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Elia Viviani continues Deceuninck-Quick-Step’s season of success at RideLondon

Viviani takes 75th career win after crash on two kilometers to go reduced the field.

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Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) escaped being caught up in a large crash in the closing stages to win the sprint in London, edging out Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe), who lost teammates in the pileup. Having led out his teammate, Michael Morkov (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) held on for third.

After a large crash impacted the women’s race on Saturday, a crash brought down a number of the peloton in the last two kilometers, reducing the field to around 30 riders. Despite being in the middle of the pack throughout the final 10km of the race, Viviani and his teammates were able to navigate through the melee to contest the sprint.

“This was one of five classics I really wanted to win in my career,” said Viviani after the race. “It was really amazing teamwork, with Michael [Morkov] able to finish third. I’m really grateful to them.”

The 169km race headed out of London then featured five circuits of the 2.5km dragging climb of Box Hill before a flat 50km run into the finish line on central London.

The breakaway trio take on one of the five ascents of Box Hill. Photo: Alex Livesey/Getty Images.

Alex Dowsett (Katusha-Alpecin), Pascal Eenkhorn (Jumbo Visma) and Stan Dewulf (Lotto-Soudal) clipped off the front early on, and held a three to four minute gap for the first 100km. Sunweb and Lotto-Soudal massed at the front of the peloton to control the pace for their sprinters, Michael Matthews and Caleb Ewan respectively.

Mike Teunissen (Jumbo-Visma) and Casper Perersen (Sunweb) attacked from the peloton on the fourth ascent of Box Hill, looking to bridge to the lead trio, who were now just two minutes ahead. The chase pair failed to make any real headway, and with 40km to go, as the race headed back toward central London, only Eenkhorn and Dewulf were left out front.

Dewulf was the last man standing from the break and eventually succumbed to the catch with 14km to go, and a number of teams spread across the road for the sprinters, with Lotto-Soudal, Bora-Hansgrohe, EF Education First, and UAE-Team Emirates all crowing to the front.

As the race came into the final 3km, Groupama-FDJ, Israel Cycling Academy and Mitchelton-Scott also started swamping the road, though Viviani’s Deceuninck-Quick-Step team sat a long way back.

On 2km, a Bora-Hansgrohe rider crashed in the middle of the peloton, bringing down one of his teammates and around 10 others. Matthews was caught on the wrong side of the crash and left out of contention as only 30 riders came through without hold up.

UAE-Team Emirates led the race into the final straight for their sprinter, Kristoff but soon faded. On the right, Mike Teunissen (Jumbo-Visma) launched a long sprint, with Morkov on his wheel. Viviani had made his way through the pack and was locked on his teammates’ wheel. Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) sat behind Viviani, but as the Italian launched off a perfect leadout from his teammate, the Irishman was unable to match his sprint.

Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) sprinted from around six riders back but left his effort too late. He missed out on the podium to finish fourth, as Morkov held on for third after working so hard to set up Viviani.

Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic Results

1VIVIANI EliaDeceuninck - Quick Step3:46:15
2BENNETT SamBORA - hansgrohe0:00
3MØRKØV MichaelDeceuninck - Quick Step0:00
4STUYVEN JasperTrek - Segafredo0:00
5JANSEN Amund GrøndahlTeam Jumbo-Visma0:00
6NIZZOLO GiacomoTeam Dimension Data0:00
7KRISTOFF AlexanderUAE Team Emirates0:00
8NAESEN OliverAG2R La Mondiale0:00
9DE BUYST JasperLotto Soudal0:00
10HAYTER EthanGreat Britain0:00
11HOFLAND MorenoEF Education First0:00
12IMPEY DarylMitchelton-Scott0:00
13WALLS MatthewGreat Britain0:00
14KOCH JonasCCC Team0:00
15COLBRELLI SonnyBahrain Merida0:00
16HALVORSEN KristofferTeam INEOS0:00
17CIMOLAI DavideIsrael Cycling Academy0:00
18GIBBONS RyanTeam Dimension Data0:00
19TRARIEUX JulienDelko Marseille Provence0:00
20DUVAL JulienAG2R La Mondiale0:00
21MAES NikolasLotto Soudal0:00
22FEDELI AlessandroDelko Marseille Provence0:00
23CARDIS RomainTeam Total Direct Energie0:00
24NIEUWENHUIS JorisTeam Sunweb0:00
25THIJSSEN GerbenLotto Soudal0:00
26ARASHIRO YukiyaBahrain Merida0:00
27ŠTYBAR ZdeněkDeceuninck - Quick Step0:00
28TEUNISSEN MikeTeam Jumbo-Visma0:00
29KNEES ChristianTeam INEOS0:09
30FERRARI RobertoUAE Team Emirates0:13
31VAN WINDEN DennisIsrael Cycling Academy0:21
32MARTINELLI DavideDeceuninck - Quick Step0:24
33MARCATO MarcoUAE Team Emirates0:34
34BAUHAUS PhilBahrain Merida0:35
35DÉMARE ArnaudGroupama - FDJ0:35
36VANMARCKE SepEF Education First0:35
37GANNA FilippoTeam INEOS0:35
38KEISSE IljoDeceuninck - Quick Step0:35
39CURVERS RoyTeam Sunweb0:39
40VANDENBERGH StijnAG2R La Mondiale0:40
41VAN ASBROECK TomIsrael Cycling Academy0:40
42GUERIN AlexisDelko Marseille Provence0:40
43PEDERSEN CasperTeam Sunweb0:40
44VAN HOOYDONCK NathanCCC Team0:40
45BAGDONAS GediminasAG2R La Mondiale0:40
46SCHÄR MichaelCCC Team0:40
47TANFIELD HarryTeam Katusha Alpecin0:40
48DENZ NicoAG2R La Mondiale0:40
49ROSA DiegoTeam INEOS0:40
50WIŚNIOWSKI ŁukaszCCC Team0:40
51SIEBERG MarcelBahrain Merida0:40
52BIERMANS JentheTeam Katusha Alpecin0:40
53VAN KEIRSBULCK GuillaumeCCC Team0:40
54BASSO LeonardoTeam INEOS0:40
55SHAW JamesGreat Britain0:40
56THWAITES ScottGreat Britain0:40
57EL FARES JulienDelko Marseille Provence0:40
58VERMOTE JulienTeam Dimension Data0:40
59GILBERT PhilippeDeceuninck - Quick Step0:40
60ARNDT NikiasTeam Sunweb0:40
61GASTAUER BenAG2R La Mondiale0:40
62LE GAC OlivierGroupama - FDJ0:40
63VAN GOETHEM BrianLotto Soudal0:40
64TILLER RasmusTeam Dimension Data0:40
65RENSHAW MarkTeam Dimension Data0:40
66BETTIOL AlbertoEF Education First0:40
67THEUNS EdwardTrek - Segafredo0:40
68SWIFT ConnorGreat Britain0:40
70HEPBURN MichaelMitchelton-Scott0:40
71VAN EMDEN JosTeam Jumbo-Visma0:40
72GRELLIER FabienTeam Total Direct Energie0:40
73DE KORT KoenTrek - Segafredo0:40
74ROOSEN TimoTeam Jumbo-Visma0:40
75VAN HOECKE GijsCCC Team0:40
76MEYER CameronMitchelton-Scott0:40
77ARCHBOLD ShaneBORA - hansgrohe0:40
78MCLAY DanielEF Education First0:40
79STEWART ThomasGreat Britain0:40
80WYNANTS MaartenTeam Jumbo-Visma0:40
81HAUSSLER HeinrichBahrain Merida0:52
82LAWLESS ChrisTeam INEOS0:55
83MATTHEWS MichaelTeam Sunweb1:01
84BAUER JackMitchelton-Scott1:02
85SCHMIDT FabienDelko Marseille Provence1:02
86STANNARD RobertMitchelton-Scott1:02
87FRAME AlexTrek - Segafredo1:02
88SAGIV GuyIsrael Cycling Academy1:02
89SLAGTER Tom-JelteTeam Dimension Data1:02
90NEILANDS KristsIsrael Cycling Academy1:02
91VENTOSO Francisco JoséCCC Team1:02
92KÄMNA LennardTeam Sunweb1:02
93LANGEVELD SebastianEF Education First1:02
94FILOSI IuriDelko Marseille Provence1:02
95HOELGAARD DanielGroupama - FDJ1:02
96TROIA OlivieroUAE Team Emirates1:02
97PHINNEY TaylorEF Education First1:02
98LEEZER TomTeam Jumbo-Visma1:02
99EENKHOORN PascalTeam Jumbo-Visma1:02
100SINKELDAM RamonGroupama - FDJ1:17
101BYSTRØM Sven ErikUAE Team Emirates1:49
102BOHLI TomUAE Team Emirates1:50
103HALLER MarcoTeam Katusha Alpecin2:03
104NAULEAU BryanTeam Total Direct Energie2:09
105TULIK AngéloTeam Total Direct Energie2:10
106BONIFAZIO NiccolòTeam Total Direct Energie2:10
107DUNNE ConorIsrael Cycling Academy2:12
108TUSVELD MartijnTeam Sunweb2:23
109DOWSETT AlexTeam Katusha Alpecin2:46
110WÜRTZ SCHMIDT MadsTeam Katusha Alpecin2:54
111CARISEY ClémentIsrael Cycling Academy3:02
112KIRSCH AlexTrek - Segafredo3:03
113AFFINI EdoardoMitchelton-Scott3:06
114OLIVEIRA RuiUAE Team Emirates3:12
115DEWULF StanLotto Soudal3:19
116NAVARDAUSKAS RamūnasDelko Marseille Provence3:37
117ALBASINI MichaelMitchelton-Scott3:38
118DEBUSSCHERE JensTeam Katusha Alpecin3:55
119SCHILLINGER AndreasBORA - hansgrohe4:12
120BAŠKA ErikBORA - hansgrohe4:13
121DRUCKER JempyBORA - hansgrohe4:13
122CULLAIGH GabrielGreat Britain4:13
123SCHWARZMANN MichaelBORA - hansgrohe4:41

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