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RideLondon takes place from 27 to 29 May 2022. Find out more about the 100-mile ride!
Welcome to day one of the first-ever three-day RideLondon Classique. We’ll be providing live updates from today’s stage here throughout the day

Stage One


Catch up on all the action from Stage One of the RideLondon Classique on Friday 27 May 2022.



Stage One results

To see the full results from Stage One of the RideLondon Classique, click here

To read our Stage One race report, click here

That's a wrap from us – see you again tomorrow for Stage Two!



Stage One winner, Lorena Wiebes



The final push!



Wiebes wins! 

Henderson clings on as she hits the final hill, despite her narrowing advantage over the peloton. With only 1K to go, Henderson is overtaken by Lorena Wiebes who claims the Stage One win!



Second Queen of the Mountains results   

1. Anna Henderson (Team Jumbo-Visma)

2. Vittoria Guazzini Emma (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope)

3. Quinty Ton (Liv Racing Xstra)

4. Julia Borgstrom (AG Insurance – NXTG)

Meanwhile, Henderson has just passed the 3K to go banners with a gap of 24 seconds... Will she get caught? 



Current leader of the pack, Anna Henderson



Can Henderson hold on?

Henderson's gap is now down to 40 seconds as she takes full points for the second Queen of the Mountains – can she hold off the peloton in the final kilometres? 



Second intermediate sprint results  

1. Anna Henderson (Team Jumbo-Visma)

2. Charlotte Kool (Team DSM)

3. Elisa Balsamo (Trek-Segafredo)

Henderson's gap remains at one minute 15 seconds with less than 20K to go until the finish! The peloton wants a sprint and is getting organised behind. 



First Queen of the Mountains results   

1. Anna Henderson (Team Jumbo-Visma)

2. Emma Bjerg (Movistar Team Women)

3. Julia Borgstrom (AG Insurance – NXTG)

4. Christine Majerus (Team SD Worx)



Henderson maintains her lead

Henderson has plenty of British fans out to cheer her on as she holds onto her lead of one minute and 40 seconds!

The finishing circuit has plenty of tight, winding corners, so a lone rider might have the advantage... 



Anna Henderson steams ahead  

Anna Henderson (Team Jumbo-Visma) goes ahead of the peloton, with the gap continuing to increase. She's now one minute and 35 seconds clear!

Henderson is the current British time trial champion and can be very powerful riding on her own. Can she go all the way?



First intermediate sprint results  

1. Lorena Wiebes (Team DSM)

2. Lotte Kopecky (Team SD Worx)

3. Elisa Balsamo (Trek-Segafredo)



More crashes on the approach to the finish  

Unfortunately there have been two more crashes: one involving Francesca Morgans-Slader (AWOL O'Shea) and Tanja Wrath (EF Education–Tibco–SVB), and the other involving Mia Griffin (IBCT) and Anastasia Carbonari (Valcar Travel & Service). 

Meanwhile, the teams really sped up and stretched things out on the sharp hill that falls at the start of the finishing circuit.



The peloton enters a difficult part of the course

We've finished off the second loop, passed through Tiptree and moved onto some narrow roads as we head back towards Maldon. There are plenty of sharp turns here too, making it a difficult part of the course!



Bonus seconds up for grabs soon

The peloton is still holding together as we come towards the end of the second lap. After this, we'll speed back towards Maldon for the punchy finishing circuits.

As we enter the finishing circuit there will also be the first chance to grab bonus seconds, with the first intermediate sprint at 43.6K to go!



Scott Sunderland on Stage One

Ahead of the race, Race Director Scott Sunderland shared his thoughts on Stage One – how will the rest of the stage unfurl? 



Everyone is out to support the pros!



The peloton keeps close 

50K in and we're still altogether. Now on the second loop of the lake, we're going through the exposed sections again, where things sped up earlier – so we might see some action there again soon!



Rebecca Koerner retires from the race

Rebecca Koerner (Uno-X Pro Cycling Team) pulls out of the race following the crash. 



Crash on the course 

There's been a crash with AG Insurance – NXTG. Involved in particular were Ally Wollaston, Ilse Plumbers, Maud Rijnbeek, as well as Rebecca Koerner (Uno-X Pro Cycling Team) and Emily Meakin (AWOL O'Shea).

The riders from AG Insurance – NXTG have rejoined the peloton.



The peloton rolls through the Essex countryside



The peloton hits the exposed sections 

The peloton are about to hit the more exposed sections by the lake, where there's some wind.



Laps of the lake 

We've started the first lap of two from Tolleshunt D'Arcy to Tiptree which includes exposed sections around a lake. Although it's a sunny day, there's also some wind so we're on the lookout for any teams who want to create echelons and split up the peloton, particularly on the second lap around the lake. 



Snapshot of the Start Line



On the road

The riders are out of Maldon and the peloton is still all together – it's still all calm on this beautiful May day.

We'll be returning to Maldon for the expected sprint finish. Did you know that Maldon is home to both the famous salt and the recent UK Eurovision success story, Sam Ryder?



And they're off!

Stage One of the RideLondon Classique is go! The flag has been waved and we've started racing. 



Go behind the scenes



World Champion Elisa Balsamo in action

All eyes will be on the World Champion Elisa Balsamo (Trek-Segafredo) today, resplendent in her rainbow bands! We caught up with her to hear her thoughts on this year’s RideLondon Classique – click here to see what she had to say.



Good morning! 

Welcome to day one of the first-ever three-day RideLondon Classique. We’ll be providing live updates from today’s stage here throughout the day.

Today’s opening stage promises to be a cracker! Starting and finishing in the historic Essex town of Maldon, the 136.5K race features five climbs and is set to suit the more powerful riders on paper – but who will come out on top?

For the full details of Stage One, check out our preview here from Race Director Scott Sunderland, who gives us a great insight into what the riders will face today.

Stage One of the RideLondon Classique

  • Date: Friday 27 May 2022
  • Start: Maldon, 11:00
  • Finish: Maldon, 14:30 – 14:50
  • Distance: 136.5K (five climbs, 1,033 vertical metres)

The opening stage starts and finishes in the ancient Essex town of Maldon. It will feature two laps of the Abberton Reservoir on the outskirts of Colchester and pass Tiptree, home to the world-famous Tiptree jam, before finishing with two circuits around Maldon.

Where to watch Stage One

After they roll out from the Start Line at Promenade Park in Maldon, the riders will go on to cover many beautiful parts of Essex over the course of their Stage One battle. Click below to find out more about the locations along the route that will offer you the best viewing spots of the race.

  • As the Start and Finish venue for Stage One of the RideLondon Classique Stage, Maldon is the perfect base if you want to see the UCI Women’s WorldTour race unfurl.

    Be sure to begin your day at Promenade Park, which not only hosts the Stage One Start Line but also a series of activities to entertain people of all ages, from cycling and skateboarding demo sessions with Kings Ramps to introductory yoga classes and a school zone. This accompanies the park’s fantastic vintage fairground, with rides for all the family.

    The team buses will also be parked near the park before the race starts at 11:00, so you can even come down to catch a glimpse of the riders as they warm up for the day ahead.

    After setting off from Promenade Park, the riders head north out of Maldon and return to the town later in the day, passing Market Hill and the High Street on three occasions. The first two times the riders pass the High Street they will be able to earn points in the Sprint classification, while the third passing marks the finale of Stage One. Will a breakaway stay away, or will there be a thrilling sprint finish?

    You’ll then get to see the Stage One presentations and have the chance to applaud the stage winners and classification leaders.

    The High Street is just a short walk from Promenade Park and has plenty of shops for getting food and drink before you find a spot to watch the riders come back into town.

    Expected timings:
    11:00, 13:21, 13:53 and 14:25
  • The riders will sweep through Tiptree twice during Stages One, between 12:10 and 13:00.
    To celebrate the occasion, a big event will take place in Tiptree from 10:00 to 14:00 at the world-famous Wilkin & Sons Tea Room, one of the most well-known producers of jams and preserves in the world. It’s even where the Queen buys her jam!

    The event at Wilkin & Sons Tea Room coincides with Colchester’s Community Cycle project and a Dr Bike stall, which will offer free cycle checks and safety equipment giveaways. If you have any unwanted bikes or wheeled items, you can donate them at the pop-up donation site and receive a free cream tea to redeem on the day!

    And, if you’ve ever fancied having a go on an e-cargo bike, there will be several for you to try out while you're there!

    Expected timings:
    12:13 and 13:02
  • Spring Elms Lane in Little Baddow is the venue for the first two Queen of the Mountains climbs of the RideLondon Classique. Riders will complete this climb twice on the final circuit before the finish in Maldon, so grabbing yourself a spot on this hill is sure to give you a great view.

    The village of Little Baddow itself is a brilliant place to watch the race unfold, as is neighbouring Nounsley. We recommend parking in Hatfield Peverel and then reaching Nounsley by foot – it's only a short walk away.

    The cyclists are expected to pass through Little Baddow at 13:30 and 14:05, and Nounsley at 13:40 and 14:15.

    Expected timings:
    13:33 and 13:42

The route

Check out the full Stage One route below.

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It’s going to be suited more to the powerful riders, the strong sprinters – I think it’s going to be a very dynamic race and it’ll be an exciting day one.

Scott Sunderland

Race Director of the RideLondon Classique