across the Frenchwoman to win the stage and take the general lead.
“We tried to maintain a gradual hole to the three in entrance. Then it sort of went into full racing, we needed to adapt a bit, however we had been there with the fitting women, after which we’ve got to complete it off. Pfeiffer [Georgi] did an ideal leadout, she confirmed once more that she is likely one of the finest lead outs on the earth,” Kool, the brand new GC chief, mentioned.
“For us, it was not likely an issue if the remaining would come again. Nevertheless it was good to race a bit, it was a very nice ultimate. And it’s a dream begin, it couldn’t be higher.”