Grand Prix

2014 Pro Women's Biographies

Marianne Vos

Rabo Liv
The reigning world and Olympic champion returns to The Mall where she sealed her 2012 Olympic Road Race title over Lizzie Armitstead. Vos, a triple world champion on the road, has already been victorious in Britain this summer, winning two stages – and taking the overall title – at the inaugural Women’s Tour in May.

World champion on the road, track and in cyclo-cross, Vos is undoubtedly the world’s greatest ever female cyclist, and many would argue the greatest current racer, regardless of gender.

Lizzie Armitstead

Boels Dolmans  
Former British champion, Armitstead races on The Mall for the first time since claiming the silver medal at London 2012 – Great Britain’s first medal of the Games.

With a win in the opening event in March, Armitstead currently leads the UCI World Cup season-long competition, after five of nine events at the time of going to press.

Laura Trott

Wiggle Honda
Aged just 22, Trott is already a double Olympic champion (London 2012) and a five-time world champion on the track.

In June 2014, she took her first British title on the road, beating teammate Dani King and Lizzie Armitstead in the National Championships. Trott was the inaugural winner of the Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix in 2013.

Hannah Barnes

United Healthcare Pro Cycling
Runner-up in this event in 2013, as she enjoyed a sparkling domestic season, Barnes has stepped up to the world level in 2014, joining the American UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling team.

After winning on her debut in Argentina’s Tour San Luis in January, Barnes has had a strong season including a top 10 in The Women’s Tour on home roads and several criterium wins in America.

Katie Archibald

Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International
The stand-out performer so far in the British domestic calendar, by the time she reaches Prudential RideLondon Archibald will have made her Commonwealth Games debut on the track and road for Scotland.

Winner of numerous criteriums and road races already in 2014, the former swimmer excels on a tough course, so if anything could find the fast, sweeping St James’s Park circuit not tough enough to make a difference.

Dame Sarah Storey

Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International
Britain’s joint most successful Paralympian with 11 gold medals, including four from London 2012, Storey began her career as a swimmer before switching to cycling in 2005.

A regular on the road in the domestic scene, Storey was at the forefront with her Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International team during the Matrix Fitness GP Series, helping the squad to the overall team prize.

Roxane Knetemann

Rabo Liv
A strong rider on the track, Knetemann has in the past partnered Marianne Vos to the Dutch national madison championships.

Likely to be riding in a support role for her captain Vos, Roxane is the daughter of the late 1978 world road race champion Gerrie Knetemann, a winner of 10 Tour de France stages.

Eileen Roe

Starley Primal Pro Cycling
Roe is yet another Scottish cyclist enjoying an excellent 2014, where she has followed in the footsteps of Hannah Barnes by winning the Matrix Fitness GP Series during May and June, making her one to watch in the Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix.

The Fife rider will, by the time of Prudential RideLondon, have represented Scotland on the road and track at the Commonwealth Games – her big target for 2014.

Charline Joiner

Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International
Already a silver medallist at the Commonwealth Games, Joiner is scheduled to represent Scotland again this summer, completing an amazing comeback from a broken back sustained during a training camp in Spain in January.

The Scot made her comeback in May’s Matrix Fitness GP Series to much acclaim, finishing runner-up to best friend and international teammate Eileen Roe.

Helen Wyman

Matrix Fitness-Vulpine
The double European and eight-time British cyclo-cross champion spends much of her year racing on the continent but, thanks to riding The Women’s Tour in May, has enjoyed a bumper year on British roads.

Despite being better known for her off-road exploits, Wyman is a fine rider on the road, whether in road racing or criteriums, where she has a number of race wins and Series titles.