Lorena Wiebes aims for overall classification in Ford RideLondon Classique

Lorena Wiebes aims for overall classification in Ford RideLondon Classique

‘Triumph on the Mall is on my wish list’


Lorena Wiebes has fond memories of her last participation in RideLondon. In 2022, she even grabbed a three out of three in the British capital. The 25-year-old Dutch is currently the standard in the sprint. In RideLondon, too, she hopes to live up to this reputation. ‘This season my goal is clear: to win as many sprints as possible. In RideLondon, I hope this will also give me a chance at the overall classification,’ Wiebes looks ahead.

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Lorena Wiebes: ‘Ford RideLondon Classique is a special race, which I love. Last time I won all three stages. The final sprint did not take place on the iconic Mall then, because of the Queen's celebration. Winning on that beautiful finish would be special. I love racing in city centres.’

‘Also, the first two stages should suit me. I have made strides and am going over altimeters better and better. I like that it also allows me to do work for Demi Vollering (in Burgos) or Lotte Kopecky (in UAE Tour) by popping up the start of the mountain as hard as possible. It also immediately gives me a better chance of winning the slightly tougher stages. The first two stages have more altimeters than the final stage, but I think they are within my capabilities. They are uphill sprints and I like that. I see it as a challenge. I also keep the general classification in the back of my mind. It will be a matter of being attentive at the intermediate sprints, but for that we will come to the start with a perfect team.’

‘The course is also tailor-made for Lotte Kopecky. I'm looking forward to racing with her again. We understand each other through and through and don't shy away from working for each other. We make each other stronger. The sprinter train is at full strength. I think a lead-out is one of the best things in our sport. Getting the train on track is a great achievement. In the Tour of Burgos, I got a great lead-out from Femke Gerritse. In such a sprint, you have to trust each other blindly. It was great to see how happy ‘Gerrie’ was when I won the sprint. My goal this year is to win as many sprints as possible. Last year there were some doubts about my sprint qualities. I am very happy that I can show again that I am also there effectively at the moments where it matters.’

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