Team TIBCO - Silicon Valley Bank’s sprinters were ready for the Prudential RideLondon Classique, the women’s richest one-day race held in Central London. With crowd-lined streets and live coverage, it was an incredible event.
The finish was marred by a horrific, high-speed crash in the final 100 meters. Initial race winner, Kirsten Wild, was disqualified for deviating from her sprint line and triggering the massive pile-up of riders. Team TIBCO - Silicon Valley Bank riders, including sprinters Nina Kessler (NED) and Kendall Ryan (USA) were caught in the crash.
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Kessler went to the hospital immediately after the race and will be recovering from a broken clavicle, among other injuries. Ryan was incredibly able to walk away from the crash.
“It was gnarly,” Ryan said. “You can’t deviate your line like that in the final sprint - it was dangerous and completely unnecessary. [After crashing], I remember looking over and seeing my sister - who crashed right next to me. We locked eyes and started crying - both of us immediately wanting to know if the other was ok, not caring about our selves.
"It’s not how you want any race to end, especially when it could be prevented. I’m thankful for the race support, volunteers and medical staff who acted quickly to help us all out, and I wish everyone else who crashed all the best for their recoveries.”
Pictured: Kendall and her sister Alexis Ryan walk together to the med tent. Photo by Jeff Pierce.