Ackermann wins Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic

Viviani second, Nizzolo third on The Mall

Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe), who crashed mid-race crash, went on to win the sixth Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic in London on Sunday. The German sprinter out-paced Italians Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) and Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) in a bunch kick to the finish line on The Mall.

Ackermann crashed with 80km to go and borrowed a teammate's bike to get himself back in contention with the main field for the final sprint. Viviani was the first to start his sprint, but Ackermann came around him for the win. 

"My team did an amazing job today because I crashed in the middle of the race and they had to get me back to the peloton,” said Ackermann. “I had to reward them for that and thankfully I could do it," Ackermann said. "I knew I was in good shape and told my team to get me in a good position. They were 100 per cent behind me and I’m so proud of what they did to give me a chance. I wasn’t watching Viviani, I just kept my eyes on the Finish Line and went for the win."

How it unfolded

The peloton lined up for the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic's 183km race under rain for a course that started at Horse Guards Parade, St James's Park in central London and then took on the hills of Surrey before returning to London to finish out front of Buckingham Palace. There were four intermediate sprints in Hampton Court and Dorking, and five KOMs on Staple Lane, Leith Hill, Ranmore (twice) and Box Hill to contest.

A breakaway set off with Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott), Aaron Verwilst (Team Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise), Alexis Gougeard (AG2R), Valerio Agnoli and Manuele Boaro (Bahrain-Merida), Pawel Cieslik (CCC), however, Ewan later abandoned the race.

They pushed their lead out to nearly three minutes in the first 20km of the race and that swelled to over seven minutes as the main field seemed happy to let them go.

Verwilst picked up the first intermediate sprint in Hampton Court, while Boaro took full points at the next two sprints in Dorking, and secured the sprint classification title. In the KOMs, Gougeard took the award at the end of the stage after picking up full points over Staple Lane and Leith Hill. He was out-paced over the top of Ranmore Common, but collected enough points to hold the mountain points lead.

Bora-Hansgrohe, Quick-Step Floors and Dimension Data set the early pace for their sprinters in the field and brought the time gap back down to a more manageable four minutes.

Team Sky moved to the front with Ian Stannard to set tempo, and he got some help from Trek-Segafredo's Ryan Mullen. But a chase group set off with Michael Matthews (Sunweb), Chris Juul-Jensen (Mitchelton-Scott), Peter Kennaugh (Bora), Owain Doull (Sky), Jay McCarthy (Bora) and Nathan Haas (Katusha). They made contact with the leaders at the bottom of Box Hill. Matthews led over the climb taking those top mountain points, while Kennaugh grabbed the last intermediate sprint, but those competitions were already sewn up earlier in the race.

Matthews and Kennaugh crashed and so the breakaway was reduced to six with Haas, McCarthy, Agnoli, Boaro, Juul-Jensen and Doull. Those remaining six riders held a slim lead of 58 seconds in the final 40km.

Their gap was drastically cut by the set up for the final sprint from Dimension Data for Mark Cavendish, Lotto Soudal for Andre Greipel and Quick-Step Floors for Elia Viviani. The gap was down to 10 seconds with 20km to go, and although there were last-minute attacks from the breakaway, the field completely pulled them back together, and it was Bora-Hansgrohe that led the peloton into a bunch sprint on The Mall.
 

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe4:20:10 
2Elia Viviani (Ita) Quick-Step Floors  
3Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo  
4Ivan Garcia (Spa) Bahrain-Merida  
5Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
6Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Team Sunweb  
7Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team  
8André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal  
9Jonas Koch (Ger) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
10Rudy Barbier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
11Luka Mezgec (Slo) Mitchelton-Scott  
12Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data  
13Hugo Houle (Can) Astana Pro Team  
14Christopher Lawless (GBr) Team Sky  
15Jonas Rickaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
16Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Bahrain-Merida  
17Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Katusha-Alpecin  
18Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale  
19Nathan Van Hooydonck (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
20Enrico Battaglin (Ita) LottoNL-Jumbo  
21Kenneth Van Rooy (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
22Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
23Matteo Trentin (Ita) Mitchelton-Scott  
24Nathan Haas (Aus) Katusha-Alpecin  
25Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
26Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
27Jan Tratnik (Slo) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
28Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale  
29Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe  
30José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-Alpecin  
31Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Sunweb  
32Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) UAE Team Emirates  
33Milan Menten (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
34Jos van Emden (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo  
35Amaro Antunes (Por) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
36Maarten Wynants (Bel) LottoNL-Jumbo  
37Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team  
38Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Katusha-Alpecin  
39Alex Edmondson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
40Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe  
41Ryan Mullen (Irl) Trek-Segafredo  
42Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale  
43Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Sunweb  
44Sacha Modolo (Ita) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale  
45Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha-Alpecin0:00:12 
46Davide Villella (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
47Daan Olivier (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo  
48Michal Schlegel (Cze) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
49Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team Sky  
50Jay Mc Carthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe  
51Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Soudal0:00:16 
52Miles Scotson (Aus) BMC Racing Team  
53Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:19 
54Aaron Verwilst (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
55Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates  
56Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team Emirates  
57Michael Mørkøv (Den) Quick-Step Floors  
58Lars Bak (Den) Lotto Soudal  
59Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky  
60Bjorg Lambrecht (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
61Nikolas Maes (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
62Benoit Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:31 
63Oscar Gatto (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:33 
64Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb  
65Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) Team Sky0:00:40 
66Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo  
67Alberto Bettiol (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:00:43 
68Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:00:47 
69Jaco Venter (RSA) Dimension Data  
70Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale  
71Florian Senechal (Fra) Quick-Step Floors  
72Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:00:55 
73Mitchell Docker (Aus) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:00:57 
74Davide Martinelli (Ita) Quick-Step Floors0:01:02 
75Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:08 
76Martijn Tusveld (Ned) Team Sunweb0:01:17 
77Max Walscheid (Ger) Team Sunweb  
78Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick-Step Floors0:02:06 
79Owain Doull (GBr) Team Sky0:02:57 
80Scott Davies (GBr) Dimension Data  
81Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Bora-Hansgrohe  
82Maxime Farazijn (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
83Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Mitchelton-Scott  
84Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:07:41 
85Manuele Boaro (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:08:37 
86Matthias Brändle (Aut) Trek-Segafredo0:11:33 
87Kristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) Team Sky  
88Pawel Cieslik (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
89Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Quick-Step Floors  
90Fabio Jakobsen (Ned) Quick-Step Floors  
91Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
92Svein Tuft (Can) Mitchelton-Scott  
93Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:11:56 
94Scott Thwaites (GBr) Dimension Data0:14:29 
95Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk  
96Yevgeniy Gidich (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
97Mathias Van Gompel (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
98Johann Van Zyl (RSA) Dimension Data  
99Kim Magnusson (Swe) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale  
100Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
101Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension Data  
102Andrea Peron (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk  
103Grega Bole (Slo) Bahrain-Merida  
104James Shaw (GBr) Lotto Soudal  
105Moreno Hofland (Ned) Lotto Soudal  
106Moreno Moser (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
107Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek-Segafredo  
108Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team  
109Michael Albasini (Swi) Mitchelton-Scott  
110Frantisek Sisr (Cze) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
111Christophe Noppe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
112Filippo Ganna (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
113Ben Swift (GBr) UAE Team Emirates  
DNFAlex Dowsett (GBr) Katusha-Alpecin  
DNFJenthe Biermans (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin  
DNFAleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Bora-Hansgrohe  
DNFNiccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
DNFDavid Per (Slo) Bahrain-Merida  
DNFBram Tankink (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo  
DNFRobert Wagner (Ger) LottoNL-Jumbo  
DNFGediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFPawel Franczak (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
DNFAndrea Guardini (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFAlessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFRiccardo Minali (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
DNFMatti Breschel (Den) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale  
DNFDaniel McLay (GBr) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale  
DNFCaleb Ewan (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
DNFBernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension Data  
DNFFabio Calabria (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFSam Brand (GBr) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFDavid Lozano (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFUmberto Poli (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFChristopher Williams (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFLennard Hofstede (Ned) Team Sunweb  
DNFJonathan Dibben (GBr) Team Sky  
DNFFumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek-Segafredo  
DNFAlex Frame (NZl) Trek-Segafredo  
DNFBoy van Poppel (Ned) Trek-Segafredo  

 

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