10/08/2014 Cycling


10/08/2014

Two years on from the London Olympics, Ride London celebrates the Games' legacy as many of the world's best cyclists from 2012 return to compete.


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MUSIC very good afternoon to you, welcome

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to our continued coverage of right London weather sun is

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the organisers have reduced the race from 100 miles to 86 because it was

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such torrential weather. The elite riders will be OK, a similar course

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to the road race in 2012. Sir Bradley Wiggins is back on the roads

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and he will have happy memories of 2012.

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COMMENTATOR: Here comes Bradley Wiggins, winner of the Tour de

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France. Bradley Wiggins is the Olympic champion.

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Back on the roads after his so John on the track in the Commonwealth

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Games where he got a silver medal. I am sure he is looking forward to

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getting a taste of RideLondon which already has a reputation of being

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the greatest cycling festival in the world.

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some of the sights and sounds of 2013, it really was stunning and

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2014 promises to be even bigger and even better.

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Last year there was an exciting even better.

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Last year there was an exciting sprint finish. Just like the London

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marathon there is a mass participation race, 24,000 riding

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that sorry London -- Surrey to London leg. We will catch

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up with the highlights of the women's grumpy. What a race that

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was, the world 's best on a loop in Saint James 's Park. Chris Boardman

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has just run those 86 miles -- cycle. How did it go? Horrendous to

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biblical and then back to horrendous. I remember when we were

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watching the Commonwealth Games feeling sorry for them, I cannot

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believe it is this good now. Rachelle, your team did a great job

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yesterday with Giorgia Bronzini, she flew off to do another race? Yes,

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she is already away. Last night was a really exciting race. All of the

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teams wanted to be Marianne Vos and it came down to tactics to beat her.

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She was outnumbered with only one other team-mate and it was a really

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exciting finish. Marianne Vos actually did the race this morning.

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I had a chat with her afterwards and she enjoyed it. This men's race,

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Chris, what should we expect? A sprint again? Yes, even the taxi

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driver was saying Sir Bradley Wiggins has got a chance. It is a

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difficult calls for him. We could see a breakaway, it is at that point

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in the year. Most likely to be a sprint. Here is a look at Chris

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finishing. Look at that. Great style. Have you got a rucksack on?

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Mark Cavendish could not make it this year that his team are set up

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pretty well with Mark Renshaw who is a good sprinter? Yes, Mark Renshaw

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will be disappointed with the Commonwealth Games last week and

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will want to be out here. Everybody at home is looking forward to seeing

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Sir Bradley Wiggins and we caught up with him. How does it feel to be

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back here riding in London? Very good. We were just talking about how

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this was the village. Two years on, it is good to be back and racing. I

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have been racing on the track but a long time since I have been on the

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road. What is the plan today? Normally we expected to finish in a

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sprint. We will try and set it up for him. Without doing what we did

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in the Olympic road race. That is the plan today. What were your

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thoughts when you saw the weather? On days like this, it is a one-day

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race and you just get on with it. Best of luck. Not the best in the

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rain? It has dried out and the sun is out. Totally unfair that we rode

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through that with flooded roads and those guys are getting beautiful

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sunshine. That was quite interesting. Ben Swift will be good

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if they can force a breakaway, that would suit him well. What do you

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make of where Bradley Wiggins is at the moment? Doing the world time

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trial in a month, almost as if he is undecided about his future? Does

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seem like he is a bit confused but after the Commonwealth Games he said

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he would concentrate on the track. Now we see him on the road. I think

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he loves to race in front of a home crowd. For the individual time trial

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that is a very clear objective for him. He will enjoy today being in

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front of the home crowds. He talked about writing for Ben Swift and we

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can hear from Ben Swift now and also Philip Joubert -- Philippe Gilbert.

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Differ whether to last year. From what I've heard the course is

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slightly harder. Still a long way from the climbs to the finish. It

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will be a good race. We have a good team here. A strong team by Team

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Sky. Suggesting you meet business. Definitely. I want to improve on

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what we did last year. Will it come to a bunch sprint? I think the

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conditions will help with it splits up a bit. How you going to enjoy

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riding around London again? Yes. Last year was a year to forget. I

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hope to get a better result. Thank you for joining us. Earlier it was

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raining, what are you expecting on the course? I just hope that we stay

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safe. With this wind it is with dangerous. I hope we can get a nice

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race. You come with good legs today? It is hard to say. It has been a

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long time without a race. Training is never the same. I feel good in

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training but I don't know I can be good in the race. Everyone is

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working hard. I think the condition is there. Thank you for joining us.

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Interesting, Philip Gill birth -- Philip Gilbert talking about prior

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to the race, talk about that feeling before you are about to race? This

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can be difficult, as Philip Gilbert said. It is difficult to know on the

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start line if you are actually inform and that doubt comes into

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mind. Philippe Gilbert will be unsure. What might we expect from

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him? It is hard and it does seem odd for the general public but the guys

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that have been through the Tour de France will have the best form at

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the moment. They will have intense training experience and a little bit

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of time to recover. For the guys who have been in the Tour de France,

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they have an advantage. Yesterday, the star was very much the bike is

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60,000 of them took over the streets of London in the free cycle.

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Just a freedom that you get. Everyone enjoys it. We see things we

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cannot normally see. Fantastic day with the family and the parents.

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Absolutely fantastic. It is great to see the families and kids on the

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bikes. I am keen to encourage my children to cycle more. It helps us

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keep fit, basically. It gets more people on their bikes and if you do

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that you can be more healthy. It is a fantastic opportunity to get

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around the streets of London. Traffic free and safe for the

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children, you can see the sights and we are thrilled to be here. Nanny

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and grandad going out every day for a cycle ride.

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It really was just an amazing atmosphere around London yesterday.

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It is great to see the bike taking centre stage. It was emotional

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walking around London just to see that, seeing how many people want to

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do it and there is obviously a big political push to make it an

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everyday thing. 60,000 people, we were gridlocked with bikes. I will

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bring my own kids next year and get involved in it because it was just

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an amazing experience. We see cycling in London on a day-to-day

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basis, take your life in your own hands. What is it down in Australia?

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It is becoming more acceptable. Ten years ago it was unheard-of on the

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roads. Now motorists are more aware of the cyclists are it is more

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enjoyable. It is becoming quite normal to know that there will be

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500 cyclists out there that you will need to pass on your way into church

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wherever you are going on a Sunday. Yesterday there was an amazing

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feeling. Such a buzz to be around the young children and families. On

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closed roads, it was an amazing atmosphere. If you go to the BBC

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website and go to the get inspired link there will be lots of

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information. A big education thing to do. Events like this are not

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scary, you just turn up. That is the beauty of it. For me, the events we

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have this morning, they are the real success of this weekend. We enjoy

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the sporting event. I think the real success is involving everybody. They

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have done that incredibly well. As you can see behind us the riders are

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still streaming past. Hello. That one nearly went into the barrier.

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Unlike the London Marathon where the elite riders go first here it is the

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amateurs that go first. A bright and breezy early start at

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the Olympic Park. The London Surrey riding up for the challenge, not

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actually 100 miles, down to 86. They have taken out Box Hill and Leith

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Hill because of the fear of storms and winds. The longest cycle I would

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have done in my life, really looking forward to it. The feeling already

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getting here this morning was amazing. Thousands of cyclists

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clogging up the roads with perfect harmony. No clashing, it was

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brilliant. 30,000 out there to do the same

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thing. The vibes will be fantastic. Shall we say a little race or

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rivalry? We will look out for cup of tea stops, have fun and relax and

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hopefully make some friends along the way. The scenery and meeting

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other people. Sharing some Sunday morning downtime with people. It's

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very... I think the way the whole event has been put on, I can say

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nothing but great things about it. Can you keep up with this fella? I

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will be sitting behind him. It should be all right! Obviously Matt

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enjoyed it last year and that inspired you to get on your bike

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this year. That is the reason I came - that and alcohol... No! I've done

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a couple this year. I have done one in Scotland and they are just good

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fun. What I have enjoyed most is the amount of parents with kids on bikes

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yesterday. We will do that next year as well. Enjoyed it. Last year I

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watched while I was recovering from having my baby. The weather was

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amazing last year. We could not have a more different way. We are all

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water-proof. I did it because my dad asked if I would be his riding

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partner. I said, yes! Before I checked the weather! I hope it will

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start dry and then, well, the rain will come.

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Three, two, one... MUSIC That's good, actually. It's a

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bit cold, well the rain has just started! It's a good day out. There

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is something about manning up and keep on riding - that's the rule for

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today. One or two nerves at the start. You have nerves for a

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different reason. It is not just a bike ride you are on today, is it?

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We are getting married. En route? Yes, in Richmond Park. That is

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bizarre. How did this come about? It with was bit of a bet. Friends of

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ours on the ride last year and suggested we should get married.

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They remembered. When we told them, they insisted we had to get married.

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And obviously we want to. There were apparently points last

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night when the organisers thought of cancelling it. Thank goodness they

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didn't. An amazing day for all the riders. The cyclists are still

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flooding by! Perhaps the wrong word to use. 15 of 140 finished the men's

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race. They are a hardy bunch. Everybody will finish today.

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20,000-odd thousand people. It makes it into a miniadventure, to be

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honest. It was spectacular to go out in those conditions and the roads

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being closed - it is an ace experience. The worse the

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conditions, the harder you work and you will talk about it for years to

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come. That is right. When the riders cross the line and they are punching

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the line and there is ex-sitement they have finished, it shows they've

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had a goal out there and there's satisfaction of getting through

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today. You have the elite men's race. We will talk about that and

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get to that action soon. There has been a hand cycle race. That got off

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at 8. 30am. It started at Kingston's ancient marketplace. It wept along

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the embankment, to the Houses of Parliament and under Admiralty Arch.

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It was a battle between two, who fought out the gold medal.

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The winner was froms atry ya. A very -- from Austria. It was the same 1-2

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as it was last year. In third place it was Hans Frie of Switzerland. It

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was Karen Dark who won the women's race for Great Britain: So, as you

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can see, the guys are passing me in the Mall. It has been a super, super

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day. There you go, dissimilar to what the elite riders are doing. We

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can see who is in prospect - it starts at the Queen Elizabeth

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Olympic Park and meanders through east London, taking in some of the

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major sites of the City of London. Probably quite meandering. The first

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sprint at Hampton Court and then out towards the Surrey hills. This is

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where it starts to get bumpy. There are five king of the mountains in

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total. The first you can see there is Staple Lane.

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Then it gets to a different circuit, a couple of loops - I wonder if the

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Lord of Ranmore Common is there! A king of the mountains competition

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there thaend another sprint at Dorking and then to the famous

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climb, Box Hill, during the Olympic road race. That wasn't done today by

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the amateurs. There's no such issue for the professionals. And then back

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into central London. 25kms. A final sprint at Wimbledon. And then

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heading out across the Thames. Putney Bridge again and then towards

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the Mall for the finish. We expect around 5. 30pm-6pm. They started,

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what, about 1pm. We go to Simon now and Brian for the heart of the race

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so far. Good afternoon, everyone. Unlike

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those - the riders in the professional race, setting off in

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rather more favourable conditions from Olympic Park. The wind is still

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clearly kicking up as they set off in the neutralised zone. 150 were

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down for the start. 147 set off. Adam Yates, Paul Martins and another

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from BMC, the three riders who didn't make it to the start. There's

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the Olympic Stadium. The race turns right at the Copper Box.

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And Sir Bradley Wiggins, a late entry, for this classic race. Back

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on the roads in which he enjoyed so much success two summers ago.

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A steady start for the peloton as they wait for the flag to drop.

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Heading through the City of London. Some of the riders to look out for

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today: Bradley Wiggins. Ian Stannard, coming back from injury,

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has missed most of the season. Ben Swift. Petacchi. Renshaw who was

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favoured to win the gold in the Commonwealth Games road race last

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weekend, but it didn't work out for them on the day. Activity at the

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start of the race, as soon as the flag dropped, before they reach the

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Tower of London and this, a normal scene - riders test the water and

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try and get something established in the early kilometres. Those who

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watched the Tour de France, we have so many third-division teams and

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even a national team from Great Britain. No surprise that we are

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seeing early attacks early on in this case. The peloton enjoying some

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early sunshine, but coping with the puddles that were left from the

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morning deluge, which descended on the capital and the hills of Surrey,

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further south from where the riders were at that particular point.

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Yes, they did get drenched, but at least it was warm, so it made it

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bearable out there. One of the first landmarks for the

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riders on this route out of London - Richmond Park.

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This is where we first saw riders trying to break away - Richmond

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Park, created by Charles 1st as a dear park in 1634, the largest of

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the large Royal Parks and the biggest open space in London. This

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is where we started to see riders move away from the front. A lot of

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looking around, just to see the impact of the early attempted break

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aways. A lot of the domestic professionals there. And this, one

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of the key sites of the Olympic Games road race a couple of years

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ago, where the road was absolutely packed. There's Bradley Wiggins,

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packed in nicely. Fantastic to see Bradley Wiggins here. We have so

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many of the British teams. So many different teams. Plenty of attacks,

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as we see there second place, one of the favourites for today's race. He

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will be here to help Mark Renshaw. Disappointed from the Commonwealth

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Games last week. Would love to win this, the second RideLondon.

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More riders trying to escape from the clutches of the peloton, as the

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race headed through Richmond Park here.

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This is the first real break away. As they headed across Richmond Park,

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you could see riders from Team Sky, on the peloton, across the road,

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keeping things nice and steady, allowing that break to go. We have

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one chasser. Five riders in front. One Chaser now. They want the race

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to settle down. It was very difficult the first 20-30kms. Six

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riders in front. They want to control this because obviously it is

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right in the heart of London this race. Team Sky never won it last

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year. So, they have come here with one plan in mind and this is to win

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the second ever RideLondon. The race then heading for Hampton

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Court. The Olympic venue and site where of Bradley Wiggins sat atop

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his throne, following that win in the time trail. Burton was out in

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no-man's-land... Real mixed conditions out there. The

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sun is shining, we have puddles. I am sure we'll see rain during the

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course of the next few hours. here to defend his crown so we will

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have a new winner. You see one of the continental teams towards the

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front, Team Sky on the right-hand side, I am thinking that it is

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panning out to be another sprint here. We will apologise if you are

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having problems with the pictures. Climatic conditions making it

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difficult here. Hopefully the rain showers will pass and the race will

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develop into a classic. One minute and 25 for this little breakaway

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group. One of the riders here from Rwanda, twice a winner of his own

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national Tour, lost six of his brothers in the genocide years ago.

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He is a key figure in the rise of cycling in Rwanda and also within

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that team? Yes, the MTM Qu?bec team was to put the charity out there.

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They want to see black riders in the Tour de France. They want to see a

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black winner in the Tour de France in the future. It is about putting

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Africa on bikes and helping them. They have two get the bikes

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themselves by doing something in their community but already 45,000

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bikes given out by the charity which is increasing attendance at schools

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16% so a lot of pride in the MTM Qu?bec team. Getting people on bikes

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which is good to see. He has been with that team for six years. It is

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great to see so many African riders because let's be honest, ten years

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ago, how many riders from Africa did we have. I couple from South Africa.

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It is great to see some of the smaller countries. So many people

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from smaller countries in Africa coming here just to get to Glasgow

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and just to be part of the games. Absolutely. Some of those riders

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from Rwanda were well up there in the leaderboard in the Time trial

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for quite some time last week. A little look at the pelaton. A

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decent field, a sprinkling of star names, we mentioned Bradley Wiggins.

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We have Philippe chilled at -- Philippe Gilbert amongst the field

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as well. We have mentioned Renshaw and Alejandro

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some others that may do well, from a domestic point of view, white

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Russell Downing may go well. It is grim and grimy and he seems to do

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well in those conditions. He did in the Commonwealth Games. Trouble for

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a smiling Ian Stannard, former British champion, just getting a new

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bike. Take on that front wheel out. No panic. What a shame for him

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riding so well at the start of the year. He crashed in another race and

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broke a vertebrae in his back and it has completely ruined the rest of

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his year so far. Ian Stannard, back on his bike and away. Hopefully

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beginning to find a little bit of form. We saw him in Glasgow last

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weekend. Ian Stannard one of six riders here from Team Sky. Lead of

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calls from the bus by Sir David Brailsford.

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24,000 riders around London today what does this say? It's has come an

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awful long way over the last ten years. I would like to say that it

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is one of the main sports in the country. It is incredible how much

:35:29.:35:32.

growth we have seen. How much riders like Sir Bradley Wiggins and said

:35:33.:35:47.

Chris Holly have put it on the map. -- Surrey -- Sir Chris Hoy. We have

:35:48.:35:53.

seen the worst of the bad weather so these guys will be used to it.

:35:54.:35:58.

Certainly for everyone who took part, there was some really heavy

:35:59.:36:03.

rain in treacherous conditions. Massive congratulations to

:36:04.:36:07.

everybody. A very strong team you have put out? Ian Stannard and Sir

:36:08.:36:14.

Bradley Wiggins, big statement of intent? Hopefully. It is a British

:36:15.:36:22.

race in the middle of London. We want to take it seriously. A lot of

:36:23.:36:25.

talk about this being one of the best legacies. It was only two years

:36:26.:36:33.

ago that Ian Stannard and Sir Bradley Wiggins were riding on the

:36:34.:36:36.

same course in the Olympic Games so we would like to do well. Obviously

:36:37.:36:43.

we saw Sir Bradley Wiggins in Glasgow. Great to see him back on

:36:44.:36:54.

the roads. Bisley he is here today. He will ride the Tour of Britain

:36:55.:36:58.

which will then give him the right training preparation to go to the

:36:59.:37:02.

World Championships and try to deliver in the individual time trial

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which he did so brilliantly in last year. Thank you for joining us.

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COMMENTATOR: Back with the race and with Ian Stannard who is just

:37:11.:37:15.

heading towards the back end of the pelaton or no doubt will be in the

:37:16.:37:20.

not too distant future. Having to stop briefly for a puncture. Team

:37:21.:37:27.

Sky with half a dozen riders. The maximum allowed here in this

:37:28.:37:36.

RideLondon Surrey classic. Just over a minute back to the main pelaton.

:37:37.:37:43.

Working well together as they head out South in the West Horsley region

:37:44.:37:50.

of Surrey. Fresh downpours making some sizeable puddles at this side

:37:51.:37:53.

of the road. It could make one or two of the descents interesting on

:37:54.:37:57.

the couple of loops that they make around the Surrey Hills. It will be

:37:58.:38:04.

pretty slippery. We have a bit of tree cover as well. It will not dry

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out quickly. You can remember during the road race at the Olympics,

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torrential rain now. Again, back to some difficult conditions. You can

:38:17.:38:27.

see it getting darker. You also have Johnny McEvoy sitting in third place

:38:28.:38:32.

and he will be looking after Sam Bennett who they believe is a good

:38:33.:38:37.

shout for a win for them today. We have seen Sam Bennett perform well

:38:38.:38:40.

on British roads in the Tour de France. He is one to look out on. --

:38:41.:38:49.

the Tour of Britain. One of the least experienced squads out there.

:38:50.:38:53.

They have not come with big names or a big reputation. Certainly taking

:38:54.:38:59.

advantage of the opportunity to race here. They may be a third division

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team but they have come here to do well. We have seen plenty of top

:39:07.:39:18.

tens. It is a 1.8 C. The only event above this is a world race. Anything

:39:19.:39:22.

can happen and let's see what happens over the last 130, does.

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Another race for all of the World Tour teams here. For some of the

:39:29.:39:32.

smaller ones as you suggest, a real focal point for the season. The race

:39:33.:39:44.

was won by a French rider. He is not back this year to defend the title.

:39:45.:39:48.

As we mentioned before, some good riders here among this 147 rider

:39:49.:40:04.

Peloton. It is important to stay near the front. Anything can happen

:40:05.:40:10.

near this race. Let's hope we do not hear any crashes but this is over

:40:11.:40:15.

one minute. Do you think this field and this route is a good one to try

:40:16.:40:19.

and break away on because it is quite easy to be out of sight and

:40:20.:40:30.

out of mind? He can be like that but certainly here, fantastic race. We

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have seen it in the Olympics and last year as well. Just hovering

:40:36.:40:41.

over one minute. I think the Peloton will be happy about this. This

:40:42.:40:44.

six-man break need to have as much time as possible. I think some more

:40:45.:40:49.

rain is coming. We will see a great race. The riders tapping out a

:40:50.:41:02.

decent rhythm here. Coming to the end of the driveway to watch the

:41:03.:41:09.

riders go past here. This stop implies there has been a bit of a

:41:10.:41:13.

fall. We do have a crash listening to the race radio. A thing you can

:41:14.:41:18.

do. Sometimes when you have situation like this riders will run

:41:19.:41:23.

around. The front of the race will not slow up. Unfortunately for some

:41:24.:41:34.

of them it is OK. It is team or Schaefer, one of them on the ground.

:41:35.:41:38.

Another one slowed up is Richard Hanley. A couple of riders at the

:41:39.:41:46.

back now. It seems as if everybody is back on board and back on the

:41:47.:41:51.

road but, as you say, it is extremely narrow. Particularly as it

:41:52.:42:02.

heads in the Coldharbour area, it is almost single file territory. That

:42:03.:42:12.

is why you had to keep out of trouble. People have been shouted at

:42:13.:42:16.

to move up. Very difficult times for a lot of these riders. Let's hope

:42:17.:42:22.

they are all OK. How hard will it be for someone like Sir Bradley Wiggins

:42:23.:42:26.

coming into this after a block of training on the track which is what

:42:27.:42:28.

he was doing leading into the Commonwealth Games? It will be very

:42:29.:42:33.

difficult. OK he wrote the Commonwealth Games but just look at

:42:34.:42:39.

him, he is very good at quickly changing. He dropped five kilograms

:42:40.:42:50.

in a matter of if you weeks to win the Tour of California. He is very

:42:51.:42:53.

good at adapting and I think we will see Sir Bradley Wiggins the leading

:42:54.:42:59.

Ben Swift on here. Having a chance to win.

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Can you explain to view as how the system works, with the apprentices?

:43:16.:43:26.

Given an opportunity? The teams are allowed to take on three of them.

:43:27.:43:31.

They are purely young riders that are given an opportunity to see what

:43:32.:43:34.

they can do towards the end of the year. If they do well then there

:43:35.:43:37.

could be a professional contract at the end of it. It is a way of

:43:38.:43:44.

choosing to, maximum three riders to come on board, sometimes just to

:43:45.:43:48.

help out. Obviously bringing in some good youths in. It gives them an

:43:49.:43:53.

opportunity to try and see what they can do. If you show well then

:43:54.:44:05.

another team can come in. It is the apprenticeship. It is great to see

:44:06.:44:09.

teams using that to Dave to their advantage. The whether continuing to

:44:10.:44:15.

change and things are looking a little bit more favourably on the

:44:16.:44:17.

riders. There is the random rider. another crash, another couple of

:44:18.:44:40.

riders are down. One of the Colombian riders is down as well. It

:44:41.:44:49.

does look as if everybody is able to continue. Those were some of the

:44:50.:44:56.

riders towards the back. Narrow lanes and unfortunately these

:44:57.:44:58.

conditions are meaning it is very difficult for a lot of these riders.

:44:59.:45:07.

The place to be is at the front of the pelaton.

:45:08.:45:15.

No major damage done but that is to crashes we have seen in ten minutes

:45:16.:45:20.

or so. Perhaps not surprising partly because of the

:45:21.:45:31.

the blue stripe in the black Jerseys up to the front of the peloton, as

:45:32.:45:35.

Brian was saying, trying to stay out of trouble. It was a key thing they

:45:36.:45:41.

looked at ahead of the 2012 tour, wasn't it, when Bradley Wiggins was

:45:42.:45:44.

going for the win. They studied hours and hours to work out where

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the best place to be was and not get involved in any of the crashes that

:45:52.:45:55.

beset the peloton. When you get the narrow enough lanes and people start

:45:56.:45:59.

to touch their brakes. In these wet conditions, sometimes when you touch

:46:00.:46:04.

your brakes it takes a fraction of a second and it kicks in. Punch points

:46:05.:46:07.

and it has produced a couple of crashes towards the back of the

:46:08.:46:12.

peloton. Well, the focus of attention this afternoon is the

:46:13.:46:16.

classic race, yesterday evening, as they start the climb here, the first

:46:17.:46:22.

of the King of the Mountain climbs - the climb of Staple Lane, which will

:46:23.:46:27.

be contested between our six break aways. The best part of a

:46:28.:46:31.

minute-and-a-half in the lead. We will stay with this action just for

:46:32.:46:35.

a moment here. This, the first of several climbs

:46:36.:46:40.

littering the route. And a first real test of the legs

:46:41.:46:44.

here. Yes, a difficult course. We have

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five climbs, four sprints on the way and again a problem for Ben Swift

:46:50.:46:54.

from Team Sky. Again problems for probably one of the favourites of

:46:55.:47:01.

today's race. I was going to say a quick bike change for him, but it is

:47:02.:47:06.

not that quick. I don't think hi'll be too disappointed with this --

:47:07.:47:10.

he'll be too disappointed with this. He'll get help from the team to get

:47:11.:47:15.

back to the other cars t convoy and make his way up. He's a long way to

:47:16.:47:21.

go to the finish. Again, it is very important. Also the problem is, you

:47:22.:47:26.

get that and it brings on a lot of grit and gravel, and that is why we

:47:27.:47:31.

are seeing so many punctures in this race. We will see that with flint

:47:32.:47:36.

being washed out into the mid-ol the road as the peloton -- middle of the

:47:37.:47:39.

road as peloton hits Staples Lane. The problem about Team Sky is they

:47:40.:48:04.

have so many windows in that team, it is difficult to get your own

:48:05.:48:08.

opportunity. Ben is taking his opportunities when they have arisen.

:48:09.:48:14.

It will be great to see him coming down the Mall, putting his hands up

:48:15.:48:18.

in the air and winning this race. He has the capabilities to do that. He

:48:19.:48:21.

is up against some world-class riders in this race today. Well, the

:48:22.:48:27.

first climb kicking in a little bit. Keeping an eye on the rider in the

:48:28.:48:32.

yellow jersey. He was 17th in the Tour of Britain last year. He was

:48:33.:48:40.

the first of the domestic-based rider riders to reach of the Tor

:48:41.:48:49.

last year. They are doing a good job. You have

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to remember only world tour events, as we see them over the top of the

:48:57.:48:58.

climb. And it is Lampiter. One minute and 23 behind. A good

:48:59.:49:33.

effort, the front two riders with the yellow and the black. Tapping

:49:34.:49:43.

away a rhythm. Jonathan MacAvoy. Bradley Wiggins on the inside. And

:49:44.:49:49.

so many of Team Sky - they are looking for the sprinters. They want

:49:50.:49:52.

to control things. So many teams are here representing

:49:53.:50:13.

the world tour. We have seven world tour teams.

:50:14.:50:22.

It was all about the women's race yesterday evening, based on the

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circuit around St James's Park and the field led by Marianne Vos. She

:50:31.:50:35.

had a very busy weekend. She was riding in Belgium with her

:50:36.:50:39.

team-mates in the morning. Morning flew in. This morning, she was up

:50:40.:50:44.

early, racing or riding, I should say, in the 100 - the ride which

:50:45.:50:52.

turned into an 86 and afterward Jill Douglas caught up with the champion.

:50:53.:51:04.

Some happy memories from 20 #12rks I would imagine? Yes. It all feels

:51:05.:51:12.

familiar. The rain made it a full experience, so, it was great to be

:51:13.:51:17.

back. How many times do you do a kind of sporty ride like this with a

:51:18.:51:23.

lot of amateur riders? This is the first big one and it was great. I

:51:24.:51:29.

started at 6. 40, so inbetween a lot of people. Yes, I have been riding

:51:30.:51:34.

around, surrounded by people all the time. It was great. Just people

:51:35.:51:40.

catching up, having a quick chat, but we did quite fast. I was with my

:51:41.:51:49.

team-mate. With the rain, it is better be a bit faster. Was there

:51:50.:51:54.

any enthusiastic amateur men trying to beat you? Well, men and women,

:51:55.:52:01.

and yes, we had quite a nice group. I think we worked pretty well

:52:02.:52:04.

together. And your impression of coming here to the Prudential

:52:05.:52:10.

RideLondon Festival of Cycling, it is impressive, isn't it? The

:52:11.:52:14.

atmosphere is great. I knew that from other events in England, but,

:52:15.:52:19.

yeah, to be back here, on the Mall and, to be back in London after

:52:20.:52:24.

London 2012 Olympics and nowed for the London pru -- and now for the

:52:25.:52:29.

London Prudential. Yesterday it was amazes to get the stage here --

:52:30.:52:35.

amazing to get the stage here in London for women's cycling, just to

:52:36.:52:40.

show again the beauty and to show the world again. I was happy to be

:52:41.:52:45.

here and also today, to ride through London. Hopefully see you next year.

:52:46.:52:50.

Yes, if it is possible, I'll be back.

:52:51.:52:53.

It was great to see Marianne Vos, the world champion racing so well on

:52:54.:53:01.

the streets of London. It would have brought back happy memories for her.

:53:02.:53:13.

Sgld a good sprint last night, wasn't it? OK, it is only 45

:53:14.:53:19.

minutes, but Marianne Vos came here as world champion. She was up

:53:20.:53:24.

against some very good riders who last weekend, she actually won and

:53:25.:53:30.

Bronzini was second. Lizzie Armistead back after the

:53:31.:53:34.

Commonwealth Games title. It was a great race.

:53:35.:53:40.

Her team-mates helped a lot. Constantly attacked through the

:53:41.:53:43.

race? That is the important thing, that is how a team can help. And the

:53:44.:53:48.

way they were on the attack from the start and really kind of blunted

:53:49.:53:54.

Marianne Vos's sprint in the end which was just enough for Bronzini

:53:55.:54:00.

to come past her. She won by probably half a wheel in the end, by

:54:01.:54:07.

most and the aerial shot was fantastic as they go back towards

:54:08.:54:12.

the A 25. A very tricky one this. It was perfectly timed by Bronzini, who

:54:13.:54:16.

had time to make up on Vos. Just pipped on the line by Bronzini.

:54:17.:54:22.

Just looking at the back here, the GB rider and the GB kits, the red,

:54:23.:54:30.

white and blue, Daniel McClay. A very good rider, looking obviously

:54:31.:54:37.

to get into the pro-peloton. He is a ride their will want to do well in

:54:38.:54:45.

this race. The race heading downhill.

:54:46.:54:51.

Then it will go straight into Dorking, the first of several visits

:54:52.:54:57.

into Dorking, which is the focal point of two separate loops they

:54:58.:55:01.

will make out in the Surrey countryside. Gone up a little bit

:55:02.:55:06.

now after the decent of that -- decent of that climb.

:55:07.:55:21.

The riders quite offed wisely taking that very cautiously. There are a

:55:22.:55:30.

couple of potentially nasty turns if you were not aware of what was

:55:31.:55:34.

coming up in front of you. One of the left-handers doubling back on

:55:35.:55:38.

itself. It seems everyone has made it safely to the bottom. You have

:55:39.:55:43.

this gap going up and down again and the radio in the rider's ears. They

:55:44.:55:47.

use the old fashioned method of the black board and that torrential rain

:55:48.:55:51.

it is difficult to get time checks up to the riders in front. That is

:55:52.:55:55.

why we are seeing the gap to over a minute, pushing up to two minutes.

:55:56.:55:59.

It looks like the peloton are happy for this group of six to hang out

:56:00.:56:03.

for two minutes and bring them back for a sprint in the end. Looking at

:56:04.:56:08.

the field, not everybody has a top-class sprinter, so there'll be

:56:09.:56:17.

plenty of attacks later on. Once more, as you were saying the blue

:56:18.:56:21.

Jersey is there up towards the front. Yes, they are really looking

:56:22.:56:27.

after Bennett, one of the riders coming up, to give the man from St

:56:28.:56:34.

Helens, sitting in second place, a bottle there. It is still warm out

:56:35.:56:41.

there. The riders have to drink. Johnnie Mcavoy was in the break away

:56:42.:56:47.

last year in this race. Good to see him in the German team. He got in

:56:48.:56:52.

the break, as you say, in this event. I remember reading about him

:56:53.:56:58.

talking enthusiastically about how it was one of the races that really

:56:59.:57:02.

inspired him as a youngster and to be out there on the cobbles was

:57:03.:57:07.

almost a dream come, if that is possible in a rass like that. He is

:57:08.:57:11.

used to -- in a race like that. He is used to riding out the front.

:57:12.:57:32.

You mention Sam Bennett ux what about Zac Demster? He is a good

:57:33.:57:42.

shout. He was up there in the top ten. As you say, he didn't have an

:57:43.:57:52.

outright rider. I think Zac Demster will pay a part - you have to go

:57:53.:57:57.

with your fastest sprinter. It is the same situation with. And they

:57:58.:58:14.

have a lead over the peloton. We will be back to Brian and Simon

:58:15.:58:21.

soon. We are taking breaks at appropriate points, to give you a

:58:22.:58:27.

flavour. The amateur event, the riders streaming past me on the

:58:28.:58:31.

Mall. There are a range of reasons why people ride it - celebrities and

:58:32.:58:35.

people with personal reasons. Let's hear from some of them.

:58:36.:58:43.

Congratulations on finishing. I guess riding in memory of your son -

:58:44.:58:47.

a very tough day for you personally? Yes. It was tough, but it was also

:58:48.:58:55.

an incredible experience. We've, we lost Edward in April this year. He

:58:56.:59:00.

was only three months old. And he was a victim of Sudden Infant Death

:59:01.:59:08.

Syndrome, which is a diagnosis of exclusion. The Coroner's report

:59:09.:59:12.

showed he was perfectly healthy. Medically he was perfectly healthy.

:59:13.:59:17.

So, we founded a charity called Teddy's Wish, to raise money to help

:59:18.:59:24.

try and do some research and understand why and get an

:59:25.:59:29.

explanation as to why this tragedy could have happened. And we know it

:59:30.:59:35.

will not bring Edward back. But hopefully it may prevent a few other

:59:36.:59:40.

parents going through this horrible tragedy. And so, we launched the

:59:41.:59:49.

fund-raising only three weeks ago. We have a just giving page and the

:59:50.:59:54.

response has been overwhelming and incredibly humbling. We have raised

:59:55.:59:59.

nearly ?45,000 in two-and-a-half weeks and we work with our named

:00:00.:00:05.

charities, Lullaby Trust, which used to be the Foundation for SIDs and

:00:06.:00:16.

stillbirth in neonatal. We got it to cover those three deaths. They are

:00:17.:00:21.

often sudden and without explanation and the grief is very similar. We

:00:22.:00:25.

wanted to help all parents that are bound by the same tragedy. So, it

:00:26.:00:30.

was a tough ride. But, you know, I knew that Edward

:00:31.:00:35.

was watching over me all the way around. And I put a message on

:00:36.:00:44.

Facebook before that it wasn't just this 100 miles that was for him, it

:00:45.:00:49.

was everything that myself and my wife did. My wife has been amazing.

:00:50.:00:55.

Everything we do is for him. We will live our lives for him and

:00:56.:01:00.

hopefully this is a good step in fulfilling our promise to him to

:01:01.:01:03.

make him proud. Thank you for speaking to us and our thoughts and

:01:04.:01:07.

prayers with you and your wife. Thank you very much.

:01:08.:01:26.

gets. Almost as wet as an otter. Keen cyclist, aren't you? I like to

:01:27.:01:32.

cycle. I started commuting a while ago. I started doing some road

:01:33.:01:36.

cycling. I got asked to do a road trip around Surrey and I have

:01:37.:01:44.

decided to do against this year. No more gels for you, surely? My mates

:01:45.:01:53.

did and he lost weight. I have these, I make them myself. They look

:01:54.:01:57.

a little bit weird and Brown. They are made of dried fruits and owed

:01:58.:02:04.

and seeds and powder. They have protein and sugar and fibre. It goes

:02:05.:02:12.

really nicely with what is going to happen next. Which is? Beer. That

:02:13.:02:20.

makes me think of Gregg Wallace, will he ever do this? He is more of

:02:21.:02:26.

a body-builder, can't you tell by his physique. Unit Lizzie

:02:27.:02:32.

Armitstead. I know you were impressed with her? What a race. My

:02:33.:02:38.

son is English, of course and I am an Aussie and of course I'm going

:02:39.:02:41.

for the Aussies but I must take my hat off to her. The most amazing

:02:42.:02:47.

race. This weekend, it is stunning? What a day today has been. The way

:02:48.:02:53.

it has been organised, I think there may be some comments about what the

:02:54.:02:56.

organisers did with the course, dropping a few miles off but I think

:02:57.:03:00.

it was the best thing they can do. Everyone has come back and has a

:03:01.:03:04.

smile on their face and it is safe. Go and get hydrated. I am going to

:03:05.:03:12.

go and get dehydrated. LAUGHTER That is the only way an Aussie can

:03:13.:03:17.

live. Thank you for joining us. This Boris Pike has completed the ride

:03:18.:03:27.

with them not, why on this bike? I live abroad so rather than Trickett

:03:28.:03:30.

over I thought I should rely on London to supply me with a good one.

:03:31.:03:37.

It is not the weapon you would choose for such a long ride? Not

:03:38.:03:43.

normally but I heard Box Hill was cancelled so that is when you want a

:03:44.:03:48.

decent sturdy bike. Get a lot of stick? Not at all. All the guys were

:03:49.:03:53.

very supportive. Lots of condiments and encouragement. Colourful top

:03:54.:04:00.

riding for a serious cause. West Cancer UK. And yes it was something

:04:01.:04:07.

in my family so yes, very close to the heart. Congratulations, the

:04:08.:04:13.

first Boris bike home? I assume there will be a couple of other guys

:04:14.:04:20.

who did it, maybe. I hope you paid your rental. Yes. I will see if I

:04:21.:04:25.

get fined heavily. Thank you for joining us. Snow and ice replaced by

:04:26.:04:34.

two wheels. How was that? A fantastic experience, very

:04:35.:04:37.

challenging, not just riding a bike, there were parts where we were

:04:38.:04:42.

swimming through the water but I think it was really well that we

:04:43.:04:45.

stuck together doing it as a team. We both liked different points we

:04:46.:04:52.

could motivate each other through. A bit of drafting going on, and you

:04:53.:04:55.

said it was very tough but they took out all of the hills? I have to

:04:56.:05:00.

admit that I wanted to do Box Hill because everyone was going on about

:05:01.:05:04.

how hard it was and we have a lot of hills in Bath. I am quite happy

:05:05.:05:11.

knowing that it was only 80 miles. I cannot even move my neck I am

:05:12.:05:15.

hurting so badly. It was so much fun and I can believe how much I

:05:16.:05:20.

actually loved it. To do it with a friend, we did not chat at all. We

:05:21.:05:25.

focus on the competition, not gossiping at all. I do not believe

:05:26.:05:31.

you. Freshly retired. How is it going? Very exciting. I retired and

:05:32.:05:37.

got married. This is my next focus. I gave myself 12 weeks for this

:05:38.:05:40.

physical challenge and I will keep doing that over the next year,

:05:41.:05:43.

different ones and some very difficult ones. Maybe you might see

:05:44.:05:49.

an adventure television show. Very exciting. Talking about getting

:05:50.:05:56.

married you are engaged? Thank you. A lot has happened. I met a lovely

:05:57.:06:00.

man who is here somewhere supporting. He has been out

:06:01.:06:06.

backpacking man. Very exciting time. I will get married next year. I am

:06:07.:06:10.

trying to find him I need a massage. A lot of people looking forward to

:06:11.:06:17.

you rowing naked across the Atlantic? That is not tough enough.

:06:18.:06:25.

No, it massively is. We need to do more speed ones. She has been

:06:26.:06:38.

topping me throughout life. She do not even let me win today. Thank you

:06:39.:06:47.

for joining us. Too happy riders. Having made it to the finish, the

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sun is shining on the Peloton. We are looking at the main group with

:06:53.:06:57.

Johnny McEvoy riding at the front. Just over a minute and a half behind

:06:58.:07:01.

the breakaway group as you can see. The breakaway group comprising of

:07:02.:07:07.

Stephen Lamb PA, they have just gone through Wescott

:07:08.:07:23.

and they are heading into Dorking which means, surely, just before

:07:24.:07:28.

they get into the centre, they will make a right turn and will head down

:07:29.:07:33.

chords Coldharbour and Leith Hill. They are heading towards the first

:07:34.:07:39.

circuit. There is a loop that they will do twice. More of that in a

:07:40.:07:44.

moment. Here we are now in the centre of Dorking and it is pretty

:07:45.:07:47.

much as you were when you were last with us in terms of the situation.

:07:48.:07:53.

Perhaps we will not see a great change for a little while, here? Not

:07:54.:07:58.

much change over the next foreseeable future. We have had one

:07:59.:08:09.

Sprint already at Hampton Court. Again, Simon, I think it will

:08:10.:08:27.

stalemate. Not everyone has got a world-class sprinter.

:08:28.:08:32.

One of the apprentices is in there, being given an opportunity on the

:08:33.:08:52.

latter part of the season. Just hanging onto the back-up that group.

:08:53.:08:56.

Just off the back of the Peloton, Ian Wilkinson looking for some

:08:57.:09:04.

assistance from the team car. He was involved in the action very early

:09:05.:09:09.

on. That was brought back. On the first hour of racing the riders did

:09:10.:09:15.

44 kilometres so it was not an easy start. It was difficult to breakaway

:09:16.:09:20.

who will get more than one opportunity to see the cyclists. The

:09:21.:09:41.

Peloton make their way through the market town. Again, one of the

:09:42.:09:52.

riders riding up the front, probably the same to who have been there

:09:53.:09:56.

throughout the early stages of this race.

:09:57.:10:09.

We had a little look towards the back of that helicon, Nathan

:10:10.:10:15.

Edmondson rider that had been involved in one crash in this

:10:16.:10:24.

classic race. It is the back of the Peloton Waratahs all action, people

:10:25.:10:32.

coming back after a crash. It is all action at the back. Sometimes with

:10:33.:10:36.

the nature of cycling when you are riding through a city and you are

:10:37.:10:39.

going through a lot of corners it can actually be harder to ride at

:10:40.:10:44.

the back than the front? Of course. It is a lot easier than a big long

:10:45.:10:50.

boulevard where there are big wide roads and it can be easy to ride at

:10:51.:10:53.

the back, it is sometimes safe as well because you have got room to

:10:54.:10:57.

move. In the sort of races it is so important. The concertina effect.

:10:58.:11:04.

Obviously a lot of the riders will want to state was the front as much

:11:05.:11:07.

as possible. Not everyone can be there. Now, busy part of the year

:11:08.:11:19.

for you in a general manager 's role? Is your phone bill going

:11:20.:11:23.

through the roof? Very much so. Difficult period. I was involved

:11:24.:11:28.

with building a team before. Starting from scratch. Now I have

:11:29.:11:34.

got 14 African riders and we are going to go up to 22 riders so I

:11:35.:11:39.

need to get eight more on board. I am looking for a couple of marquee

:11:40.:11:44.

signings. A lot of the teams are as well. A lot of switching around.

:11:45.:11:54.

This is a transfer period. Not just the big marquee riders but the

:11:55.:11:57.

riders that will come from the African riders we have already got,

:11:58.:12:04.

it is helping them. The aim is to get into the Tour de France. Not

:12:05.:12:07.

just with the European riders but also for the African riders. Qu?bec

:12:08.:12:13.

is about putting their charity in the best possible place. What better

:12:14.:12:23.

way to do so than riding this. I will look forward to a holiday soon

:12:24.:12:28.

but I look after a couple of riders myself.

:12:29.:12:38.

It is not easy to keep in touch with these riders but I look after a

:12:39.:12:42.

couple of them as well. I have my own fund, a charity fund and it all

:12:43.:12:49.

comes at the same time. It is great to see when you see a few years ago

:12:50.:12:53.

and you look at cycling, it is brilliant to be involved, the

:12:54.:12:57.

problem I have got is I find it hard to say no. One minute and 30 on

:12:58.:13:01.

Leith Hill, the second King of the Mountains climb. They are coming at

:13:02.:13:05.

it from a completely different angle to last year. Really it is a climb

:13:06.:13:11.

up through Coldharbour than Leith Hill itself but it takes them up to

:13:12.:13:15.

Leith Hill, the highest point in the south of England. On a clear day,

:13:16.:13:21.

apparently you can see 13 counties from the summit. You can see all the

:13:22.:13:24.

way up to London and all the way down to the channel in the other

:13:25.:13:31.

direction. This is a great opportunity for a lot of people

:13:32.:13:34.

watching because there are a lot of weekend warriors in this neck of the

:13:35.:13:41.

woods. They are probably already written the 86 miles this morning,

:13:42.:13:46.

they can sit back on the sofa with a beer and watch them going up the

:13:47.:13:49.

same roads that they have written around at the weekend previously.

:13:50.:13:54.

That is the great thing about cycling, it comes to you. It is the

:13:55.:13:58.

equivalent of being able to play football at Wembley Stadium or

:13:59.:14:00.

something like that when you can ride out. Last night after the

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women's Grand Prix, we have the family ride, the free cycle, 50,000

:14:08.:14:14.

people, roughly, lots of children involved in that, families having a

:14:15.:14:17.

great time riding around ten miles of closed roads in the centre of

:14:18.:14:20.

London including along the Mall and through the same finishing my line

:14:21.:14:30.

that the pros will use. Everybody getting the chance to perform on the

:14:31.:14:36.

same stage. It really does seem to touch all the bases in terms of

:14:37.:14:40.

rider involvement in every sort of distance. Here is the leading group.

:14:41.:14:49.

A minute and a half. Staying constant. Heading up towards

:14:50.:14:54.

Coldharbour, they are on the climb of Leith Hill, the second King of

:14:55.:15:11.

the Mountains climb here. It is really tough for mere mortals and it

:15:12.:15:18.

is not a major bother to a number of these protection or drivers. --

:15:19.:15:21.

these professional riders. finishing line along the Mall. Not

:15:22.:15:41.

many can say they have riden down the Mall and with the likes of

:15:42.:15:46.

Marianne Vos and many other riders and Sir Bradley Wiggins will ride

:15:47.:15:50.

here later on, hopefully leading Team Sky on to the Mall. Back at the

:15:51.:15:56.

front of the race, we saw the rear end of the peloton. I don't know if

:15:57.:16:02.

there was a problem, but here are the leading riders. The youngster is

:16:03.:16:07.

still on at the back. He was a bronze medallist three years ago. A

:16:08.:16:11.

very promising young rider, trying to make a mark and trying to make a

:16:12.:16:17.

big nif mark to earn a professional contract next year and going the

:16:18.:16:23.

right way about it. 20 years old. Again a national under 23 time trial

:16:24.:16:34.

rider. It is not easy for everybody. Some are starting to struggle

:16:35.:16:39.

slightly towards the back. One of the riders from MTN there - the

:16:40.:16:44.

Ethiopian, going off the back of the peloton.

:16:45.:16:51.

Not a lot of room for the riders here. Some of the country lanes are

:16:52.:16:57.

narrow. Narrower than where they are at the moment.

:16:58.:17:03.

Lampier bringing up the rear. They first formed halfway across Richmond

:17:04.:17:07.

Park as the race headed out of London. It was after 30kms or so and

:17:08.:17:16.

again covering 34kms in the first hour of riding. These six will want

:17:17.:17:21.

to help each other, as we can see. Still a long way to go. Still the

:17:22.:17:32.

riders from Kuota. They are will try and take it easy.

:17:33.:17:37.

The speed they have gone up, when I say easy, it is probably faster than

:17:38.:17:41.

most club riders would ride up here. Again, it is a controlled effort

:17:42.:17:53.

from the boys of Team Sky, Kuota. The two riders we were looking at

:17:54.:18:00.

there, 101 and Ian Wilkinson. It is great to see the iconic jersey back.

:18:01.:18:09.

The rally team and his daughter was actually riding in the Grand Prix

:18:10.:18:14.

last night, the women's Grand Prix. She did a great job as well. She

:18:15.:18:22.

rode the Sportiff this morning as well. One rider, rider 173, a

:18:23.:18:33.

29-year-old from Austria. Won the Tour of Taiwan. He has reasonable

:18:34.:18:38.

climbing legs. He won the King of the Mountain in Ireland this year.

:18:39.:18:44.

We will keep an eye on him as the climbs continue to come thick and

:18:45.:18:48.

fast here, in the heart of the Surrey countryside. This is worth

:18:49.:18:53.

seeing - with a lot of water washing grit on to the road, quite a few

:18:54.:18:58.

punctures. Again it is very dark underneath the tree cover and it is

:18:59.:19:01.

very difficult to see what's on the road. A lot of riders hitting

:19:02.:19:20.

stones. One from team 3 TN is requiring another wheel. With it

:19:21.:19:25.

raining much of the day, conditions changing markedly. We will blame

:19:26.:19:31.

Bertha for that one. She looks like she has turned a turn across

:19:32.:19:35.

northern France. It could have been worse. Maybe try telling them to

:19:36.:19:41.

some in the Sporti if, f who got a drenching this morning.

:19:42.:19:49.

-- Portiff, who got a drenching this morning. It is great to see when you

:19:50.:19:55.

throw adversity into cycling, people love it. ??FORCEWHITE And if you

:19:56.:20:00.

take Box Hill out, of course, as well. And the sun is shining here.

:20:01.:20:07.

With less than 110kms still to go and the rider on the front now is

:20:08.:20:38.

Marcus Eiberger. There will be a lot of flint and

:20:39.:20:43.

sharp stone mixed in there. There'll be more punctures, I think. I think

:20:44.:20:48.

the service vehicles will be busy this afternoon. They don't use

:20:49.:20:55.

wet-weather tyres. They start with the same tires and start with them

:20:56.:21:03.

-- tyres and start with them pumped up. The difficulty is they cannot

:21:04.:21:08.

stop when the rain comes down and take some air out. They start with

:21:09.:21:12.

the same everything and unfortunately the rain which has

:21:13.:21:16.

come down is putting a few rivers across the road and bringing on a

:21:17.:21:21.

lot of debris and that is why we're seeing so many punctures. Again, it

:21:22.:21:43.

comes down to luck. ??FORCEWHITE Quite a story Rwandan cycling. It is

:21:44.:21:49.

great to see these African countries coming through. We have Eritrea. It

:21:50.:22:00.

is great to see some of these small countries. Do you think there'll be

:22:01.:22:05.

further strides forward for African riders and cycling in general? I can

:22:06.:22:10.

only think so. You have to remember that froom froom froom, DUP Chris

:22:11.:22:30.

Froome is there that part of the world.

:22:31.:22:40.

We are seeing the rider from Team La Pomme Marseille. Joe Douglas has the

:22:41.:22:50.

trip from the start line to the finish here on the Sky Bus. Sat in

:22:51.:22:56.

Bradley Wiggins's chair. Not many people get to say that and she got

:22:57.:23:00.

information talking about tyre pressures, that they are at 7.2 bar

:23:01.:23:06.

today. Sounds like she had some very interesting conversations on her

:23:07.:23:10.

coach journey across London over to the finish here. Sky, with all their

:23:11.:23:14.

riders up towards the front, including Bradley Wiggins. It is

:23:15.:23:19.

great to see him back on the roads of the south-east. It will bring

:23:20.:23:23.

back a few memories from a couple of summers ago when he just went from

:23:24.:23:27.

one magical ride to another. And of course rang the bell at the

:23:28.:23:32.

Opening Ceremony for the Olympic Games too. Well, we also have the

:23:33.:23:36.

hint of a dry road for our break away group! Who would have thought

:23:37.:23:40.

that, given the deluges they have been subjected to at various points

:23:41.:23:58.

of this race? 184 is the rider from La Pomme Marseille. Six riders,

:23:59.:24:06.

still a long way to go. The other five behind them, will

:24:07.:24:10.

swing over and come to the back and recover. It is the only way they can

:24:11.:24:14.

do this, to try and stay away as much as possible. A lot of people

:24:15.:24:21.

will think, the gap is over 2189. If it comes to -- 218. If it comes to a

:24:22.:24:27.

sprint, why they out there. Never know what will happen. If it comes

:24:28.:24:36.

to a sprint, we'll see others at the front, in all likelihood. The thing

:24:37.:24:41.

is putting a rider on a break away means you don't have to do any word

:24:42.:24:56.

behind. And with MTN Qhubeka, they have a 24--year-old sprinter. He can

:24:57.:25:01.

do well here today. It makes an easier ride for them. They can sit

:25:02.:25:05.

there and let everybody else sosht out -- sort out of the problem. It

:25:06.:25:19.

is a steady climb more than anything else. Not a particularly steep

:25:20.:25:25.

gradient for the most part. The road is steadily rising through the trees

:25:26.:25:31.

all of the time. Just listening to the race radio, a lot of reaction.

:25:32.:25:38.

They go over the top of the King of the Mountain's point here. It is 963

:25:39.:25:48.

feet above sea level. Here they come down - and over the top of this King

:25:49.:25:57.

of the Mountains, with peloton. Two minutes and

:25:58.:26:01.

Laura Trott, ambassador the event, you rode the pry yesterday. Your

:26:02.:26:11.

most important event was passing your dad around the 1. Definitely.

:26:12.:26:13.

Got a hard time. We started. I thought if he manages to carry on,

:26:14.:26:19.

we'll get a good time. He was like, Laura, wait for me. You are not good

:26:20.:26:23.

for drafting because there's nothing of you. He was not having any of it.

:26:24.:26:28.

Let's talk about the Grand Prix yesterday, because your team did an

:26:29.:26:34.

amazing job. Yes, definitely. We had our team meeting and we got told we

:26:35.:26:40.

needed to take the legs out of Marrianna and keep attacking. Coming

:26:41.:26:44.

to the finish, tried to do the best lead I could for Georgia. I was not

:26:45.:26:49.

feeling all that great. I got on with it and saw Georgia with her

:26:50.:26:56.

hands in the air when she came over the line. It is probably one of my

:26:57.:27:02.

favourite road races. All we had to do was follow the Australians and

:27:03.:27:12.

let Lizzie do her thing. It paid off at the end with silver as well.

:27:13.:27:21.

Before that, a last-grasp points victory from Elana Barker. I didn't

:27:22.:27:29.

really plan for it to go like that. Everyone was like, you leave it to

:27:30.:27:33.

the last minutes. If I knew she would win the last sprint, I would

:27:34.:27:36.

have gone for the sprint, on the second to last one, sorry. I tried.

:27:37.:27:41.

I had not been well during the week, so I didn't know how I would feel.

:27:42.:27:46.

When I got on the track, I wanted it so bad. I put everything init to.

:27:47.:27:51.

You must be proud of this year. You took a tit wl the game pursuit --

:27:52.:27:57.

you took a title with the game pursuit guys. It is two years until

:27:58.:28:02.

Rio now and we're in a really good place. I am happy with it. I will

:28:03.:28:07.

mention a name, you know wholy say, don't you - from the -- know who I

:28:08.:28:30.

will say. Sarah hammer, Hammer. I will try and beat here like I did in

:28:31.:28:35.

London. She's tough competition. You have been involved in this event

:28:36.:28:39.

since its inception. You must be proud and also you have to pinch

:28:40.:28:43.

yourself to see where cycling has come in such a short period of time.

:28:44.:28:47.

It is incredible. The steps forward. For me, when I was younger, we

:28:48.:28:51.

didn't have events like this. For this to happen and to have so many

:28:52.:28:58.

things to take part, like yesterday at the Prudential Free Cycle. 60,000

:28:59.:29:03.

people came out for that. For me, it was amazing to see. There were so

:29:04.:29:07.

many young girls and young kids around. I feel like that's the next

:29:08.:29:12.

generation. We could see youngsters on the GB programme from there. One

:29:13.:29:19.

thing you are passionate about is women's cycling. You are giving

:29:20.:29:23.

women the confidence to go on a bike now. Getting as many women on their

:29:24.:29:28.

bike and enjoying it like I do. At events like this, you see so many

:29:29.:29:32.

people. This is how I started, with my mum riding her bike. It is great

:29:33.:29:36.

to see how far women's cycling is getting. We had the race at the Tour

:29:37.:29:41.

de France. I never imagined that would happen. For that to be such a

:29:42.:29:45.

giant leap forward, it is going in the right direction now. Holidays

:29:46.:29:50.

for you now? Ten days off in the sunshine!

:29:51.:30:00.

could be creased. Thank you for joining us. Great to hear Laura

:30:01.:30:07.

Trott, a great ambassador for British cycling on and off the track

:30:08.:30:14.

and of course, involved in the women's Grand Prix last night and

:30:15.:30:19.

taking part this morning. She is so versatile, the British road race

:30:20.:30:27.

champion and as you say, a great ambassador and just 22 so she has a

:30:28.:30:33.

long career ahead of her. As somebody who runs a team when you

:30:34.:30:36.

have got a ride like Laura Trott, she must be a dream to work with in

:30:37.:30:43.

so many respects? In terms of promoting the sport as well as her

:30:44.:30:48.

exploits? Absolutely. Laura Trott is a dream to work with but because she

:30:49.:30:52.

has so much passion as well, a huge passion for the sport, we are in

:30:53.:30:57.

line with wanting to get women into the sport. Meanwhile out cause we

:30:58.:31:02.

have got 100 kilometres still to go and our lead group of six are still

:31:03.:31:12.

out together. Here is the Peloton. They will be heading north, back

:31:13.:31:19.

towards the pain road -- the main road which takes them back into

:31:20.:31:23.

Dorking. They have to get off the climb of Leith Hill. The descent

:31:24.:31:32.

which the breakaway group are taking very cautiously and steadily. Back

:31:33.:31:43.

with the leaders now. And taking a turn at the front is Steve

:31:44.:31:49.

one of the domestic -based riders. They don't have too many long road

:31:50.:31:58.

races, do they? It tends to be something that can close a lot of

:31:59.:32:01.

circuit racing which is a different kind of race which presumably makes

:32:02.:32:05.

it a bit tougher when you are in this sort of company in an event

:32:06.:32:10.

like this? Of course it does. Most of the domestic scene has a lot of

:32:11.:32:13.

one-hour criterion is. Again that is where they give and get their

:32:14.:32:18.

publicity, concentrating their efforts and they do not get many of

:32:19.:32:22.

these kind of distance events. They have the Tour of Britain later in

:32:23.:32:26.

the year, obviously, that they had their national series road races and

:32:27.:32:31.

not too many of them. It is difficult for a lot of the domestic

:32:32.:32:34.

teams to come up to this level and write this distance and race with

:32:35.:32:39.

some of the top riders in the world. That is why we see a lot of them

:32:40.:32:43.

going over to Belgium and France. OK, for the sponsors who are

:32:44.:32:53.

British, they have two go away outside of the UK to get some of the

:32:54.:32:59.

racing in. It is nice to see them here. It is a big race for these

:33:00.:33:10.

guys. Not many people get an opportunity to race around the

:33:11.:33:15.

Olympic course here in London. A lot of these teams are motivated. 25

:33:16.:33:19.

teams in this race and it is great to see them from all over the world.

:33:20.:33:23.

In an ideal world would there be a women's race on a similar course? Is

:33:24.:33:30.

that where they would hope to be, moving forward in an event like

:33:31.:33:35.

this? Or do you feel that the criteria race that we had last night

:33:36.:33:38.

is a very good shop window for women cycling? Great for the spectators to

:33:39.:33:43.

be on a short circuit like the women raced on last night, it was very

:33:44.:33:48.

exciting and attacking, the women are demanding longer circuits, they

:33:49.:33:53.

are enjoying it with longer races than the criterium circuits but it

:33:54.:33:56.

was very exciting last night in the women's race. I'm sure in the future

:33:57.:34:00.

of the women would like to have a course that goes out of it. For

:34:01.:34:09.

those that did not watch last night 's race, Marianne Vos was beaten on

:34:10.:34:19.

the line. Tell us about the commitment of Giorgia Bronzini to

:34:20.:34:21.

come to this race and win? She has. To be here last night was

:34:22.:34:35.

challenging for her. She had a very successful Tour de France. She was

:34:36.:34:39.

asked to support ride in London. She had to try and beat Marianne Vos

:34:40.:34:42.

which is not easy, she needed the full support of her team. Another

:34:43.:34:50.

few riders as well. They all came over to support her and help beat

:34:51.:34:54.

Marianne Vos. We saw it pre-close in the end. Lizzie Armitstead was there

:34:55.:35:03.

as well. What do you think about this race from what you have seen?

:35:04.:35:09.

The breakaway advantage has gone up to two minutes and 40 seconds, still

:35:10.:35:13.

the best part of 100 kilometres to go. Do you think the probability or

:35:14.:35:17.

the smart money would be on a gallop to the line at the end? I think so.

:35:18.:35:22.

These riders are out there because it is such a important and

:35:23.:35:29.

prestigious ride to have a go. There is a possibility they could stay

:35:30.:35:37.

awake. They are getting TV time and taking their chance. Anything could

:35:38.:35:39.

happen out there. It takes the pressure off them. The lead riders

:35:40.:35:52.

eking out another minute or so. Going through Wescott, past the

:35:53.:35:55.

crowd and back in towards stalking. This time they will not make a right

:35:56.:35:59.

hand turn and do that loop through the countryside, they will go left.

:36:00.:36:10.

They will head up the a 24 and makes for Denby 's and the vineyard and

:36:11.:36:15.

there is a separate route to the north of Dorking. They are heading

:36:16.:36:22.

in towards the high Street at the centre of Dorking this time. You

:36:23.:36:27.

just see this gap. Going up ever so slightly. They did go away after

:36:28.:36:34.

about 30 kilometres, a very fast art. Again, difficult to judge. They

:36:35.:36:52.

are getting the time checks with the old blackboard method where the

:36:53.:36:55.

blackboard will give the information to the riders in front of the

:36:56.:37:00.

Peloton. Just had a shot couple of minutes ago with a very imposing

:37:01.:37:04.

presence. It just reminded me what a strong line-up, given that you can

:37:05.:37:08.

only have half a dozen riders in this race.

:37:09.:37:26.

Quota doing more than backward on the front. MTM, with the rider from

:37:27.:37:33.

Rwanda, he is on the front of this breakaway league group. If you have

:37:34.:37:37.

just joined the coverage, the six riders had been away since roughly

:37:38.:37:41.

the 38 kilometre mark as they were heading through Richmond Park. The

:37:42.:38:08.

lead has varied before most of the time they had been away it has been

:38:09.:38:12.

a minute and a half. It has just gone up as they head into Dorking.

:38:13.:38:22.

Thankfully the rain is holding off. The weather forecast suggesting that

:38:23.:38:33.

it will improve as the afternoon wears on. Let's hope so. It is sunny

:38:34.:38:45.

at the finishing line. Many riders coming in in dribs and drabs with

:38:46.:38:48.

the sun shining on them. Still smiles on their faces. Again, a

:38:49.:38:54.

great day out for these 24,000 people. And exciting prospect there

:38:55.:39:03.

in the Orica-GreenEdge outfit. Trying to join the three-man

:39:04.:39:06.

breakaway in the Commonwealth Games and ended up banging his head

:39:07.:39:08.

against a brick wall because he clearly was not going to bridge the

:39:09.:39:12.

gap but then maybe was not aware that a couple of his team-mates were

:39:13.:39:16.

not too far behind? Maybe his energy might have been better used by

:39:17.:39:18.

waiting for them to catch up and joining in there? It racks up as an

:39:19.:39:25.

experience issue? It was quite easy because we were seeing the pictures

:39:26.:39:28.

and obviously it just went wrong for them in the road race with

:39:29.:39:32.

Australia. Found himself in the middle of nowhere and as you rightly

:39:33.:39:36.

say, the team-mates were behind. What does he do. It is difficult

:39:37.:39:42.

when you do not have the communication. This is his first

:39:43.:39:47.

race for Orica-GreenEdge. Again, we do have Simon Yates in this race for

:39:48.:39:51.

Great Britain riding for Orica-GreenEdge. This is talent you,

:39:52.:39:57.

a great spec for the future. Good luck to him. It is something they

:39:58.:40:05.

belt you have got in Australia and he is the latest one? I have had the

:40:06.:40:10.

of training with him over the Australian summer before coming over

:40:11.:40:17.

to Europe and he talks about -- he is talked about as being the next

:40:18.:40:21.

Mark Cavendish. He is a huge talent, surprising everyone in

:40:22.:40:24.

Australia a few weeks ago by opening eyes. He has a level head. He will

:40:25.:40:29.

have a bright future. A very strong team they had as we would expect in

:40:30.:40:36.

the Commonwealth Games. Anything that could go wrong did in the way.

:40:37.:40:41.

The race did not pan out. Breakfast rating for the men and women.

:40:42.:40:45.

Absolutely, they were the favourites going in and they have the strength

:40:46.:40:48.

in numbers but everything that could have been wrong went wrong. The

:40:49.:40:52.

moment that he was stuck between the break and the riders behind, no

:40:53.:40:56.

radio communications for them and he may be a little less experienced

:40:57.:41:00.

than the rest of the riders and maybe a bit confused. He had Mark

:41:01.:41:05.

Renshaw back having troubles mechanically behind him and he was

:41:06.:41:09.

just a little unsure whether to give 100%. A moments hesitation and the

:41:10.:41:14.

race was over. It was not a great day for Australia. Up towards the

:41:15.:41:17.

front of the Peloton as they head towards Dorking. Here we are on the

:41:18.:41:27.

a 24. The vineyard just on the left-hand side. A good crowd, as

:41:28.:41:36.

ever, in the centre of Dorking. The good spot to watch the race given

:41:37.:41:40.

the fact you will see them in number of times coming past. It is very

:41:41.:41:45.

important to have a circuit like this out in Surrey. It gives them

:41:46.:41:51.

plenty of opportunity to relax and see some of the best bike riders in

:41:52.:41:56.

the world. Orica-GreenEdge towards the front with the white jersey I

:41:57.:42:01.

would say but it looks a little bit grey because of the rain we have

:42:02.:42:06.

had. Yes, fantastic to see so many people inspired by the legacy of the

:42:07.:42:11.

London Olympics. We saw some evidence judging by the state of his

:42:12.:42:20.

shorts that Jade Kelly won the junior race earlier, has perhaps

:42:21.:42:27.

been on his pants at some point. Only one step away from the World

:42:28.:42:32.

Tour. They are given a chance to ride. You can have a national team

:42:33.:42:37.

from Great Britain so it is probably for third division, Continental

:42:38.:42:41.

teams. The UCI can give dispensation awake to invite some of the

:42:42.:42:43.

Continental third division teams from other countries which is why we

:42:44.:42:48.

have got 25 teams all willing to race. Six riders in each team. You

:42:49.:42:52.

cannot sacrifice too many because the Tour de France has nine and here

:42:53.:42:56.

it is six. They cannot let it go too far down the road. Massive step up

:42:57.:43:00.

when you suddenly find yourself in with seniors. It is a massive step

:43:01.:43:07.

up and I have been there myself but it gave myself so much enthusiasm to

:43:08.:43:11.

show what I can do. You can either look at these heroes and see Bradley

:43:12.:43:14.

Wiggins and go, I do not want to upset him I will just sit in the

:43:15.:43:19.

bunch aren't not do anything, or you can think that you will show him you

:43:20.:43:23.

are just as good. A lot of these riders are showing respect and they

:43:24.:43:26.

will want to go out and race. Showing to the world what they can

:43:27.:43:31.

do. Some of your riders, really mixing it, having gone up to a

:43:32.:43:36.

senior level at 19 and thinking about Amy Roberts, in particular?

:43:37.:43:41.

Sensational ride by Amy Roberts, she took on the race last night. Hundred

:43:42.:43:48.

metres before the line. She was in there with the likes of Marianne Vos

:43:49.:43:51.

which can be intimidating, especially when she went out near

:43:52.:43:56.

the start. A lot of young riders that were just taking the race by

:43:57.:44:02.

the scruff of the neck. Just having a go, having a chance against the

:44:03.:44:09.

likes of Marianne Vos. The two riders on the front of the Peloton.

:44:10.:44:13.

The least well-known team in the Peloton. Just moving across to allow

:44:14.:44:22.

a team-mate through, Orica-GreenEdge starting to show their faces a

:44:23.:44:27.

little bit more the longer the race wears on. You can see Bradley

:44:28.:44:29.

Wiggins in the centre of your picture.

:44:30.:44:40.

Orica-GreenEdge, a maker farm, Team Sky, all gathering their forces

:44:41.:44:48.

towards the front. You also have BNC in the red and the Black. Again,

:44:49.:45:01.

Philippe Jit Gilbert is in there as well. -- Philippe Gilbert. Omega

:45:02.:45:09.

Pharma-QuickStep also tours the fun. You can see what damage has been

:45:10.:45:12.

done on the roads. A lot of grit and gravel. The rain that has been on

:45:13.:45:24.

the course today, very difficult conditions for all of these riders.

:45:25.:45:38.

they had going through their heads during the ride, how challenging it

:45:39.:45:43.

is to get through the ride. As a professional, it is amazing how

:45:44.:45:47.

different your mentality can be and if you are focussed on the race you

:45:48.:45:52.

don't notice the weather. If you come in unfit, and then you think

:45:53.:46:00.

about the race, until you get to the final few kilometres when you switch

:46:01.:46:05.

on. Some will not notice the changes in the weather.

:46:06.:46:09.

Am I right thinking you are sitting here thinking maybe I should have

:46:10.:46:13.

done that this morning? Despite the atrocious conditions? I have mixed

:46:14.:46:18.

feelings. I would have loved to have been out there. I am not one of the

:46:19.:46:24.

strongest mentally in cycling. They say sprinters are a little bit soft.

:46:25.:46:28.

I think there would have been many moments when I would have wanted to

:46:29.:46:33.

turn back and have a nice, warm shower. Look at that debris there

:46:34.:46:39.

being washed across the road. It is a matter of luck whether you

:46:40.:46:49.

puncture on roads like these? For a member of Team Giant Shimano he has

:46:50.:46:58.

a puncture. Many have the same tyre pressure, similar tyres. If you hit

:46:59.:47:12.

a stone, you get a puncture quickly. They heading up to Ranmore Common.

:47:13.:47:33.

It has a couple of tricky turns and they will do this twice - two laps

:47:34.:47:39.

of this circuit before they go through Dorking and then up to Box

:47:40.:47:46.

Hill. Looking behind, the referee's car. We come over another gravel

:47:47.:47:55.

section and on this climb t rest of the break away riders have not tried

:47:56.:48:17.

I was told it was fine out there, although it was very, very wet, it

:48:18.:48:28.

was not cold. He said biggest issue was when you come down it is dark

:48:29.:48:34.

because of the trees and there was water lying on the ground and you

:48:35.:48:37.

could not tell how deep and what was it in. One had a small branch and

:48:38.:48:43.

somebody nearly came a cropper. He said they were concerned once or

:48:44.:48:47.

twice because they were not sure whether there were any branches or

:48:48.:48:51.

stones underneath the water. My father always told me, never ride

:48:52.:48:56.

through a puddle at speed because you never what is underneath it. As

:48:57.:49:04.

you say, Simon, if there is a brick or anything under that sitting

:49:05.:49:08.

water, then you are off the bike straight away. No-one likes to

:49:09.:49:11.

crash. Very difficult conditions. You are right about the weather - it

:49:12.:49:16.

is not too cold M would have thought, what do I wear? A lot of

:49:17.:49:21.

clothing holds water. If it holds water, then it cools you down

:49:22.:49:27.

somewhat quicker. A lot of the clothing these guys are wearing, as

:49:28.:49:33.

soon as the sun comes out, it will dry away the water. You see all the

:49:34.:49:40.

riders have short sleeves. Not many arm warmers. We are seeing a man on

:49:41.:49:45.

the front here who does not believe in arm-warmers. He's a tough guy.

:49:46.:49:50.

The messer the weather, the tougher the day, the more he comes to the

:49:51.:49:55.

fore. Especially the classics. That is the Essex man for Team Sky. A

:49:56.:50:01.

former British champion, just coming back after injury. He climbed back

:50:02.:50:07.

after a few laps for Team England. It was too difficult a start. He's

:50:08.:50:12.

doing what he does best - stamp on the pedals. He loves to race, as you

:50:13.:50:16.

say. He loves to ride in the early-season events. He's a strong,

:50:17.:50:21.

strong man. He will be needed today for Team Sky. Only six riders.

:50:22.:50:26.

Standards expected to do a lot of riding today to bring it down to a

:50:27.:50:30.

sprint and look after the interests of Ben Swift. The climb kicking up

:50:31.:50:36.

here, with that left-hander. A short, steep section of the climb.

:50:37.:50:44.

The north Dorking circuit here. And the lead is stable, at one

:50:45.:50:49.

minute and 50, for our six riders who have been away for some time

:50:50.:50:54.

now, since 30kms into the ride, heading out of London. And as you

:50:55.:50:57.

can see, conditions are changing all the time. The sun cannot make its

:50:58.:51:03.

mind up today. Next it will be Ranmore Common and

:51:04.:51:08.

then what I think has the potential to be a tricky descent. The vineyard

:51:09.:51:25.

is on the other side of the hedge there. 627 acres. 265 of them

:51:26.:51:33.

planted with vines and the wine estate there, the largest in the UK.

:51:34.:51:59.

Here we are at Ranmore common Lampier at the front there.

:52:00.:52:10.

One of the Columbian riders going to the back. And Ian Wilkinson there. A

:52:11.:52:17.

front-wheel puncture. Ian Wilkinson has stopped to give him his wheel. A

:52:18.:52:27.

big effort for Orica Green EDGE. You can see the difficulty, a lot of

:52:28.:52:29.

riders are putting the pressure on. leading the Elite Road Race Series

:52:30.:52:49.

in the UK at the moment. It is all pretty much in one line. 147 rider

:52:50.:52:55.

start, it looks like we have about 100 riders left. It is still Orica

:52:56.:53:03.

Green EDGE. Fans at the front, coming up to the zone and they will

:53:04.:53:08.

get their rose setts and bottles. You have to keep eating and drinking

:53:09.:53:14.

through this event. Another, about sixth in line there

:53:15.:53:20.

in that peloton. We are back with the group now. For those who don't

:53:21.:53:25.

follow bike racing, how much do the riders need to take on board really?

:53:26.:53:29.

What do they need to take on board in a race like this? I think the

:53:30.:53:33.

general public would always be amazed at how much they do get

:53:34.:53:37.

through. Especially on a day like today, you will see athletes taking

:53:38.:53:41.

some food and drink now that they need to consciously think about how

:53:42.:53:45.

much they drink. When it is wet, you tend to forget about the hydration.

:53:46.:53:49.

In a race like this, it is possible for the riders to get through from

:53:50.:53:54.

10-15 bottles of water or sport drink. That is quite a lot. With

:53:55.:53:59.

energy gels and bars they can go up to ten. It is a lot of food and

:54:00.:54:04.

drink. They are constantly, constantly re-fuelling themselves.

:54:05.:54:07.

Every 20 minutes they will go into their pockets or take a drink. So

:54:08.:54:13.

little and often and often before you feel like it? The last thing you

:54:14.:54:17.

want to do is hit the wall, or take a knock. You have to keep nourished.

:54:18.:54:22.

Again, it is reminding yourself every 10-15 minutes to eat a little.

:54:23.:54:27.

You don't want to take too many gels. A lot of jam sandwiches

:54:28.:54:33.

earlier in the race and taking some drinks constantly. They were using

:54:34.:54:36.

gels probably in the last hour. Again, it is very important and you

:54:37.:54:40.

don't want to wait until the last hour and start to feel obviously the

:54:41.:54:44.

pressure and obviously you want to keep as much of that nourishment as

:54:45.:54:48.

possible throughout the day. I can see one of the riders from Madison

:54:49.:55:02.

Genesis. That is coming down rapidly now. It

:55:03.:55:07.

was over two minutes not so long ago. And it may not be long before

:55:08.:55:17.

Neil and his colleagues are reeled back in. They had two-and-a-half

:55:18.:55:21.

minutes at the bottom of their climb. They decided just to ease

:55:22.:55:24.

back. Again, the pressure being applied to see Bradley Wiggins

:55:25.:55:27.

coming up, just switching over to the side of the road to get his

:55:28.:55:31.

feed. Always important to get the feed at the front of the race

:55:32.:55:33.

because anything can happen. You take it back. It can crash into your

:55:34.:55:38.

wheel. Again Bradley Wiggins is using his experience and taking it

:55:39.:55:43.

at the front. To those not familiar with it, it looks chaotic there, as

:55:44.:55:47.

everybody takes their food on board. Organised chaos. You can see the

:55:48.:56:01.

white hell meted there. A few riders have been distance in this race. --

:56:02.:56:08.

distancing in this race. They want to keep the pressure on and keep

:56:09.:56:17.

Team Sky and Orica Green Edge out of trouble and the grit and the gravel

:56:18.:56:20.

that was involved here. These riders have been out there for a while. It

:56:21.:56:25.

will be interesting if they are thinking, we would like to be caught

:56:26.:56:32.

now because we've had a hard long, hard day. They know they are likely

:56:33.:56:36.

to get caught. While their directors and team managers would like them to

:56:37.:56:40.

stay out there as long as possible, to take pressure off their lead

:56:41.:56:45.

riders and to gain that TV coverage that's on offer today. Their team

:56:46.:56:49.

managers will want them to stay out there. Obviously they will be tired

:56:50.:56:52.

from a long day out there on the front.

:56:53.:57:01.

We are not sure how long they will be out in front.

:57:02.:57:11.

85kms to go. The last time I spoke to you two, you were single. What

:57:12.:57:17.

have you been doing? We have been on Prudential RideLondon. At Pembroke

:57:18.:57:25.

of lodge, we got -- Pembroke Lodge, we got hitched. It is row mattic.

:57:26.:57:32.

Exceptionally. Is it everything you imagined it would be? Yes, all the

:57:33.:57:38.

excitement and all fun and all the family as well. Really, really good.

:57:39.:57:42.

It's been a ball. What did the rest of the cyclists think, when you

:57:43.:57:47.

stopped to get hitched? Think I they probably thought we were running

:57:48.:57:52.

away because of the rain. I don't know if anyone knew. I don't think

:57:53.:57:57.

anyone noticed. We got off. People then started to throw confetti on us

:57:58.:58:04.

and people must have thought, What's going on there? Nothing like taking

:58:05.:58:10.

the limelight. Then we saw a couple of friends en route who were working

:58:11.:58:14.

for charities, so they were calling out. That was embarrassing. Mr and

:58:15.:58:19.

Mrs - are you off on honeymoon now? We have a day off forest before back

:58:20.:58:25.

to work. A little trip at the end of the month. Let's see your top hat

:58:26.:58:31.

then! You did have a special hat for the occasion. Do I have to put it

:58:32.:58:38.

on? Give her a kiss. Of course, pleasure! Congratulations! Thank you

:58:39.:58:42.

so much. Tell us where you came from and why you were riding today? I am

:58:43.:58:47.

riding today for the haemophilia society because my 13-month-old son

:58:48.:58:52.

was born with it last August. Not being a huge cyclist, but I have

:58:53.:58:57.

decided to take up this challenge and raise money for the Haemophilia

:58:58.:59:03.

Society for my son. The fact is, prior to last August, the furtherest

:59:04.:59:18.

I have psyched -- cycled is one or two miles. 100 miles in 12 months.

:59:19.:59:25.

What is your son's name? Arthur. I am sure he's very proud of his dad.

:59:26.:59:30.

How did you enjoy it? It was amazing. A lovely, lovely thing. It

:59:31.:59:35.

poured with rain. Everyone with out there. Every town and village you

:59:36.:59:39.

passed, a complete outpouring of support. People were out there with

:59:40.:59:43.

their umbrellas, cheering us through. When the rain got down to

:59:44.:59:51.

about 50 metres of visibility and we had huge floods around Ripley, it

:59:52.:59:56.

was tough going. With all the people supporting us, it took us through.

:59:57.:59:59.

Well done you. Thank you very much. relief when you get across the

:00:00.:00:13.

finish line and you think it is over. I psyched myself

:00:14.:00:16.

finish line and you think it is over. I psyched up I was not certain

:00:17.:00:19.

I was going to be able to finish it and I was so relieved when I got

:00:20.:00:25.

over the line. The rain was so heavy. Last time I was that wet was

:00:26.:00:29.

when I was in the womb. You could not see anything. The camaraderie

:00:30.:00:41.

out there is amazing. Unbelievable. In that downpour, we have just done

:00:42.:00:47.

100 miles, there are people out there with colleagues, cheering you

:00:48.:00:53.

on. With their umbrellas as well. I would not be out there, I would be

:00:54.:00:58.

having my Sunday lunch. A real sense of achievement? I have never been

:00:59.:01:04.

good at any sport. I have hobbies but sport I always feel that. For me

:01:05.:01:08.

that is a real big self achievement. Before this day I have never cycled

:01:09.:01:14.

more than 35 miles, only had my bike for eight weeks. When I started this

:01:15.:01:22.

morning I was questioning myself. I did it in 531, I was wondering what

:01:23.:01:25.

I had for breakfast. -- five. 31. You have got the bug? I started to

:01:26.:01:40.

soon as I got the bike. After today, it has well and truly bitten.

:01:41.:01:46.

It is great. Getting around London about four miles an hour has never

:01:47.:01:53.

happened to me. With all the roads sealed off, London is such a

:01:54.:01:56.

beautiful city, without a doubt the best in the world. You appreciated

:01:57.:02:05.

Glory. It was wonderful. Like how it has turned out as well. Take the

:02:06.:02:16.

rest of the day. I would like to actually. I will have a nice warm

:02:17.:02:26.

bath. Now, we have five of you here. Some of you still on the road? One

:02:27.:02:33.

was in before and two of them behind. Eight of us have done

:02:34.:02:35.

RideLondon for whizz kids, for the children's charity. It has been

:02:36.:02:41.

amazing. Raising quite a lot of money? Nearly ?100,000, we are

:02:42.:02:45.

exciting. How was it for you today? The rain, the wind, unbelievable.

:02:46.:02:54.

Spring, summer, Autumn, Winter. Pestilence, everything. Three great

:02:55.:02:59.

things, the supporters, the marshals, they were brilliant, when

:03:00.:03:03.

the floods were there they were out with their little great team effort.

:03:04.:03:14.

Look at my amazing team. They made it all possible. We have skipper who

:03:15.:03:18.

is the skip. Fill the Marine who has trained us.

:03:19.:03:31.

is the skip. Fill the Marine who has it happen. Are you for a

:03:32.:03:31.

is the skip. Fill the Marine who has bath? We are indeed. A cup of hot

:03:32.:03:31.

tea. Thank you for joining us.

:03:32.:03:39.

COMMENTATOR: Welcome back. The leading group did have six but we

:03:40.:03:44.

are now down to five. The MTM Qu?bec rider has just dropped on the back

:03:45.:03:49.

of it. Look at the other from Ian Stannard, the former English

:03:50.:03:53.

national champion. There was the rider who was in the breakaway

:03:54.:03:56.

league group until a few minutes away. This is a big turn from Team

:03:57.:04:01.

Sky led by Ian Stannard. This is what they are trying to do, they

:04:02.:04:05.

want to win this race with Ben Swift. He likes a difficult race.

:04:06.:04:10.

With this breakaway hovering over two minutes in front, they have

:04:11.:04:14.

thought, this is not really hard enough for us. They want to make

:04:15.:04:20.

this race difficult and they want to put the other sprinters in jeopardy

:04:21.:04:23.

and they want to try and win today and this is the plan of action. The

:04:24.:04:27.

breakaway group is slowly being reeled in that the advantage has

:04:28.:04:36.

stayed at rather half a minute. Still on that circuit. We are

:04:37.:04:42.

heading back along the main road in the general direction of Dorking, it

:04:43.:04:49.

self. Peloton is struck out there, always eight good indication of the

:04:50.:04:59.

speed and difficulty. This is for Team Sky, nice to see

:05:00.:05:02.

Orica-GreenEdge also getting involved with the action. It is all

:05:03.:05:06.

strung out and all in one line will stop just looking back down this

:05:07.:05:11.

road, this Peloton of hundred and 47 riders on the start line today with

:05:12.:05:16.

A.D., does to go. 50 miles, steadily thinned out. 23-year-old American

:05:17.:05:26.

rider in his second season with sky. Second season in the under 23

:05:27.:05:31.

version. Another really promising young rider that Team Sky have on

:05:32.:05:37.

their books. Here is the leading group or what is left of it. At some

:05:38.:05:44.

point in probably the not too distant future he will properly be

:05:45.:05:47.

gobbled up by the hungry pack. Very much looks like that. They are

:05:48.:05:57.

trying to hang out there. 24 seconds now. You can see the big push at the

:05:58.:06:01.

front of the Peloton by Team Sky. They want to use the underrating

:06:02.:06:05.

course out here to try and hurt the other teams, especially with the

:06:06.:06:09.

sprinters. The cream has come to the front. Looking down the road, this

:06:10.:06:13.

bunch looks as if it is only about 80, if that, left. Good to see Ian

:06:14.:06:19.

Stannard back at the front of a race. He has had such a difficult

:06:20.:06:22.

year having missed most of the season. That follows the back injury

:06:23.:06:31.

sustained in what ruined a promising year for him in March. Here is our

:06:32.:06:35.

leading group of five. The lead coming down all the time. What sort

:06:36.:06:48.

of pattern might we expect to see in the next part of the race? Properly

:06:49.:06:53.

a couple of attacks from Team Sky to take pressure off them and keep the

:06:54.:07:01.

pace. I think, we can see Ewan tucked in very well. He will

:07:02.:07:05.

probably be the sprinter. Interesting to see with AI using him

:07:06.:07:09.

is that today but he is so small and keeping out of trouble in the

:07:10.:07:14.

Peloton, he saves so much power and conserves it because he is not

:07:15.:07:17.

taking on the wind because he is so small. That is very interesting. He

:07:18.:07:27.

is tucked in and is about ten thin line. It is still Ian Stannard who

:07:28.:07:36.

is doing quite a lot and a long spell at the front of the main

:07:37.:07:42.

field, helped out by Ian Boswell. He is really hurting. They want to keep

:07:43.:07:49.

the pressure on. They want to bring this Peloton, there are too many in

:07:50.:07:53.

there. It was quite easy for them just to sit at the front. It is all

:07:54.:07:58.

action now and it had to come at some point. They had to take on the

:07:59.:08:03.

rest. We still have Box Hill to come so they are putting the tempo up and

:08:04.:08:06.

they want to try and spread it out. Ian Boswell on the front. We have

:08:07.:08:11.

the second loop of the north of Dorking that will take them up the

:08:12.:08:15.

Denby 's climb again for the second time and they will go across run

:08:16.:08:19.

more common before coming down through Dorking for one final time

:08:20.:08:23.

before that climb up Box Hill, remember Box Hill in the Olympic

:08:24.:08:28.

road race was flying at nine times, just here in the classic. - was nine

:08:29.:08:30.

times. This is the original breakaway. You

:08:31.:08:51.

can see Team Sky leading it. Trying to look after Elia Viviani. It will

:08:52.:08:58.

be all back together before the next climb. The race almost back

:08:59.:09:01.

together, the last few seconds of the finds from those out in front.

:09:02.:09:06.

Team Sky must have some plan here given that they are working so hard.

:09:07.:09:10.

They will be asleep close this gap down in a minute that they must have

:09:11.:09:14.

a plan to go on the attack, and we saw that they were moving right to

:09:15.:09:17.

the front. You saw that with the teams, they all want to be at the

:09:18.:09:20.

front of the climb and they are expecting something to happen. The

:09:21.:09:23.

first time we have seen that team show their faces up towards the

:09:24.:09:27.

front in that familiar green outfit. They will lose their star

:09:28.:09:28.

man. That'll be an interesting move. The owner of that team, he clearly

:09:29.:09:47.

thinks that you can have a general contender in the Tour de France, ie

:09:48.:09:51.

Alberto Contador, and you can have the man going for the green jersey,

:09:52.:09:56.

and you can cater for both of them? Clearly not the opinion of Sir Dave

:09:57.:10:00.

Brailsford at Team Sky when they had Mark Cavendish and Sir Bradley

:10:01.:10:03.

Wiggins couple of years ago. Interesting to see how that pans

:10:04.:10:07.

out. Very much so. I don't think it can happen in the modern cycling. I

:10:08.:10:12.

think you have to go for one. Whether it is the green all the

:10:13.:10:15.

yellow. It will be interesting to see that. Team sky did try that.

:10:16.:10:28.

They have some really strong rider so we will see. There was talk about

:10:29.:10:34.

Alonzo, the racing car driver coming in with a team. That could still

:10:35.:10:39.

happen. Looking down on the Peloton, we did think there will be about 80

:10:40.:10:44.

but I think there are only about 60 or 50 riders left in this race. 147

:10:45.:10:48.

riders started and we are down to about 50 or 60. Looking as though

:10:49.:10:55.

the circuits in the Surrey Hills, very beautiful part of the

:10:56.:10:57.

south-east of England, it looks as if there is an attritional quality

:10:58.:11:01.

to them in terms of this race and slowly we do have a whittling down

:11:02.:11:06.

process. The cream is coming towards the top. They are the blue helmets

:11:07.:11:15.

of Team Sky. About to catch those who have been in the lead for much

:11:16.:11:22.

of the day. The rider at the front point have done his chances of

:11:23.:11:25.

securing a contract any harm. Getting involved at the front of the

:11:26.:11:30.

race for a good portion. That is what you have to do. It is just

:11:31.:11:38.

under 75 kilometres. Team Sky at the front with Ian Stannard and Ian

:11:39.:11:41.

Boswell also in the mix in third place. You have Orica-GreenEdge as

:11:42.:11:44.

well but it is all Team Sky at this moment with Ian Stannard and Ian

:11:45.:11:49.

Boswell. You see a lot of the riders try to move up. They know it will be

:11:50.:11:58.

trying to split it up. The rider sitting up is Philippe Gilbert.

:11:59.:12:05.

Maybe it is almost time for business, the arm warmers have come

:12:06.:12:10.

off. He looked as if he is coming into the business and now with the

:12:11.:12:15.

final 75 kilometres to go. Still a long way to go in this race but the

:12:16.:12:18.

reason they are putting the tempo up is because we have two clients

:12:19.:12:22.

coming up quickly in succession. I want to wait for Box Hill to rip it

:12:23.:12:27.

apart, obviously it is not so hard, the running towards the finishing

:12:28.:12:31.

line, they want to use these next two clients to try and break the

:12:32.:12:35.

back of this Peloton and put a lot of these riders in jeopardy, having

:12:36.:12:39.

a smaller group, that is what Ben Swift once. -- is wanting. He has so

:12:40.:12:50.

many riders starting to move up. You can see on the left-hand side

:12:51.:12:54.

starting to move up. It is all action over these two particular

:12:55.:12:57.

climes. It is all about positioning because when you get onto this

:12:58.:13:01.

climb, we have seen before, there is not an awful lot of room. Often a

:13:02.:13:05.

race to the bottom of the climb. That is what we have seen, riders

:13:06.:13:10.

trying to come to the front. The pace, it is difficult for others to

:13:11.:13:14.

move up. The team tactics is always to be at the front and at the bottom

:13:15.:13:19.

of the climb. We have seen them do a great job to hold the pace pretty

:13:20.:13:22.

high. The riders trying to get there but a lot of them taking their arm

:13:23.:13:24.

warmers. Interesting to see Philippe -- Philippe Gilbert taking his arm

:13:25.:13:35.

warmers. Normally the team leaders would pass that off to a team-mate.

:13:36.:13:39.

He has it in his back pocket so he is this be comfortable with that.

:13:40.:13:43.

The weather we have been having, might need to pull them out of his

:13:44.:13:46.

pocket in the next ten minutes or so. I think the worst of the weather

:13:47.:13:49.

is behind us or behind them I should say. The likelihood is that it will

:13:50.:13:53.

only improve as the afternoon wears on. Here is the climb. Around the

:13:54.:14:06.

outside of the vineyard. The climb in which there was some change at

:14:07.:14:10.

the front of the race for lead to some change at the front of the

:14:11.:14:11.

race. Omega Pharma-QuickStep have riders

:14:12.:14:29.

at the front as well. Team Sky have Ian Stannard and Ian Boswell bearers

:14:30.:14:37.

well. They are just going to ease back, I would have thought they

:14:38.:14:40.

wanted to keep the pressure on to try and keep the sprinters under a

:14:41.:14:44.

bit of pressure. They will want to come to this line with a group of

:14:45.:14:48.

maybe 20 or 30 riders so that Ben Swift can actually try and win this.

:14:49.:14:57.

If you have Elia Viviani around, Sam Bennett as well, they want to put

:14:58.:15:00.

them under jeopardy in these hard times. Paving the way for a Team Sky

:15:01.:15:06.

win. You don't want to be bringing sprinters

:15:07.:15:28.

that energy from Michael Voss, who had only one team-mate to help her.

:15:29.:15:36.

He did it to perfection. They are trying to take the sting out of the

:15:37.:15:40.

sprinters that are trying to stay in this group. Only a small group,

:15:41.:15:46.

50-60 riders. Team Sky keeping the pressure on. Ian Boswell in the

:15:47.:15:50.

front. It was Stannard who did the lion's

:15:51.:16:16.

share of bringing that break away group back.

:16:17.:16:23.

They'll be working in the services of the Italian sprinter today, Elia

:16:24.:16:30.

Viviani. This is the latest climb. The fourth one of the day and the

:16:31.:16:40.

second time (Inaudible) A lot of gravel in the road and you really

:16:41.:16:44.

want to be riding on the left or the right. A lot of punctures so far.

:16:45.:16:51.

Team Sky is towards the front and then Orica GreenEDGE. A small

:16:52.:17:01.

peloton of only 50-60 riders. The six riders who broke away in

:17:02.:17:06.

Richmond Park reeled back in. The next phase of the race is under way.

:17:07.:17:13.

You can see the point we were making about being towards the front of the

:17:14.:17:17.

peloton at the start of the climb, because if you are stuck at the back

:17:18.:17:23.

you really are boxed in. There'll be groups behind. It is difficult for

:17:24.:17:28.

the team cars to service you. If you have a problem on this particular

:17:29.:17:33.

climb I don't think there is anyway back. One of the riders is putting

:17:34.:17:37.

his hand up. Where are the service cars? This race is split up and it

:17:38.:17:41.

is difficult to service your riders. It can be frustrating on a narrow

:17:42.:17:47.

climb if you've got did legs and our climber but you aren't Mabel to

:17:48.:17:52.

match the speed. If an attack goes off at the front and you were

:17:53.:17:56.

sitting 20 riders back on a narrow ride it is impossible to get

:17:57.:18:02.

through. Often riders get to the top of the climb and think, if only they

:18:03.:18:08.

could have got through, as they had the legs but couldn't do anything.

:18:09.:18:13.

In the red and black is the former world champion of two years ago,

:18:14.:18:20.

Philippe Gilbert. To the right-hand side in the black of Omega

:18:21.:18:34.

Pharma-Quick-Step is Philippe. Nice to see some of the lads from NFTO.

:18:35.:18:46.

I've noticed the bronze medal winner from the Commonwealth Games, Scott

:18:47.:18:55.

Thwaites. It was a strong ride from him, Scott Thwaites. Ended up

:18:56.:19:02.

Thwaites. It was a strong ride from Jack Bauer sprinting for the silver

:19:03.:19:09.

medal. Geraint Thomas was the strongest man on the day. Despite

:19:10.:19:17.

that last-lap puncture, here is Ian Stannard. That was a big effort.

:19:18.:19:22.

He's chasing to try and stay with this front group. Two climbs in

:19:23.:19:30.

succession is whittling down this group to 40-50 riders. That's the

:19:31.:19:37.

plan of Team Sky, to whittle the race down. The climb picks up here

:19:38.:19:49.

as they head towards the top. Boswell having done his turn at the

:19:50.:19:53.

front and also one of the riders who was in the breakaway group, at the

:19:54.:20:00.

back of the peloton. Here we are at the front of the race, a BMC and

:20:01.:20:18.

Omega Pharma. The Belgi rider. Number 16 from

:20:19.:20:31.

Madison Genesis. One of the riders from NFTO, Josh Hunt. You can see it

:20:32.:20:36.

is really starting to hurt on that climb.

:20:37.:20:47.

Ian Stannard trying his hardest to stay with them. He blew his doors

:20:48.:20:55.

off, Stannard, in trying to bring that breakaway group back. A great

:20:56.:20:59.

ride from him a few minutes ago, but the sort of effort you cannot

:21:00.:21:04.

sustain all day long. It is difficult when you've ridden 10-15

:21:05.:21:10.

kilometres at the front. He's a big lad, but look at the decimation of

:21:11.:21:16.

this race over the last 10-15 kilometres. 147 riders down the

:21:17.:21:23.

about 30-40. And we've still got Boxhill to come and then the fast

:21:24.:21:26.

and potentially furious run into London. A little climate Wimbledon

:21:27.:21:34.

on the way in. Not quite done yet. The weather is improving with every

:21:35.:21:39.

minute that passes. It really was awful for many of those taking part

:21:40.:21:46.

earlier today. They were absolutely drenched. The riders in the peloton

:21:47.:21:51.

were as well earlier on, but thankfully drying out all the time.

:21:52.:21:58.

There is hardly a gap worth speaking about at the front of the race. The

:21:59.:22:05.

rider from BMC. No more than a second or so. It is interesting to

:22:06.:22:13.

see it was Orica GreenEDGE that did the chase. They were not sitting

:22:14.:22:22.

back and saying it is a home race, they mean business. Taking another

:22:23.:22:30.

feed. It wasn't so long ago the riders had something to eat and

:22:31.:22:34.

drink. The riders are taking food on board. We are just inside the final

:22:35.:22:39.

20 kilometres. The leading riders are together. It is a sizeable

:22:40.:22:49.

peloton but it is whittling down. We mentioned the property eve. One of

:22:50.:23:01.

those -- we mentioned the sportif and Martin Johnson is taking place.

:23:02.:23:07.

It was good. They cut it down and the hills weren't from. To be honest

:23:08.:23:15.

it was heavy rain but it didn't slow us down majorly, and it keeps you

:23:16.:23:19.

cool. There were plenty of people there, and we enjoyed it. A big part

:23:20.:23:24.

of your post-sporting career, cycling, is it? I enjoy it. It is

:23:25.:23:30.

not for any other reason than I enjoy doing it. There are lots of

:23:31.:23:34.

benefits. It's good fun. I just ride for the pleasure of it really. You

:23:35.:23:40.

catch up with mates, get out and about. But I enjoy doing it. You are

:23:41.:23:45.

fine with frames but you've got a problem with wheels haven't new They

:23:46.:23:50.

are not always built for the larger gentleman, but look, I done OK

:23:51.:24:03.

today. It is 95 kilos usually. You are now at? 125 at the moment. When

:24:04.:24:13.

you won in 2003 what did you way? 120. Nothing keeps the weight off

:24:14.:24:19.

you like cycling, I find. It's great. In this world calories are

:24:20.:24:24.

easy and we have too many of them sometimes. It does UKIP slim. You've

:24:25.:24:32.

been around... It does keep you slim, I did the free cycle cycle. It

:24:33.:24:39.

was fantastic. It was absolutely rammed. The whole weekend is great.

:24:40.:24:44.

We were lucky we've got people who've gone out of their way to do

:24:45.:24:54.

it. To ride the streets of London, closed roads, it's fantastic. It is

:24:55.:24:58.

a brilliant event. It is only the second year and quickly it's become

:24:59.:25:05.

probably THE ride in this country. Looking forward to next year, the

:25:06.:25:12.

Rugby World Cup in England, how have you assessed England at the moment?

:25:13.:25:19.

I think they are progressing very well. We talk about a year. That's a

:25:20.:25:23.

along time for a rugby team. They've got a lot of rugby to play before

:25:24.:25:29.

they get to the World Cup. I think they'll progress very well. They've

:25:30.:25:33.

won four out of five six nations in the last four years. We've beaten

:25:34.:25:37.

the All Blacks at homes. You have to keep getting better. A lot of young

:25:38.:25:45.

guys have played well. If everyone was fit there would be difficult

:25:46.:25:48.

choices to make. It is up to the players to get themselves in good

:25:49.:25:52.

form. Someone was asking me about the World Cup. I think for a player

:25:53.:25:58.

it's simple. You just have to be the best you can be every time you play

:25:59.:26:02.

and the rest will take care of itself. It is always an interesting

:26:03.:26:06.

season the year, the championship as well. You've got keep progressing

:26:07.:26:11.

and getting better. Thinking back to London 2012 and how much home team

:26:12.:26:18.

support made Team GB. It is difficult in a way, because you are

:26:19.:26:23.

used to being away at World Cups, playing at home can be different.

:26:24.:26:27.

You have to get your head round that. The Twickenham factor is huge.

:26:28.:26:32.

The games at home we should have massive support, I'm sure we will.

:26:33.:26:36.

Ultimately the tournaments come down to one-off games. You can be the

:26:37.:26:41.

best team in the world for four years and if you lose that game, you

:26:42.:26:49.

are on your way home. In knock-out rugby, anything can happen. We're

:26:50.:26:55.

back with the race now. That's the front of the race, the remnants of

:26:56.:27:00.

the peloton. Group 2 there at 39 seconds, that I think is where Ian

:27:01.:27:05.

Stannard is on the road. Sir Bradley Wiggins on the front in the

:27:06.:27:09.

somewhere of your picture. He's leading the way. He's got some of

:27:10.:27:17.

his team-mates, Nathan Earl and Ben Smith. Neatly tucked in, letting

:27:18.:27:25.

everybody take the wind. Christian mier for Orica GreenEDGE. Omega

:27:26.:27:29.

Pharma, they've got a strong team here and they, too, have plenty of

:27:30.:27:34.

presence at the pointy end of the peloton. They are coming up to the

:27:35.:27:39.

front and the Frenchman at the front. Behind him is Gert Steegmans,

:27:40.:27:44.

the tall figure. Looking at the make-up of this group, we have 50

:27:45.:27:50.

riders in front and Sky only have three ride ears. Six riders started

:27:51.:28:00.

from each of these teams. NetApp They are looking good. Scott

:28:01.:28:05.

Thwaites the bronze medallist from the Commonwealth Games. They have

:28:06.:28:11.

numbers but Sky only have three riders in front. This is the second

:28:12.:28:16.

group. A difficult time. Maybe there is an opportunity in 39 seconds to

:28:17.:28:21.

ease back and hopefully these guys get back on. It doesn't look like

:28:22.:28:27.

Team Sky have the numbers in front and they were exposed. Boswell and

:28:28.:28:35.

Stannard have the riders of NFTO for company. They are almost three

:28:36.:28:38.

quarters of a minute behind the back end of what's left of the main

:28:39.:28:44.

peloton at the front of the race. Got to see Sir Bradley Wiggins at

:28:45.:28:49.

the front. The when you see him riding along there, looking so

:28:50.:28:52.

comfortable, few people look better on a bike as they ride as Wiggins

:28:53.:29:04.

does. He's so fluid. With no race radios, how will they know that

:29:05.:29:09.

Stannard and Boswell are only 30 seconds behind? They could do with

:29:10.:29:14.

them at the front of this race. Again it's all action. Omega

:29:15.:29:20.

Pharma-Quick-Step at the front with Gert Steegmans. Some Belkin riders

:29:21.:29:26.

also there. A lot of riders are sitting back. There's still Boxhill

:29:27.:29:31.

to come. Anything could happen. That's the next difficulty on the

:29:32.:29:37.

horizon as they head towards the main road and the left-hand turn

:29:38.:29:42.

taking them into Dorking. Then he hit the A 24 and head north before

:29:43.:29:49.

making the turn on to the zigzag road of Boxhill. That's the main

:29:50.:30:00.

difficulty. 65 kilometres to go. In the blue on the left-hand side Scott

:30:01.:30:08.

Thwaites. Sam Bennett the right-hand side, and Zac Dempster. Riding very

:30:09.:30:15.

well is NetApp. Few riders hamming on the back but online 50 required

:30:16.:30:20.

left at the front of this race. Rochelle, do you think we'll see

:30:21.:30:25.

activity on Boxhill? Do you think that's where the next attack is

:30:26.:30:29.

going to come? I think absolutely we'll see something happen on

:30:30.:30:33.

Boxhill, because there's a few sprinters in the peloton. The it's

:30:34.:30:38.

the most likely it will come down to a sprint. Boxhill is a moment where

:30:39.:30:43.

if they've got good legs they can make an impact. We are going to see

:30:44.:30:50.

action on Boxhill. We are seeing action on the main road heading east

:30:51.:30:58.

into Dorking. This is Gert Steegmans. Mark Renshaw is here, and

:30:59.:31:03.

Alessandro Petacchi. Whether they know that Stannard and Boswell are

:31:04.:31:07.

trying to come back to this front group, this is what cycling's all

:31:08.:31:13.

about. It is twisting and turning. Each team has different tactics. The

:31:14.:31:19.

pressure is being kept on. That's great to see.

:31:20.:32:30.

pressure has been an last 20 kilometres, Zak Dempster in second

:32:31.:32:34.

place. Julian Alaphilippe on the front. Sam Bennett as well in the

:32:35.:32:40.

red and black. Philippe Gilbert in the red and black, behind him Adam

:32:41.:32:47.

Blythe, very hard last 20, 25 km. Bradley Wiggins. I wonder what the

:32:48.:32:52.

next couple of years holds for him? Will he be focusing on the track

:32:53.:32:58.

with the Olympics and maybe road racing as more than means to an end

:32:59.:33:09.

in terms of insurance? It looks like that, he still wants to be world

:33:10.:33:14.

time trial champion. Again he is looking towards Rio, he wants to try

:33:15.:33:19.

to match Chris Hoy, so good luck to him. It would be sad to see him not

:33:20.:33:28.

winning, getting involved in so many of the World Tour races but I

:33:29.:33:30.

believe he will be back next year trying to do something in the

:33:31.:33:36.

Paris-Roubaix. It is the way cycling is going, the road can complement

:33:37.:33:41.

the track. You have to pick one or the other. Bradley is confused, but

:33:42.:33:45.

it is a good situation to be in, he needs to make some decisions.

:33:46.:33:50.

Obviously he will go for the individual time trial this year. He

:33:51.:33:54.

has spoken about going back to the track and finishing where he

:33:55.:33:58.

started. We know with Bradley that every week we hear the different

:33:59.:34:02.

ambition. It is good to have those problems, you can be good in both.

:34:03.:34:08.

It is a matter of where his heart lies and that will become clear to

:34:09.:34:13.

him. It is amazing, when he sets his mind to something, the degree of

:34:14.:34:17.

success he has. But he needs those specific targets to a mad, to

:34:18.:34:22.

concentrate his mind. One of the best in the world that setting

:34:23.:34:26.

targets and hitting them. We mentioned earlier in the programme,

:34:27.:34:30.

that he wanted to go for Paris-Roubaix, he finished ninth

:34:31.:34:34.

this year. One of the biggest classic races in cycling, then he

:34:35.:34:38.

lost five kilograms in a matter of four weeks to get to the Torah of

:34:39.:34:44.

California so he could climb better and he won it, so Bradley Wiggins

:34:45.:34:49.

sets targets and normally hits them. -- Tour of California. Ki this looks

:34:50.:34:54.

like a dangerous move, Caleb Ewan came across. He wanted to be in the

:34:55.:35:03.

break. Looks like that, again Team Sky only down to three riders, they

:35:04.:35:07.

have got their main rider in hate, Ben Swift. Or importantly,

:35:08.:35:13.

NetApp-Endura have got three in here. Frantic chase behind, still

:35:14.:35:17.

coming in towards Dorking for the last sprint. And they still have Box

:35:18.:35:22.

Hill. Very much a different race to last year. Thwaites and benefit from

:35:23.:35:28.

NetApp-Endura, one other wider there. Zak Dempster is there, the

:35:29.:35:34.

tall Aussie. Gert Steegmans and Alaphilippe, Philippe Gilbert,

:35:35.:35:37.

former world champion, his first race back. He missed the Tour de

:35:38.:35:41.

France. Again one of the worlds best riders. Couple of riders trying to

:35:42.:35:48.

sneak on the back, one Canon Dial -- one from Cannondale and one from

:35:49.:35:54.

Belkin. This looks like a good selection. The riders from

:35:55.:35:58.

NetApp-Endura clearly think this is worth. There is Ben Swift, from Team

:35:59.:36:05.

Sky, on the front, Gert Steegmans has one big races in the past. This

:36:06.:36:10.

is the 20-year-old Caleb Ewan, making his move again, we saw him

:36:11.:36:14.

prominently in the Commonwealth Games only last Sunday. A word about

:36:15.:36:18.

statements, he instigated this move, twice a winner of stages in the Tour

:36:19.:36:26.

de France. -- Gert Steegmans. In 2007 and 2008. Still a very imposing

:36:27.:36:30.

physical presence in his 30s. Gilbert, the Belgian, two or three

:36:31.:36:34.

years ago seemingly could do no wrong, was winning every race he

:36:35.:36:42.

took part in. He has a fantastic palmares. To have a Aluko was there

:36:43.:36:49.

across the road. Looking at how everybody is looking. Pushing an

:36:50.:36:53.

infant is the bronze medallist from the Commonwealth Games, Thwaites.

:36:54.:36:57.

Riders looking round to see who has made it to Dorking in the front

:36:58.:37:01.

group. Gilbert has somebody with him, he will be happy with that. The

:37:02.:37:06.

numbers seem to be with NetApp-Endura, with three. Steegmans

:37:07.:37:14.

in the front. Who was the Bill Kenwright coming through? As they

:37:15.:37:26.

head into Dorking. -- who is the Belkin rider coming through. The

:37:27.:37:32.

front of the race strung out. Towards the front, Adam Blythe in

:37:33.:37:38.

the black, and number 65 is Orica GreenEdge, Caleb Ewan. Really making

:37:39.:37:43.

his presence felt in this race once again. The other rider of their is

:37:44.:37:57.

the apprentice rider on BMC. Loic Vliegen. The stagiaire. Is it

:37:58.:38:08.

Clement who has joined from Belkin? Stef Clement a very good time

:38:09.:38:15.

trialist. Very strong breakaway. Not far from this last sprint in

:38:16.:38:19.

Dorking. Good to see these riders taking this race by the scruff of

:38:20.:38:25.

the neck. Absolutely, through the high street and now to the age 24.

:38:26.:38:38.

-- A24. As we head towards the only asset and of Box Hill today. 35

:38:39.:38:44.

seconds the advantage for the 12 riders at the front. -- ascent. Just

:38:45.:39:04.

going past the railway station. Sky represented by Ben Swift at the back

:39:05.:39:12.

of the line. Behind Sam Bennett, one of the favourites for this race, we

:39:13.:39:16.

saw him win a stage into care Philly on the Torah Britain last year. --

:39:17.:39:33.

care Philly. Caerphilly. No more than a couple of minutes from the

:39:34.:39:38.

beginning of the climb of Box Hill. Cannondale working hard in the

:39:39.:39:42.

peloton for Elia Viviani. Root looking at the rider in the front

:39:43.:39:46.

group, he is not doing any work, he wants to get Viviana back. Possibly

:39:47.:39:52.

the fastest guy in this race, they will do everything they can to close

:39:53.:39:57.

this gap. Working hard now, Cannondale's turn to do the sort of

:39:58.:40:04.

job we saw Ian Stannard doing. Cannondale under pressure. Viviani

:40:05.:40:08.

sitting in fourth wheel, they have a lot to do. They will not be helped

:40:09.:40:14.

by anybody behind. It is all down to Cannondale, can they bring the group

:40:15.:40:18.

back? It will be difficult because everybody apart from Christian

:40:19.:40:23.

Corran from Cannondale obviously want to ride but having said that he

:40:24.:40:28.

has now done a turn on the front. -- Kristijan Koren. We are back with

:40:29.:40:36.

Gert Steegmans for a make of, and Caleb Ewan, the young Australian.

:40:37.:40:44.

Alaphilippe, number 31 for Omega Pharma Quickstep, the 22-year-old

:40:45.:40:49.

Frenchman, already has his contract for next gen. Second and third on

:40:50.:40:54.

stages of the Tour of Catalonia this year. He rode San Sebastian Larsson

:40:55.:41:03.

week, important one-day race. Such a packed programme. -- last week. It

:41:04.:41:07.

must be the most difficult thing for an events like Ryan London, trying

:41:08.:41:27.

to find a spot in the calendar. -- RideLondon. The Tour of Poland,

:41:28.:41:32.

World Tour race just finished the other day, the Tour of Denmark going

:41:33.:41:39.

on at the moment, very difficult. And again Cannondale the front of

:41:40.:41:43.

the second group as we see the gap going up to 42 seconds. Coming up to

:41:44.:41:47.

another client, you would expect these riders, Ben Swift, Caleb Ewan,

:41:48.:41:53.

Adam Blythe, Gilbert, Gert Steegmans, Thwaites and Dempster

:41:54.:42:05.

from NetApp-Endura, Stef Clement, Kristijan Koren, Sam Bennett. As you

:42:06.:42:11.

can see on the lower slopes of Box Hill, what a mecca that has become

:42:12.:42:17.

for cyclists, particularly since the Olympic Games road race. Cyclists

:42:18.:42:22.

all over it at any time of the day. Just the once for the professionals

:42:23.:42:29.

here today. It was nine times in the Olympic Games road race. Talking

:42:30.:42:34.

about only six riders in the team this year, it is so difficult to try

:42:35.:42:38.

to control a race and we are only five in the Olympic Games. The

:42:39.:42:43.

British team working for Mark Cavendish that they came so close to

:42:44.:42:46.

managing the race and getting him to spend. Just the last time over Box

:42:47.:42:54.

Hill when the group got away. NetApp-Endura have the numbers in

:42:55.:42:56.

the break but the interesting thing is when they are racing without

:42:57.:43:06.

radios, it is possible. The Cannondale rider has the fastest man

:43:07.:43:10.

in this race but with his team trying to close this gap and bring

:43:11.:43:15.

it back, he is unsure. Interesting thing is the directors have to take

:43:16.:43:19.

some possibility and go through all the different scenarios before they

:43:20.:43:21.

go on the road because they will be sometimes when there is no true

:43:22.:43:25.

indication. They need to leave nothing to chance and go over every

:43:26.:43:29.

possible scenario. There has been a bit of miscommunication, maybe no

:43:30.:43:35.

communication, obviously, the Cannondale rider has done some turns

:43:36.:43:40.

at the front and that is interesting when his team is chasing. Kristijan

:43:41.:43:44.

Koren has just come out of the Tour de France, riders who do that, it is

:43:45.:43:48.

the opposite to what you would expect. Those who do not follow

:43:49.:43:52.

cycling would think that if you have done the Tour de France that you

:43:53.:43:55.

need to put your feet up and he would be in pieces, but actually you

:43:56.:44:01.

can often have better legs. You can have strong legs, you can either

:44:02.:44:08.

come out in a box or with good legs. He obviously has good legs. The

:44:09.:44:12.

interesting thing is we see the riders without race riders riding

:44:13.:44:16.

until it gets to one minute, then the team cars will be allowed to

:44:17.:44:21.

come up and they can get communication. Pretty sure the

:44:22.:44:25.

Cannondale team car cannot come in to a 43 second gap. Wrist Yan Corran

:44:26.:44:30.

does not really know, what is happening behind him. -- Christian

:44:31.:44:44.

don't come out 100%, the team car will come out and say, sit on. These

:44:45.:44:49.

are the strongest riders, this is the second group on the road, led by

:44:50.:44:53.

Cannondale, the strongest riders I think are in front and I am not sure

:44:54.:44:58.

Cannondale will manage to get back. An awful lot of work to do, not sure

:44:59.:45:01.

how many people will be prepared to let them do it. As you can see,

:45:02.:45:10.

still not that big a gap, just going over what we were saying a moment

:45:11.:45:14.

ago, David Millar on Twitter last week saying, after the Commonwealth

:45:15.:45:22.

Games, those who did not ride in the Tour de France had good legs for the

:45:23.:45:29.

half of the race, those who did had good legs for the second half, which

:45:30.:45:33.

is how it pans out for Geraint Thomas.

:45:34.:45:43.

produced a stellar performance. We are on Box Hill. A lot of people are

:45:44.:45:53.

against or for race radios. For me this race is perfect, with no race

:45:54.:46:01.

radios. He doesn't know his team-mates are working for Viviani

:46:02.:46:05.

behind. The team that has riders here is NetApp-Endura. Sam Bennett

:46:06.:46:09.

at the front, one of the favourites today, with the likes of Ben Swift.

:46:10.:46:15.

Ben doesn't have any team-mates with him. Gilbert is there. He's a fast

:46:16.:46:22.

sprinter but yet again McGuinness against Sam Bennett? But yet again

:46:23.:46:32.

Gilbert against Sam Bennett? I wouldn't think so. 45 seconds is the

:46:33.:46:39.

gap here. The wind is blowing a bit on Box Hill. Interesting to see

:46:40.:46:48.

after Box Hill if Cannondale get any help from the Omega Pharma team.

:46:49.:46:58.

They've got Gert Steegmans and Julian Alaphilippe. Both are good

:46:59.:47:06.

finishers. Gert Steegmans in the Belgian championship he looked like

:47:07.:47:10.

he would win from the breakaway, but Omega Pharma came from the front and

:47:11.:47:16.

brought it back in the last kilometre. I think Gert Steegmans,

:47:17.:47:23.

second from the back, is possibly looking and believed he could win

:47:24.:47:31.

this today. A lovely view to the riders' right, which they'll have no

:47:32.:47:35.

time to take in, but a spectacular spot and a favourite of cyclists in

:47:36.:47:42.

the south-east of England. Once they are over Box Hill Headley Heath will

:47:43.:47:47.

be next, one of the few remaining heath lands in Surrey. And then the

:47:48.:47:57.

journey back to London. Adam Blythe came back and rode for a British

:47:58.:48:04.

Third Division team. He's a classy sprinter. Let's not discount Adam

:48:05.:48:11.

Blythe from this group in front. And he is good friends with Philippe

:48:12.:48:15.

Gilbert and raced alongside him until the back end of last season.

:48:16.:48:21.

Back now on the domestic scene. There's some quality bike riders. We

:48:22.:48:27.

said Philippe Gilbert wasn't the best of sprinters. He probably

:48:28.:48:31.

thinks this is the last chance to break this race up. Gert Steegmans

:48:32.:48:36.

is in the chase group but Alaphilippe was on to the wheel. Ben

:48:37.:48:43.

Smith realises as well. The man in trouble is Zakk Dempster. He needs

:48:44.:48:49.

to stay with this front group. Zakk Dempster, maybe not a bad time, as

:48:50.:48:55.

it will be slightly downhill in the not too distance future.

:48:56.:49:03.

NetApp-Endura down to two. The gap has gone over a minute for the first

:49:04.:49:08.

time and that was on Box Hill. When we hit Box Hill it was about 34

:49:09.:49:12.

seconds and now the strongest ride rehearse in front. Great to see BMC

:49:13.:49:17.

rider Philippe Gilbert on the attack. This is probably one of the

:49:18.:49:21.

last chances he's got to try to split this front group of 12. It is

:49:22.:49:26.

all action. Action. Still plenty of racing to come. Anything can can

:49:27.:49:35.

happen. Especially without communication out there. If

:49:36.:49:38.

something goes wrong at the front and a rider loses contact, anything

:49:39.:49:44.

could happen. It depends which riders are in the peloton and which

:49:45.:49:49.

riders are in the main group. It looks like all the pressure is on

:49:50.:49:55.

Cannondale. If other teams help out, it is possible it could come back.

:49:56.:50:00.

Fracturing at the front of the race, instigated by Philippe Gilbert. He's

:50:01.:50:05.

on the attack, taking Julian Alaphilippe and Ben Swift behind

:50:06.:50:13.

him. Three riders in front.thwaitethwaitethwaite, trying

:50:14.:50:18.

to close the gap. There's still 50 kilometres to go.

:50:19.:50:45.

Here's the front of the race. Gilbert in the red and black. Ben

:50:46.:50:55.

Smith right on his wheel, and Julian Alaphilippe from Omega Pharma.

:50:56.:51:01.

Philippe Gilbert driving on, trying to see if he can force a split that

:51:02.:51:05.

lasts off the front of this leading group. This is what Gilbert wants.

:51:06.:51:12.

He wants to take it to the rest of them and come into the finish at the

:51:13.:51:17.

The Mall with few riders, the fewer the better for Gilbert. Behind it

:51:18.:51:23.

looks as if Caleb is coming across the gap. Euan, an excellent

:51:24.:51:28.

performance in the Commonwealth Games last week. This is his first

:51:29.:51:37.

race for Orica GreenEDGE. GreenEDGE. What an effort it was by the Aussie

:51:38.:51:42.

to chase these three required down. You've got to Iraq, swift, you've

:51:43.:51:52.

got to remember that these are some of the best riders in the world.

:51:53.:51:54.

What an effort it At the start of his career with

:51:55.:52:07.

Orica GreenEDGE he is getting involved in the business end of the

:52:08.:52:13.

race, mixing it from the riders at the front. Cannondale try to reduce

:52:14.:52:19.

the deficit. In fact it is going up slightly, to a minute and 5. Back

:52:20.:52:29.

with the leading group. Just taking the descent with a

:52:30.:52:38.

measure of caution. Inside the final 50 kilometres of this race. Swift

:52:39.:52:52.

has a little look. Alaphilippe, Caleb on his wheel and Clement from

:52:53.:52:59.

Belkin. The lead is a minute and five. 11 ride are in the lead. They

:53:00.:53:06.

begin their journey back into central London.

:53:07.:53:14.

STUDIO: Back to that race soon. 15 miles to The Mall, it was won by

:53:15.:53:23.

Walter for the second year in a row. War veterans from the Army, Steve

:53:24.:53:29.

Arnold and Josh. I caught up with them afterwards. You've just

:53:30.:53:33.

finished the hand-cycle race. The weather was pretty miserable. To be

:53:34.:53:38.

fair this is the worst the weather's been. It started when we started off

:53:39.:53:44.

and it was clear all the way and it started raining in the final 600

:53:45.:53:50.

metres. You the. In criterion. Josh, you were watching it. I started

:53:51.:53:55.

cycling but hadn't done a race yet. This is only my sixth race, so it

:53:56.:54:00.

was really good fun. The enjoyable. A couple of cheeky hills but it was

:54:01.:54:04.

good fun. You two are both in the Army and were injured. Tell us about

:54:05.:54:10.

your injuries. I'm a triple amputee, missing my right arm as well will.

:54:11.:54:18.

Was injured New Year's Eve in 2010, stood an on IED. Royal Engineers,

:54:19.:54:25.

search team. Stood on an IED in April 2011. A double amputee,

:54:26.:54:31.

luckily nothing else injured. And both rehabbed at Headley Court,

:54:32.:54:36.

which does an amazing job. Yes, it is all military personnel, so you

:54:37.:54:40.

get the banter. Bounce off each other. See people ahead of you that

:54:41.:54:45.

are walking and it gives you the enthusiasm to walk again. Or brain

:54:46.:54:50.

injuries, PTSD, whatever it is. And winding people up as well. I know

:54:51.:54:55.

you were thinking about Rio but before then the Invictus Games. If

:54:56.:55:01.

you were selected, how good with would that be? Amazing, against

:55:02.:55:06.

military personnel from 17 different countries. If we get selected,

:55:07.:55:12.

amazing. To pit yourself against the Americans, the French, the Iraqis.

:55:13.:55:18.

And it is being held Attlee valley, so cycling there, the atmosphere and

:55:19.:55:22.

the history. Watching it two years ago, it inspired me to get on a

:55:23.:55:28.

bike. Sport is a massive part of the rehabilitation of injured war

:55:29.:55:32.

veterans. Massive. A lot of injured guys, most of us are fit anyway. The

:55:33.:55:37.

first thing you can do to get back up to fitness. We've been training

:55:38.:55:42.

for 10-20 years in the Army, it is a big thing in the military, sport.

:55:43.:55:47.

When you are jirksd you want to get back into, when you are injured, you

:55:48.:55:52.

want to get back into sport. Or even if you want to do it for fun, it

:55:53.:55:59.

gets you out and about. Josh is still out in the wet. Good luck with

:56:00.:56:04.

selection and we hope to see new the Invictus Games. Cheers. That British

:56:05.:56:09.

team will be announced on Wednesday. Will find out if Josh and Steve are

:56:10.:56:14.

in it. You can watch all the action on the BBC from 10-14 September. Is

:56:15.:56:25.

it is Prince Harry's big idea. Looking forwardto the road cycling

:56:26.:56:35.

but back to the London-Surrey Classic. We have a dozen riders off

:56:36.:56:40.

the front of the race. The gap, a minute and 11 seconds. Can they work

:56:41.:56:46.

together well enough to stay away? At the moment it looks as if

:56:47.:56:49.

Cannondale are the only team trying to bring them back. Four riders from

:56:50.:56:54.

Cannondale against 11 people who, if they decide to work together, it

:56:55.:56:57.

should be an uneven battle, shouldn't it? It should be, but

:56:58.:57:02.

we've seen stranger things happen in races. 11 riders in the front. The

:57:03.:57:06.

unfortunately for Zakk Dempster he couldn't hang on over Box Hill. 11

:57:07.:57:11.

riders, if they are all committing, there's only four riders from

:57:12.:57:19.

Cannondale and one other. One of the Cannondale ride serious Viviani.

:57:20.:57:25.

Four riders from Cannondale and one other. One of the Cannondale ride

:57:26.:57:27.

serious Viviani. He isn't - one of the Cannondale riders is Viviani. He

:57:28.:57:30.

isn't going to be riding. These ride shears be pushing out an advantage.

:57:31.:57:36.

It's holding but how long can the Cannondale riders hold these 11 men?

:57:37.:57:42.

These are the strongest riders over the climbs but there's a long way to

:57:43.:57:50.

go. Just under 45 kilometres. If these riders stay away we are not

:57:51.:57:57.

going to see an 11-man group of sprinters. What's your reading of

:57:58.:58:02.

the situation, Rochelle? It is very hard to make a call at the moment,

:58:03.:58:08.

because we know it is going to be an exciting finish. Whether the winner

:58:09.:58:12.

comes from this group or a break works none of us are game enough to

:58:13.:58:18.

make a call on that yet. Buts going to be an exciting finish with big

:58:19.:58:24.

names in the group. It is going to be fascinating, as they head towards

:58:25.:58:27.

London. Swift with his arm in the air. I wonder with whether he's got

:58:28.:58:35.

a problem. Looks like a front-wheel puncture for Sam Bennett.

:58:36.:58:38.

NetApp-Endura are going to be losing one of these riders. He's waiting

:58:39.:58:45.

for his team car. This is a feat for Ben Swift.

:58:46.:58:52.

Christian coren still taking his brief little turns at the front of

:58:53.:58:58.

this breakaway group. Sam bent's team car is coming up. It looks as

:58:59.:59:03.

if he has a problem. The quickest thing here is to change bike. No,

:59:04.:59:09.

they are out with a wheel. A front with wheel puncture, as we

:59:10.:59:15.

suspected. He has to have a quick change because it is going to be

:59:16.:59:19.

difficult. That's very bad timing for Bennett. The pace is high and he

:59:20.:59:25.

was in that breakaway. Did so well to be in there, but he's going to

:59:26.:59:29.

have to use up a fair amount of energy to attempt to get back with

:59:30.:59:34.

them. Not looking so great for him now. No, it isn't. A group of ten

:59:35.:59:42.

now. Scott won't know what's happening behind. Just over one

:59:43.:59:49.

minute. Everybody has to keep on riding. If these riders keep on

:59:50.:59:57.

riding for the next 10-15 kilometres, what will the commissars

:59:58.:00:03.

say? Will they turn a blind eye? It was unfortunate for Sam to have a

:00:04.:00:06.

punning ture. couple of years ago. Strong in the

:00:07.:00:31.

Commonwealth Games last week. He also rode well early on, he has been

:00:32.:00:42.

there all about is. Very capable of doing the things, but fortunately

:00:43.:00:48.

for the team, thought it would be a hard chase but the team car giving

:00:49.:00:57.

him a couple of bottles and get him back. It is devastating to see

:00:58.:01:03.

athletes working hard, preparing for one race for four years like the

:01:04.:01:07.

Olympics and so unfortunate to see a mechanical take them out. , said

:01:08.:01:12.

turning a blind eye, genuine puncture, back where he started. --,

:01:13.:01:31.

commissaire. It was hard stopping stuff last week with Geraint Thomas,

:01:32.:01:35.

he was the strongest rider, and he had a puncture. It would not have

:01:36.:01:40.

been fair. It is a grey area, we have seen many devastating moments

:01:41.:01:48.

in sport. People will argue that sometimes getting a puncture can be

:01:49.:01:52.

down to the skills of the riders. It is a grey area. Also with

:01:53.:01:56.

mechanicals and can be down to the team staff not doing their job

:01:57.:02:01.

properly, so it is all part of the sport. In these cases, such a grey

:02:02.:02:07.

area, great to see Sam Bennett back in the front group. The leading

:02:08.:02:12.

riders into Leatherhead now, twisting and turning through the

:02:13.:02:17.

centre before the race eventually heads over the M25. Caleb Ewan.

:02:18.:02:23.

Having a little bit of trouble sorting out his musette. Deciding to

:02:24.:02:34.

have a drink instead. Obviously hungry because of the effort to get

:02:35.:02:40.

out of the bag. Maybe some inexperience, might not have needed

:02:41.:02:46.

to take one in previous races. Good to see him avoiding those pollard is

:02:47.:02:50.

as well is he was fiddling around with his late lunch. May be an

:02:51.:02:55.

instance of Caleb Ewan had something he wanted at that particular time,

:02:56.:03:02.

maybe some gels or something, and in the feed is only do is difficult to

:03:03.:03:08.

get your bag. He went back to the car is as close particular bag.

:03:09.:03:13.

Sometimes that can be psychological. He got himself in

:03:14.:03:17.

difficulty but now he is back. Very young rider as I said, plenty of

:03:18.:03:22.

time. We will see him pretty much at the top of plenty of podiums. Ben

:03:23.:03:28.

Swift on the front of the leading group. Still Cannondale

:03:29.:03:33.

predominantly at the front, Viviani the protective rider who is not

:03:34.:03:37.

contributing to that, sitting in about fifth. They are not making any

:03:38.:03:41.

inroads onto this leading group at the moment. Gilbert. In the red and

:03:42.:03:49.

black at the back. Instance here, watching the NetApp-Endura team car

:03:50.:04:02.

coming up. Sometimes when the change rise out it can make a big

:04:03.:04:07.

difference. Neatly and tidily done. Suitably avoiding the road

:04:08.:04:14.

furniture. The chain freshly lubricated, Scott Thwaites bank into

:04:15.:04:17.

the thick of the race. Adam Blythe at the back. He has shown flashes of

:04:18.:04:24.

his talent. You wonder how much more might be in there. It was difficult

:04:25.:04:29.

to come back to the UK, with BMC last year, good friends still living

:04:30.:04:34.

in Monaco, with Philippe Gilbert, but again he is such a young talent.

:04:35.:04:40.

Maybe too much, too young. Maybe you'd went to his head ever so

:04:41.:04:46.

slightly. I know he is definitely motivated. -- maybe it went back to

:04:47.:04:52.

his head. He is starting to put himself about a wee bit now. No

:04:53.:04:58.

doubt he has plenty of ability. Of course he has. I know he is only

:04:59.:05:04.

young but as a big rider on the UK scene, nowhere to hide. Every time

:05:05.:05:09.

he attacks he has eight riders in his pockets not allowing him to go

:05:10.:05:14.

anywhere. In the last few weeks he has thought about his goals. This is

:05:15.:05:22.

one of his goals. It is good to see him on form. As I said earlier,

:05:23.:05:28.

let's not discounting. He is a very fast finisher. The British National

:05:29.:05:33.

circuit race champion 2014, as the imposing figure of Gert Steegmans

:05:34.:05:37.

goes to the front of the breakaway group. Gilbert on his wheel in the

:05:38.:05:42.

blank, with the blue stripe down his back is Ben Swift. Most of these

:05:43.:05:48.

riders in this 11 man group, claiming there, he has been wanting

:05:49.:05:53.

his bottle for a long period. He has now managed to get it, difficult for

:05:54.:05:57.

a lot of cars to come from behind peloton. They cannot pass on the

:05:58.:06:05.

likes of Box Hill. He is on his own, he is a very good time trialist, he

:06:06.:06:10.

has won stages, if my memory serves me right, in Catalonia earlier in

:06:11.:06:18.

the year by taking it with just over one kilometre to go. The others can

:06:19.:06:22.

possibly wait for the sprint, but Stef Clement looking strong. Riding

:06:23.:06:27.

his way back into form having to abandon the Tour de France on Stage

:06:28.:06:33.

7. Coro is the Slovenian on the back. The entrance 50 moving a great

:06:34.:06:39.

deal, no change there. Over 190,000 cars go down that stretch every. --

:06:40.:06:50.

the M25. Touching on one minutes at the top of Box Hill and we were

:06:51.:06:55.

thinking if they would stay away. Is their firepower behind? Looking at

:06:56.:07:02.

it it was a numbers game. Three from Cannondale, one from Topsport

:07:03.:07:07.

Vlaanderen, Topsport Vlaanderen had two or three riders, why did they

:07:08.:07:10.

not commit when the gap was so small? It is creeping up, these are

:07:11.:07:15.

the strongest riders in the race. They will come onto The Mall,

:07:16.:07:19.

possibly not together, but fighting out the win. The peloton not making

:07:20.:07:25.

any inroads? Khan went back to the car, taking off his boutique

:07:26.:07:33.

others, that is unusual. He means business now. -- shoe covers. They

:07:34.:07:38.

all looked like they are in the race for the win, getting ready for the

:07:39.:07:44.

race for the win. Bradley Wiggins there about half way back, in the

:07:45.:07:50.

middle of the picture. Wiggins still in the middle of the peloton.

:07:51.:07:54.

Russell Downing in front of him, fourth in the Commonwealth Games

:07:55.:07:58.

road race last week. What do you feel Wiggins's role might be? He has

:07:59.:08:07.

done his job. He came to the fund, riding out the front pretty much all

:08:08.:08:11.

day, looking after Ben Swift. A lot of these things you do not really

:08:12.:08:15.

see, people were expecting Wiggins to be on the front group but he has

:08:16.:08:19.

sacrificed his chances for his team-mate. That is why he has been

:08:20.:08:26.

riding on the front. For Ben Swift. Swift is at the front so he is in a

:08:27.:08:31.

good situation. Sky certainly animated the race in the Surrey

:08:32.:08:36.

Hills, they were starting to make things happen. They took it on with

:08:37.:08:41.

Boswell and Ian Stannard. Again, Bradley Wiggins was there and he

:08:42.:08:45.

kept the pressure on. He could have sat up at the top of the climb but

:08:46.:08:50.

he kept the tempo. It is difficult coming from a couple of weeks ago

:08:51.:08:57.

from the track, as you said, then riding 193 kilometres, but he has

:08:58.:09:03.

ridden tremendously. But the transition from a one-day classic to

:09:04.:09:07.

a multiple stage race, then you have to remember what he did in 2012, he

:09:08.:09:12.

won the Tour de France and then a couple of weeks later the Olympic

:09:13.:09:16.

time trial. He is versatile. Ben Swift could win today and he will

:09:17.:09:21.

thank all of his team. Swift on the right-hand side, going over into the

:09:22.:09:26.

guttering. Having a look at everybody else. Decent crowd, what

:09:27.:09:32.

routes do they take into London? Through Esher, but over the Thames

:09:33.:09:37.

at Kingston, then threw Raynes Park and Wimbledon Village, then over

:09:38.:09:43.

Putney Bridge. And up into London along the embankment, past the

:09:44.:09:45.

Houses of Parliament. Of Whitehall and then the left-hand turn at

:09:46.:09:49.

Admiralty arch, then 300 metres from the finishing line here on the Mall,

:09:50.:09:56.

where the sun is shining. As it is on the leading riders. Gert

:09:57.:09:58.

Steegmans at the back of the moment, looking around. We are back with the

:09:59.:10:03.

chasing group now. The main peloton. Kristian House in the middle with a

:10:04.:10:11.

pink trim. Looks like they may have given up, looking at their faces.

:10:12.:10:17.

The break out at one minute 30, it will be close but the peloton look

:10:18.:10:23.

relaxed. You can see the speed of the 11 riders at the front,

:10:24.:10:27.

everybody taking their turn. This gap will steadily increase. Only

:10:28.:10:32.

Cannondale and Topsport Vlaanderen, everybody else content to roll into

:10:33.:10:40.

The Mall to finish their efforts. Coro on the left in the green,

:10:41.:10:45.

Cannondale. At the back of the peloton now, that is Clement Saint

:10:46.:10:56.

Martin of La Pomme Marseille. This is the front of the chasers.

:10:57.:11:07.

Topsport Vlaanderen just starting to get involved a little bit. One rider

:11:08.:11:12.

at the front, another couple in there, just getting confirmation.

:11:13.:11:17.

1:29. One of the Cannondale riders has done his job. All that Viviani

:11:18.:11:32.

has is two riders. There were four, we have lost one of the Cannondale

:11:33.:11:38.

riders off the front. Now it is down to three of them, I cannot see it

:11:39.:11:43.

happening. That was 134, Steve Lampier, he was involved in the

:11:44.:11:48.

breakaway earlier in the race. They were keen to animate the action

:11:49.:11:53.

early on. Halfway through Richmond Park, six riders gaining a lead of

:11:54.:11:58.

over three minutes, reeled in primarily by Team Sky. A gargantuan

:11:59.:12:03.

turn at the front from Ian Stannard. And some good work from Ian Boswell.

:12:04.:12:08.

An awful lot for the Cannondale riders to do, they are not getting

:12:09.:12:12.

much help. Trying to help their sprinter, Elia Viviani, he has had

:12:13.:12:17.

considerable success on the track. Not getting much help from anybody

:12:18.:12:24.

else. Remember when the riders were pulling faces behind the Ian

:12:25.:12:29.

Stannard, now look at the faces behind these front three. They are

:12:30.:12:36.

nice and easy. The precious being applied by Scott Thwaites. Now you

:12:37.:12:46.

have to be in these situations, Sam Bennett still has to take his turn

:12:47.:12:55.

on the front. Bennett leading at the moment, Scott Thwaites as well, his

:12:56.:13:00.

team-mate. Good to see Philippe Gilbert racing strongly on British

:13:01.:13:02.

roads. Stef Clement in the green helmet for Belkin. These are the

:13:03.:13:10.

chasers. Just not chasing at all, the gap staying constant. One rider

:13:11.:13:16.

involved here in blue from the front, from the Wanty-Groupe

:13:17.:13:22.

Gobert, the second division Belgian team. You do the maths and it will

:13:23.:13:34.

not happen. Just hovering at about 1:30, but to bring that back will be

:13:35.:13:38.

very difficult. Leading riders there, this is the stagiaire from

:13:39.:13:55.

BMC, and now Ben Swift coming through the Centre for sky. Caleb

:13:56.:14:01.

Ewan still hanging in. During his turn at the front. At the moment

:14:02.:14:07.

they are working well together but I guess as kilometres go buy that will

:14:08.:14:12.

start to change. They will know each other, they will know how the others

:14:13.:14:17.

ride, we have already mentioned Stef Clement not the fastest sprinters.

:14:18.:14:23.

He normally tries to clip off towards the finish, we know that Ben

:14:24.:14:26.

Swift is swift, we know Philippe Gilbert can sprint but he will not

:14:27.:14:32.

want to do that, but just looking outside our commentary position it

:14:33.:14:35.

looks as if there is a headwind in the finishing straight. Again that

:14:36.:14:41.

is a long finish, you do not want to be taking that on from the front.

:14:42.:14:46.

Gert Steegmans as well, they have two riders in here, and Alaphilippe,

:14:47.:14:53.

they can both win. It is the same with weights and Bennett, they both

:14:54.:14:57.

have great opportunities, BMC have two as well. Loic Vliegen the

:14:58.:15:03.

stagiaire has an opportunity, great to see him in this race with

:15:04.:15:06.

Philippe Gilbert. It'll be interesting to see happens in the

:15:07.:15:07.

last five or ten kilometres. front group that can sprint. As can

:15:08.:15:56.

the youngster Ewan from Australia. They'll want to know if they back

:15:57.:15:59.

themselves on this particular day over the other riders. It will be

:16:00.:16:06.

interesting if the riders block with their body language, giving other

:16:07.:16:12.

riders confidence to sprint. They'll probably ride together for a little

:16:13.:16:15.

longer and then start playing games and trying to block each other with

:16:16.:16:20.

their facial expresses and shaking their legs and their heads. It will

:16:21.:16:23.

be interesting coming into the finish. There's one of so many world

:16:24.:16:30.

class sporting venues in and around the London area, Sandown racecourse

:16:31.:16:36.

on the left-hand side. And here is the breakaway group. Group. Adam

:16:37.:16:50.

Blythe is taking his place at the front. For these 11 riders it's been

:16:51.:16:58.

tough. It is getting there with the sprint still in your legs. It's been

:16:59.:17:08.

an active race from the start. Activity as soon as the flag was

:17:09.:17:15.

dropped as soon as they left Olympic Park in Stratford. Last year we had

:17:16.:17:20.

quite a bunch finish, but not this year. I'm not sure if it's the

:17:21.:17:25.

conditions. They were better last year but I think it is the power of

:17:26.:17:31.

the other team. Coming here and taking it to everybody else.

:17:32.:17:37.

Speaking to Steven Roache today, he said it doesn't always matter what

:17:38.:17:42.

the route's like, it's how they race it. They've certainly given us an

:17:43.:17:49.

animated race on the roads of London and Surrey today. Gilbert sitting up

:17:50.:17:58.

momentarily. Clement having a look. The thing is they cannot ease back.

:17:59.:18:04.

They can't start playing around. Cat and mouse. There's still under 30

:18:05.:18:09.

kilometres to go. If they do this, they can be brought back. They till

:18:10.:18:14.

have to keep the tempo up. It is going be the strongest man who wins

:18:15.:18:19.

this race today. I wonder if someone is going to chance their arm perhaps

:18:20.:18:25.

at Wimbledon and try to sneak away. Not much opportunity between now and

:18:26.:18:30.

the finish perhaps. There has to be a lot of thinking for Caleb Ewan and

:18:31.:18:39.

Ben Swift. With NetApp-Endura and BMC and Omega Pharma, they have two

:18:40.:18:45.

riders in this front group of 11. Do they start the 1-2? Most of these

:18:46.:18:53.

riders can sprint. Alaphilippe and Steegmans, Thwaites and Bennett and

:18:54.:19:02.

Vlieegen and Gilbert, all of them can sprint. They have to keep the

:19:03.:19:09.

pressure on. We are heading for a fantastic finish. A decent-sized

:19:10.:19:17.

crowd in London. 1 minute and 31 seconds is the gap. It has stayed

:19:18.:19:25.

steady for some time. Swift with Thwaites on his wheel. Interesting

:19:26.:19:32.

that he is emptying his bottle. It is getting serious when you see a

:19:33.:19:36.

required get rid of a little bit of water. Those little things, mental

:19:37.:19:43.

edges that they get from emptying half a bottle or less of water

:19:44.:19:48.

before the sprint. It shows you that the pressure is on. All 11 ride

:19:49.:20:02.

verse no place to hide. I think there's a lot of mental games that

:20:03.:20:07.

come into place at this point in the race. They want to give themselves

:20:08.:20:11.

some confidence, because they've got to believe that they can do it.

:20:12.:20:15.

They've got to mentally switch on and say okay, now it's the business

:20:16.:20:20.

end of the race. I can't afford to switch off for a second. Julian

:20:21.:20:37.

Alaphilippe, another turn at the front. It's a good selection here. A

:20:38.:20:48.

wave of water coming off one of the lead cars. Ben Swift shaking his

:20:49.:20:53.

head. He's not happy about something. A lot of fans want him to

:20:54.:21:00.

pull off the win here today. He came close in the national road race

:21:01.:21:08.

championship. He was in second place. Philippe Gilbert, a big win

:21:09.:21:15.

for him this year, the Amstell Gold Race. So many classics under his

:21:16.:21:24.

race. He had a difficult period a couple of years ago. Ago. He

:21:25.:21:33.

eventually won the Welt we are. That relieved a... He eventually won the

:21:34.:21:44.

Welter. Having moved teams and going to BMC, the winds dried up.

:21:45.:21:54.

Conditions are far calmer than they were earlier today. There's still a

:21:55.:22:03.

fair breeze from the left-hand side. There is no let-up. Everyone has to

:22:04.:22:08.

do their turn at the front. You will see the 25 kilometres go and they

:22:09.:22:13.

will know that it is 25 kilometres still to go. When the boards start

:22:14.:22:21.

ticking down, 20, 15, 10, they know they've been in a race today. It's

:22:22.:22:25.

been hard. There's pressure on Ben Swift to deliver today. Today.

:22:26.:22:29.

Talking about pressure, a few riders, the lead riders in their

:22:30.:22:35.

team, but Caleb Ewan has nothing to lose. He must be thriving being with

:22:36.:22:43.

some big names. The headwind will suit him, as he's so small. Is you

:22:44.:22:50.

would have to put your money on him for an outside chance of the win.

:22:51.:22:58.

The sun shines on Kingston. The race winds its way back up towards

:22:59.:23:03.

London, central London, and the finish on The Mall. Kingston is one

:23:04.:23:07.

of the key points in the time trial in the Olympic Games. Won by Bradley

:23:08.:23:12.

Wiggins on that wonderful day in the summer of 2012.

:23:13.:23:25.

S are the leading riders. Just a few seconds knocked off their lead.

:23:26.:23:37.

Steegmans bring up the rear. Of the two, do you feel Steegmans would be

:23:38.:23:43.

the favoured rider over Alaphilippe, or knoll necessarily? Knoll

:23:44.:23:52.

necessarily. Not necessarily. Alaphilippe can sprint. Looking at

:23:53.:23:59.

this front group, I can only think that Belkin's Clement and

:24:00.:24:04.

Cannondale's Coren are the only two riders thinking they've got to

:24:05.:24:08.

attack. Everybody else has an position. Position. Has an option.

:24:09.:24:17.

Ewan doesn't have the experience. I would love to try and see him win.

:24:18.:24:23.

This youngster, he said this morning that he doesn't really care what the

:24:24.:24:29.

weather is like, he's riding his first race for a team and he want to

:24:30.:24:34.

go out and race. What an impact he's made. Whatever happens, he's made

:24:35.:24:43.

his presence felt. He's number 65. Adam Blythe is riding on the front.

:24:44.:24:50.

Looks like he's been down a mine. No place to hide in this race this

:24:51.:24:56.

year. A good 11 man break. There was 12 riders. The climb of Box Hill

:24:57.:25:02.

meant that we lost Zakk Dempster. There's still two riders capable of

:25:03.:25:16.

winning, from NetApp-Endura, and Sam Bennett, the Irishman. Bennett is

:25:17.:25:23.

certainly a man to watch as we head towards the finish. Riders need good

:25:24.:25:34.

head as well as good legs. You need to use your intelligence,

:25:35.:25:39.

particularly if people start to attack. You can't chase everything.

:25:40.:25:43.

You've only got so much energy that you can use up and you need to try

:25:44.:25:48.

and work out which things are worth chasing and which aren't. There's a

:25:49.:25:53.

lot of mistakes made in the past that. Experience will shine through.

:25:54.:25:59.

You have to keep on riding. In this 11 man group there is no place to

:26:00.:26:07.

hide. You are expected the attacks to come. There are gaps appearing.

:26:08.:26:23.

A bit of a split appearing in the lead group. Julian Alaphilippe is

:26:24.:26:31.

putting the pressure on and Clement is trying to take his wheel.

:26:32.:26:35.

Philippe Gilbert is there. The Bennett is hanging on to their coat

:26:36.:26:42.

tails. One of the fastest sprinters. He can't be brought to the finish by

:26:43.:26:51.

your team-mate, you have to sprint. He looks like he fancies it,

:26:52.:26:58.

Alaphilippe. Testing the legs of everybody else. Adam Blythe is

:26:59.:27:07.

second in line. Ben Swift for Sky. They've started messing about ever

:27:08.:27:13.

so slightly. The time gap is coming down, 1: 14. He wants to win this

:27:14.:27:19.

race today. They have to keep the pressure on. They've got to keep

:27:20.:27:24.

going, with 20 K still to go, that minute and 13 could come down

:27:25.:27:28.

rapidly if they mess around. That's right. They need to co-operate long

:27:29.:27:34.

fer they want to be in this race for the win. If they have good legs,

:27:35.:27:39.

they tend to have the attitude that they are going to be on everything.

:27:40.:27:44.

Every time someone move. But if your legs aren't good, you start to began

:27:45.:27:49.

and rely on other people to do the chase. Looks like Philippe Gilbert

:27:50.:27:53.

wants to get to the finish with his small group. Doesn't want to be

:27:54.:27:57.

caught. Philippe Gilbert going for it. That was Caleb Ewan on his wheel

:27:58.:28:04.

for a moment. Ewan starts to look tired on the other side of the road.

:28:05.:28:10.

Gilbert looks behind. Ewan is one rider that Gilbert will want to get

:28:11.:28:14.

rid of. No place to hide. They have to keep the pressure on. He needs to

:28:15.:28:27.

keep going, to keep the pressure on. Unfortunately Cannondale are now

:28:28.:28:30.

having core no-one the breakaway chasing to go up this front group.

:28:31.:28:44.

That initial move from that really hurt the legends of one or two of

:28:45.:28:49.

them in that break was instigated by Philippe Gilbert, the 2012 world

:28:50.:28:55.

road race champion. A good situation for Adam Blythe on the left-hand

:28:56.:29:02.

side. Gilbert, Swift and Alaphilippe and Blythe. In the back is

:29:03.:29:08.

Cannondale rider, Coren. On the back foot now is NetApp-Endura. They had

:29:09.:29:13.

three riders in the 12 man group. Lost Dempster and now Thwaites and

:29:14.:29:22.

Bennett have to shut this down. They've got to climb up through

:29:23.:29:30.

Wimbledon as they head towards the river. Alaphilippe on Blythe's

:29:31.:29:43.

wheel. This is a significant gap. Gap. We now have only five riders

:29:44.:29:50.

from the original. Philippe Gilbert wants to take this to everybody.

:29:51.:29:56.

Absolutely. Core season having to hang in there. Hasn't got the wheel

:29:57.:30:02.

of Blythe in front of him. Alaphilippe Sal the rider, number

:30:03.:30:05.

31, at the back of this selection. This is the fracturing of the lead

:30:06.:30:12.

group. 12 became 11 and is now down to a core group of five.

:30:13.:30:30.

black jersey with the red helmet, this is Christian Corrin, --

:30:31.:30:44.

Kristijan Koren for Cannondale. Gilbert wants to make this stage. He

:30:45.:30:55.

wants a race, he looks one of the strongest. He looks in good shape.

:30:56.:30:59.

He was not in the Tour de France but he has come here to RideLondon. He

:31:00.:31:04.

will no Adam Blythe. They were team-mates over the last couple of

:31:05.:31:12.

years. He will want to come into The Mall on his own. I think it is still

:31:13.:31:31.

too early today. They have ridden a long way today, they have gone

:31:32.:31:34.

through a lot and they want every chance. It is not a small bike race

:31:35.:31:39.

and they have in their minds that this is important of the team, you

:31:40.:31:45.

don't put this effort in to make any mistakes. Great to see a rider of

:31:46.:31:48.

the quality of Philippe Gilbert on British roads they sing so hard. For

:31:49.:31:53.

those perhaps not so familiar with him, three times he has won the

:31:54.:32:00.

Amstel Gold, twice Lombardy, they are major one-day Classics. VH

:32:01.:32:04.

Bastogne Li?ge, five stages of the Tour of Spain, flesh baloney, San

:32:05.:32:09.

Sebastian, stage of the France, he has had the yellow jersey and

:32:10.:32:13.

rainbow jersey of world champion, he is a major player and Heery is in

:32:14.:32:24.

this group of five. -- here he is. Adam Blythe cannot wear the national

:32:25.:32:27.

circuit race champion because this is a road race. In the women's Grand

:32:28.:32:33.

Prix he would been able to wear the jersey. Probably does not get to

:32:34.:32:39.

where it very often. That is why you see it very often in the domestic

:32:40.:32:47.

criteriums. This is the second group, Topsport Vlaanderen and

:32:48.:32:56.

Cannondale. Then you have riders from Wanty-Groupe Gobert in blue.

:32:57.:33:01.

They are not being given too much rope but I think there are stronger

:33:02.:33:06.

riders at the front. The front of the peloton not giving up the chase,

:33:07.:33:13.

a few more joining in now. Only just over 16 km to go. Ben Swift just

:33:14.:33:21.

having a quick gel. As Coro rides on the front. Gilbert is never far from

:33:22.:33:26.

the front. He is really the driving force. One of the experienced

:33:27.:33:32.

riders, Ben Swift just taking some nutrition on. Very important.

:33:33.:33:37.

Concentrating the whole time. These five riders still doing what they

:33:38.:33:42.

can. Some of the cars behind, this gap opening up now possibly the over

:33:43.:33:46.

30 seconds to the second group on the road, those with the riders in

:33:47.:33:53.

the original breakaway. Ben Swift having a look behind. The riders to

:33:54.:34:02.

me look like they are in Wimbledon now, they are going up the hill.

:34:03.:34:08.

Gilbert will try to put the pressure on again. Coro also coming to the

:34:09.:34:13.

front. Alaphilippe still looking comfortable in third place. Ben

:34:14.:34:17.

Swift Abba backpedalling away, trying to save every bit of energy.

:34:18.:34:26.

-- at the back, pedalling away. Gilbert using a bigger gear. Ben

:34:27.:34:31.

Swift trying to save as much as he can. He certainly looks comfortable.

:34:32.:34:37.

If you look at his facial expressions compared to Gilbert.

:34:38.:34:42.

Looks like he could be in pain. He said he was a little unsure of his

:34:43.:34:46.

form. There goes the move, we expected that. Philippe Gilbert,

:34:47.:34:53.

this is the climb he likes, really dishing it out now. It was not about

:34:54.:34:57.

the spring, it is about gaining ground. And escape from the others

:34:58.:35:01.

and hope they decided to look at each other but Alaphilippe looks as

:35:02.:35:06.

if he is up for the challenge and he is trying to close the gap and

:35:07.:35:10.

potentially bring the others back. Although he has a little gap in

:35:11.:35:16.

cell. This is fantastic racing, Philippe Gilbert on the attack.

:35:17.:35:21.

Simply one of the last launch pad, he knows he can bring Ben Swift to

:35:22.:35:26.

the finish. Ben Swift is now stuck with Adam Blythe and Coro but these

:35:27.:35:31.

are two of the strongest riders. Not and a wink from Alaphilippe, let's

:35:32.:35:36.

go, we can keep them at bay. These are the cards Gilbert has the play.

:35:37.:35:46.

Ben Swift did not react, he wanted help, flicking his shoulder. If he

:35:47.:35:53.

had the legs he would have done it. He just could not go. Strong move.

:35:54.:36:00.

Gilbert will be happy it was Alaphilippe to decided to join him.

:36:01.:36:06.

He was lucky Alaphilippe decided to come on his own. Tandem in front,

:36:07.:36:10.

two very strong riders, Frenchman and a Belgian, they will want to

:36:11.:36:16.

ride the whole way. They do not want swift Adam Blythe at the finish with

:36:17.:36:20.

them. Both of them grimacing, trying to increase this advantage. From 11,

:36:21.:36:26.

down to five, down to two now, both of them giving 100%. Heading

:36:27.:36:37.

alongside Putney Heath, they will be heading down into the centre of

:36:38.:36:38.

Putney shortly, then over the bridge. That is the All-England

:36:39.:36:43.

Club. Not quite on the route, but not far away. Interesting to see

:36:44.:36:51.

when Philippe Joubert made his move, he put everything into the

:36:52.:36:55.

move, had a look behind him and it looked like he had another gear. He

:36:56.:37:02.

just kicked again. Interesting to note how much positive reinforcement

:37:03.:37:04.

they get when they look behind and see the little gap. The chase is not

:37:05.:37:12.

easy now. They made the gap on the small incline but as you said, the

:37:13.:37:17.

gap is still holding. It can only be five or ten seconds. Who is going to

:37:18.:37:25.

crack first? It is very animated. Still nothing in it. Turning into a

:37:26.:37:31.

really good race. That is the cab, foreshortened a little bit by the

:37:32.:37:37.

cameras of course. -- the gap. Gilbert really going for it. He

:37:38.:37:42.

knows this is his only real chance. It is Ben Swift doing a lot of the

:37:43.:37:46.

work on the front for the other three. He looks to be dragging them

:37:47.:37:51.

back, Adam Blythe with him, they know that they have to come back to

:37:52.:37:55.

the tomb in front of Alaphilippe and Philippe Gilbert. -- the duo in

:37:56.:38:06.

front. Koren catching flies, we are now back at the front of the peloton

:38:07.:38:10.

as Cannondale are at the front. I do not think there will be a chance for

:38:11.:38:16.

contest the sprint. This is the chase as they tried to get back to

:38:17.:38:20.

the leading two, they are closing the gap all the time almost with

:38:21.:38:26.

every revolution of the pedals. That was probably one of the last launch

:38:27.:38:31.

pad 's Wimbledon. The Team Sky car behind looking to see the gap,

:38:32.:38:38.

willing Ben Swift on. It is three against two. The trio looking like

:38:39.:38:46.

they are getting close. They have to work together, Swift has to make

:38:47.:38:50.

sure he does not burn his matches. He cannot even think about that, he

:38:51.:38:56.

has to get back to the front. He might be one of the best sprinters

:38:57.:39:00.

in the world that you have to get back to these two in front.

:39:01.:39:04.

Otherwise you are raising the word place. They are all racing really

:39:05.:39:09.

hard. The front two to stay away, these three to get back. Everybody

:39:10.:39:14.

going full gas, then it will come down to who has the guts, who really

:39:15.:39:19.

wants it. And Swift again taking something on board. It goes to show

:39:20.:39:23.

the effort they are putting in, and gap down to the peloton being led by

:39:24.:39:28.

six riders. When they started to attack and push hard at the front,

:39:29.:39:34.

the gap is going up to 1:40. Absolutely motoring along as you say

:39:35.:39:38.

to keep the peloton at bay and increased the advantage, just a few

:39:39.:39:45.

kilometres ago. They begin the descent now, down into the centre of

:39:46.:39:48.

Putney, they have almost bridged the gap. Just a shake of the legs from

:39:49.:39:56.

Coro, maybe letting Blyth and Swift do the work, then go over the top?

:39:57.:40:00.

This has been attack after attack. The strong man at the front, what

:40:01.:40:06.

have they got left? You often see that when a rider just loitering at

:40:07.:40:10.

the back, suddenly in the blink of an eye they shoot off. Interesting

:40:11.:40:16.

to see how much Ben Swift had left once he got over that little pinch

:40:17.:40:21.

of a kind, it looked like he had nothing with the move from Gilbert

:40:22.:40:26.

but we must not underestimate the power filly Gilbert has when he

:40:27.:40:32.

kicks. That can be intimidating but Ben Swift kept himself together. --

:40:33.:40:37.

Philippe Gilbert. Something like that tells me he is not completely

:40:38.:40:43.

spent. Down Putney high street now, the bridge has been closed, it shows

:40:44.:40:48.

the level of importance to bike racing to the capital these days,

:40:49.:40:52.

the Works enable the race to cross the bridge today. And here we go,

:40:53.:40:57.

the venue for the start of the boat race every year. Coming up towards

:40:58.:41:02.

the last ten kilometres now towards the line. It is all back to square

:41:03.:41:10.

one, these five riders still have a lot to go for. It has been a very

:41:11.:41:17.

difficult race, 193 km, the weather conditions have been harsh, Philippe

:41:18.:41:23.

Gilbert still not finished, inside ten km. He will try again. Just has

:41:24.:41:28.

to regroup and catch his breath for a moment. Then no doubt we will see

:41:29.:41:32.

him at the front again between now and the finish. Just about half a

:41:33.:41:39.

mile from Craven Cottage, then in the general direction of Stamford

:41:40.:41:46.

Bridge. Swift having a look around, Alaphilippe in the predominantly

:41:47.:41:50.

black jersey with the white helmet of Omega Pharma Quickstep. Team-mate

:41:51.:41:55.

of Mark Cavendish, who, were it not for the crash in the Tour de France

:41:56.:41:58.

in Harrogate, would have been taking part today. We look forward to

:41:59.:42:04.

seeing him back in action very soon. Impressed by Alaphilippe, only 22.

:42:05.:42:08.

He wrote for the development team of Omega Pharma Quickstep, and is

:42:09.:42:13.

developed into the World Tour team. -- he rode. Gilbert making a move on

:42:14.:42:21.

the left as we look back at the front of the peloton. Philippe

:42:22.:42:26.

Gilbert trying to get to the back, front of the peloton. Philippe

:42:27.:42:31.

he is waiting now to pounce. If the road goes slightly uphill. 100%

:42:32.:42:37.

guaranteed Philippe Gilbert will be waiting to pounce. They will all be

:42:38.:42:42.

thinking about that, all the various permutations between now and the

:42:43.:42:45.

finish line. The problem is, Simon, in the last nine kilometres there is

:42:46.:42:51.

not many inclines, it is this sort of flat, pretty much all the way in.

:42:52.:42:58.

Again not many springboards for somebody like Gilbert. Mostly flat,

:42:59.:43:04.

wide open boulevards. Still pretty breezy down there for the cyclist.

:43:05.:43:09.

That was the great difficulty around St James' Park yesterday in the

:43:10.:43:11.

women's Grand Prix, getting St James' Park yesterday in the

:43:12.:43:21.

a circuit like this. Five riders taking their turn at the front. It

:43:22.:43:28.

will be man against man. No other team-mates. When they had 11 riders,

:43:29.:43:34.

three of them had team-mates but now it is man against man and they are

:43:35.:43:38.

looking at each other. The game of poker is being played. Ben Swift has

:43:39.:43:43.

the sort of scenario he probably would have wanted at the start. This

:43:44.:43:48.

is perfect for Ben Swift, this is what Team Sky tried to do, putting

:43:49.:43:53.

Ben Swift in a group of five towards the fence. Unfortunately, he

:43:54.:43:57.

probably has Adam Blythe, at this stage I would say Swift is in the

:43:58.:44:01.

best position, probably the strongest sprinter in this group. I

:44:02.:44:05.

am not saying anything against Adam Blythe, but Adam Blythe has not had

:44:06.:44:09.

World Tour racing this year. He might be missing that we bit of

:44:10.:44:20.

strength. Adam Blythe, really good ride today. Philippe Gilbert

:44:21.:44:24.

instigated the attack out of Wimbledon. Could not quite force a

:44:25.:44:28.

gap, and Julian Alaphilippe went with them. They were finally hauled

:44:29.:44:38.

back on the hill down into Putney. Is anybody going to make a move in

:44:39.:44:42.

these closing kilometres? Less than seven remaining now. The group

:44:43.:44:53.

behind about 60 seconds behind, behind this group of five. Led by

:44:54.:44:56.

Adam Blythe. seconds, it can be snaffled up

:44:57.:45:12.

easily. This is the point where we start to see the cat and mouse. As a

:45:13.:45:18.

sprinter the best advices was given is if you are inside that 10

:45:19.:45:23.

kilometres you can't take anything for chance or rely on anything, and

:45:24.:45:36.

put yourself in position to take the win. This group will go up

:45:37.:45:42.

Parliament Square and Whitehall and then Admiralty Arch and then the

:45:43.:45:47.

sprint to the finish. One of those five riders down there will win this

:45:48.:46:00.

race. A race race won 12 months ago... This is the race I like,

:46:01.:46:05.

where teams and riders take it by the scruff of the neck. Team Sky, I

:46:06.:46:13.

thought, what are they doing? They are trying to put Ben Smith in a

:46:14.:46:18.

small group. He knows that Viviani is probably probably past faster.

:46:19.:46:25.

Team Sky have got what they wanted. Can Ben Smith deliver? It is Blythe

:46:26.:46:30.

on the front. 51 seconds the gaffe. Still they have to press on, 51

:46:31.:46:35.

seconds the gap. Still they have to press on. No time to spend too much

:46:36.:46:42.

time looking at each other. I think it is game over for everybody else.

:46:43.:46:47.

As you rightly said, the winner is going to come from this front group

:46:48.:46:58.

of five. I have noticed that Steegmans is not there. Thwaites and

:46:59.:47:08.

Ewan still in there. A great ride from the 20-year-old. Four riders at

:47:09.:47:16.

50 seconds. Not enough to come back to the front of this race, so

:47:17.:47:21.

Gilbert has to think how can I get rid of probably the fastest

:47:22.:47:27.

sprinters in this group, Ben Smith and Adam Blythe? Still no activity.

:47:28.:47:40.

Gilbert looking impatient. They are team-mates so he knows that Adam

:47:41.:47:46.

Blythe can sprint, and Ben Smith. Smith. Alaphilippe can finish well.

:47:47.:47:52.

We are inside the last five kilometres and Gilbert will be

:47:53.:47:58.

thinking, how can I win in race? Battersea Power Station on the other

:47:59.:48:04.

side of the river. That means they are getting closer and closer

:48:05.:48:08.

towards what could be a spectacular finish. No-one is chancing their arm

:48:09.:48:16.

in the last few kilometres, not since Wimbledon. Here is the chasing

:48:17.:48:22.

group. Bennett on the front of that group, but three quarters of a

:48:23.:48:26.

minute behind and this is where they were all looking at each other. They

:48:27.:48:31.

really need their wits about them. All those riders need their eyes in

:48:32.:48:37.

the back of their heads. They'll be anxious and nervous about what might

:48:38.:48:42.

come from Gilbert at the back. This is more like a track race. Gilbert

:48:43.:48:46.

is thinking, waiting, remaining patient. He knows everybody will be

:48:47.:48:51.

thinking, the when is he going to attack. And who is going to be the

:48:52.:48:56.

first to lead the chase, to take the win? Who is going to try to lead the

:48:57.:49:00.

rest of them back up if he is able to get a jump on everybody else.

:49:01.:49:05.

Gilbert at the front. Front. Kristijan Koren second in line. I

:49:06.:49:10.

think at this point, very intriguing. Clement, Bennett and

:49:11.:49:19.

Vllegen. Now we are left with five riders.

:49:20.:49:37.

Gilbert is the one they are all looking at here. Three-and-a-half

:49:38.:49:44.

kilometres to go. Gilbert doing his turn on the front. Riding strongly.

:49:45.:49:53.

He's got a busy programme, which Lynn include the Welter a few weeks.

:49:54.:50:08.

A few weeks ahead. Who is going to be the second winner of RideLondon?

:50:09.:50:14.

Last year it was a Frenchman. Finished with a big group but

:50:15.:50:19.

Gilbert is starting to fin Tess. Adam Blythe on the left-hand side.

:50:20.:50:25.

Swift shuts them down. Waiting for Gilbert to pounce. Starting to

:50:26.:50:38.

finesse. The finish line looks so inviting but you need to time that

:50:39.:50:43.

well. The sprint at the end. Alaphilippe is having a little look.

:50:44.:50:48.

St James's Park in the distance, as the race heads for the Palace of

:50:49.:50:51.

Westminster and through Parliament Square. So many cyclists have been

:50:52.:51:03.

able to ride on the closed roads of central London this weekend. 25,000

:51:04.:51:09.

earlier today. This is the turn of the professionals now and one of

:51:10.:51:12.

these five is going to win the big race, the classic at RideLondon.

:51:13.:51:17.

Gilbert on the front, Kristijan Koren, the Slovenian rider in the

:51:18.:51:22.

green. Then it is Julian Alaphilippe, from Omega Pharma. Ben

:51:23.:51:30.

Swift for Sky, and for NFTO, the British team coming in this year,

:51:31.:51:36.

Adam Blythe, in the black with red and white stripes. 147 riders

:51:37.:51:57.

PROBLEM WITH SOUND NFTO made their debut this year on the British

:51:58.:52:02.

domestic scene. They've won quite a lot of the Criterions and the road

:52:03.:52:06.

races as well. If they can nail this, what a story that would be.

:52:07.:52:11.

Blythe is the British closed circuit champion. He won that in Hull in a

:52:12.:52:19.

thrilling sprint, beating Chris Opie, the Cornishman, who was close.

:52:20.:52:26.

One kilometre to go. We are getting very close now to the administratery

:52:27.:52:34.

arch. They are coming up to Trafalgar Square square. Who is

:52:35.:52:38.

going to take this. It is Koren. Kristijan Koren of Cannondale.

:52:39.:52:43.

27-year-old. Is he going to be the first to go round Trafalgar Square

:52:44.:52:49.

and line up through Admiralty Arch? Nobody wants to lead it out.

:52:50.:52:54.

Philippe Gilbert. At the back with the element of surprise is Adam

:52:55.:53:01.

Blythe. Koren is dangling off the front. The crowd are giving generous

:53:02.:53:08.

support. Gilbert nicely position ?. There it is Trafalgar Square. They

:53:09.:53:11.

are swinging left under Admiralty Arch and it is the run to the line.

:53:12.:53:15.

On the front it is Koren of Cannondale. In second place is

:53:16.:53:19.

Philippe Gilbert. Third is Julian Alaphilippe. At the back is Swift

:53:20.:53:24.

and Blythe. Who is going to make the move? They are under Admiralty Arch.

:53:25.:53:30.

They are beginning to flecks their mucksles. Who wants this the most?

:53:31.:53:35.

Koren is on the front, seconds is Philippe Gilbert. Julian Alaphilippe

:53:36.:53:43.

is in third plates. Place. At the back it is Adam Blythe. Blythe goes

:53:44.:53:49.

for it first! Blythe launches the attack. He's established an

:53:50.:53:53.

advantage. Blythe being chased down by Ben Smith. The two British ride

:53:54.:53:58.

rehearse at the front. Blythe is going going to take it on the line.

:53:59.:54:04.

Swift is second and third is Julian Alaphilippe. A brace of British men.

:54:05.:54:10.

A brace of Yorkshiremen. Great victory for Blythe. Second is Ben

:54:11.:54:16.

Swift. The rest of the riders, a big bunch. Russell Downing on the front.

:54:17.:54:22.

Coming in to take the sprint for the next group. Russell Downing.

:54:23.:54:26.

Challenged by Viviani. Viviani on the left of Cannondale. Viviani gets

:54:27.:54:31.

ahead of Russing Downing. They are the two to cross the line first in

:54:32.:54:38.

the peloton. What a story that is. Well done Adam Blythe. I am so, so

:54:39.:54:44.

please for you. Only a few months ago I said concentrate on the big

:54:45.:54:51.

international races. He's done his chances of a place on the World Tour

:54:52.:54:55.

no harm. Congratulations for Adam Blythe. What a ride for him. Just

:54:56.:55:04.

before one to. After we've seen these British-based teams fighting

:55:05.:55:08.

it out, but Adam Blythe won the race. Took it from the back of the

:55:09.:55:13.

group. The element of surprise. The jump, that distanced himself from

:55:14.:55:18.

the rest. Swift thought, I'm never going to close that down. Blythe

:55:19.:55:24.

knows he's got the victory. Swift closing down for second place.

:55:25.:55:28.

Alaphilippe in third and Gilbert having to settle for fourth in the

:55:29.:55:32.

end. Right at the back it was Kristijan Koren. But it was a

:55:33.:55:39.

superbly timed effort by Adam Blythe to give him the privilegesous

:55:40.:55:43.

victory. A stellar performance by Blythe. He did everything right for

:55:44.:55:50.

any young kids getting into road racing, once he launched his sprint

:55:51.:55:54.

he gave it everything. The sprint finish isn't the place to pace

:55:55.:56:00.

yourself. You've got to get up to maximum speed, hopes that nobody

:56:01.:56:08.

gets on your wheel or passes you. Great Britain, top two positions on

:56:09.:56:12.

the podium. Two lads from Yorkshire as well. There he is, what a battle

:56:13.:56:17.

that was. Blythe, with that superb injection of pace, got clear. And

:56:18.:56:23.

Russell Downing got second in the bunched sprint. What a race.

:56:24.:56:27.

Encrusted with drama and action throughout.

:56:28.:56:54.

It was all about this man today, Adam Blythe at NFTO. Still a young

:56:55.:57:03.

rider, with so much left to give to this sport. . It's been a good day

:57:04.:57:13.

for the British. We are waiting for it to be confirmed, but they may

:57:14.:57:18.

well have swept up all the top awards on offer today. It has been a

:57:19.:57:23.

good day for the British. We didn't win the Olympics, Mark Cavendish had

:57:24.:57:33.

so much expectation from the crowd. It wasn't to be for him. Last year a

:57:34.:57:38.

Frenchman winning. A one and two today. Russell Downing in position.

:57:39.:57:43.

Position. Sam Bennett giving the Irish something to cheer about in

:57:44.:57:47.

six. We were expecting a bunched sprint but in the end it came down

:57:48.:57:53.

to a group of five. That's the first time I've called a race with you

:57:54.:58:01.

with. Your knowledge is first rate. And I enjoyed calling it with but.

:58:02.:58:11.

Thank you. We were saying earlier that rider, when he is on form, he's

:58:12.:58:18.

unbeatable. Yes. He had his past share of form in the past. Perhaps

:58:19.:58:23.

his talent belies how many results he's got. He could be a lot better

:58:24.:58:32.

and he's tweeted that he is disappointed of the to be competing

:58:33.:58:35.

in the Commonwealth Games. When he was younger he was part of the

:58:36.:58:42.

academy based in Italy. Decided to go to Belgium and turn pro from

:58:43.:58:44.

there. Here's a chance to look at the

:58:45.:59:20.

closing stages of the sprint. They were fin Tessing and it was Koren,

:59:21.:59:26.

they were finessing, and it was Koren at the front. Riders at the

:59:27.:59:30.

back have the element of surprise. This is where it happened. Blythe

:59:31.:59:38.

measured his earliest perfectly. He's got that super jump. The line

:59:39.:59:43.

getting quicker and quicker. Swift trying to get into the back wheel of

:59:44.:59:48.

Blythe but it didn't happen. What a victory. Look at the teeth, clenched

:59:49.:59:53.

and the first as well. It was a superb sprint behind as well from

:59:54.:59:55.

the rest of the group. happy with their job. Shame Ben

:59:56.:00:12.

Swift could not finish it off for them but nevertheless, they did

:00:13.:00:18.

everything right. Luke Rowe, Alessandro Petacchi also their part

:00:19.:00:23.

of that group. Spectators will still like to see their heroes such as

:00:24.:00:28.

Bradley Wiggins, Petacchi, the other big names. Of course many children

:00:29.:00:32.

and kids looking to become professional in the future, great

:00:33.:00:37.

for me and I'm sure you personally to see such an interest in cycling

:00:38.:00:41.

these days in Britain and let's hope these kids start to look up to these

:00:42.:00:45.

guys and emulate them in the future. My children are in the

:00:46.:00:51.

grandstand a few metres the way, there were some pictures from my

:00:52.:00:54.

wife Lorraine and it looked like they were enjoying proceedings. It

:00:55.:01:01.

has taken a meteoric rise, elevated out there, I go out on a bike ride

:01:02.:01:07.

on a Saturday morning and I would see one or two but now I see groups

:01:08.:01:13.

and groups. And also you do not get looked at as an alien if you wear

:01:14.:01:17.

Lycra in a cafe. Especially in the Surrey Hills, if you go out from

:01:18.:01:22.

here at the weekend it has changed. Even in the last five years. When I

:01:23.:01:27.

moved away in 2009 there were some riders but now I have come back and

:01:28.:01:32.

you see six or seven bunches of 20 or 30 riders. Quite incredible. I

:01:33.:01:39.

remember when I used to write, I can just about remember, I used to get

:01:40.:01:45.

comments like "get off and milk it". Adam Commens congratulations, you

:01:46.:01:49.

look like you have been in a cyclo-cross. Bad weather on the

:01:50.:01:58.

small roads, great and gravel. -- grid. So over the moon with the

:01:59.:02:03.

result, could not be more thrilled. Great win for you, perfectly timed

:02:04.:02:09.

sprint. I knew Ben, I have grown up with him, I knew what he would like.

:02:10.:02:15.

With the headwind I could get next to the barriers and hit him early.

:02:16.:02:19.

Just had enough speed. Proper chuffed. When you saw the final

:02:20.:02:25.

selection five you must have been confident? Bit nervous, I was

:02:26.:02:30.

cramping up a bit towards the end but when we hit one kilometre to go

:02:31.:02:35.

I thought it was game on. I could not be more happy than I am. Great.

:02:36.:02:41.

The people here in the mall, great to see British riders sprinting for

:02:42.:02:46.

the finish. Quite special for me with Ben, grown up with him, nice

:02:47.:02:51.

that we were there. Spent a lot of time apart but great that we could

:02:52.:02:55.

be there at the final. Really good day. In career terms this is a big

:02:56.:03:01.

win? Definitely a stepping stone. Hopefully something could happen, we

:03:02.:03:05.

will see what happens. A big statement anyway. Well done.

:03:06.:03:14.

COMMENTATOR: Very happy man, Adam Blythe, who wouldn't be? The union

:03:15.:03:21.

flag flying proudly. This morning that would have been absolutely out

:03:22.:03:27.

direct with the wind. Just dropping off a little bits now. Magnificent

:03:28.:03:38.

view across London. What a place to do a raise, and also to do a

:03:39.:03:49.

sportif. I can see why so many thousands came out this morning

:03:50.:03:54.

despite the weather. Some highlights now of the race today. That was the

:03:55.:04:04.

bunch rolling out this morning. The conditions were quite good after the

:04:05.:04:08.

heavy rain. The sun was beaming out of the sky. Some happy moments as

:04:09.:04:15.

they rolled away but as soon as the chequered flag was pulled in, which

:04:16.:04:20.

meant the race was on, action started. They were eager to get

:04:21.:04:25.

away. Evidence of water all over the road, it was Richmond Park where the

:04:26.:04:29.

first serious fracture occurred when this little group got away. Started

:04:30.:04:36.

by the rider from La Pomme Marseille, Thomas, quickly joined by

:04:37.:04:41.

five others including the British riders Steve Lampier Vella shortly

:04:42.:04:49.

went on to good things later on. There were crashes because of the

:04:50.:04:52.

greasy conditions, glacial under the wheels. Then the King of the

:04:53.:04:57.

Mountains competition. It was quickly obvious that Steve Lampier,

:04:58.:05:04.

the British rider from Vella Shaw, wanted to get some points and take

:05:05.:05:09.

away one of those crowns. Also in the sprint competition as well other

:05:10.:05:12.

were scooping up points. And the group got away, at one point, they

:05:13.:05:18.

had three minutes advantage but slowly they were hauled back in. The

:05:19.:05:27.

field is depleted. Ian Stannard did a lot of damage in this main bunch,

:05:28.:05:33.

this race was centred on the Surrey Hills, lots of ups and downs the

:05:34.:05:36.

Surrey Hills, lots of ups and downs to contentment. Eventually he was

:05:37.:05:38.

the one who brought the remnants of the early breakaway back the

:05:39.:05:45.

client. As we started to get towards Dorking for the final time, this

:05:46.:05:50.

group started to form. It was through the impetus of the attack by

:05:51.:05:53.

Philippe Gilbert, that was really the defining moment. That group

:05:54.:05:59.

shared one or two riders and it was the team of Cannondale that was

:06:00.:06:04.

trying to close them down to set up their sprinter, Viviani. It was not

:06:05.:06:08.

to become of this group went further away. Up Box Hill, the most famous

:06:09.:06:13.

climb on the route. You can see the route behind chasing them but at

:06:14.:06:17.

this point the gap was about one minute. This is where Philippe

:06:18.:06:21.

Gilbert made the first of what proved to be a number of moves.

:06:22.:06:27.

Trademark attack by Gilbert, noted for that kind of move. Of course

:06:28.:06:32.

that caused 11 riders to splinter. Then once again Gilbert decided he

:06:33.:06:36.

was going to thin the group down further. Caleb Ewan, the young

:06:37.:06:40.

Australian, went with him and eventually five riders joined up.

:06:41.:06:46.

Philippe Gilbert again went on one of these small rises, which he had

:06:47.:06:51.

to negotiate. Relatively flat run but certainly took maximum points

:06:52.:06:57.

through the sprint despite the competition being won by Steve

:06:58.:07:01.

Lampier. For a time Gilbert drawing Alaphilippe from Omega Pharma

:07:02.:07:07.

Quickstep clear but then the remaining three, including Blyth and

:07:08.:07:12.

Ben Swift, managed to get back. As they approached the finish it was

:07:13.:07:17.

the Slovenian, Coro, who was left in the invidious position of leading

:07:18.:07:22.

the group. Adam Blythe, one of two Yorkshireman there, with the element

:07:23.:07:27.

of surprise, he used it to absolute perfection, jumped past the group,

:07:28.:07:30.

instance to himself and his nearest challenger Ben Swift, as the line

:07:31.:07:35.

got nearer the smile spread broader across his face, it was a victory

:07:36.:07:39.

for Adam Blythe. With Ben Swift second. In third place was Julian

:07:40.:07:44.

Alaphilippe. Another chance to look at it. That was four lengths easily

:07:45.:07:50.

established with that job by Adam Blythe. Crossing the line to take

:07:51.:07:57.

the victory. The wind was coming from the right, he immediately

:07:58.:08:01.

darted through the barriers, not giving any shelter for the guys

:08:02.:08:09.

behind. He had time to sit out. -- sit up. Some technical problems, we

:08:10.:08:13.

are back with you now. No such problems with Adam Blythe, what a

:08:14.:08:19.

brilliant ride. Totally unexpected result, really. It was a great race,

:08:20.:08:24.

you are not have picked Adam Blythe but coming into the finish he had

:08:25.:08:32.

the legs. Chris, you said, watch out for him. He was riding the BMC last

:08:33.:08:37.

year with Philippe Joubert, he has quality. It is a good gallop and he

:08:38.:08:42.

knows Gilbert very well. Very canny rider, he was doing just enough. You

:08:43.:08:46.

could see with his body language she was really sharp. At the finish he

:08:47.:08:52.

got the jump on Ben Swift. He really overworked, Swift. I think Adam

:08:53.:08:58.

Blythe was the best man in the race. -- he was really sharp. In the last

:08:59.:09:05.

20 km Ben Swift was following every move. There were times he looked

:09:06.:09:10.

like he was in trouble. Then he got composed. Coming into the finish it

:09:11.:09:15.

is very much about the mental game. Maybe bluffing. I would not like to

:09:16.:09:19.

come into a sprint with so many big names,

:09:20.:09:23.

come into a sprint with so many big without knowing their legs. Probably

:09:24.:09:26.

it was difficult to judge but Adam Blythe had control from the back and

:09:27.:09:30.

when you have controlled the result comes. It was a very honest sprint

:09:31.:09:36.

and even if he got jumped he had the legs. We talked about Sir Bradley

:09:37.:09:41.

Wiggins at the start, he was very prominent helping chase down the

:09:42.:09:44.

break with Ian Stannard. But then when the second break went Team Sky

:09:45.:09:53.

got a bit lost. They may have hoped for more people to get in the break.

:09:54.:09:58.

Ben Swift was still their best card, having him in the breakaway, they

:09:59.:10:02.

will be happy with that. Probably wanted it to be a bit smaller. Their

:10:03.:10:07.

job was done quite early on. Ben Swift, he really wanted it. He

:10:08.:10:14.

desperately tried to keep it together almost single-handedly.

:10:15.:10:19.

That was clear to the others. Gilbert wrote strongly, but you

:10:20.:10:24.

could see he was not race sharp, so I think the crosswinds today with

:10:25.:10:28.

these narrow roads, that made the race split up so early on. I'm

:10:29.:10:37.

really dramatic racing. Any there is only room for three or four in the.

:10:38.:10:47.

Gilbert certainly animated it in the closing stages knowing that he was

:10:48.:10:51.

not really going to be in contention in a sprint. Yes, he had to do what

:10:52.:10:57.

he had to do. He definitely played his cards right, did everything he

:10:58.:11:02.

could. This move really hurt. He got some confidence but they did not

:11:03.:11:06.

give up behind him. He and Alaphilippe got away, but then Ben

:11:07.:11:14.

Swift and Blyth and Coro came back. Alaphilippe said, shall we work

:11:15.:11:19.

together? Gilbert said OK, that is great for me. He was only under 23

:11:20.:11:25.

last year, this was a big deal for him, real opportunity. Both of them

:11:26.:11:33.

very oriented but there was a big commitment behind. Ben Swift doing

:11:34.:11:40.

the majority of the work. We can look back to the finish again, Adam

:11:41.:11:44.

Blythe really called them out. He talked in his interview about the

:11:45.:11:48.

crosshead when. Bought them by surprise. -- he called them by

:11:49.:12:02.

surprise. I think mainly he set them up beautifully from the back. Under

:12:03.:12:07.

the arch he was on the back and when he went for the long sprint he

:12:08.:12:10.

utterly committed to it. Everybody else thought there would be another

:12:11.:12:15.

second before it started to kick off and he just caught them out. But he

:12:16.:12:25.

had the legs. Clearly the strongest two. Totally committed, Adam Blythe.

:12:26.:12:33.

No looking back even though it was a long sprint. Talking, former

:12:34.:12:40.

colleague of mine, Magnus Baxter, he said Adam Blythe is the dark horse.

:12:41.:12:54.

-- Magnus Backstedt. He made the move and went away from Ben Swift,

:12:55.:13:00.

definitely had the legs. Double disappointment for Ben Swift, he

:13:01.:13:03.

lost out to Peter Kennaugh in the National 's a few weeks ago. Perhaps

:13:04.:13:09.

that is why he overworked it today, he desperately wanted to make it

:13:10.:13:13.

happen. They're easy for me to cast judgement here, but he knew he had

:13:14.:13:19.

the legs and he was the one who would have to keep it together

:13:20.:13:21.

because everybody knew he had the legs. He was forced into that

:13:22.:13:26.

position. Adam Blythe always the person to take the benefit. As a

:13:27.:13:34.

race, this lived up to its billing, we expected a sprint but the way

:13:35.:13:38.

they made the changes, then with the weather conditions it was

:13:39.:13:42.

outstanding. Absolutely, it was a world-class race, all of the big

:13:43.:13:45.

names there at the finish. This could have been anywhere in the

:13:46.:13:49.

world. I think the fans were pleased and delighted to see a finish like

:13:50.:13:53.

that. With the big name in there, Ben Swift, but seeing the best man

:13:54.:13:58.

win is always delightful. This is a look at the results caption, just to

:13:59.:14:00.

confirm what has happened. Confirmation of the victory for Adam

:14:01.:14:09.

Blythe with Ben Swift beaten into second place in the sprint,

:14:10.:14:12.

excellent ride from Julian Alaphilippe, the 22-year-old from oh

:14:13.:14:22.

Omega Pharma - Quick-Step. There is the winner, Adam Blythe. Important

:14:23.:14:31.

win for him in his career, as we mentioned before, he has shown

:14:32.:14:35.

glimpses of his talent but can he build on this question this is the

:14:36.:14:41.

key? His goal has to be the Torah Britain after this, riding for a

:14:42.:14:45.

third division British team, difficult to get in big races.

:14:46.:14:49.

Philip Shaw there, coming back here, he will then go to the Tour

:14:50.:14:54.

Spain. Adam Blythe will remain in the UK build-up towards the Torah

:14:55.:14:59.

Britain and hopefully try to get in there. The last group in the race,

:15:00.:15:05.

coming in now, some considerable time after the winner.

:15:06.:15:20.

that, was hard today. It was really hard. With the weather it was like

:15:21.:15:26.

we had done a mountain bike race. We knew it was coming, so we knew what

:15:27.:15:33.

we had in store. It was hard out there today. You had to use a lot of

:15:34.:15:40.

energy getting back to Gilbert in Wimbledon? Yes, we didn't panic. We

:15:41.:15:49.

bound our time and worked it, whatever. I've got to thank my team

:15:50.:15:56.

100% today. They were brilliant. Stannard, doing the turns that he

:15:57.:16:05.

did, and then Boswell. Once we were down to only a few men left, some of

:16:06.:16:12.

the teams took off then. You came through Admiralty Arch, the five of

:16:13.:16:16.

you. You were looking at each other but Adam got a great jump didn't he?

:16:17.:16:22.

Yes, I was wary of Adam in the finish. I was watching him and

:16:23.:16:25.

trying to keep an eye on the guys in front of us. We got ourselves into a

:16:26.:16:30.

perfect position and I knew he was following me. As soon as I looked

:16:31.:16:33.

forward, that's when he went and we held the gap to the line. And great

:16:34.:16:40.

to see two British riders coming up The Mall contesting that sprint.

:16:41.:16:45.

Definitely. I'm super happy for Adam. I've beeneration against him

:16:46.:16:53.

since, I've been racing against him for five or six years old. There was

:16:54.:17:00.

a lot of standing water on the roads, which made it dangerous. I

:17:01.:17:06.

think there was quite a few crashes, but my team looked after me

:17:07.:17:10.

brilliantly. I don't think I ever left the top ten all day. Second on

:17:11.:17:15.

the podium. Will you settle for that today? Yeah, are I'll have to won't

:17:16.:17:20.

I? I would have loved to win, but coming off the back of Poland, where

:17:21.:17:25.

I had bad luck, it is looking good. I had a break and hopefully I can

:17:26.:17:30.

build on this and keep going forward. Thank you Ben. Thank you.

:17:31.:17:35.

Another great ride from Ben Swift. We can go straight to the

:17:36.:17:40.

presentation now. And there is the rider who finished third today,

:17:41.:17:45.

Julian Alaphilippe. I think Mark Renshaw was going to be their

:17:46.:17:51.

designated rider today but Alaphilippe got himself into that

:17:52.:17:56.

decisive 12 man breakaway. Alaphilippe proving to be the

:17:57.:18:01.

strongest of the pair of them. The crowd are waiting for the

:18:02.:18:04.

announcement for second place on the day. Just as he was in the National

:18:05.:18:10.

Championships. Ben Swift for Sky. Full of praise for the work done for

:18:11.:18:16.

his team-mates today. The it was Sky who animated that middle part of the

:18:17.:18:21.

race. Really shook the race up. It was great to see Ian Stannard in

:18:22.:18:27.

particular on the front for so long. When the race hit Dorking, Stannard

:18:28.:18:32.

coming back from injury, which has wrecked most of his season. Just

:18:33.:18:39.

beat no-one that sprint as Adam Blythe got the jump on him. Two

:18:40.:18:45.

riders who've known each other since they were youngsters. A great

:18:46.:18:54.

reception for Ben Swift. All we need now is the man of the hour.

:18:55.:19:08.

Last season he was racing for BMC. He's a team-mate of Philippe

:19:09.:19:17.

Gilbert. Today he beat the world champion and everybody else. Back on

:19:18.:19:22.

the doing scene and back with a bang, the national circuit place

:19:23.:19:26.

champion is the winner of the Prudential RideLondon Surrey

:19:27.:19:32.

classic. It was a sprint won in emphatic style. As they sped up The

:19:33.:19:37.

Mall, he was loitering at the back of the group and he got the jump on

:19:38.:19:42.

Swift, the one he was concerned about. We have a worthy winner from

:19:43.:19:48.

what turned out to be a very good race here. Conditions less than

:19:49.:19:52.

ideal in some respects but it all added to what we saw over the last

:19:53.:19:57.

few hours it was a proper race. It was good race and it was won by Adam

:19:58.:20:04.

Blythe. A great performance from Adam Blythe. I'm sure the teams will

:20:05.:20:08.

be lining up to sign him up for a new contract. A very dramatic men's

:20:09.:20:14.

race. It was an equally dramatic women's race yesterday evening, a

:20:15.:20:20.

1.3 mile loop of St James's Park. A criterion as we call it.

:20:21.:20:32.

We join it with one lap to go. Here we come from Horse Guards Parade

:20:33.:20:44.

into The Mall once more and it is Emily Collins leading the way. The

:20:45.:20:54.

figure of Mariana Vos stalking her movement Lizzie Armistead in fourth

:20:55.:20:58.

place. Looks like Laura Trott in fifth place. What a final lap this

:20:59.:21:08.

is going to be, as they take the bell. We've seen all the favourites

:21:09.:21:14.

today doing all the work, the big names. But will we see one of the

:21:15.:21:19.

riders we've not seen yet on the podium? The Australian having a last

:21:20.:21:24.

dig. Looks like a good move. What a turn for place for Mullins as she

:21:25.:21:29.

heads towards Buckingham Palace. Just gaining a bit of ground. It is

:21:30.:21:35.

foreshortened by the camera angle but there can be no more than one or

:21:36.:21:47.

two seconds at movements Mariana Vos. Lizzie Armistead has looked

:21:48.:21:52.

comfortable all the way through. She showed her face at the front early

:21:53.:21:57.

on. Every time anyone made a move, she's been there without having to

:21:58.:22:01.

do too much work. This is an exciting finish. These are the best

:22:02.:22:06.

riders in the world. They come to the UK for this race. This could be

:22:07.:22:10.

taking place anywhere in the world. All the big names are there in the

:22:11.:22:17.

front. Mull mines managing to hold the pace. Amy Roberts, a 19-year-old

:22:18.:22:25.

from Wales. Amy Roberts off the front of the race in the very last

:22:26.:22:34.

lap of this Grand Prix. She's going to be needing the gel just in place.

:22:35.:22:44.

They are putting pressure on Vos and her team-mate. Lizzie Armistead

:22:45.:22:49.

being very patient. What a sprint this is likely to be as they head

:22:50.:22:53.

towards The Mall, Amy Roberts is leading the way. Not much in it.

:22:54.:22:57.

Inside the last kilometre of the race. She is going to give it

:22:58.:23:07.

everything she's got. You can sea her team-mate on the front. Vok can

:23:08.:23:14.

probably win this race from here. Shep has to be the clear favourite.

:23:15.:23:22.

Amy Roberts on the front. Roxanne leading the way. Eileen roue is

:23:23.:23:29.

still in there. Giorgia Bronzini is there. Amy Roberts is dying a

:23:30.:23:38.

thousand deaths in the lead. Coming through the centre is Lizzie

:23:39.:23:42.

Armistead, but here comes the world champion. Vos hits the front.

:23:43.:23:47.

Giorgia Bronzini tries to follow her wheel. Eileen Rowe in third place.

:23:48.:23:53.

Giorgia Bronzini leading the way. It was so close! Such a close finish

:23:54.:23:59.

there. Giorgia Bronzini from Italy, in a photo finish with Mariana

:24:00.:24:05.

haves, the world champion as they all came hurtling down The Mall.

:24:06.:24:10.

What a sprint for the line. That was an unbelievable sprint. Giorgia

:24:11.:24:16.

Bronzini left a late run but Mariana Vos, we haven't got the call yet. A

:24:17.:24:25.

photo finish. It looked like Giorgia Bronzini to me, not by much but I

:24:26.:24:30.

think the Italian has snatched the victory there. We'll watch the

:24:31.:24:35.

replacement Giorgia Bronzini twice the world road race champion. She

:24:36.:24:40.

was watching the moves all the way. She was sticking on Michael Voss's

:24:41.:24:52.

wheel. On Mariana Vos's wheel. And now here comes Bronzini. Has

:24:53.:25:00.

Bronzini got the legs here? She had the speed as they came over the

:25:01.:25:03.

line. It is Giorgia Bronzini who takes the victory by half a bike

:25:04.:25:11.

length. That's a stunning win. Vos, when she normally hits the front,

:25:12.:25:17.

that's the last anybody sees of her. But Giorgia Bronzini with one stage

:25:18.:25:23.

win this year wins in London. That was a spectacular success. It was a

:25:24.:25:27.

sprint timed to perfection. She was some distance back but it was all

:25:28.:25:31.

about the timing of the sprint. And the timing for her was absolutely

:25:32.:25:36.

right. It is not very often we see the world champion beaten but she's

:25:37.:25:40.

been beaten here today. The not by much. Bronzini, the double world

:25:41.:25:46.

champion, is the winner. Mariana Vos taking second place and Lizzie

:25:47.:25:51.

Armistead in third, with Eileen Rowe in fourth and Laura trot in fifth

:25:52.:25:57.

place. Just waiting for official confirmation of the result.

:25:58.:26:15.

That was a beautifully timed sprint journaly. It was an amazing race.

:26:16.:26:24.

I'm really excited, because the last time I was here in this place was

:26:25.:26:30.

the Olympic Games and I was a little but the unlucky in that race. Today

:26:31.:26:35.

really wanted to win in this beautiful city and I really want. A

:26:36.:26:39.

very aggressive race from the beginning but your team worked hard

:26:40.:26:46.

today. The I asked my team to show how the women cycling, we are full

:26:47.:26:52.

of power and we have nothing less than a man. That I think was a

:26:53.:26:57.

beautiful show for the people. People. They were so amazing and

:26:58.:27:02.

that was really, really beautiful. And you've taken a couple of big

:27:03.:27:08.

scalps here today. Yeah, sure. Enjoy that. Thank you very much indeed.

:27:09.:27:13.

Thanks. Well done to Georgia Bronzini. You can expect to see her

:27:14.:27:19.

figure in the road race championships in Spain on 20th

:27:20.:27:25.

September. Is comprehensive coverage on BBC Sport.

:27:26.:27:29.

Rochelle was particularly nervous because she's the owner and manager

:27:30.:27:33.

of Wiggle honed daft. Your team did a great job for Georgia. Absolutely.

:27:34.:27:40.

She is one of the few people who can beat Marianne Vos in a sprint. It

:27:41.:27:46.

was a very strong team performance. Chris, a very aggressive race from

:27:47.:27:52.

the start. It was attack after attack but nobody could get away. It

:27:53.:27:56.

is very difficult on a circuit like this, where there's lots of riders

:27:57.:28:00.

who aren't going to win in the sprint, so they've got to go. That's

:28:01.:28:03.

what makes it interesting, the fact that people have got to keep trying.

:28:04.:28:09.

Difficult with a flat circuit like this with flat foreigners. A great

:28:10.:28:16.

attack on the last lap. Amy Roberts, a young rider with a lot of talent.

:28:17.:28:31.

Really good to see Lizzie Armistead on the podium off the back of a

:28:32.:28:37.

brilliant performance in the Games, taking your title. For her to come

:28:38.:28:42.

into this race just a week after the Commonwealth Games is difficult.

:28:43.:28:45.

She's going for the championships at the end of the season. After winning

:28:46.:28:49.

a Commonwealth Games, it warrants a relaxing period and she took some

:28:50.:28:55.

time off the bike for four days. To mentally releaks and to land on the

:28:56.:28:58.

podium yesterday with that kind of field was impressive. We are coming

:28:59.:29:03.

towards the end of the RideLondon weekend. It's been an amazing

:29:04.:29:08.

celebration of everything to do with two wheels.

:29:09.:29:54.

Some great images from the weekend. Rochelle and Chris, it's been a

:29:55.:30:14.

tremendous success. It is amazing how something that only started last

:30:15.:30:19.

year has gathered so much momentum. The free cycle was so much of my

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weekend. It was an adrenaline rush to be out there on closed roads,

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with so many people, families. A great atmosphere. You are a great

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proponent of safer roads for cycling, getting more people on

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bikes. It is great to see a political will to get this event to

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I think there is. We saw Boris Johnson himself ride this last year,

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which was quite a big deal to get round 100 years. That really is

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putting your money where your mouth. Is if it is going to happen country

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wide, it has to happen first first here. Event like this, look at the

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amendment of people that want to participate. They are getting close

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to 100,000 people riding bikes every weekend and it is here to stay. It

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is great it is happening right outside Westminster. You are a great

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proponent of women's cycling. That is a strong feature this weekend,

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not least the Grand Prix. There's a great increase in participation from

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female cyclists. There's so many women getting involved in the

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support. It is lovely to see. There's a lot of things happening on

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a professional level, encouraging people to get involved in cycling.

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In terms of the ambition of this elite men's race to become a real

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feature in the calendar, the race we saw today, Chris, will very much

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help that. There's no getting around the fact, it's challenging and here,

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because you haven't got big climbs to split the field up. We saw a

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great race made in a different way. We had narrow roads and cross winds,

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which helped animate the race. It has become an established part of

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the calendar and hard-fought. There was a sprint but it was only a small

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group. OK. Quick highlights before we go? That sprint was pretty

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exciting. The highlight for me was the free cycle, being out there and

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being a part of it. Chris? Definitely that as well. I'll be

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bring my kids next year. Going out in the rain this morning was

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exciting in a sick way. Thank you both.

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What a stunning picture it is. We've had quite a weekend here in London.

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The roads have been closed. They've been full of bikes, and we've seen a

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classic race, with a one and two for Britain. And a one and two for

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Yorkshire, with Adam Blythe taking the London-Surrey Classic. From all

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of us, goodbye.

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Two years on from the London Olympics, Ride London celebrates the Games' legacy as many of the world's best cyclists from 2012 return to race the specially-designed 100-mile course that starts at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and finishes at The Mall in central London.

Surrey's beautiful countryside, complete with several leg-testing and lung-bursting climbs, provide the ideal examination of a rider's talents but also a stunning backdrop for the race.


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