Alexander Kristoff takes the victory at RideLondon
Jul 31 2017 01:03 am CET

Alexander Kristoff takes the victory at RideLondon

Katusha-Alpecin's Alexander Kristoff has won the RideLondon-Surrey Classic. The Norwegian was dominant in the final sprint, crossing the line ahead of Magnus Cort Nielsen and Michael Matthews.

The 2017 RideLondon was 200 kilometres long with a route that passed through London and the region of Surrey.

From the start of the day there were several attempts of a breakaway, but the peloton was very motivated and repeatedly restored the balance.

Eventually a group of riders that included Quick-Step Floor's Iljo Keisse, Twan Castelijns (LottoNL-Jumbo), Mads Würtz Schmidt (Katusha-Alpecin) and Mark McNally (Wanty Groupe-Gobert) could break free and created a gap of over four minutes with the pack.

The trio was eventually caught and there were several more attacks from riders of Sky, Quick-Step, BMC and several other teams.

At about 30 kilometres to go, three riders attacked from the peloton and managed to get away. Daryl Impey (Orica-Scott), Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) and Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors) formed a gap of almost half a minute with the pack. With a bit more than 10 kilometres to go, Impey was dropped and the remaining duo continued trying to maintain the increasingly smaller gap.

The pair was caught at the last kilometre and the teams organised their lead out trains for the final sprint. Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin) launched a very strong early sprint and held on until the end.

After the Norwegian, Magnus Cort Nielsen (Orica-Scott) and Michael Matthews (Sunweb) crossed the finish line for second and third place respectively.
Photo of Alexander Kristoff by Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com





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