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Blythe claims London-Surrey Classic

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Adam Blythe (NFTO) is the day's winner

Adam Blythe (NFTO) is the day's winner
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King of the Mountains Category winner Steve Lampier, second place Ben Swift (Team Sky), winner Adam Blythe (NFTO), third placed Julian Alaphilippe (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) and sprint category winner Steven Lammertink

King of the Mountains Category winner Steve Lampier, second place Ben Swift (Team Sky), winner Adam Blythe (NFTO), third placed Julian Alaphilippe (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) and sprint category winner Steven Lammertink
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Adam Blythe (NFTO) takes the win in London

Adam Blythe (NFTO) takes the win in London
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Adam Blythe (NFTO)

Adam Blythe (NFTO)
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A double puncture for Kai Exner (Bike Aid - Ride for help)

A double puncture for Kai Exner (Bike Aid - Ride for help)
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A local pub offering some motivation

A local pub offering some motivation
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Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky)

Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky)
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Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) leading a small break

Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) leading a small break
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Belkin riders passing through London

Belkin riders passing through London
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Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) at the startline in London

Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) at the startline in London
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View down on Box Hill

View down on Box Hill
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A Rapha Condor rider along with Duber Armando Quintero Artunduaga collide and are helped by the medics

A Rapha Condor rider along with Duber Armando Quintero Artunduaga collide and are helped by the medics
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Philippe Gilbert rides through the countryside for team BMC

Philippe Gilbert rides through the countryside for team BMC
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A crash held up the pack whilst mechanics ran to help their team

A crash held up the pack whilst mechanics ran to help their team
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Team Sky's Ian Stannard, Bradley Wiggins riding through the rain followed by teammates Luke Rowe and Ben Swift

Team Sky's Ian Stannard, Bradley Wiggins riding through the rain followed by teammates Luke Rowe and Ben Swift
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Team Sky's Bradley Wiggins rides through the rain in London

Team Sky's Bradley Wiggins rides through the rain in London
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Team Sky's Ian Stannard riding through the rain

Team Sky's Ian Stannard riding through the rain
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Team Sky leads the race in London

Team Sky leads the race in London
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Ian Stannard (Team Sky) at the back of the pack after having technical difficulties

Ian Stannard (Team Sky) at the back of the pack after having technical difficulties
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Simon Yates being led out by his Orica teammate in front of Team Sky's Luke Rowe

Simon Yates being led out by his Orica teammate in front of Team Sky's Luke Rowe
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Adam Blythe team NFTO wins the race and stands on the podium in front of Buckingham palace along the Mall.

Adam Blythe team NFTO wins the race and stands on the podium in front of Buckingham palace along the Mall.
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Adam Blythe team NFTO wins the RideLondon Classic ahead of Ben Swift (Team Sky) and Julian Alaphilippe (Omega Pharma-QuickStep)

Adam Blythe team NFTO wins the RideLondon Classic ahead of Ben Swift (Team Sky) and Julian Alaphilippe (Omega Pharma-QuickStep)
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Ben Swift (Team Sky) rides away from the finish line on the Mall in London

Ben Swift (Team Sky) rides away from the finish line on the Mall in London
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View as the riders cross the finish line in front of Buckingham Palace

View as the riders cross the finish line in front of Buckingham Palace
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Adam Blythe (NFTO) wins the race and is congratualted by Ben Swift as he crosses the finish line

Adam Blythe (NFTO) wins the race and is congratualted by Ben Swift as he crosses the finish line
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Adam Blythe (NFTO) wins the race crossing the finish line on the Mall in London

Adam Blythe (NFTO) wins the race crossing the finish line on the Mall in London
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Adam Blythe (NFTO)

Adam Blythe (NFTO)
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Ben Swift and Adam Blythe far right ride the final 30km

Ben Swift and Adam Blythe far right ride the final 30km
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Team Sky

Team Sky
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Team Sky's Bradley Wiggins

Team Sky's Bradley Wiggins
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Riders sign in for the race

Riders sign in for the race
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The race travels through beautiful countryside

The race travels through beautiful countryside
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ake Kelly shows signs of a tumble

ake Kelly shows signs of a tumble
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The peloton races through some flooding on the roads

The peloton races through some flooding on the roads
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Nathan Edmondson crashes in the middle of the race

Nathan Edmondson crashes in the middle of the race
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The peloton

The peloton
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The group riding past Harrods in London

The group riding past Harrods in London
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A small group on the road

A small group on the road
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Tower of London as the peloton pass

Tower of London as the peloton pass
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Rapha Condor

Rapha Condor
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Mark Renshaw talks to the media in the Olympic Park before the race in Stratford.

Mark Renshaw talks to the media in the Olympic Park before the race in Stratford.
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Giant-Shimano

Giant-Shimano
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The peloton

The peloton
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A break tries to go mid-race

A break tries to go mid-race
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The peloton races through the countryside

The peloton races through the countryside
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Prudential Ride London 2014 - London - Surrey Classic

Prudential Ride London 2014 - London - Surrey Classic
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Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky)

Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky)
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Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) at the front of the field

Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) at the front of the field
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The peloton roll out of the Olympic Park in Stratford

The peloton roll out of the Olympic Park in Stratford
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Ian Stannard Team Sky has a joke on the start line in Startford

Ian Stannard Team Sky has a joke on the start line in Startford
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Alessandro Petacchi (Omega Pharm-QuickStep) checks in before the race

Alessandro Petacchi (Omega Pharm-QuickStep) checks in before the race
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After a wet and muddy 200km race, it was NFTO's Adam Blythe who emerged victorious on The Mall as he edged friend and training partner Ben Swift (Team Sky) with a well-timed sprint.

"It's hard to say how much this means to me," Blythe said after claiming his first win of 2014. "But you could see how emotional it was as my face said it all.

"OK, it's not like I won the worlds or anything, but this is very big race for a British rider to win, especially in this setting in front of the Queen's house. I hope she was watching."

Swift was one the pre-race favourites with the event expected to finish in a bunch sprint and the 26-year-old appeared to be in a perfect position after five of his teammates, including 2012 Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins, had worked hard in the middle part of the race to get him into a breakaway group.

"It would have been nice to have won but I am really happy with second," said Swift. "I've known Adam since I was seven-years-old and we've got a lot of history, so I knew he was the one to watch.

"I knew I needed to keep an eye on him and I could see he was looking for me on the run-in. I tried to react to his move but he's a really fast sprinter and once he got the jump on me he was away."

Julian Alaphilippe took third for Omega Pharma-QuickStep ahead of BMC's Philippe Gilbert while the final member of the break, Kristijan Koren (Cannondale), came across the line three seconds down on Blythe and Swift

How it unfolded
There had been a number of early attacks from the 147-man peloton which left London bathing in the summer sunshine after a pause in the morning deluge which meant the riders were confronted with wet roads for the majority of the event.

The first significant break came in Richmond Park after 13km of racing when six riders got away and established a gap of just over a minute back to the main bunch. The break held their advantage through the early stretches out into Surrey's narrow country roads, of which many of them still smeared with rain and mud.

Wiggins and teammate Ian Stannard did much of the work to control the race as Sky took control of the peloton with their intention to close the gap and get Swift into contention for any later break.

The plan worked perfectly, and when Gilbert made his move on the approach to Box Hill, Swift was one of 10 men who leapt onto his wheel with around 70km left to race.

With Sky's work done back in the bunch, they dropped off and left the initiate to chase for other teams.

Taking up the responsibility in Sky's absence was Cannondale who were looking to Elia Viviani for a good result. With 50km left in the race, the leading break of 11 riders had built a lead of over a minute and they were looking comfortable out in front as Cannondale's efforts where having little impact on reducing the gap.

As the leaders approached Headley Heath and Leatherhead, Gilbert and Swift kept the pace high to make sure there were no passengers in the group. Gilbert then attacked the breakaway between Raynes Park and Wimbledon which caused a split and whittled down the break to five riders.

Gilbert looked intent on claiming the win on his own and another attack saw the Belgian and Alaphilippe briefly drop Swift, Blythe and Koren before it all came back together again.

When the five riders hit Putney High Street and crossed Putney Bridge for the run alongside the River Thames towards Westminster, it looked like it anyone's race to win.

Once the riders were onto The Mall, it became clear that Blythe and Swift were going to decide the 2014 victor and it was the former BMC rider who upset Swift for a confidence boosting win.

"In the last kilometre I knew I had plenty in the tank," Blythe said. "I just wanted to make sure I got everything out and didn't leave it too late to make my move.

"I knew that if I was close to Swifty I'd have a chance. I hugged close to the barriers and had a go. Now I feel like I can mix it with the big boys."

Steve Lampier of Node4 Velosure claimed the King of the Mountains title while Dutchman and Giant-Shimano stagiaire Steven Lammertin won the sprint contest.

 

Results

Results
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Adam Blythe (GBr) NFTO4:39:53
2Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky
3Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step0:00:01
4Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team
5Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale0:00:03
6Sam Bennett (Irl) Team NetApp - Endura0:00:12
7Loic Vliegen (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:00:13
8Stef Clement (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
9Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale0:00:31
10Russell Downing (GBr) NFTO
11Martin Kohler (Sui) BMC Racing Team
12Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) MTN-Qhubeka p.b Samsung
13Nick Van Der (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
14Jerome Baugnies (Bel) Wanty-Group Gobert
15Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT
16Tijmen Eising (Ned) Metec - TKH Contintental
17Jack Wilson (Irl) An Post Chain Reaction0:00:32
18Dennis Bakker (Ned) Metec - TKH Contintental
19Steve Lampier (GBr) Velosure-Giordana Racing
20Gregor Muhlberger (Aut) Team NetApp - Endura
21Markus Eibegger (Aut) Synergy Baku
22Nathan Earle (Aus) Team Sky
23Iker Camano (Esp) Team NetApp - Endura
24Clement Saint Martin (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille 13
25Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Giant-Shimano0:00:33
26Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Team Raleigh
27Edward Theuns (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
28Mike Northey (NZl) Madison Genesis
29Conor Dunne (Irl) An Post Chain Reaction
30Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team Sky0:00:34
31Christian Meier (Can) Orica GreenEdge
32Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty-Group Gobert0:00:35
33Michel Kreder (Ned) Wanty-Group Gobert
34Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
35Scott Thwaites (GBr) Team NetApp - Endura0:00:36
36Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team0:00:37
37Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team0:00:43
38Arthur Vanoverberghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:00:47
39James Lowsley-Williams (GBr) NFTO
40Thomas Stewart (GBr) Madison Genesis0:00:48
41Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Cannondale0:00:51
42Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale
43Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale0:00:52
44Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica GreenEdge0:01:44
45Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step0:06:25
46Brian Van Goethem (Ned) Metec - TKH Contintental0:06:26
47Jan Sokol (Aut) Synergy Baku
48Daan Olivier (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano
49Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
50Benjamin Giraud (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille 130:06:27
51Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
52Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Cannondale
53Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty-Group Gobert
54Sebastian Lander (Den) BMC Racing Team
55Simon Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEdge0:06:28
56Tom Scully (NZl) Madison Genesis
57Mark Renshaw (Aus) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
58Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
59Dale Appleby (GBr) NFTO
60Stijn Steels (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:06:29
61Francis De Greef (Bel) Wanty-Group Gobert
62Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
63Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky
64Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Team NetApp - Endura0:06:30
65Mark McNally (GBr) An Post Chain Reaction
66Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky
67Richard Handley (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT0:08:35
68Christopher Opie (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT0:11:37
69Yanto Barker (GBr) Team Raleigh
70Hugh Wilson (GBr) NFTO0:11:38
71Daniel Westmattelmann (Ger) Team Kuota
72Aaron Gate (NZl) An Post Chain Reaction
73Alex Peters (GBr) Madison Genesis
74Thomas Rostollan (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille 13
75Josh Hunt (GBr) NFTO0:11:39
76Jonas Ahlstrand (Swe) Team Giant-Shimano
77Morgan Kneisky (Fra) Team Raleigh0:11:40
78Edward Fabian Diaz Cardenas (Col) Colombia0:11:42
79Tim Vanspeybroeck (Bel) Team 3M0:11:44
80Sander Helven (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:11:45
81Thomas Moses (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT
82Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
83Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
84Mitch Docker (Aus) Orica GreenEdge0:15:40
85George Harper (GBr) Velosure-Giordana Racing
86Youcef Reguigui (Alg) MTN-Qhubeka p.b Samsung0:19:33
87Songezo Jim (Rsa) MTN-Qhubeka p.b Samsung
88Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille 130:21:28
89Evaldus Siskevicius (Ltu) Team La Pomme Marseille 13
90Jerome Gilbert (Bel) Wanty-Group Gobert
91Christopher Latham (GBr) Great Britain Cycling Team
92Oliver Wood (GBr) Great Britain Cycling Team
93Christopher Lawless (GBr) Great Britain Cycling Team
94George Atkins (GBr) Team Raleigh
95Brad Morgan (GBr) Velosure-Giordana Racing0:21:29
96Lucas Carstensen (Ger) Bike Aid - Ride for help
97Adrien Niyonshuti (Rwa) MTN-Qhubeka p.b Samsung
98Tom Peterson (Usa) Team Giant-Shimano
99Nicolas Dougall (Rsa) MTN-Qhubeka p.b Samsung
100Remco Te Brake (Ned) Metec - TKH Contintental
101Jelle Wolsink (Ned) Metec - TKH Contintental

 

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