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Démare wins RideLondon-Surrey Classic

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Modolo beaten into 2nd in Mall sprint

FDJ.Fr's Arnaud Demare stands on the podium outside Buckingham Palace to receive his trophies

FDJ.Fr's Arnaud Demare stands on the podium outside Buckingham Palace to receive his trophies

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Arnaud Démare (FDJ) claimed victory in the inaugural Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic with a perfectly-timed sprint on the Mall. The Frenchman saw off the challenge of Sacha Modolo (Bardiani Valvolve-CSF Inox) and Yannick Martinez (La Pomme-Marseille) in the bunch finish to claim the win.

Démare was expertly marshalled through the final kilometre by his poisson pilote Geoffroy Soupe and ripped clear with a powerful sprint 200 metres from the line. Modolo did his level best to get back on terms but was left with too much to do and had to settle for second behind the flying Démare.

“There was an FDJ rider in all the breaks today and then in the finale, Mickael Delage and Geoffroy Soupe did tremendous work and delivered me to the final 200 metres,” Démare said afterwards.

Indeed, his FDJ squad was hugely prominent throughout the afternoon’s racing. Dominque Rollin represented the team’s interests in the day’s early break, while the stylish Yoann Offredo illuminated proceedings by attacking in the finale.

Offredo managed to make it across to the earlier escapees shortly after the final ascent of Box Hill and shortly afterwards, he went off the front in the company of Zico Waeytens (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloisel). Exhausted from his earlier efforts, Waeytens could only provide token turns on the front, but Offredo was undeterred and threw himself wholeheartedly into the attack.

“We weren’t sure beforehand if it would finish in a sprint, so we put riders into the breaks and Yoann and Dominique took the initiative brilliantly,” Démare said.

20 kilometres from home, Offredo and Waeytens had a lead in excess of one minute, but the combined efforts of Orica-GreenEdge, Sky and Bardiani-CSF Inox pegged them back and they were finally swept up in the streets of London with a shade under 8 kilometres to race.

British youngster Sam Harrison put in a searing dig with 5 kilometres to go and opened a reasonable gap over the peloton but he was reeled in shortly afterwards as the sprinters’ team ratcheted up the pace still further.

David Millar (Garmin-Sharp) put in a mammoth effort with two kilometres to go, before Vacansoleil-DCM took over underneath the red kite. As the race swung onto the Mall, however, it was FDJ’s Delage and Soupe who took up the reins, and they provided Démare with a pitch-perfect lead-out.

How it unfolded

Twelve months on from the Olympic Games, London welcomed the professional road peloton back to the capital. As part of the desire to create a lasting legacy in the city, WorldTour squads from Garmin-Sharp, Cannondale, FDJ and Orica-GreenEDGE were among the teams rubbing shoulders on the start line in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

An opening hour of racing ended with a seven man group going clear, with Zico Waeytens (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloisel), Dominique Rollin (FDJ), Ramon Sinkeldam (Argos Shimano), Jonathan McEvoy (Team NetApp-Endura), Clinton Robert Avery (Champion System Pro Cycling Team), Michael Cuming (Rapha Condor JLT) and Reidar Bohlin Borgersen (Joker-Merida) making the move.

La Pomme Marseille, had been particularly aggressive in the opening stages, but their hard work failed to pay off and they missed the key move.

The seven were given nearly five minutes by the field as they built on their advantage after the early feed zone and headed towards the first ascent of Leith Hill.

With the break established a relative truce was called in the field, although a number of teams continued to monitor the front, the six-man squads creating a greater need to be vigilant.

Inside the last 90 kilometres, the WorldTour teams began to impose their strength and experience with Vacansoleil and FDJ making their presence felt at the front of the peloton, with the gap down to the leaders down to 3:18.

However, within another 13 kilometres the gap had gone out to 4:30 with the peloton choosing to ease up.

On the final ascent of Leith Hill Sinkeldam claimed the maximum points on offer ahead of his closet rival, Rollin. That gave the Argos rider a one point lead with only one ascent of Box Hill remaining.

The peloton finally reacted as they crested Leith Hill, the bunch lining out along the Surrey roads as Belkin and Orica GreedEdge set the pace.

At the foot of Box Hill the leaders still had 2:36 on the bunch with David Millar, the only member of Great Britain's Olympic team representative returning to London roads, setting the pace. Twelve months ago it was Millar and his British teammates who were put to the sword on final climb up Box Hill, but this time Millar – and his Garmin teammate Fabian Wegmann – briefly split the field, shaving 30 seconds off the break's advantage in the process.

Sinkeldam again distanced his rivals to reach the top of the climb in front, while Millar and Wegmann's work was enough to force a selection in the peloton, with the lead down to just 1'18.

With a regrouping in the peloton, and no single team willing to control the race, the sparring began in earnest with Ben Swift (Sky), Jack Bauer (Garmin-Sharp) and Yoann Offredo (FDJ) taking it in turns to attack.

Bauer, Simon Yates and Yoann Offredo were able to ride off the front, and with 42 kilometres remaining, they had brought the leaders to within 6 seconds, with the peloton a further 42 seconds in arrears.

Once the breaks converged, Offredo's presence saw Rollin move the front and sacrifice his ambitions for his leader. And it was Frenchman who made his mark with 34 kilometres to go, dragging Waeytens with him.

Sky, who had been quiet for much of the race slotted Mat Hayman and Christian Knees on the front, with only Offredo and Waeytens staying clear of the bunch.

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ.Fr 5:07:43  
2 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Bardiani Valvole CSF INOX    
3 Yannick Martinez (Fra) La Pomme Marseille    
4 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
5 Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
6 Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Team NetApp-Endura    
7 Raymond Kreder (Ned) Garmin Sharp    
8 Christian Delle Stelle (Ita) Bardiani Valvole CSF INOX    
9 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky ProCycling    
10 Ben Swift (GBr) Sky ProCycling    
11 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka    
12 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica Greenedge    
13 Daniel Barry (NZl) Node 4 - Giordana Racing    
14 Owain Doull (GBr) Great Britain Cycling Team    
15 Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ.Fr    
16 Adam Yates (GBr) Great Britain Cycling Team    
16 Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
18 Chris Opie (GBr) Team UK Youth    
19 Yanto Barker (GBr) Team UK Youth    
20 Tiziano Dall'antonia (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
21 Jarl Salomein (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
22 Evaldas Siskevicius (Ltu) Sojasun    
23 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
24 Francois Parisien (Can) Team Argos-Shimano    
25 Jonas Ahlstrand (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano    
26 Roman Van Uden (NZl) Node 4 - Giordana Racing    
27 Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
28 Michael Northey (NZl) Node 4 - Giordana Racing    
29 Jetse Bol (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team    
30 Clinton Avery (NZl) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
31 Christoph Schweizer (Ger) Synergy Baku Cycling Project    
32 Andrew Tennant (GBr) Madison Genesis    
33 Niels Wythinck (Bel) AN Post ChainReaction    
34 Tom Stewart (GBr) Team Raleigh    
35 Evan Oliphant (GBr) Team Raleigh    
36 Matthias Friedemann (Ger) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
37 Paul Martens (Ger) Belkin Pro Cycling Team    
38 Jose Goncalves (Por) La Pomme Marseille    
39 Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ.Fr    
40 Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
41 Joseph Perrett (GBr) Team IG-Sigma Sport    
42 Alex Peters (GBr) Madison Genesis    
43 Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka    
44 Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT    
45 Willem Wauters (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
46 Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
47 Aaron Gate (NZl) AN Post ChainReaction    
48 Stijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
49 Rob Partridge (GBr) Team UK Youth    
50 Steve Lampier (GBr) Node 4 - Giordana Racing    
51 Alistair Slater (GBr) Great Britain Cycling Team    
52 Marcin Bialoblocki (Pol) Team UK Youth    
53 Kirill Pozdnyakov (Rus) Synergy Baku Cycling Project    
54 Mark Mcnally (GBr) AN Post ChainReaction    
55 Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ.Fr    
56 Dean Downing (GBr) Madison Genesis    
57 Lachlan Norris (Aus) Team Raleigh    
58 Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano    
59 Wouter Sybrandy (Ned) Team IG-Sigma Sport    
60 Scott Thwaites (GBr) Team NetApp-Endura    
61 Christophe Laborie (Fra) Sojasun    
62 Dion Smith (NZl) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
63 Christian Meier (Can) Orica Greenedge    
64 Iker Camano Ortuzar (Spa) Team NetApp-Endura    
65 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica Greenedge    
66 Wesley Kreder (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
67 Ian Bibby (GBr) Madison Genesis    
68 Richard Handley (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT    
69 David De La Cruz (Spa) Team NetApp-Endura    
70 Jeremie Galland (Fra) Sojasun    
71 Simon Yates (GBr) Great Britain Cycling Team    
72 Caleb Fairly (USA) Garmin Sharp    
73 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Orica Greenedge    
74 Peter Hawkins (GBr) Team IG-Sigma Sport    
75 Will Clarke (Aus) Team Argos-Shimano    
76 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
77 Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Sky ProCycling    
78 Ferekalsi Debesay (Eri) MTN-Qhubeka    
79 Shem Rodger (NZl) Node 4 - Giordana Racing    
80 Mark Christian (GBr) Team Raleigh    
81 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky ProCycling    
82 Samuel Harrison (GBr) Great Britain Cycling Team    
83 Patrick Lane (Aus) Synergy Baku Cycling Project    
84 Tom -Jelte Slagter (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team    
85 Reidar Bohlin Borgersen (Nor) Joker Merida    
86 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin Sharp    
87 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano    
88 Liam Holohan (GBr) Madison Genesis    
89 Rob Britton (Can) Team Raleigh    
90 Thomas Rostollan (Fra) La Pomme Marseille    
91 Paul Poux (Fra) Sojasun    
92 Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) La Pomme Marseille    
93 Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ.Fr    
94 Christian Knees (Ger) Sky ProCycling    
95 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Orica Greenedge    
96 Julien Antomarchi (Fra) La Pomme Marseille    
97 Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Bardiani Valvole CSF INOX 0:00:24  
98 Filippo Fortin (Ita) Bardiani Valvole CSF INOX 0:00:27  
99 Erick Rowsell (GBr) Team NetApp-Endura 0:00:32  
100 David Millar (GBr) Garmin Sharp 0:00:35  
101 Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin Sharp 0:01:06  
102 Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
103 Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani Valvole CSF INOX 0:02:21  
104 Andrea Di Corrado (Ita) Bardiani Valvole CSF INOX    
105 Zico Waeytens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
106 Nikias Ardnt (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano    
107 David Boucher (Fra) FDJ.Fr 0:07:35  
108 Rony Martias (Fra) Sojasun    
109 Niklas Gustarvsson (Swe) Team UK Youth    
110 Jack Bobridge (Aus) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:07:50  
111 Adrian Gjolberg (Nor) Joker Merida 0:09:19  
112 Kristoffer Skjerping (Nor) Joker Merida    
113 Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team    
114 Andreas Stauff (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka    
115 Rico Rogers (Aus) Synergy Baku Cycling Project    
116 Dan Craven (Nam) Synergy Baku Cycling Project    
117 Michael Cuming (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT    
118 Jack Pullar (GBr) Madison Genesis    
119 Zackary Bell (Can) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
120 Tom Scully (NZl) Team Raleigh    
121 Jonathan Mould (GBr) Team UK Youth    
122 Edvin Wilson (Swe) Joker Merida    
123 Ben Greenwood (GBr) Team IG-Sigma Sport    
124 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
125 Peter Williams (GBr) Team IG-Sigma Sport    
126 Jonathan Mcevoy (GBr) Team NetApp-Endura    
127 Christopher Jennings (RSA) La Pomme Marseille    
128 Jaco Venter (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka    
129 Vegard Robinson Bugge (Nor) Joker Merida    
130 James Moss (GBr) Team IG-Sigma Sport    
131 Glenn O'shea (Aus) AN Post ChainReaction    
DNF Joshua Edmondson (GBr) Sky ProCycling    
DNF Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Sojasun    
DNF Daniel Mclay (GBr) Great Britain Cycling Team    
DNF Matthew Goss (Aus) Orica Greenedge    
DNF Elliott Porter (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT    
DNF Luke Grivell-Mellor (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT    
DNF James Mccallum (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT    
DNF James Williamson (NZl) Node 4 - Giordana Racing    
DNF Matt Brammeier (Irl) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Mart Ojavee (Est) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
DNF Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin Sharp    
DNF Alphonse Vermote (Bel) AN Post ChainReaction    
DNF Kieran Frend (GBr) AN Post ChainReaction    
DNF Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Connor Mcconvey (Irl) Synergy Baku Cycling Project    
DNS Vegard Breen (Nor) Joker Merida    
KOM - Newlands Corner, 42.2 miles
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ 4  pts
2 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 3  
3 Zico Waeytens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise 2  
4 Reidar Bohlin Borgersen (Nor) Joker Merida 1  
KOM - Leith Hill, 58.6 miles
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ 6  pts
2 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 5  
3 Zico Waeytens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise 4  
4 Jonathan Mcevoy (GBr) Team NetApp-Endura 3  
5 Michael Cuming (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT 2  
6 Clinton Avery (NZl) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 1  
KOM - Leith Hill, 75.6 miles
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 6  pts
2 Zico Waeytens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise 5  
3 Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ 4  
4 Jonathan Mcevoy (GBr) Team NetApp-Endura 3  
5 Michael Cuming (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT 2  
6 Reidar Bohlin Borgersen (Nor) Joker Merida 1  
KOM - Leith Hill, 92.6 miles
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 6  pts
2 Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ 5  
3 Zico Waeytens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise 4  
4 Jonathan Mcevoy (GBr) Team NetApp-Endura 3  
5 Michael Cuming (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT 2  
6 Reidar Bohlin Borgersen (Nor) Joker Merida 1  
KOM - Leith Hill, 102.6 miles
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 6  pts
2 Zico Waeytens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise 5  
3 Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ 4  
4 Jonathan Mcevoy (GBr) Team NetApp-Endura 3  
5 Reidar Bohlin Borgersen (Nor) Joker Merida 2  
6 Michael Cuming (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT 1  
Mountains classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 26  pts
2 Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ 23  
3 Zico Waeytens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise 20  
4 Jonathan Mcevoy (GBr) Team NetApp-Endura 12  
5 Michael Cuming (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT 7  
6 Reidar Bohlin Borgersen (Nor) Joker Merida 5  
7 Clinton Avery (NZl) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 1  
Sprint - Hampton Court, 20.8 miles
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Jonathan Mould (GBr) Team UK Youth 5  pts
2 Adam Yates (GBr) Great Britain 3  
3 Roman Van Uden (NZl) Node 4-Giordana Racing 2  
4 Matt Brammeier (Irl) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 1  
Sprint - Dorking High Street, 99 miles
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 5  pts
2 Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ 3  
3 Zico Waeytens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise 2  
4 Clinton Avery (NZl) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 1  
Sprint - Cobham High Street, 114.7 miles
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 5  pts
2 Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ 3  
3 Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin-Sharp 2  
4 Reidar Borgersen (Nor) Joker Merida 1  
Sprint classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 10  pts
2 Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ 6  
3 Jonathan Mould (GBr) Team UK Youth 5  
4 Adam Yates (GBr) Great Britain 3  
5 Zico Waeytens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise 2  
5 Roman Van Uden (NZl) Node 4-Giordana Racing 2  
5 Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin-Sharp 2  
8 Matt Brammeier (Irl) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 1  
8 Clinton Avery (NZl) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 1  
8 Reidar Borgersen (Nor) Joker Merida 1