Ackermann wins Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic

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

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe4:20:10
2Elia Viviani (Ita) Quick-Step FloorsRow 1 - Cell 2
3Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 2 - Cell 2
4Ivan Garcia (Spa) Bahrain-MeridaRow 3 - Cell 2
5Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 4 - Cell 2
6Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Team SunwebRow 5 - Cell 2
7Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing TeamRow 6 - Cell 2
8André Greipel (Ger) Lotto SoudalRow 7 - Cell 2
9Jonas Koch (Ger) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 8 - Cell 2
10Rudy Barbier (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 9 - Cell 2
11Luka Mezgec (Slo) Mitchelton-ScottRow 10 - Cell 2
12Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension DataRow 11 - Cell 2
13Hugo Houle (Can) Astana Pro TeamRow 12 - Cell 2
14Christopher Lawless (GBr) Team SkyRow 13 - Cell 2
15Jonas Rickaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-BaloiseRow 14 - Cell 2
16Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Bahrain-MeridaRow 15 - Cell 2
17Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Katusha-AlpecinRow 16 - Cell 2
18Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R La MondialeRow 17 - Cell 2
19Nathan Van Hooydonck (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 18 - Cell 2
20Enrico Battaglin (Ita) LottoNL-JumboRow 19 - Cell 2
21Kenneth Van Rooy (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-BaloiseRow 20 - Cell 2
22Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 21 - Cell 2
23Matteo Trentin (Ita) Mitchelton-ScottRow 22 - Cell 2
24Nathan Haas (Aus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 23 - Cell 2
25Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 24 - Cell 2
26Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 25 - Cell 2
27Jan Tratnik (Slo) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 26 - Cell 2
28Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La MondialeRow 27 - Cell 2
29Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 28 - Cell 2
30José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-AlpecinRow 29 - Cell 2
31Roy Curvers (Ned) Team SunwebRow 30 - Cell 2
32Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) UAE Team EmiratesRow 31 - Cell 2
33Milan Menten (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-BaloiseRow 32 - Cell 2
34Jos van Emden (Ned) LottoNL-JumboRow 33 - Cell 2
35Amaro Antunes (Por) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 34 - Cell 2
36Maarten Wynants (Bel) LottoNL-JumboRow 35 - Cell 2
37Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro TeamRow 36 - Cell 2
38Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Katusha-AlpecinRow 37 - Cell 2
39Alex Edmondson (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 38 - Cell 2
40Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 39 - Cell 2
41Ryan Mullen (Irl) Trek-SegafredoRow 40 - Cell 2
42Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 41 - Cell 2
43Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team SunwebRow 42 - Cell 2
44Sacha Modolo (Ita) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 43 - Cell 2
45Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha-Alpecin0:00:12
46Davide Villella (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 45 - Cell 2
47Daan Olivier (Ned) LottoNL-JumboRow 46 - Cell 2
48Michal Schlegel (Cze) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 47 - Cell 2
49Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team SkyRow 48 - Cell 2
50Jay Mc Carthy (Aus) Bora-HansgroheRow 49 - Cell 2
51Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Soudal0:00:16
52Miles Scotson (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 51 - Cell 2
53Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:19
54Aaron Verwilst (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-BaloiseRow 53 - Cell 2
55Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team EmiratesRow 54 - Cell 2
56Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team EmiratesRow 55 - Cell 2
57Michael Mørkøv (Den) Quick-Step FloorsRow 56 - Cell 2
58Lars Bak (Den) Lotto SoudalRow 57 - Cell 2
59Ian Stannard (GBr) Team SkyRow 58 - Cell 2
60Bjorg Lambrecht (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 59 - Cell 2
61Nikolas Maes (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 60 - Cell 2
62Benoit Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:31
63Oscar Gatto (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:33
64Michael Matthews (Aus) Team SunwebRow 63 - Cell 2
65Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) Team Sky0:00:40
66Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) LottoNL-JumboRow 65 - Cell 2
67Alberto Bettiol (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:00:43
68Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:00:47
69Jaco Venter (RSA) Dimension DataRow 68 - Cell 2
70Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 69 - Cell 2
71Florian Senechal (Fra) Quick-Step FloorsRow 70 - Cell 2
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 SunwebRow 76 - Cell 2
78Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick-Step Floors0:02:06
79Owain Doull (GBr) Team Sky0:02:57
80Scott Davies (GBr) Dimension DataRow 79 - Cell 2
81Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Bora-HansgroheRow 80 - Cell 2
82Maxime Farazijn (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-BaloiseRow 81 - Cell 2
83Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Mitchelton-ScottRow 82 - Cell 2
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 SkyRow 86 - Cell 2
88Pawel Cieslik (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 87 - Cell 2
89Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Quick-Step FloorsRow 88 - Cell 2
90Fabio Jakobsen (Ned) Quick-Step FloorsRow 89 - Cell 2
91Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 90 - Cell 2
92Svein Tuft (Can) Mitchelton-ScottRow 91 - Cell 2
93Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:11:56
94Scott Thwaites (GBr) Dimension Data0:14:29
95Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo NordiskRow 94 - Cell 2
96Yevgeniy Gidich (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 95 - Cell 2
97Mathias Van Gompel (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-BaloiseRow 96 - Cell 2
98Johann Van Zyl (RSA) Dimension DataRow 97 - Cell 2
99Kim Magnusson (Swe) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 98 - Cell 2
100Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 99 - Cell 2
101Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension DataRow 100 - Cell 2
102Andrea Peron (Ita) Team Novo NordiskRow 101 - Cell 2
103Grega Bole (Slo) Bahrain-MeridaRow 102 - Cell 2
104James Shaw (GBr) Lotto SoudalRow 103 - Cell 2
105Moreno Hofland (Ned) Lotto SoudalRow 104 - Cell 2
106Moreno Moser (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 105 - Cell 2
107Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek-SegafredoRow 106 - Cell 2
108Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 107 - Cell 2
109Michael Albasini (Swi) Mitchelton-ScottRow 108 - Cell 2
110Frantisek Sisr (Cze) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 109 - Cell 2
111Christophe Noppe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-BaloiseRow 110 - Cell 2
112Filippo Ganna (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 111 - Cell 2
113Ben Swift (GBr) UAE Team EmiratesRow 112 - Cell 2
DNFAlex Dowsett (GBr) Katusha-AlpecinRow 113 - Cell 2
DNFJenthe Biermans (Bel) Katusha-AlpecinRow 114 - Cell 2
DNFAleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Bora-HansgroheRow 115 - Cell 2
DNFNiccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 116 - Cell 2
DNFDavid Per (Slo) Bahrain-MeridaRow 117 - Cell 2
DNFBram Tankink (Ned) LottoNL-JumboRow 118 - Cell 2
DNFRobert Wagner (Ger) LottoNL-JumboRow 119 - Cell 2
DNFGediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La MondialeRow 120 - Cell 2
DNFPawel Franczak (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 121 - Cell 2
DNFAndrea Guardini (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 122 - Cell 2
DNFAlessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 123 - Cell 2
DNFRiccardo Minali (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 124 - Cell 2
DNFMatti Breschel (Den) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 125 - Cell 2
DNFDaniel McLay (GBr) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 126 - Cell 2
DNFCaleb Ewan (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 127 - Cell 2
DNFBernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension DataRow 128 - Cell 2
DNFFabio Calabria (Aus) Team Novo NordiskRow 129 - Cell 2
DNFSam Brand (GBr) Team Novo NordiskRow 130 - Cell 2
DNFDavid Lozano (Spa) Team Novo NordiskRow 131 - Cell 2
DNFUmberto Poli (Ita) Team Novo NordiskRow 132 - Cell 2
DNFChristopher Williams (Aus) Team Novo NordiskRow 133 - Cell 2
DNFLennard Hofstede (Ned) Team SunwebRow 134 - Cell 2
DNFJonathan Dibben (GBr) Team SkyRow 135 - Cell 2
DNFFumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek-SegafredoRow 136 - Cell 2
DNFAlex Frame (NZl) Trek-SegafredoRow 137 - Cell 2
DNFBoy van Poppel (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 138 - Cell 2


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