RideLondon: Laura Trott outsprints Hannah Barnes to claim Women's Grand Prix victory
Laura Trott outsprinted Hannah Barnes on The Mall to win the Women's Grand Prix.
Last Updated: 04/08/13 7:27pm
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