RideLondon: Laura Trott outsprints Hannah Barnes to claim Women's Grand Prix victory
Last Updated: August 4, 2013 7:27pm
Laura Trott sprinted to victory on The Mall
Laura Trott outsprinted Hannah Barnes on The Mall to win the Women's Grand Prix on the first day of Prudential RideLondon.
The double Olympic gold medal-winner edged out the reigning national circuit race champion in a 15-lap criterium played out on a 1.3-mile circuit around St James's Park.
The race was held on the first evening of a two-day celebration of cycling in the capital involving more than 70,000 professionals and amateurs.
Trott was led out by Wiggle Honda team-mate and fellow Olympian Dani King and beat Barnes by a bike's length to gain revenge for her defeat in the IG London Nocturne in June.
"I had the best lead-out ever," Trott said. "Dani just floored it from the last corner so I only had to sprint about 50 metres. It was so good.
"This feels like my event, so I felt I had to win. I'm so glad I did.
"I could tell Hannah was on my wheel, but I had such a good lead-out I knew I was going to win. It was sweet revenge."
Trott's victory was tempered, however, after her Wiggle Honda team-mate Joanna Rowsell crashed on the last lap and suffered a broken collarbone.
Writing on Twitter, the Olympic track champion said: "Well this is far from ideal. In hospital with a broken collarbone. Thank you for all the messages. I will bounce back!"
RideLondon continues on Sunday with the London-Surrey 100 sportive for amateurs and the London-Surrey Classic for professional men.
Women's Grand Prix result
1 Laura Trott (GB) Wiggle Honda
2 Hannah Barnes (GB) MG-Maxifuel
3 Loren Rowney (Aus) Specialized lululemon
4 Dani King (GB) Wiggle Honda
5 Los Gunnewijk (Ned) Orica-AIS
6 Harriet Owen (GB) Matrix Fitness Racing Academy
7 Jaqueline Hahn (Aut) Squadra Scappatella
8 Lauren Creamer (GB) ISCorp Cycling/NCSF
9 Christiana Perchtold (Aut) Squadra Scappatella
10 Mary Costelloe (Irl) DID Electrical Racing Team