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Red Hook Crit London No 3: Race reports and gallery

Peter Stuart
24 Jul 2017

Rain, shine and crashes all made for animated and exciting racing at the Red Hook Crit in Greenwich

The third edition of London’s Red Hook Crit series took place on Saturday evening, in the midst of some challenging weather and slippery road surfaces in Greenwich.

As usual it was a very well attended event, and saw some big names from the international road cycling scene attend. The racing was fast, animated and always spectator-friendly.

Women

The women’s event, which took the brunt of Saturday evening’s poor weather, brought in some big international names. Dani King, having won decisively last year was the clear favourite.

The event started quickly, and the field was spread wide after only a handful of laps.

As is not unusual in the fixed wheel criterium event, a crash seriously disrupted the order of the race, and King found herself trapped on the wrong side of a subsequent split. 

Four women in front of the gap stayed away until the finish, and Raphaele Lemieux of Team iBike was the overall winner with an impressive sprint from the small group.

King won the subsequent group sprint to take 5th place.

Red Hook Crit London No 3: Women

  1. Raphaele Lemieux (Team iBike)
  2. Eleonore Saraiva (Aventon Factory Team)
  3. Jasmine Dotti (IRD Carrera Squadra Corse)
  4. Colleen Gulick (Deluxe Cycles)
  5. Dani King
  6. Poppy Thompson
  7. Corinne Casati (The Fridge Foundation)
  8. Juliet Elliott (Assos)
  9. Lena Vogl (Maloja Pushbikers Fem)
  10. Lisa Worner (fixedgearcrit.com)

Men

The men’s event started off blisteringly quick, and fragmented into many chasing groups. There were numerous UCI WorldTour riders in the pack, the biggest name probably bieng Davide Vigan of Team Cinelli Chrome, who has raced at both the Vuelta a Espana and Giro d’Italia with Omega Quickstep.

The race suffered from a similar slippery fate, though, with a huge crash stopping racing altogether. It proved to be a serious tactical disrupter too.

Alec Briggs, of Specialized/Rocket Espresso had been distanced to a chasing group on account of a flat tyre. Briggs was the star of the team, and a big favourite for the day.

Seizing the opportunity of the race suspension, he ran to the pits to change his rear wheel.

When racing recommenced, though, he was set off in the same group, with the same margin of time to the leaders, but received a deafening set of cheers from the crowd as he set out bridging the gap to the leaders’ group, solo.

A similar favourite was Colin Strickland of Intelligentsia Racing, who dominated the series last year. With both of the favourites and two Italian ex-WorldTour riders in the lead group for the finishing sprint, it made for a stunning finale.

Italian Fillipo Fortin took the win, with Vigano in second place and Briggs squeezing onto the podium.

Red Hook Crit London No 3: Men

  1. Filippo Fortin (Team Bahumer)
  2. Davide Vigano (Team Cinelli Chrome)
  3. Alec Briggs (Specialized / Rocket Espresso)
  4. Colin Strickland (Intelligentsia Racing)
  5. Giovanni Longo (Team Bahumer)
  6. Martino Poccianti (Cykeln Divisione Corse)
  7. Marius Petrache (Intelligentsia Racing)
  8. Robin Gemperle (Stanridge Cycles)
  9. Daniele Callegarin (IRD Carrera Squadra Corse)
  10. Tim Ceresa (8Bar Team)

The next Red Hook event is in Barcelona on 2nd September. Details here

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