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2019 RideLondon-Surrey Classic
(World Tour), U.K.

8th Edition: Sunday, August 4, 2019

RideLondon-Surrey Classic podium history | 2018 edition | Course map & profile | Start list with back numbers

London - London, 167 km

Elia Viviani

Elia Viviani wins in London.

Weather at London at 12:30 PM, local time: 24C (75F), fair, with the wind from the southeast at 13 km/hr (8 mph). No rain is forecast.

The race: Here's the race organizer's summary.

Elia Viviani, the Italian sprint master, roared to glory on The Mall, edging out a host of the world’s fastest cyclists in a thrilling climax to win the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic road race on Sunday.   

A year after he finished runner-up in one of the one-day races that he wanted most to win in his garlanded career, the 30-year-old Olympic track champion, fresh from a successful Tour de France, was determined to hit the top of the podium this year and did just that with the most typically beautifully timed burst to the line on The Mall, aided by some superb teamwork from his Deceuninck-Quick-Step colleagues.

Yet just as in the women’s Classique the day before, the exciting seventh edition of the 169km race witnessed a high-speed crash in the denouement. In the Classique, the pile-up happened in The Mall itself but in the Classic, the big crash unfolded two kilometres from the finish, taking out nearly a dozen racers who were at that point jostling frantically for position outside the Houses of Parliament.

When the dust cleared, Viviani, who had avoided the mayhem, always looked the main man, and decisively struck for the line on the inside, with Irish champion, Bora-Hansgrohe’s Sam Bennett, pursuing him as runner-up and Viviani’s teammate, Denmark’s national champion Michael Morkov, finishing third.

“It was great teamwork because Michael ended up finishing third,” said Viviani, whose lead-out train headed by Czech Zdenek Stybar did the perfect job of putting him in the ideal position with 100 metres to go.

“Earlier I saw some guys go down in the crash but luckily we were on the right side and we missed it,” said a relieved Viviani.

“The team put me in a great position as we came past Buckingham Palace [just before The Mall]. I was with Iljo Keisse and Michael Morkov and we were in the middle of the group so we just missed the crash and, with the wind in my pocket, I liked the new finish.”

In 2018, the riders had hit the line from the opposite direction and Viviani ended up being pipped for victory by Germany’s Pascal Ackermann.

“This was one of the five ‘Classics’ I have in my head that I want to win in my career, so it’s good to have done it,” beamed Viviani.

“I’ve loved racing in London ever since I was here at the Olympics in 2012. I was quite young then and it was a really special course so I kept in mind this race for the future, and when it became a WorldTour one-day classic, I added it to the list of races I wanted to win.

“I really committed with the team to come here, so now I’ve won and I’m really happy. I’ve rested a bit since the end of the Tour [where he won his first stage]. It was a really tough Tour for us so I’m happy with today’s result and I will be back here to defend my title next year, 100 per cent!”

Bennett, though, was left frustrated with his second prize, revealing afterwards that he suffered a mechanical problem and had to remove a spoke from his front wheel because it had been rubbing. “I think it [today’s race] was the only opportunity to get a one-day WorldTour win this year, so I’m disappointed not to get it,” he shrugged. “If the wheel wasn’t broken I think I could have got past him.”

Britain’s experienced 30-year-old Alex Dowsett won the Continental Tyres King of the Mountains Competition for gathering the most points in the day’s six designated climbs, including five up Box Hill, while Belgium’s Stan Dewulf took the ZIPP Combativity Award for his exhausting breakaway effort.

After the 143-strong field headed out of a new start at Bushy Park in Teddington, the first move in the opening 10km came from Lotto-Soudal’s talented young 21-year-old Dewulf, who was soon joined in his push in Weybridge by the British time trial champion Dowsett and 22-year-old Dutchman Pascal Eenkhoorn.

Having reached Box Hill in Surrey, which they were to climb over five sapping circuits, the breakaway trio managed to stretch their lead to more than three-and-a-half minutes but once the peloton started to get busy, as they scented the weakness of race favourite Caleb Ewan, their advantage was quickly cut on the third of the five ascents of Box Hill.

A week after he sprinted triumphantly down the Champs-Elysees to win the coveted final stage of the Tour de France, the Australian flyer Ewan had leaden legs and was completely dropped on the hills.

After Dowsett had won the King of the Mountains prize, his work was done and he let the other two go but their slender advantage soon evaporated as the powerful teams with the main sprinters allowed the duo to dangle at the front on the road back towards central London.

“The plan today was to go for the early break,” said Dowsett. “We discussed what to do among ourselves and decided to share the points. I think I was possibly the older and wiser one, so I made sure I was second up each climb and did everything to secure the overall by winning the last set of points.

“The lights went out on the final climb of Box Hill but for me to get a King of the Mountains is fairly unheard of so I’ll savour this and bask in my own glory for years to come,” smiled the renowned time trialler.

Dewulf, the original instigator of the attack, fittingly found himself the last to be swallowed up by the peloton with 14km left and deservedly won the ZIPP Combativity Award, having been at the head of affairs for more than 140km.

“I felt strong and I had a chance to go in the breakaway and I took my chance and I felt quite good but with three guys it was quite tough,” said the Belgian.

“There were a lot of people out here and at the start, and on the circuits of Box Hill. It was really nice, I enjoyed it and I hope to be back next year.”

Complete Results:

167 kilometers raced at an average speed of 44.287 km/hr

136 starters, 123 classified finishers, 13 non-finishers

1 VIVIANI, Elia DECEUNINCK-QUICK STEP 3hr 46min 15sec
2 BENNETT, Sam BORA-HANSGROHE s.t.
3 MORKOV, Michael DECEUNINCK-QUICK STEP s.t.
4 STUYVEN, Jasper TREK-SEGAFREDO s.t.
5 JANSEN, Amund JUMBO-VISMA s.t.
6 NIZZOLO, Giacomo DIMENSION DATA s.t.
7 KRISTOFF, Alexander UAE TEAM EMIRATES s.t.
8 NAESEN, Oliver AG2R LA MONDIALE s.t.
9 DE BUYST, Jasper LOTTO SOUDAL s.t.
10 HAYTER, Ethan GREAT BRITIAN s.t.
11 HOFLAND, Moreno EF EDUCATION FIRST s.t.
12 IMPEY, Daryl MITCHELTON-SCOTT s.t.
13 WALLS, Matt GREAT BRITIAN s.t.
14 KOCH, Jonas CCC TEAM s.t.
15 COLBRELLI, Sonny BAHRAIN-MERIDA s.t.
16 HALVORSEN, Kristoffer TEAM INEOS s.t.
17 CIMOLAT, Davide ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY s.t.
18 GIBBONS, Ryan DIMENSION DATA s.t.
19 TRARIEUX, Julien DELKO-MARSEILLE PROVENCE s.t.
20 DUVAL, Julien AG2R LA MONDIALE s.t.
21 MAES, Nikolas LOTTO SOUDAL s.t.
22 FEDELI, Alessandro DELKO-MARSEILLE PROVENCE s.t.
23 CARDIS, Romain TOTAL DIRECT ENERGIE s.t.
24 NIEUWENHUIS, Joris TEAM SUNWEB s.t.
25 THIJSSEN, Gerben LOTTO SOUDAL s.t.
26 ARASHIRO, Yukiya BAHRAIN-MERIDA s.t.
27 STYBAR, Zdenek DECEUNINCK-QUICK STEP s.t.
28 TEUNISSEN, Mike JUMBO-VISMA s.t.
29 KNEES, Christian TEAM INEOS @ 10sec
30 FERRARI, Roberto UAE TEAM EMIRATES +00:14
31 VAN WINDEN, Dennis ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY +00:22
32 MARTINELLI, Davide DECEUNINCK-QUICK STEP +00:25
33 MARCATO, Marco UAE TEAM EMIRATES +00:35
34 BAUHAUS, Phil BAHRAIN-MERIDA s.t.
35 DEMARE, Arnaud GROUPAMA-FDJ s.t.
36 VANMARKE, Sep EF EDUCATION FIRST s.t.
37 GANNA, Filippo TEAM INEOS s.t.
38 KEISSE, Iijo DECEUNINCK-QUICK STEP s.t.
39 CURVERS, Roy TEAM SUNWEB +00:40
40 VANDENBERGH, Stijn AG2R LA MONDIALE s.t.
41 VAN ASBROECK, Tom ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY s.t.
42 GUERIN, Alexis DELKO-MARSEILLE PROVENCE s.t.
43 PEDERSEN, Casper TEAM SUNWEB s.t.
44 VAN HOOYDONCH, Nathan CCC TEAM s.t.
45 BAGDONAS, Gediminas AG2R LA MONDIALE s.t.
46 SCHAER, Michael CCC TEAM s.t.
47 TANFIELD, Harry KATUSHA-ALPECIN s.t.
48 DENZ, Nico AG2R LA MONDIALE s.t.
49 ROSA, Diego TEAM INEOS s.t.
50 WISNIOWSKI, Lukasz CCC TEAM s.t.
51 SIEBERG, Marcel BAHRAIN-MERIDA s.t.
52 BIERMANS, Jenthe KATUSHA-ALPECIN s.t.
53 VAN KEIRSBULCK, Guillaume CCC TEAM s.t.
54 BASSO, Leonardo TEAM INEOS s.t.
55 SHAW, James GREAT BRITIAN s.t.
56 THWAITES, Scott GREAT BRITIAN s.t.
57 EL FARES, Julien DELKO-MARSEILLE PROVENCE s.t.
58 VERMOTE, Julien DIMENSION DATA s.t.
59 GILBERT, Philippe DECEUNINCK-QUICK STEP s.t.
60 ARNDT, Nikias TEAM SUNWEB s.t.
61 GASTAUER, Ben AG2R LA MONDIALE s.t.
62 LE GAC, Olivier GROUPAMA-FDJ s.t.
63 VAN GOETHEM, Brian LOTTO SOUDAL s.t.
64 TILLER, Rasmus DIMENSION DATA s.t.
65 RENSHAW, Mark DIMENSION DATA s.t.
66 BETTIOL, Alberto EF EDUCATION FIRST s.t.
67 THEUNS, Edward TREK-SEGAFREDO s.t.
68 SWIFT, Connor GREAT BRITIAN s.t.
69 STANNARD, Ian TEAM INEOS s.t.
70 HEPBURN, Michael MITCHELTON-SCOTT s.t.
71 VAN EMDEN, Jos JUMBO-VISMA s.t.
72 GRELLIER, Fabien TOTAL DIRECT ENERGIE s.t.
73 DE KORT, Koen TREK-SEGAFREDO s.t.
74 ROOSEN, Timo JUMBO-VISMA s.t.
75 VAN HOECKE, Gus CCC TEAM s.t.
76 MEYER, Cameron MITCHELTON-SCOTT s.t.
77 ARCHBOLD, Shane BORA-HANSGROHE s.t.
78 MCLAY, Daniel EF EDUCATION FIRST s.t.
79 STEWART, Tom GREAT BRITIAN s.t.
80 WYNANTS, Maarten JUMBO-VISMA s.t.
81 HAUSSLER, Heinrich BAHRAIN-MERIDA +00:53
82 LAWLESS, Christopher TEAM INEOS +00:56
83 MATTHEWS, Michael TEAM SUNWEB +01:02
84 BAUER, Jack MITCHELTON-SCOTT s.t.
85 SCHMIDT, Fabien DELKO-MARSEILLE PROVENCE s.t.
86 STANNARD, Robert MITCHELTON-SCOTT s.t.
87 FRAME, Alex TREK-SEGAFREDO s.t.
88 SAGIV, Guy ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY s.t.
89 SLAGTER, Tom-Jelte DIMENSION DATA s.t.
90 NEILANDS, Krists ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY s.t.
91 VENTOSO, Francisco CCC TEAM s.t.
92 KÄMNA, Lennard TEAM SUNWEB s.t.
93 LANGEVELD, Sebastian EF EDUCATION FIRST s.t.
94 FILOSI, Iuri DELKO-MARSEILLE PROVENCE s.t.
95 HOELGAARD, Daniel GROUPAMA-FDJ s.t.
96 TROIA, Oliviero UAE TEAM EMIRATES s.t.
97 PHINNEY, Taylor EF EDUCATION FIRST s.t.
98 LEEZER, Tom JUMBO-VISMA s.t.
99 EENKHOORN, Pascal JUMBO-VISMA s.t.
100 SINKELDAM, Ramon GROUPAMA-FDJ +01:18
101 BYSTROM, Sven Erik UAE TEAM EMIRATES +01:50
102 BOHLI, Tom UAE TEAM EMIRATES s.t.
103 HALLER, Marco KATUSHA-ALPECIN +02:04
104 NAULEAU, Brian TOTAL DIRECT ENERGIE +02:10
105 TULIK, Angelo TOTAL DIRECT ENERGIE s.t.
106 BONIFAZIO, Niccolo TOTAL DIRECT ENERGIE s.t.
107 DUNNE, Conor ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY +02:13
108 TUSVELD, Martijn TEAM SUNWEB +02:23
109 DOWSETT, Alex Edward KATUSHA-ALPECIN +02:46
110 SCHMIDT, Mads Wurtz KATUSHA-ALPECIN +02:55
111 CARISEY, Clement ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY +03:03
112 KIRSCH, Alex TREK-SEGAFREDO s.t.
113 AFFINI, Edoardo MITCHELTON-SCOTT +03:07
114 OLIVEIRA, Rui UAE TEAM EMIRATES +03:13
115 DEWULF, Stan LOTTO SOUDAL +03:20
116 NAVARDAUSKAS, Ramunas DELKO-MARSEILLE PROVENCE +03:38
117 ALBASINI, Michael MITCHELTON-SCOTT s.t.
118 DEBUSSCHERE, Jens KATUSHA-ALPECIN +03:55
119 SCHILLINGER, Andreas BORA-HANSGROHE +04:13
120 BASKA, Erik BORA-HANSGROHE s.t.
121 DRUCKER, Jean-Pierre BORA-HANSGROHE s.t.
122 CULLAIGH, Gabriel GREAT BRITIAN s.t.
123 SCHWARZMANN, Michael BORA-HANSGROHE +04:42

Course map and profile:

RidLondon map

2019 course map

RideLondon rpofile

2019 course profile


Start list with back numbers, August 3, 2019:

BORA-HANSGROHE
1 DRUCKER Jean-Pierre
2 ARCHBOLD Shane
3 BASKA Erik
4 BENNETT Sam
5 SAGAN Juraj
6 SCHILLINGER Andreas
7 SCHWARZMANN Michael
DECEUNINCK-QUICK STEP
11 GILBERT Philippe
13 KEISSE Iljo
14 MARTINELLI Davide
15 MORKOV Michael
16 STYBAR Zdenek
17 VIVIANI Elia
TREK-SEGAFREDO
21 DE KORT Koen
22 FRAME Alex
23 KIRSCH Alex
24 MOSCHETTI Matteo
25 CLARKE William
26 STUYVEN Jasper
27 THEUNS Edward
BAHRAIN-MERIDA
31 ARASHIRO Yukiya
32 BAUHAUS Phil
33 COLBRELLI Sonny
36 HAUSSLER Heinrich
37 SIEBERG Marcel
UAE-TEAM EMIRATES
41 BOHLI Tom
42 TROIA Oliviero
43 MARCATO Marco
44 OLIVEIRA Rui
45 FERRARI Roberto
46 BYSTROM Sven
47 KRISTOFF Alexander
CCC TEAM
51 KOCH Jonas
52 SCHÄR Michael
53 VAN HOECKE Gijs
54 VAN HOOYDONCK Nathan
55 VAN KEIRSBULCK Guillaume
56 VENTOSO Francisco
57 WISNIOWSKI Lukasz
TOTAL DIRECT ENERGIE
61 BONIFAZIO Niccolo
62 NAULEAU Bryan
63 CARDIS Romain
64 LIGTHART Pim
65 PETIT Adrien
66 GRELLIER Fabien
67 TULIK Angelo
TEAM SUNWEB
71 ARNDT Nikias
72 CURVERS Roy
73 KÄMNA Lennard
74 MATTHEWS Michael
75 NIEUWENHUIS Joris
76 PEDERSEN Casper
77 TUSVELD Martijn
TEAM INEOS
81 BASSO Leonardo
82 ROSA Diego
83 GANNA Filippo
84 HALVORSEN Kristoffer
85 KNEES Christian
86 LAWLESS Christopher
87 STANNARD Ian
GREAT BRITAIN
91 SWIFT Connor
92 WALLS Matthew
93 HAYTER Ethan
94 SHAW James Callum
95 THWAITES Scott
96 CULLAIGH Gabriel
97 STEWART Thomas
GROUPAMA-FDJ
101 DEMARE Arnaud
102 GUARNIERI Jacopo
103 HOELGAARD Daniel
105 LE GAC Olivier
106 SINKELDAM Ramon
107 VAUGRENARD Benoît
MITCHELTON-SCOTT
111 HEPBURN Michael
112 IMPEY Daryl
113 AFFINI Edoardo
114 MEYER Cameron
115 ALBASINI Michael
116 STANNARD Robert
117 BAUER Jack
AG2R LA MONDIALE
121 DENZ Nico
122 DUVAL Julien
123 BAGDONAS Gediminas
124 GOUGEARD Alexis
125 NAESEN Oliver
126 VANDENBERGH Stijn
127 GASTAUER Ben
DELKO-MARSEILLE PROVENCE
131 EL FARES Julien
132 FILOSI Iuri
133 GUERIN Alexis
134 FEDELI Alessandro
135 NAVARDAUSKAS Ramunas
136 SCHMIDT Fabien
137 TRARIEUX Julien
ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY
141 CIMOLAI Davide
142 DUNNE Conor
143 CARISEY Clément
144 NEILANDS Krists
145 SAGIV Guy
146 VAN ASBROECK Tom
147 VAN WINDEN Dennis
LOTTO SOUDAL
151 DE BUYST Jasper
152 DEWULF Stan
153 EWAN Caleb
154 FRISON Frederik
155 VAN GOETHEM Brian
156 MAES Nikolas
157 THIJSSEN Gerben
DIMENSION DATA
161 GIBBONS Ryan
162 SLAGTER Tom-Jelte
163 NIZZOLO Giacomo
164 RENSHAW Mark
165 THOMSON Jay
166 TILLER Rasmus
167 VERMOTE Julien
EF EDUCATION FIRST
171 BRESCHEL Matti
172 BETTIOL Alberto
173 HOFLAND Moreno
174 LANGEVELD Sebastian
175 MCLAY Daniel
176 PHINNEY Taylor
177 VANMARCKE Sep
JUMBO-VISMA
181 JANSEN Amund
182 EENKHOORN Pascal
183 VAN EMDEN Jos
184 LEEZER Tom
185 ROOSEN Timo
186 TEUNISSEN Mike
187 WYNANTS Maarten
KATUSHA-ALPECIN
191 BIERMANS Jenthe
192 DEBUSSCHERE Jens
193 DOWSETT Alex
194 HALLER Marco
195 HAAS Nathan
196 TANFIELD Harry
197 WÜRTZ SCHMIDT Mads