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Surrey Classic Part 2

Live coverage of the RideLondon-Surrey Classic as 150 of the world's top pro cyclists take on a 187km route through London and Surrey.

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Hello and welcome to our final show from this year's RideLondon. The


amateur riders have been out on the road since five o'clock this


morning. Still they are finishing on the Mall. Now it is the big one, the


London-Surrey Classic. The first time a World Tour one-day race has


been staged on British roads. This showpiece event has new state is


this year, joining the big one-day races on the continent. We will see


the final of the Classic on the Mall in just over 2.5 hours, but in the


meantime, thousands of the sportive riders are coming in after


completing the 46 and the 100 mile rides. Millions being raised and


many memories being made. It has been quite an event in London, all


in celebration of the humble bicycle.


Yes, some fantastic sites around London over the course of


RideLondon. We are looking forward to the Classic. I am joined by Chris


Boardman and Mark Cavendish. Good to have you with us. Mark, you're


recovering from the crash in the Tour de France. How are you feeling?


I am OK. I have just hit myself in the mouth with the microphone. I am


worse now. I am ageing to be on my bike again. That is it. I cannot sit


still. I am not in any pain any more, so I am looking forward to it.


We will see you back out there soon. Chris, we have been spectators here


this weekend but it has been something to behold? I have been


spectators you'd every time and it is much better on this side of the


barrier when you can have a beer afterwards. 100,000 people taking


part this weekend in the areas forms, children all the way through


to the best athletes in the world. It is fantastic, not just a


celebration of the bicycle, but an opportunity for people to ride


around the streets with no cars and see what that is like.


It is an important event in so many ways. The Classic is under way. The


professional peloton are out on the roads. Now that it has World Tour


state is, how significant is that? It is the Premier League of cycling.


It is the top any goal. You have to be invited to ride. It creates


points for the end of the season. It is a massive step up in just a young


event to be there. It is great we have a World Tour event in the UK.


Of course, the prototype for this race was the test event for the


Olympic road race in 2011, which you on not only Mall. What are your


memories? We had a great team. We had a GB team and then England team.


We had two. I had just won the green jersey of the Tour de France. I was


on a high. With 2012 coming it was important we stamped their authority


on that. We did it too much because we were marked out of the race in


the following year. It is great to finish on probably the most iconic


Avenue in the whole world, on the Mall, in front of Buckingham Palace.


It is a special feeling. You on the green jersey and the world


championship in 2011. That green jersey was a special memory. It is


fantastic to see this year's green jersey winner in action in the


Classic in the shape of Australia's Michael Matthews. I have mixed


memories of the Tour de France. The first week did not go according to


plan. We had a few heartbreaking moments at that point. But the


second week onwards, it got better and better. The most special moment


was probably the first stage that I won in the Tour de France this year.


I did the same stage two years ago in the Tour de France, I tried to


attempt it when I had four broken ribs. To win this year in the style


that I did, that was the breaking point. Everything started to go


really well from there. The hard work we put in, finally the Tour de


France give me good luck. The imagination of winning the jersey,


the goal I had set, it was something I thought would take more years to


succeed in that goal. But I guess going into the Tour de France with


the form that I had, and the full support of the team, it was when


you're that I had to really go for it 100%. I will try to stay focused


this week with training, try to do everything right. I will not go too


crazy. Actually, I skipped a lot of the criterium races to try and get


good form for the race this Sunday. I also tried to switch off. I got my


motorbike licence this week. I can do something away from cycling but


still have the main focus is on the weekend. I will have a break before


my next race after this weekend. One more week of focus and I can chill.


It was a complicated race last year when a big breakaway went. I had a


few team-mates there. In the end, we brought it back for the sprint. My


legs were not quite as good as I would have liked after the Tour de


France last year. Hopefully they are better this year. Now it is the


World Tour, I think it will be more controlled. Maybe Sky will try to


control it for the sprint. With it being the first time as World Tour,


no one is going to really know what is going to happen. Hopefully it


will be an exciting race. I think it is still quite a short race, only


180 K. Hopefully we will get good weather. That will be the nicest


thing. The courses really nice. I like the small roads and the little


climbs. It is a nice style of racing. Hopefully I can get a good


result. One to watch today, Michael Matthews, the green jersey in the


Tour de France. It was a fantastic year for Sunweb. He was very


tenacious and he managed to stake through the mountains and kept


gathering the points. We had injuries that took out lots of the


competition and he was ready for it. His team


were superb for him, the roads so hard all day, they did not do the


lead out at the end, they spent all their energy setting him up. He


delivers superbly on two occasions. He is a nice guy, a popular guy. He


is one of the favourites. You will know better than anybody how hard it


is to keep the form, whether you can take form from the Tour de France


into an event like this. That is key, carrying through the form. I


normally finish on my hands and knees at the Tour de France. It is


21 individual base but what you do on the first day has an effect on


how you are on the 21st day. If you feel good it is easy to push it a


little bit and that can affect you for weeks. It is arguably the


hardest endurance event on the planet. It can finish people for the


whole season. He is quite resilient, Michael, he can climb like a


climber. Will not be struggling at the back of the race. Compared to


what he has done in the last three weeks, these climbs will not be a


problem. If he can keep the top end speed at the finish, there are pure


sprinters year, Elia Viviani, Andre Greipel, but he has done the Tour de


France as well. Elia Viviani will be fresher, perhaps he will have the


speed at the end. Let's look at some of the others to look out for. For


me, it would normally be Andrei Greipel, but he has been form. At


the Tour de France he was not filing. There are a couple of


interesting ones. Ben Swift will be quite interesting. He got close in


the Tour de France. He is on home roads. Elia Viviani has that sharp


turn of speed. It should be a day for the sprinters. Normally it


always is. It is difficult, the laps around Surrey, they are difficult,


but it is a long running to the finish it normally does come back.


It did not last year. When people push it can always come right down


to the wire. There are teams here, especially Sky, it is the home race


and they will want to set it up for the win and the sprint. We heard


from Michael Matthews. Let's hear from some of the other main


contenders in this one. I am feeling good. I really want to do the


sprint. I really want to win the Classic. If we arrive in a bunch


sprint, I am one of the faster in the group. We have a good chance,


but if we see that the situation is too big at Box Hill, for sure we


have the riders. One big name any move, Ian Stannard, or when Bill,


Pete Kennaugh, we have the riders. We have a strong team. I started the


classics well and I had health problems. I had chances in the Giro


d'Italia that I did not finish. The same happened at the National is. It


is good. I am quite often they are in the final. I will be competitive


for the win. For me, the more aggressive the race, the better.


Once we get out into the Surrey Hills, we will try to animate the


race. It is better for me if I come in in a smaller group. The two times


I have been on the podium I arrived with the guys and five guys. It is


easier from a smaller group. There is a long way to go to get to the


finish line. It is tough, but with it being World Tour this year, we


will get the right combination of guys in the right teams, and it


could potentially be an interesting race. There is always a group that


tries to get away. Thomas was the last man standing last year. As


always, the plan for a Quick-Step is to try and aggressively be in the


break. We will try and win the race before the sprint and if that does


not happen, we will try and win the sprint. Who will have the legs at


the finish of it comes to a sprint? This is 183 kilometres, 20 K shorter


than we have had in the past. How will that affect things? It will be


over faster. The same race pans out, perhaps it is more aggressive, you


will not get the sitting and waiting but it will not make


much of a difference. The only chance that the non-sprinters have


got, there are five series climbs in this event, the last is Box Hill,


but from the last one that is about one out of racing. That is a long


time to get organised and bring it back for the sprint. Michael


Matthews was on the podium last year, third, Ben Swift has been the


nearly man a couple of times. Put your neck on the line? I am going to


see Sam Bennett. I did not see him before. I'd just as Chrissie was


riding. Elia Viviani, I think Sky will control it. He might do it but


Sam Bennett has stepped up another level. To see him do well would be


nice. He is a nice kid. We will get to the race shortly. As well as the


fellows on the commentary box, we will have David Millar doing his job


out on the road, in amongst the riders. Go to have him there. Chris


and Cav will make their way to the commentary box. Rochelle Gilmore is


already there, as is the lead commentator, Simon Brotherton.


Afternoon. Welcome to our live coverage. 94 kilometres to go. This


is the rate. The riders set off from the centre of London, just around


the corner from the mall. They started in Horse Guards Parade,


heading out south west over the River Thames, and into the Surrey


Hills. Staple Lane was the first climb. The highest point in the


south-east of England, Leith Hill. Two lapse of this section, then won


silver Box Hill and back to London. Through Kingston and Wimbledon and


into the centre of the capital, through Whitehall, left through


Admiralty Arch and into the finish on the Mall. Red-carpet treatment


for the peloton for the men's World Tour race. The riders setting off


from Horse Guards Parade, which was the volleyball venue at the London


Olympic Games five years ago. It was a rolling start for the main field,


with Buckingham Palace to the right-hand side. They headed out to


the official start of the race. They went past many of the iconic


landmarks of London. The official start itself was outside the


Victoria and Albert Museum. That was where the flag went down. The real


racing started. Just over 180 kilometres ahead of


them. Over the Thames by the Chiswick bridge, the traditional


finish for the boat race. At that time the peloton together and then


Schmidt Cas, the el -- were allowed to get away.


Plenty of time to get back into things. On the first climb Duval and


Kreder were dropped. They are going over the top of Leith Hill. The


highest point in south-east England. That is what's what happened so far.


There are our three leaders. Just to give you a bit of background, we


have got Keisse from Quick Step. Twan Castelijns and we have Schmidt.


Mark Cavendish has joined us. Good to see you. It would have been good


for the riders to see that breakaway go and enable


the race to settle down. The older this race gets, the more


people want to be involved. People don't want a strong break to go.


Those in the break would know they wouldn't be given a very long leash


today? Absolutery. Ly. They know it will be difficult, but these are


three strong guys. The rider in the blue is a former team mate of yours.


Yes he is a strong guy. It is exciting to have him up here in the


front. You have a good excuse not riding. But you're has been out on


the course, did you enjoy it. I did. Coming from being a professional to


not preparing for an event like that it makes sense you can't be as good


as you, but you have expectations that you're going to be. But I was


in the position of perhaps a lot of riders, where it was just a real


challenge to get to the finish. The last 30 kilometres I stood up on the


pedals and it was like knives going into my legs. That was a new


experience. The last time I experienced that was on day 8 of the


Giro d'Italia. There is a bit of wind out there so a tough day. In


the UK we have dead roads. When you say dead roads, do you mean heavy?


Yes, you feel like you're stuck to the road and if you're doing the


same amount of power, but you're doing a slower speed. So the race


has been brought down from just over 200 to 83 kilometres. It will be the


same effort. You want racing to the finish than just a resilience, where


people are on their hands and knees. They have changed the route they're


on this loop, we have two loops before they head over Boxhill and up


to London. Last year there were three of these loops around the


common to the south of Dorking, to what degree does it change the


emphasis of the race in favour of the sprinters? No the amount of laps


doesn't make a position. Boxhill will be the hitter, as you saw in


the Olympics, if the right move goes, it stays to the end. These


circuits are more just to wear down the legs of the riders for the


ascent up Boxhill to get the racing started.


You have a hundred thousand people riding, traffic-free roads in the


centre of the capital. Are you able to sort of enjoy a day like this,


when you would rather be riding, or did you find it difficult watching,


thinking I wish I would get out there. As a pro, you always want to


race. As a racer you always want to race. Having seen the growth of


cycling in the UK to see a festival of the sport, not just, not even as


a sport, but as a festival of cycling, where people are riding


with families or using it to commute, every form of riding is


celebrated. It is incredible to see the centre of London, probably the


most iconic road in the world, the Mall, to have people riding bikes is


incredible. Not just the people on their bikes, but 150,000 people


riding, but the amount watching everybody. I have the feeling that


this race is so internationally recognised now, because of the


course and the landmarks that it passes, I think that we have seen so


many riders, big names, wanting to take part here and of course there


is a lot of races that hold World Tour points and prize money, this


race has become special to all of the professionals and they want to


be part of team that races here. The most incredible thing that this race


has been at the forward end of world cycling for is pushing the parity


between the men's and women's race. There is equal prize money. The


women's race was great and it was an exciting sprint. Yes it was a great


race and it was Superfast and we saw a bunch sprint in the end and we


thought the the rain it may split up. But we didn't see a lot of


crashes, but we saw a lot of punctures. There was so many big


names. We couldn't say exactly who the favourite was. There was about


25 people on my list of favourites. So it was an exciting finish and


Team Sunweb won. From the female colleagues I spoke to, it is


arguably the biggest race on the calendar. It is and it has only


existed for a few years to already be one of the most important races


and I know being so close to the athletes that they do think all the


way back in January, all the year before, this is a race they want to


be part of. The riders going over the top of the hill. You thought


that Sky would be one of the teams looking to control it. That seems to


be what they're starting to do. Absolutely. They have got one of the


favourites with Viviani. He has not come out of Tour de France. The guys


from the Tour de France have the condition, but for a much longer


race. To have that explosive power, the three weeks in the mountains


takes it out of you. Sky will want to bring in their riders. His form


is good, winning a couple of stages in the Tour of Austria. There we are


with the front of line the Castelijns and Schmidt. I think they


will have company soon. We have one more lap still to come. They will do


through the high street in Dorking and have another lap before they


then leave into Boxhill. They have have to look out, these are small


roads around Surrey. You don't get to see more than a couple of hundred


metres in front of you. It is easy to watch one or two people go, but


then another two go around the corner and another two and it seems


like small groups are going and then you have a big group at the front.


For riders who continue want it to -- don't want it to end in the


sprint it is a long way to go. Geraint Thomas made that move on


Boxhill last year and he said he accelerated, looked behind, realised


he was on his own and he thought, I have bought my ticket, I'm going to


go with it. But he realised how far it was. He committed and you are in


no-man's land if you're on your own. You need a strong group. If you


don't put yourself there, you're chasing. Geraint was right to put


himself on the front foot and hope somebody would come to him rather


than have to chase a group down. 32 second is the gap and for the fist


time we can -- first time we go live to David Millar on the motorbike. We


are just coming over the Common. Going through the feed zone. I have


never seen the race like this. It is going to hard so fast and the wind


is ate so strong it is making it a different race. That is just people


being dropped. Although it is pedestrian from the front when you


see the lead camera. We will move up and you will get an idea. This is


the peloton is splitting up all over the place and looking at the riders,


and they're flat out. So at the moment it is a race of attrition.


That shows how much it means to the big teams, they're riding at a high


pace. UAE and Team Sunweb. I'm surprised. I've never seen them ride


the race like this. Mark, you can sense in the peloton the intensity


and the attritional nature of what is going on? Yes, everyone wants to


be at the front. With the small roads you have to stay there. It is


not a case of trying to break anything. It is with the small


roads, if you're back, you're always playing catch up. There is so many


people can fit on a road. Everyone will be pushing and that can take


the energy, but it makes it harder if you're not concentrated. Your


team, dimension data, they recovered well from your absence. It has been


a long time sense was saw them at that end of a spript competing --


sprint competing for the victory. He was unlucky where you couldn't


separate on a photo finish by the naked eye. He got the win, but the


team did well to pick up the pieces. Incredible, it is a team built


around going and delivering me to a sprint. Not just the physical aspect


of that, where they have been training differently, it is the


nature of the pressure put on them. I'm there to carry the pressure of


the team, because I have to deliver at the end of the guys working hard.


It would be all right if you wanted your opportunity like Edward did. He


went as a worker not as a leader. He didn't ask for the pressure. To


carry that is one thing. But when things aren't going your way it can


be harder and that weight gets heavier and heavier. To keep trying,


I'm so happy it paid off. He is such a good man and such an amazing


cyclist. It has been six years since his last Tour de France win. 2011


was the last time. And attention to detail, which in the sprints is a


big thing with you, knowing every inch of the road, I got the


impression that homework paid off for him. There was a round about in


the end and he another went to the right and the rest went to the left.


Without giving too much away, we have a great group of people... He


knew are to go? Yes he had the best guy in the car with Roger Hammond.


He was a small guy compared to most cyclists, but he raced with his


head. That is the best person to tell you what to do. And obviously,


you know in your absence, they're looking to others, Mark Renshaw, who


came second and what about Ryan Gibbons. Tell us about him as an


outsider. He rode as a trainee rider last


season. He caught my eye. Just how he's so races, he was not waiting to


be told what to do. If he saw something that happened, he would


adjust his strategy accordingly. That is quite rare in the modern


generation of cyclists. He got a contract, he went, he won in


Malaysia this year. As a sprinter, to get over some of the climbs in


that race, it was phenomenal. He definitely has the talent. He needs


a bit of confidence. He will be one of the best in the world in my eyes.


When he realises that, he will be unstoppable. He has greatly doubt


man depending on who they go with. He has a great man to lead them


through in Mark Renshaw. If Mark Renshaw decides to go, like you


said, he was second last year, we will see what happens. It is for


kilometres to go. It is Iljo Keisse from Quick-Step Floors on the back


at the moment. This is some of the information coming in, speed, power


and cadence, the difference between Keisse and Elia Viviani, certainly


the rider that one presumes Team Sky would hope to be involved at the end


of the race should it come down to a sprint. You would have to favour him


as being right up there and one of the fancied riders. You can see from


the graphics, you can see how much more you have to put in, even though


Keisse is not on the front, it is the power he has to put out to push


himself along. This is why it is important for sprinters to be


sheltered. People often think that sprinters are lazy, they do not do


anything. It is a job for sprinters to go fast at the end. They need as


much energy as possible to do that. That is why we have a team. It is


not lazy to do the least work as possible through the race. It is a


job. Sky are looking after Elia Viviani. He will be fresher at the


end. Sun well bid that brilliantly for Coryn Rivera at the end


yesterday. In the last lap we were trying to spot everyone. I had not


seen in the whole race, which meant she was probably going to appear. At


the last moment, she came to the front. There was a lovely move from


her Finnish team-mate. She overtook Habberfield in that move to get to


the front. Her team did a brilliant job. Absolutely. In cycling, the


team is your strength for a sprinter.


It is about confidence as well. I was looking in the peloton yesterday


to transport Coryn Rivera. She spent lots of the race file at the back.


Not once on the coverage could I see where she was. It takes confidence


to be able to sit back there I know that if moves go, you have a team


strong enough to be around you and bring you back to the front of the


race at the right time. Absolutely, it takes confidence, to know what


you're doing. She is a clever rider. She comes from behind and finds the


right time to go. Last year, she had some incredible victories in the


same style. Let's go back to David Millar on the bike. The three


leaders are about to be caught, and the? It is amazing. The three


leaders are riding well but Team Sky are driving this forward. The last


section we have gone through was so technical. It was the scariest


roller-coaster I have been on. We have just gone by the breakaway. The


peloton is coming down so fast. Team Sky are doing the damage, whipping


down that descent. There is no letup. With the small roads, there


is no letup. They're trying to rip the race to pieces by people getting


gaps, putting the pressure on. I have never seen it like this. It


seems like there is a real intensity about the race this year. Has the


World Tour status changed everything in the minds of the riders? I have


seen it since the beginning of the race. There is a different attitude.


There has been no moments of cameras. The pressure is on. It is


easy to forget how much the World Tour not only means to teams but


individuals. There are contracts, everything, if you get points. It is


change the make-up of the race. There is no more joking around. This


is a serious by grace. One other thing as well, the wind is always a


key factor in by grace. What is it like, is it difficult to tell. Is


the Wendy factor? It is difficult looking at the pictures to tell. It


is. The course is turning, left and right and protected in places, but


when it strings out, you can see. You have much better images of the


front of the peloton, but I can tell by the body language, the flat-out.


They know that if they can string it out on these roller-coaster


sections, they will rip it to pieces back end. The tactic is to take it


from the front, old school, and rip the race apart. Not from brute


force, but the technicalities of the course and the wind that is present.


The race rolling on through the Surrey countryside. Not far from


Dorking. Team Sky forcing the pace on the front of the peloton. Mark


Cavendish has had to move on but it was great to have him with us. He


will be with Jill Douglas at the end of the race. If it is a sprint, we


have the very man to dissect it afterwards, an expert, that being


his speciality. Chris Boardman has joined as in the commentary box. We


are mob handed this year. We have had a little breakaway group, but


there was never really any intention to give them much rope. In some ways


it is surprising with 80 kilometres to go that the peloton history


acting so strongly. -- that the peloton is reacting so strongly.


David Millar has said that they have got to use the terrain on the


course. They have two series climbs to go. After Box Hill, it is about


one hour of racing back to town. Sky riding like this is detaining anyone


from making a move. Last year it was Geraint Thomas who made a move over


the top of Box Hill. Nobody went with him so he was on his own with


about 50 K to go. He did not quite make it to the centre of London. We


saw in the finish of the Olympic Games in 2012, when it split up for


the last time, up one Box Hill they did a lot more circuits, but similar


terrain. On the long to town, it did not reform. Although it was a


sprint, it was from diminished group. It is possible with this kind


of pace that we could see a similar evolution of the race. How did you


find the roads this morning, Rachelle? We have had some pretty


rough weather in the last 24 hours? I thought conditions were


challenging for the Surrey 100. The wind is quite strong. I find myself


trying to slip into bunches to get some rest. Because the roads are


dead, it seems that the power output, the always needs to be


pressure on the pedals. I am very confident in bunch positioning, but


I've found the roads extremely difficult. Tough conditions. It will


be interesting to know with the other 35,000 people out there today


felt that it was a little bit more challenging than previous years with


the wind. I think some of them did find it more challenging than you,


because looking out of commentary window on the finishing line, there


are some people finishing that have been out there for a long time


today. Still smiling for the most part, still pedalling, more


importantly, and still rolling over the finishing line. 30,000 people


out there on the road today. 100,000 people taking part on two wheels


over the weekend. It is a great festival of cycling, 78 kilometres


to go. As Chris Boardman was saying, Team Sky with the intent of keeping


the pace high, detaining anyone from trying to disappear up the road. Ian


Stannard, standing out of his saddle. Just to the right of your


picture, second in line. The peloton fanned out right across the road.


You can see that they're communicating on the radio to get


some confidence from the team director, or the team leader on the


road that they are doing the right thing. They will be in a world of


pain, having to do this work. Do you think there is a situation where the


sprinter or protected rider feels this is too hard, if we go this hard


to keep the pace high I may not have the legs to finish in the end? On


this kind of terrain, certainly on the part of the course there are


now, there is a benefit to be near the front. Everybody has got to get


over it and if you are near the front you do not have the


deaccelerations and deceleration is, you have smooth lines through the


corners. Once they get over the last of the Hells, from that point it is


fairly flat. We have a problem. Owain Doull, who won a gold medal on


the track as part of the team pursuit squad at the last Olympics.


A really promising rider. Just 24 years of age. He will do his best to


get back to the peloton. It is a strong British based team today that


Team Sky have lined up. They had a big victory yesterday at San


Sebastien, a famous one day race with Michal Kwiatkowski. Reward for


him after his efforts during July own behalf of Chris Froome. It is a


strong squad they have got here today, racing from Sky with Owain


Doull, Jon Dibben, Pete Kennaugh, Tao Geoghegan Hart, Ian Stannard and


Iljo Keisse -- and Elia Viviani. Kenny Elissonde is also racing for


them today. Elia Viviani is the main man. Kenny Elissonde is on the front


at the moment as the head through the high Street in Dorking. A pretty


good spot to watch the race today as the starting point of the intricate


circuits through the Surrey Hells, -- Surrey Hells, featuring the claim


to Ranmore Common, and the tricky descent. There are couple of big


screens in the high in Dorking for spectators to follow the race as a


whole. That is the front of the race. A little bit further back,


there is a chase going on for one of the riders from Team Sky who we saw


a few moments ago, Owain Doull, working hard to get back on. He is


not hanging about. 60 kilometres an hour. He has a convoy to go through.


He will be happy to get into the reels. Yesterday for the women's


race, there were no team cars because the circuit was so small.


Once you punctured you were out of the race. There is more assistance


today. Palu Geoghegan Hart at the front at the moment, doing plenty of


work on behalf of his team-mate. Eighth overall in the Tour Of


California earlier this year in the spring. And a decent result in the


Tour de Yorkshire this year with the top ten finish in that one. There is


lots of nervousness in the peloton. You can see the changing places at


the front, setting themselves up for the next climb, which is not far


away. About 43 kilometres to go, when they will go over the top of


Box Hill, and it will be all down hill and flat into the finish. The


next 30 kilometres of racing is critical. You can see with the


intensity of the racing it will be very hard for anybody to make a move


or gain any ground at all, even with the two climbs still to come. Hard


to see the race splitting up at any point. I have to agree. We can see


that Sky is on the front. Sunweb riders floating around. I was


wondering whether Andrei Greipel's team would be riding for him. He was


a little lacklustre at the Tour. It seemed like he was getting warmed up


towards the end. He was second on the Champs-Elysees. He whittled down


the sprinters in front of him and he still was not winning, not the form


we have seen in the past. There were a few days where his team worked


really hard and did a great job when he was nowhere to be seen in the


sprints. That is most unlike him. He has won a stage in every grand Tour


he has ridden for several years until this year's Tour. The camera


showing what it is like inside the peloton. It looks like it is flowing


from helicopter shots, but you can see how frantic it is, how little


room to manoeuvre there is. It is a constant game of brinkmanship for


positioning. Owain Doull picking his way through the team cars, finding


his way back up to the end of the peloton in the not too distant


future, hopefully. In this part of the circuit, there is not lots of


room. The roads are not particularly wide tall. 73 kilometres remaining


on the road back to central London. A big crowd waiting at the finish,


they have been here all day. It is about one hour and 40 minutes left


to race. Plenty of time for something to happen. The riders at


the front are happy to back off because it is so narrow they can


block the road and pretty much prevent anybody from attacking and


taking them by surprise. It looks like Geoghegan Hart on the front for


Team Sky. They really do have confidence today, Team Sky. A key


kilometres to go and they have already been on the front trying to


control the race. They start with seven riders, that is right, seven


riders? The women started with six yesterday. Significantly smaller,


well, smaller than they started with at the Tour de France makes a


difference to the strength of your team to take control swelling. It is


a relief for the teams that they do not have to put a bigger squad in


for these races because they are stretched this weekend with San


Sebastien, and the Tour of Poland as well. Teams are sending riders three


ways at this time. It is probably why we have seen them stamping on


the breakaway so quickly. The only got four minutes early on the stage


and with a couple of hours to go, they wanted to bring it back because


they know they have not got the numbers. If anything develops, a


significant break, it will be hard to bring it back. Sky are well-known


for being able to calculate breakaways. Leaving them at a


certain distance before they bring them back. Sometimes the viewers and


myself get nervous about whether they are leaving it too late, but


they really do the calculations well. They are not leaving anything


to chance today. They are taking control a long way out. This is just


the sort of race that would have suited Mark Cavendish with plenty of


other teams looking to bring it back for a sprint. Owain Doull working


hard to get back in the peloton. One man in the middle of the action at


the moment, David Millar. Yes, this as well as Stewart Geraint Thomas


attacked and led to the whole of the Team Sky attack. At this speed, it


is hard to think they can do this for much longer. They are trying to


launch Pete Kennaugh and put the pressure on the other teams to chase


down and put Elia Viviani in the driving seat. The pace they are


setting is infernal. They are using Geoghegan Hart, and he is one of the


strongest riders. You can feel how narrow the roaders. At the moment,


does not look like they're going to do anything. This point last year


they launched offensive. They will either play the Elia Viviani card


outbreak, but at the same time, I am not sure if they can take this all


the way to the finish. I think something will happen soon. When


Geraint Thomas made a break last year, he was hoping that some people


would be with him when he looked under his armpit and made


deacceleration? Geoghegan Hart looks like he's doing a final effort. They


are really setting everything up, doing in the Telos. Elia Viviani is


setting back. Either he is not feeling good ideas feeling so good


they will let the other teams control it. It is looking very


aggressive from Team Sky now. Absolutely, with Geoghegan Hart on


the front. They have riders like Ian Stannard, who can ride on the front


all Dave he needs to. Unfortunately Doull, the team


tactics will play out. David Millar bang on the money with the


suggestion that is what Geoghegan Hart was trying to do. It has done.


It was a strong effort. It is breaking up. That is probably enough


for this quality of rider. It only looks like a few metres, it is the


penultimate climb of the day. That 10 metres could be the difference.


They were ride ing so hard to make sure everyone was on the limit


before they launched an attack. With seven man teams it won't take many


to get away for it to be difficult to catch. Trying to see who that is.


Is that Jack Bauer from Quick Step? Owain Doull can just about see the


rear end of the peloton now. Having been forced to chase back after a


technical issue. Two is not a big number as they go through the Moor.


The roads are still wet. That causes a bit of a problem. These two now


have some clear daylight behind they know it is a dangerous move. If they


escape, Sky, who have been holding the race together, and won't play a


part and all the other teams would be forced to do the work to try and


bring it back. It is Ellison being overtaken. He


did his turn at the front before Tao Geoghegan Hart. Hopefully he can get


back into the convoy and back on to the wheels. Normally they can use


the cars effectively to get themselves back into the group. With


these narrow roads, the vehicles are being held back and they're well


spaced out. Owain Doull is doing the right thing and riding at his own


pace and waiting until he has a chance. We have the main peloton and


a splinter group at the front. That might be too big a group to start


working together. We will have a look as soon as we can and bring the


make up. But the danger has been sensed. This race starting to split


up. By riding at his own pace Doull, they will start to pick up some of


the back markers. I think they will probably get themselves back on


terms, depending on how this pans out. At the front we are up to three


riders and that is a strong trio. Scombr Three riders ahead of


peloton. Gives you an idea of how split up. We have about 18 riders in


front of main peloton. The race is on here. Inside 70 kilometres to go.


Just over an hour and a half of racing to complete. 30 minutes I


would say in this difficult, twisting and lumpy terrain, before


they drive back into London. This is where they have to get it get it


together. Trentin a two-times stage winner in the Tour de France. The


other is Daryl Impey. Impey in the middle from Orica-Scott was the


first South African rider to win the jersey. Three very strong road men


and in good form. Utterly committing themselves to this move now. It is


good to see Trentin back in form. He rode in the Tour de France, but he


didn't finish. He was beyond the time limit on one stage. They had


some illness in the team and I'm not sure whether he was affect by that


or if he was held back with Marcel Kittel. His form up until that point


was excellent. This is a big group and it does seem to be toshinging


well. This is the -- to be working well. That might be Michael Matthews


of Sunweb, who one delighted to be sprinting from this group. He would


do well to get to the back of that group. The pace of Sky seems to be


having an effect. Kennaugh behind Impey's wheel. We have a gap for our


motorbike to slot in behind them so, they have done some damage. The


roads under the trees, changing from wet to dry all the time. These


riders working well together. We still have Box Hill to come before


the run back into London. Impey is driving it hard. Let's check on the


breakaway with David on the motorbike. Kennaugh did an amazing


attack and here they come by us. If we slow down, you get an idea of the


break. Impey is in incredible form and I saw him in the Tour de France.


Here they come and we will let them go by us. Because we are going into


a technical section. They go faster than us down the downhill. Here we


go. Bmc driving it and Dimension Day that. Jack Bauer there. We have a


leader situation. And behind still nothing. Still nothing. No. It is a


good gap. The riders in the middle group are the leaders now. We have a


full blown race. This tactic by Sky has worked, but they're putting all


their eggs in one basket with Kennaugh. You could see the gap not


only opened up by the three at the front, but that first chase group,


there was an enormous gap. They're still fighting it out from the


helicopter shots we had. They weren't committed to work together.


That can happen when a group gets too bloated and gets over six to ten


riders, people sit on and the rot sets in and if that it Michael


Matthews, they're not going to want to carry one of the best sprinters


in the world to the finish. It looked like him. Michael Matthews of


course will be brimming with confidence after his green jersey


win in the Tour de France. Kennaugh dropping off the group. That is


interesting he is choosing to give up his position. Maybe he has


decided if this goes all the way, I'm suffering. Maybe he doesn't feel


confident in the sprint. Maybe he can't stay with them up this climb.


It is deceptive. You can't see how steep it is. But he has let go. Sky


started this move and they have nobody in it. Kennaugh quickly on


the radio to the team. He wasn't working through. So maybe it is just


physical and he wasn't able to stay with the pace being set. Largely by


Daryl Impey. They're going to have to have a change of tactic and this


makes it more exciting. Sky have got two strong riders ahead of them.


Just the pair of them. 16 seconds the gap. The last time we were made


aware of the distance. Kennaugh who we are looking at it between the


front of the race and that Michael Matthews group. We will call it


that. It is interesting how athletes can cope with a situation like this.


I know within my team we had a discussion about that yesterday.


That some athletes are a bit hesitant to put their hand up and


ask for support, in case they don't have on the day. It is difficult to


know when you get out there, even if you have done all the preparation,


how you're going to be on the day. It is a scary position to be in to


put your hand up as a leader and have the team work for you. It is


just a part of bike racing. It is a big responsibility. Yes, but in my


case as a team manager, I'm trying to take the fear out of the


athletes' minds to put their hand up and have a go. It is just pike


racing -- bike racing. Pete will be disappointed, but he will do


everything he can. One rider I spotted that is Vanmarke. This is


the chasing group. He is looking behind. I don't know whether he is


not getting any information or something's happening out of shot.


You can see it is a steep descent. I remember this. Matthews confirmed as


being in there. It is quite a select group here. Michael Matthews is the


favourite for today and with the win yesterday, the team Sunweb are well


connected. Same ownership. But the athletes are supporting each other


and the women were lifted by the success of the men at the Tour de


France and yesterday's win would have lifted the morale of the men in


the team. Chris, what do you think about the fact that Mark Cavendish


had the same favourite that I mentioned to you? Yes absolutely.


There is probably about ten riders here who are classy. After the Tour


de France, you're not sure where people are on form. Sometimes it is


just how you hit the finish and how many team mates you have left to


help. These two would like to get another check on their lead. They


have lost 30% of their fire power. That will make a difference. This


group seemed to be committed to the chase now. As we mentioned


yesterday. Good to have a look at some of the others and go back to


David Millar on the motorbike. We have just, were just about to come


through. The second group is in front of us, the Michael Matthews


group and then the two in front, with Impey and we have the third


group. You will get an idea, you can see them there. Watch this. We will


show you how much of a gap there is. That is already. That is quite a big


group. That is the remainder of the peloton and that is being led by a


mix match. You see the size of the gap. We are about to come up. And


you will see this is the Michael Matthews group and we have Jacques


Bauer and a lot of hitters. Peter Kenyon. Ben Swift is there. Jack


Bauer at the front. And to the next group. That is group two. Behind


them is the peloton and here is the lead two riders and they know they


don't have a chance. Because there is so far to go. We come by them


there is Trentin and Impey. What has to happen is that that group, it is


almost worth it for those two to wait for that group. All start


working together and lose the peloton. That is the current race


situation. I love the pictures when we can see the gap and the distance


covered. So we have confirmation of who is in the second group and it is


hard to think how the peloton will get back on terms. David is right


the two up the front were part of reason that we have split the race


up and they were the ones that got out there and forced the pace. But


now the way it has developed, this is not a likely move. Just two of


them are unlikely to hold that move off. Impey has been on the radio,


but he is not getting any commitment from the team to back off and wait


for the group. They will keep plugging away.


Nice it would be good to get confirmation of who is in that


group, Oliver Naesen, Jack Bauer, Michael Matthews as well. Sam


Bennett. That is the big win, Rochelle Gilmore's favourite for the


day. Michael Matthews is probably the favourite in regard to his


condition and the confidence he brings out from the Tour de France.


He has a team-mate with him as well, Soren Kragh Andersen. It would be


good to make sure. Physically, and with the confidence, Michael


Matthews will be the standout favourite, but Sam Bennett will, in


a little more fresh. It would mean so much to him to ever victory this


year. He has stepped this year. For me, he is a favourite, because


knowing him personally, he is a top guy, as is Michael Matthews. The my


two favourites for the day. Confirmation it is Andersen in that


group as well. They're holding the lead at the moment. You saw from the


motor bike with David Millar on the course, it looked like a good lead


that they had, but in the scheme of things, in a race like this, it is


an advantage which can quickly disappear. They have won more climb


to go, all over the top of Box Hill. There are a few lumps, but that is


the main one. After that, it is 60 minutes to read back to London. It


is more frantic than you would expect in a race with 60 kilometres


to go. But they know that they have less than 20, just 20 kilometres, to


form this race. Here we are, this looks like the


chase group. Towards the back, I can see even Lampard. -- even Lampard


is. 13 seconds, the gap. Still going on the road towards stalking. Box


Hill looming on the horizon. It is still mightier Trentin and Daryl


Impey, the two riders at the front. -- Matteo Trentin. There are


probably about 20 riders now, 22 riders left in this race, assuming


the peloton does not get back on terms. We have not had any images of


the main peloton for some time, but everybody seems to have somebody in


this group. I am not sure that we saw a Sky rider in the chase script.


This is a helicopter shot. We can check. Just making a note myself of


who is in the chasing group. We will be able to bring you that shortly.


Pete Kennaugh is still in the chase group, in the Michael Matthews


group. He has dropped back. You do not have any kind of a problem that


stopped him sticking with this group. Maybe the terrain had changed


slightly. I am sure we will get some postrace interviews to fill us in.


These two are persisting and they have pushed the lead up by five


seconds as I speak. Experience Road men and they have decided this is


worth persevering with. Behind, of course, when we get onto wider


roads, and our camera bacon stick with the chasing group longer, we


will see just who it is that is doing the work. There might be


around 20 riders but it depends on how many of them are prepared to do


the chasing. Ben Swift involved in the chase group, Michael Matthews


from Sunweb. Sure enough, gaps are appearing in the chasing group. That


is Oliver Naesen on the front in the Belgian national champion's jersey.


I think that maybe Ben Swift who has gone past him onto the front. The


gaps are being caused by pace, it is not people being dropped by physical


ability, the riders at the back are not following the wheels and trying


to get people to come from the back can join in. There is no harmony. An


interesting development. In that group, Jack Bauer, Michael Matthews.


They are coming in for the fourth sprint in the high Street in


Dorking. Stefan Kueng is there as well, Dylan Vanbaarle, Sep Vanmarke,


both from Cannondale, Jasper Stuyven is there, and Oliver Naesen. From


AG2R. He is a team-mate of Romain Bardet. He is not here today. They


are pretty well represented. There is a rider from Dimension Data as


well. I got a slight limbs of him. I am not sure who it was. There is


Matthews, number 54, and Andersen, his team-mate, is in front of him.


They're trying not to do any of the work at the moment. That is the


problem if you have riders not going through in a group. I think it might


be Scott Thwaites from Dimension Data. There is a little gap at the


back of the group as people are trying not to work. Riders are


saying, I will not just nip onto the back. If you want to stay with the


script, you will have to ride through. They are not happy at the


moment. That is why the two at the front, despite being vastly smaller


numbers, they are gaining time. 24 seconds, that is the lead. We are on


the a 24 in Dorking. They have turned left through the Cockrell at


the roundabout. They are heading in the general direction of the climb


to Box Hill. Matteo Trentin. If you have joined the coverage, these are


the riders at the front, Daryl Impey in the Navy, from Orica-Scott, a


team-mate of Adam and Simon Yates. A South African -based rider, who had


a strong performance in the Tour this year. Trentin, a two-time stage


where, in 2013 and 2014, from Quick-Step Floors. Yves Lampaert is


his team-mate. The pair of them in discussion in that group. I get the


impression that the peloton might come back together. Yes, the peloton


is chasing furiously. Bora-Hansgrohe and Katusha. Behind, it isn't one


long line. 20 metres from me, I can see Pete Kennaugh, the back of the


group. That is how close. It is quite confusing with the images, but


I have the back of the group right next to me. That is why the harmony


was disappearing and no one was working together. Bora-Hansgrohe and


Katusha are chasing madly behind. That will deter everyone working


well together in the chase group. These are the riders up front. This


is the group and this is the peloton coming up on them. The two riders up


on them. The two riders op-ed, I do not know, the race is about to kick


off again on Box Hill. It looks like a very fluid situation out on the


road. Yes, if they can get to Box Hill it will reshape again and they


will have given themselves something of a head start. They're all just


playing brinkmanship, trying to sit on the back of this group. It looks


like it will reform before they get there. We will start all over again,


apart from the two out who are holding a 24 seconds. The riders


outfront, holding their ground at the moment. It is quite a chase


behind. The main body of the field are refusing to give up, refusing to


give way and chasing hard. This is the climb of Box Hill, the average


gradient 3.9%. The maximum, 9.3%. It is such a popular spot with


cyclists. It always has been, but particularly since the Olympic Games


as part of the road race course. At any time of the week, when you go,


there are always cyclists all around. Here we go. The fate of the


climb. I do not think it is quite as long as that. It is false flat in


places. After this much racing, it can be pretty tough. It depends how


hard you go up. The speed is the big you have to remember. I would be


interested to ask you, Chris, how you feel about Box Hill. It is so


famous because of the Olympics but people generally have the idea that


it will be a nasty climb, but down there this morning, I realised


again, I have written the course many times, that Leith Hill for me


is a tougher climb. I would agree but this was part of the Olympic


circuit and it has status because of that. Less than 4% average gradient


but if you go a bit quick enough it can still do damage. It has a lovely


road surface. That is something left over from the Olympics. Originally,


they resurfaced the climb part of it, which you can see. They left the


descent, which was the bit you needed to have a good surface on.


For sprinters you need the climb to have a good surface as well. Do not


pander to them, I say. I think it is the false flat after the climb that


is hardest, and through the next section after the top of the climb.


It does not drop straightaway. No, it is a false flat. Also, the next


ten kilometres is quite up and down as well. It is a climb that I really


enjoy. You can see that the surface is just beautiful. The riders piling


it on on the climb. Still riding at 28 kilometres per hour. They have


got them inside as they go round the hairpin. 28 seconds between them.


You would expect this group to be losing time, the two, but if they


can hold off over the top, they have a chance. About one hour and ten


minutes of racing remaining. Quite faint hopes, but they will stick


with it. They will stay outfront as long as they possibly can. These two


riders are about as strong as you're going to get if you have appeared on


a breakaway group. Just a little bit back down the climb with one of


Michael Matthews' team-mates from Sunweb on the front of the chase


group. Just under 20 seconds. Jack Bauer is well placed in second


place, the current time trial champion of New Zealand in the blue.


Jelle on his sleeves, another one who had a solid Tour de France. A


rider who has had success on British roads in the not too distant past,


riding in the Tour of Britain. A good number of the field have raced


on the Tour of Britain over the years. Jack Bauer is one of them,


winner of the stage that finish near Bath. Towards the front of the


peloton today. One of the advantages of setting a high pace for Sunweb is


it keeps everybody pinned down and discourages attacks from coming. And


let's see if there are managing to set a high enough pace for that to


happen. The gap is down to 17 seconds. They are on the same


straight, and here comes a move. It looks like a rider from BMC on the


front. It has done enough. That is six riders pulling clear. Remember,


Jean Pierre Drucker was the winner a couple of years ago, from BMC, the


biggest win of his career at the time. He has won a stage of the


Vuelta design your sins. BMC hoping for a good ride from him. You can


put people in difficulty on this climb, but not enough to make it


stick. It certainly sounds the death knell for these two. Less than ten


seconds. Not much of the league, you can see that from the helicopter


shot. They will be reeled in shortly. You can see how much this


has strongly peloton out. -- strung the peloton out. This is the front


of the chase group, behind the two leaders. Daryl Impey doing a strong


turn at the front of the race. They must know that the peloton are hot


on the heels. As they make the climb up towards the top of Box Hill.


The last big obstacle of the day and these two are unlikely survive it


and are looking behind. I think that flurry of attacks has caused


something of a lull behind. They might just get over the top. But the


race is on behind them. The issue in the Olympics wasn't the severity of


the climb, but the cumulative effect of it. Yes it is not just steepness,


but how fast you hit it and everybody's come at it quick. Let's


go over to David on the motorbike. You will be familiar with those


roads, it must bring some memories. Yes there is one rider flying.


Trentin and Empey and he has made a big difference. For the people who


do Box Hill, they were going about 27 or 28 constantly. When Drucker


attacked he was doing 37 kilometres an hour during those 500 metres. It


is pretty nuts. You can see the difference now. Impey and Trentin


are hanging on. But the peloton has come to a lull. All those attacks.


There you can see the peloton is looming. It is ominous. If that move


has gone, it is looking good for sprinters. The sprinters will be


happy with that. You can see the peloton in there behind Trentin and


Impey. Behind them is the rider. Trentin


has been riding carefully, but with that extra number, he is thinking it


might be worth of here. They're going see if they can stay clear of


the summit. Riders disappearing among the trees, high up on the top


of box HIV. -- Box Hill. They may reform and start to make contact


again on the descent. But one long line. The peloton split roughly in


half with riders just struggling to stay on. We have one rider who has


ridden off the front. I think he will be too late. That is STeiven.


They have three riders of top class quality. He has given Trentin the


enthusiasm. The same with Impey. All three reinvigorated now. If you were


in this situation, you would feel happy as a sprinter? I have probably


never been a break of three. You would be thinking we have got this.


Yes, I think that given that the bunch behind smelled and they came


back together and I think there is a lot of teams with interest to bring


this back to a spript. Sprint. We will assume Greipel is in there and


his team will want to close it down as well as Sky and Sunweb. They will


want to bring it back for a sprint. Between Box Hill and the finish, the


moves go and it will take a strong rider to take it all the way to the


finish. I think they have got a chance. It is a slim one, but it is


a chance. It will be decided in the next few kilometres when they get a


- eoff the hill. We will see how it is faking shape. -- taking shape.


These three are riding as if they have a chance here. It is great to


see them animating the race. Inside the last 50 kilometres and the road


back into London. The sun is shining at the finish. Hopefully it will


make its way down to the peloton as they head from Box Hill, Box Hill


village and over Headley Heath, one of the few remaining heathlands in


Surrey and then they head to Leatherhead. And then the route


leaves Leatherhead and recrosses the M25 and we know we are on our way


back into central London. This has given it impetus. As you


can see they're not hanging around. They're making the most of the


opportunity, however small it is. We will get some time checks, see how


the peloton is getting organised and who is doing the chasing. I think


they will take a few more minutes to get organised. Some of the domestics


will be further back down and it is worth the peloton's time to wait.


There is the front of the peloton. Here is the front of the race again.


20 seconds is the gap as Impey presses on at the front. Stiven


still hasn't decided whether it is worth it. 20 seconds is the lead. So


no change since the group formed. Jester Steiven came second in the


Giro d'Italia. They're still thinking there is


still plenty of riders and this could end in a breakaway. Three of


them forced themselves off the front with a reasonable gap.


It is a beautiful pedalling style and he is riding a good style and


they can start to point their toes. But he looks good out there. I'm


sure he is not feeling fresh, but he looks fresh. It is a very big part


of it as we see when some riders are under pressure they have the most


beautiful pedalling style. That is intimidating if you can keep the


composure on the bike when you're tie -- tired. There is the result of


king of mountain, ore Box Hill. That is the view back to the chasing


group. Here we are with the leaders. Their next area of population they


will be heading to is Leatherhead. The three of them working together


here. 15 seconds the gap. They're going to persevere and see if they


can snap the elastic. The secondary possibility is they drive on and


keep the pressure on behind, it does split up and they find their numbers


swelling and they get a bigger breakaway and they're part of it.


Sometimes it is a pre-emptive strike to be in a breakaway that doesn't


exist yet. Behind it is not chasing it is attacking. It is Sky getting


involved as well. With Sunweb. Sunweb will be keen for the race to


come back together. Certainly in time for the finish with Michael


Matthews as their main rider today. I think that is Bauer in the blue


with the yellow sleeves from Quick-Step. He has been following


every move, policing the front of the peloton. He will be trying to


disrupt the chase by staying close to the front. They will swing over


and he won't go. That was Anderson getting a couple of gels and a


bottle and No 14 is Selig. He would be the, one of the key men for Sam


Bennett at the end. Selig finished fourth in one of the sprints in the


Tour de France. The roads widening and flattening as they turn back to


the centre of town. The riders taking the opportunity to get some


bottles and have the confidence now to go back and get some food for the


team. You can see the rider there just waving the camera bike away. We


forget these images are being brought to us by a cameraman on the


back of a motorbike, who is a lovely big lump to follow to slip stream


and they're actually starting to affect the race. The bike moves


forward a bit and here we are back with the leaders and Impey's doing a


mountain of work. Trying to keep this going. He certainly is. They


can tart to sniff -- start to sniff the finish. 42ks, so less than an


hour of racing. So much experience Daryl Impey. He won the Tour of


Turkey back in 2009. He nearly snatched a stage win in the Tour de


France last year and finished second behind Steve Cummings. Cummings


winning his second Tour de France stage and Impey was second. Steve


Cummings would have enjoyed a breakaway like this. He had a couple


of goes at the Tour de France. Amazing he even got to the event


after the crash he had earlier in the year. I didn't think he would


make it back. He came back and made both national trials. Got to the


Tour, didn't quite manage the stage and got caught up in the GC battle.


He chose a hard stage to try and win. With about 30 kilometres he was


on his own in the lead. But that final climb was too tough. But great


to see him animating the race and he won the national Championship in the


Isle of Man before the Tour in the road and the time trial, coming back


from a nasty injury. That has no doubt secured his place in the Tour


de France. Who knows if that affected his base form going into


the Tour. 18 seconds. It is not changing this gap. It is not as if


the peloton are sitting up. They have seem to be getting organised


and you can see riders coming up and rejoining the peloton. The attacking


has stopped. The last of the hills is behind them and they're starting


to think about a sprint finish. The riders are thinking I'm not going to


get away. I will go into the service of my team mates. So the chase is


getting organised. For me in races, as a spripser or a - sprinter when


there was one hour left, it was that mental Triggs hear the says, OK, you


have worked so hard for so long, it is only one hour more of pain, can I


do this. That is when you demand the team bring the break back, or you


feel good, you may have suffered and thought it is too hard, that


triggers at one hour to go is important. You learn to break the


race up into chunks. I would count in kilometres and then the type goes


quicker. It is incredible how much you can suffer in a race, but when


you get inside that one hour you feel good. You can smell the finish


line and all the pain is behind you. No matter how hard it will be in the


last hour, the finish hour is less than an hour away. People wonder why


sprinters are off the back and not contributing, they think you're


bluffing, but you're going through that much pain, they say how did you


come good, you must have been bluffing, but with sprinters when


you can smell the finish line is closer, your body goes to another


level. It is a different energy source for sprint and we see riders


hanging on and they switch to a different energy source, burning


lactic acid. These three are extending the lead. This is our


first look at the chasing formation behind and we are not seeing a team


come together and boss this one. This might be confidence, with less


than 30 seconds gap, they think they have it under control, but it is not


to be taken lightly with riders of this class up the road. You may be


called, Chris, that this is possible, to take it to the finish.


I will still go with the fact that the sprint teams will come to the


front. It is a fast run into the finish. The thing about the sprint


is, the sprint is very difficult to judge. The roads are so wide. They


will have a few sprint trains going and if something happens on the


right side of the road and you are on the right side of the road, it


can all be over. When there are a few corners coming into the finish,


you can control it more, but the white sprint finish makes it


difficult to judge. We just have the double bend as they come round


Admiralty Arch. It is probably the widest road that any of them will


ever race on. We have not seen so much in the way of sprint trains


this year, funnily enough. We expected and wait for it to happen,


but we have seen a lot more individual sprinting and people


finding their own way, which makes it more interesting for us. Mark


Cavendish heavily relies on Mark Renshaw and some other team-mates


for a sprinting, but other sprinters, especially in our team,


we have Giorgio Bronzini, who jumps from wheel to wheel. Like Robbie


McHugh in use today back in the day. A freelancer. Riding on the


coat-tails of others. Sometimes you need to be able to do that. Dan


McClane, the British rider, needed to do that in the Tour de France,


trying to get into some sprint trains. He writes for a smaller


French team that do not have the firepower to do it for him. He has


certainly shown another in the sprints in the Tour de France to


suggest that if he had a strong team around him, he could maybe deliver


some good results. The league is being eroded. It is a little under


20 seconds. I think they would need a minute with 15 kilometres to go if


they were going to have a chance. The confidence is building in what


has become the peloton again. This will come down to a mass gallop. It


looks that way. BMC are prominent, up towards the front, Katusha with a


rider on the front of the peloton. BMC putting some riders in there as


well. Just looking at the squad, Drucker is the main man, the rider


from Luxembourg who won a couple of years ago. Stefan Kung is also a


strong young rider, the former world individual pursuit champion on the


track. At the front of the race, it is Matteo Trentin followed by Jasper


Stuyven and Daryl Impey. The rider from Italy on the front. Stuyven and


Impey from South Africa. They are just going over the M25. Traffic is


flowing freely. Little traffic report for free. If it is flowing


freely, it is mentioning. Often it is not. I'm usually free-flowing.


Just 36.5 kilometres to go. The weather improving all the time. 20


seconds is the official gap we are getting from the race radio as well.


That is accurate, what you're seeing at the top left of your screen.


These three continuing to press on and on the off chance that something


happens to let them stay away. For riders like Trentin and Impey, this


is the chance of doing something. If it comes to a sprint, they will not


be at the front. They are smart riders as well. Trentin knows, this


is the opportunity I have, the only one I can create today. We may as


well get stuck in because the only other option is to wait in the


bunch. He is clever. You have always got to like riders who are prepared


to try and animate the race. Let's go back on the road with David Mele.


Hopefully you will be able to show as the gap in real terms between the


trio at the front and the chasing peloton. What you do not see on TV,


these are the three riders about to come by. Matteo Trentin is on the


front. And Jasper Stuyven and Daryl Impey. Driving forward. You do not


see the howling tailwind on TV. It will give them hope. It is one of


the reasons the peloton will not give them so much time. Although the


distance is quite big, there they are coming round the corner. Four


teams are contributing, Team Sky, with Tao Geoghegan Hart back on the


front, BMC, Sunweb and Katusha. Four teams are chasing. They know they


cannot give the breakaway any room. When it is a tailwind with three


riders that strong, they can have such an advantage. Distance wise it


is quite long because they are going so fast, 55 kilometres per hour, it


is flat out. They will not give them any room at the moment. Flacco


chasing on the road towards London. Interesting that Katusha are


contributing, one of the four maintains that David was saying was


contributing. In perhaps that suggest that Alexander Kristoff is


feeling good. At his best, he would be one of the riders at the front.


Yes, disappointing Tour de France for him. He did not come close. He


was thereabouts in the sprints but he did not take a stage. He will


want something out of the remaining part of the season. 177 was Elia


Viviani from skies who won a gold medal in the Yonny on the track one


year ago. -- in the omnium. He has won about four stages in the Tour of


Britain, including one in London. Trek-Segafredo are lining the team


at bank Katusha. It looks like it is getting organised. Despite having so


many riders, Sky, they just have Tao Geoghegan Hart at the moment


contributing to the chase. They feel it is under control and they will


press everybody else into service with about 15 kilometres to go. With


so many riders from Trek-Segafredo at the front of the peloton, it will


not make things easier for the leaders. The comfortable, Ian


Stannard is held in reserve, a big engine, waiting until it is time to


go to work. On this flat terrain, you can sit in the wheels and be


confident. You can see how much easier it is to sit there, virtually


freewheeling when the 20 riders back, compares to these three are


absolutely driving. There is no letup et al. 22 seconds is the


current time gap. Chris, in your opinion, what could we expect the


lead out order to be for Elia Viviani of Sky? It is hard in


women's cycling to find that last lead out rider that you can depend


on. Those riders have to be a sprinter in their own right,


superfast. You often find that a rider that is fast enough to win a


race does not want to be the last man in the lead out, they want the


opportunity for themselves. I am not sure they will go in that direction.


Looking at the make-up of the team, it might be about making sure that


we get there and they will let Elia Viviani find his own way. They will


not be the team that tries to close it down the last few kilometres, and


then they will use the trains of the other teams. -- they will be the


team that tries to close it down. Mark Renshaw has been a superb lead


out man for Mark Cavendish. But he is a very good rider in his own


right and the did come a point where he did go off and do his own thing


for a little while but he found it harder to get those big victories


and take the extra step and the responsibility of it. The


responsibility is massive. If you have a team meeting, there might be


several riders in the team that say they never get opportunities. If you


say, who is feeling good today and once the team to ride for them? You


will find that not many riders have the confidence to put their hand up


and say, I want the team to work for me. And even if Mark Renshaw has the


physical ability to be a world-class sprinter. Riders need to step away


from that role of lead out man at some point and have a go, see how it


goes. That is one of Mark Cavendish's great qualities. It is


about delivering. He has done it time and time again. He is able to


take that responsibility on board and be the kind of leader that other


riders want to ride for, because of the way he responds to them. Because


he wins. Because of the way he deals with them? The team get caught


badger team gets confidence when you believe. We have seen it with


Sunweb. If you do all the work and the person you're working for


delivers the result, it is a fantastic feeling to be part of that


team. It is something I could not be myself but I can feel proud to be


part of this. You can see coalitions forming very quickly and becoming


very tight. As a sprinter myself back in the day, I had some very


wise advice that did not sink in until after my career. Giorgia


Bronzini said to me many years ago, I was very introverted, and I spent


a lot of time in my room. She said, when you need the support of the


team, you also need to invest time in personal relationships. It is


different in men's cycling. This is back when women's cycling was not so


professional and riders were not paid to do a job, it was for the


Passion of it. I realise now it is important for a sprinter to spend


time with their team-mates, give them confidence and talk to them


about how you are feeling. It is important to build those


relationships when you have to ask your team-mates to lay down the


line. We saw that with the Astana team in the Tour de France. They


simply did not like each other. The fact they were being paid hundreds


of thousands in some cases did not matter. They did not like each other


and when it got tough, they were not bothered about the result. Let's go


back to someone on the road to one a your race is back in the day, David


Millar is back with the leading riders. The gap is back to nearly


half a minute. It is the peloton, not the leading riders. The chase


has fallen to pieces. Slow down. There is only one Katusha rider


left. Sunweb have pulled out, even BMC. They are blocking. A Quick-Step


rider went up. Trek-Segafredo are the chase. About two kilometres of


all, all the riders did pay loss. On Sunweb rider is left on the front.


All the teams are running out of team-mates to do the chasing. What


they do have left, they want to save it for the final lead out. In the


meantime, the three strong riders up the front, normally they would not


stand a chance, but because of the tailwind, they do. Sunweb have tried


to call the bluff, but it has been called. The Katusha rider cannot do


it on his own. It has got very interesting. The peloton is getting


desperate. I noticed that all the Trek-Segafredo riders all went to


the front of the peloton, presumably they went up there too disruptive


thing that was going on. Yes, showing dominance. It is showing


morale and the fact they are ready to counterattack if they are caught.


It deters the whole chase. Before Trek-Segafredo sitting up, you add


all these team-mates sitting up and they go back to do the rotation and


instead of another person coming in, a Trek rider comes in and starts the


rotation. They were not doing anything wrong but interrupting the


chase to the point where the other team-mates started giving up in


front of them. Katusha was left with one rider and four Trek-Segafredos.


It is a Classic old school technique to make the time gap glide. There is


only two Katusha riders. One Sunweb rider. Three riders against three


riders are out of sight. Those three riders are not strong enough to


chase those guys with this tailwind. Trek-Segafredo keep holding the play


is hoping to block what is going on. In the meantime, Trek are doing the


same. It is an interesting tactical situation. The team mate -- the


team-mates of the sprinters will have to come up and commit to the


chase. I cannot see those three riders and it is a long straight.


These guys will know this and that is the advantage when you have a


tailwind. The rat terminal velocity. We are doing 67 kilometres per hour


and we are doing the same speed as them. Brilliant pictures from David


Millar out on the motorbike with the pilot doing a fantastic job as well.


The race is flat-out back to London. At the moment, it seems to be


benefiting those at the front. We talked about the size of the teams


earlier, which is changing the dynamics to the race. You have nine


riders in the Tour de France, we are going to seven riders. It changes


things. You can influence the race but you cannot control it. Everybody


is finding that out. They are playing brinkmanship, watching the


kilometres takeaway. These are the three high-quality riders. The three


that are chasing are not good enough to bring them back, with all due


respect. It has gone to well over half a minute. Because of the


quality we have got at the front and the weight is panning out behind,


normally you would not give them a chance with this sort of gap and


distance from the end. With the likes of Greipel and


Viviani they're teams that we would normally see at the front. That is


why the prediction was it would come back to a sprint. But in the case of


Kristoff, he seems to have reacted to the disappointment of Tour de


France better than say dprie pel. We have -- say Greipel. I wondered how


Kristoff would feel, he had a heavy fall. Presumably Greipel's team are


saying, we will see if somebody has pulled it back. If he bluffs, I


think people will believe it. But I think it will come down to a sprint,


despite it being 35 seconds. But we have seen Sky have sent somebody up


and still not gone through in fourth position now. So everybody looks


like they're about to contribute, but only Dave can see on the ground


they're present, but not actually working through. We are seeing one


rider riding on front and everybody else is waiting. We have seen a


quick shot of the back of the chasing group and Sunweb seem to be


all positioned together, bar that one rider. That may mean they're


getting ready to come to the front and it depend how Michael Matthews


is feeling. Even if he did struggle over the climbs, he will now get


that adrenaline and start to feel good. You used the word feel, that


is what it is. Only the riders can feel the gap and think, what is the


gap, how is it changing, how do I feel. Behind in the peloton the


teams are starting to get tomorrow and form up. Tha get together and


form up. They have drawn together just waiting to do something. I


still think it is going to happen. But it made a fascinating race. We


are looking at a drag race back into London. As you can see, the rider


from Katusha Alpecin has not got in here. It looks like Tao Geoghegan


Hart, who did a lot of work earlier. But clearly he has a second wind.


That is the straw he has drawn for the day. The helicopter gives you an


idea of the speed. But it is still not fast enough as the break creeps


clawing away and grabs another second and another one. It is


stable. But it is a big gap that they have got now with 24 kilometres


to do. -- to go. You can can see to the front of peloton sub Wen --


Sunweb are lined up and they have directions. The fact they're


together and moving to front of the peloton, they're having confidence


in Michael Matthews and we will see them move to the front. If they have


to. A lot of teams play the mental game and wait to see who will take


on the chase. 35 seconds with just under 24 kilometres to go. We will


see some of the teams who are having sprinters that feel good move to the


front. Half an hour of racing remaining. And it is all but flat


all the way back here. Just that climb up through Wimbledon to the


common before they then head back down through Putney and over the


river. While we are watching the race unfold, we still have riders


coming in from the RideLondon event. We are in Kingston, that is another


good place to watch the classic. One of the few places you can see the


race on the way out and the way back. It was a key spot in the


Olympics for the time trial. Remember the day Bradley Wiggins won


the time trial. . Well sheltered from the wind among these buildings.


It will get more densely populated as they head to the Mall. Beautiful


shots of the Thames. One more sprint to come at Wimbledon, the fifth and


final sprint. But it is all about who is going to win the race itself


today now. These three have been mopping up the points. But I don't


think they will even flinch as they approach the line. They will roll


through and focus on the effort at staying away. They have lost some


ground. 28 seconds now as perhaps as a result of these bends. I would


estimate they're ten minutes from Wimbledon now. And the run-in to


central London. A big crowd waiting on the Mall, all the way up


Whitehall as well. I wonder, because they have a cut off for other people


in the big mass participation rides this morning and there is still a


lot of people rolling over the line. But at some point they're going to


have to say, I'm sorry and divert the remaining few off the road so


that the race can come through. Considering we are half an hour


until they arrive, that will be soon. We haven't seen anything like


a broom wagon coming through. Trentin in the blue and white is a


two-time stage winner in the Tour of France. Stuyven there. He is in the


red and black. As they head near Hampton Court palace and Daryl Impey


from South Africa racing for Orica-Scott. They're half a minute


clear of the peloton. That was the scene of the closing moments of the


time trial in the Olympics. You remember the pictures of Bradley


Wiggins sitting on that throne, giving the victory sign. What a week


that was. Coming so soon after his victory on the Champs-Elysees in the


Tour de France. They have lost nearly ten seconds. Let's go back on


to the road and join David Millar at the back of the peloton. We are just


coming by now. Ben Swift had a puncture. UAE has two team mates.


Team Sky, Viviani is there. Orica-Scott are there. That is the


reason we are not seeing some of the teams on the front helping with the


chase, they have no team mates left. It is getting desperate. Katusha are


flat out and even here, it is up close and personal, but this is a


hard run-in. Especially with a tail wind. I remember with the Olympics,


you can't underestimate the effect. It is a flat out chase. It is due to


this howling tail wind and the strength of the riders at the front


and only one or two team may wants can commit to the chase -- team


mates can commit to the chase. It is a pursuit between the left over guys


and the guys who have been chasing for a long time and behind those


four chasers you have the Bmc and Quick-Step. We will come back. Bmc.


Five riders. Sunweb, four. Five for Trek-Segafredo and only three people


chasing. Only two Katusha riders and one Sunweb. Three versus three. That


is not enough at the moment. More people need to join in, don't they,


Chris? I looks to me as if they're playing brivengmanship --


brinkmanship and people can get involved in the chase. We have seen


do this and time it wrong and not make the bridge. It is a fascinating


run-in. Races can be boring, they're flat and you can wait for a sprint.


But we haven't seen that, we have seen some proper racing and we have


the new points that are coming in, being this one of major races in the


season. So it is important for everybody. It was up close and


personal. I thought Ian Stannard was going to have a chat with him!


Inside the last 20k and it is still 25 seconds. In your opinion, Chris,


at this point of the breakaway riders, will they be pushing on the


pedals with 100%? Yes right now they have got, there is no thinking about


the finish. They have put a lot into creating this move. They have got


absolutely nothing to lose and for the moment they are a team of three.


They're their own little team. That will disband inside the last five


kilometres and sometimes the break assassinates itself by starting to


play that game too early. Then they can get swamped. It wis be close. --


it will be close, but I think we will see a lot of people coming into


the chase in the not too distant future. But they have lost more than


10 seconds of their lead. The riders heading for Wimbledon. There is the


chasing peloton. It is certainly strung out. Looks like they're going


over the A3. People are strung out and feeling confident that nothing


will disrupt the flow and I don't have to fight to be closer forward A


lot of riders are comfortable and waiting to get to the finish.


Because their opportunities have gone and in some cases their job is


yet to start. This is the Prudential RideLondon classic. Just 18


kilometres remain. We are on the Mall beside Buckingham Palace. It is


a World Tour event and the first time Britain has hosted it own men's


World Tour events. Yesterday we had the first women's World Tour event


with the Classique, that was also held last year. But the men taking


centre stage this afternoon. Just before we get into the thick of the


final action, it is worth saying you might see some ride wers numbers on


their -- riders with numbers on their bars, they're supposedly going


to close the road at quarter two for the other riders. But they will be


held at the side of the road until the race goes past. This is an


arrangement that has been made in advance. Normally they cut the road


and say that it is. But they will hold them and let them continue.


That is an interesting development. The leading riders are in Wimbledon.


Trentin in the blue and why not. Impey in the naval and Stuyven in


the red and black. Katusha with two lonely riders at the front. We have


had a strong indication that Kristoff must be feeling good. A


committed effort. Michael Matthews, Viviani, is there any other


sprinters we should look out for? Possibly Sam Bennett. Of course we


have mentioned him. My favourite for the day. It is hard to tell, because


it is so kwied and there is a lot of room to -- wide and there is a lot


of room to manoeuvre. Once you're in London it is flat and you get


shelter. We have seen some surprise wins here. So I think Greipel is


still in with a chance. Because it is not suited to a clean leader, he


could jump wheels and be there. It is a really, because of the wide


sprint and you can do it without a team, dprie pel is such -- Greipel


is such a strong sprinter, if you make a mistake, you can correct it.


We have seen that in the past with the women. It is a strong sprint.


Sunweb starting to get involved again. They sense they're close


enough to the finish and to the three ahead. It is 15 seconds. I


think that is the end of it. They're back in sight and they know they're


in control of the race and these three, they can overhaul them when


they need to. It is almost certainly going to be a bunched sprint here


now and the peloton, the confidence has let them tangle and starting to


assemble. Rather than getting on the front, they will be doing just


enough to keep it at this distance. The two riders from Katusha have


helped to make the difference and they have not had a lot of help from


elsewhere for a while now. These three will know that the peloton is


not too far away. It is a big distance and that will stake some of


the enthusiasm out of the efforts as well. We have two Katushas at front,


and Sunweb and Quick-Step have some riders up to front end. Katusha have


taken control of the chase and done a superb job. They will have the


director telling them coming into RideLondon it is important for us,


the disappointment of not winning a sfaj at the Tour de France. But it


could be Kristoff saying I'm up for this. It has been, the Katusha team,


that have taken up the chase. Sometimes that pressure for a


sprinter that your team has done so much work it can work both ways and


you get too nervous you don't want to let them down, or you say I have


to finish this off. Daryl Impey has not been able to


hold the pace on the climb up to Wimbledon Village. I know this road.


It is quite a drag. He has got the message in his ear, it is coming


back, less than 15 seconds. He was driving it over the top of the last


climb. He is paying for that effort now. These two are persisting. The


passion of before seems to have ebbed away. They know that they are


almost certainly destined to be caught. Despite that, Jasper Stuyven


still looks pretty good on the bike. He is certainly very fluid, really


stylish. Both of them are. These twists and turns, it would help them


if they were going to persist. It is hard to get a real chase happening


behind. People tend to be penned in position through the bends. What is


it like on the road? We just came up the little falls flat that would not


be an issue, and it is ready Ian Stannard attacked last year, behind


Geraint Thomas. It is Jasper Stuyven and Matteo Trentin left. Nobody


would have seen Trentin begging for a bottle before. After the initial


attack on Pete Kennaugh, he and Daryl Impey only had the one feeds


on. They never got the gap over one minutes they never had a team car


and there has been no neutral service to give them bottles or


food. That would have been contributing massively. I always --


I almost felt like getting Stewart Poulson, the man who has got me


through today, to go back and get bottles for them. Stuyven has been


incredible, as has Impey. Everyone underestimates the running. It just


wears you down. It is not that hard, but it is very long. It is almost a


60 minute time trial. After a race like this, you cannot complete with


-- you cannot compete with the peloton.


David Millar, the good Samaritan, going back with some Mars bars. He


did not say he did it. He thought about it. We can see the time gap


going out. Is that the result of the peloton not wanting to catch so the


back of? I think it is confidence. They have brought it back, they


realise it can be done, it is a manageable amount, 12 kilometres to


go. I watched this is a non-sprinter and think, it will be close, but


they know their jobs. It is why they get paid a lot of money, they are


professionals, they have a real feel for it


and they know when to go to work. 18 seconds for these two, 12 kilometres


to go, it will start behind soon. If they catch them to rarely you will


get counterattacks and that is what the sprinters teams do not want.


They want them all to arrive together on the line, catch them as


late as the beer, three K to go, but there are still hanging out there.


There is still a glimmer of a chance. I think what we are seeing


is confidence. Sunweb with a wider forward. I cannot see who it is. We


could not get close enough there. Sunweb and Katusha bringing the


peloton bag. Trek-Segafredo just sitting there, they have the man at


the front of the race, Jasper Stuyven. You could see in the


chasing peloton that Trek-Segafredo have lots of riders towards the


front. That would indicate that they would be a team without the pure


sprinter that would go... There are possibly monitoring things, covering


moves, making sure that nobody gets away, helping to disrupt the chase,


raiding in the front, getting in the way. They are getting involved in


this race and waiting to see if anything develops. As you were


saying, I am not sure who the obvious sprinter would be if they


were waiting for that. The man they were hoping to bring to London, John


Degenkolb, not able to make it this weekend. His wife was expecting


their second child at any minute so he reluctantly said, this is too


important for me, I need to stay at home but he would be the back-up man


when Jasper Stuyven and Matteo Trentin are inevitably, one would


imagine, caught between this point and the finish. They would have to


come up with something else. They do have Koen De Kort, who is strongly


dead rider he does not get many opportunities. He is John


Degenkolb's the dead man. That is a good shout. He may be up for having


a go at the sprint. We saw Edvald Boasson Hagen have a go at the Tour


de France because he was not pressed into the service of Mark Cavendish.


He is a very strong rider. We may see that, chances for everybody.


They have strong riders like Edward Theuns as well, who was second in


the worst of Llantrisant, and Pedersen, the National Road race


champion of Denmark in the line-up today. -- who was second in


Flanders. As Chris pointed out, the tactic of Trek-Segafredo, being wall


to wall across the front to disrupt the chase. It is working. It makes


it difficult for other riders to move to the front and do a hard


turn. They have to come the long were in those riders if they want to


move on. What was that? You stay there, I am not coming through. I


have been here for well, Pilling, it is time you got stuck in. 15 seconds


inside of ten kilometres to go. It is really going to come down to the


wire if they continue like this. Ramon Sinkeldam did a big turn on


the front, the Sunweb rider, but he has nothing left to give. It will be


the turn of the two riders from Katusha behind them. Some of the


others might get involved now. It is down to 16 seconds. They have gone


through Putney high Street, just about to go over the bridge where


the boat race starts. We're getting closer to the finish, inside the


last ten kilometres of the race. I find this very interesting that


Sunweb have so many riders in the chasing group, inside the ten


kilometres to go. They have not moved all the riders to the front.


It seems like a risky move is mad dashes Michael Matthews is feeling


OK and wants a chance of the victory. It is risky. Yes, but I


have seen them do it time and time again. I am not sure how they have


the courage to do so. The timing is there. We can see them bunching up.


No one is being so stretched that they could not physically do it. I


think they're waiting. The team directors in the race car can do the


perfect calculations, but one thing they do not know, when they take a


risk like this, is how the riders are feeling. They expect them to get


tired, but the adrenaline lifts in the final moments of the race. Very


interesting to see that a point the kilometres to go, it comes down very


quickly. One of these things very experienced riders, certainly the


likes of Trentin will do, they will ride hard, the peloton will get the


gauge on what it would take to close the gap and they ride under power on


purpose and they get to the last five kilometres, and they suddenly


increase the speed. There is a lag between that information getting


back to the peloton and they have managed to grab another five


seconds. They could be playing mind games. We have not seen Lotto-Soudal


told but we saw them lots in the Tour de France, doing of work on


behalf of Andre Greipel. That has not happened today. Do you think


they are saving it for the end, or maybe the main man is not feeling


great? We had worked before that only two riders from Lotto-Soudal in


the chasing group. There is not much they can do. I am surprised they


have not come to the front. We have not seen them all day. The only two


so they can do nothing but gamble. Greipel probably needs that one


team-mate to be near him unless he needs to be moved up. I do not think


we will see Lotto-Soudal choosing this town. 17 seconds and the


kilometres are ticking down fast. -- chase this down. Even if the teams


were going to let them dangle, it is a long piece of string they have


given them. We would normally see them rotating through but not going


flat out, rather than not being present at all. Sunweb starting to


get themselves ready, ten riders back. They would be the obvious team


to get stuck in. Making no inroads are tall at the moment. Something of


a holding pattern despite the fact we're heading closer to the finish.


6.6 kilometres to go. The look of determination and concentration and


intense effort on the fairest of -- on the face of Matteo Trentin


Quick-Step. Katusha down to one on the front, leading the chase at the


moment. I think that rider has just come out of the Tour de France.


Katusha have done their part in the chase. It seems like Sunweb have to


take the responsibility of the want this to come to a sprint. It will be


close, but perhaps it is a risk not being at the front, chasing this


town, but perhaps it is pure confidence. They have lots of riders


and perhaps they know they have lots left in the legs to really quickly


bring this back. I do not go about the confidence, but mine is wavering


inside six kilometres to go. It is still 16 seconds. These two are not


giving up. You mentioned the face of Trentin. He did not look like


somebody who was absolutely flat-out. Maybe they are saving a


little chat between them, deciding the final strategy. They could kill


this opportunity for themselves if they start to play around to error.


I do not think they will do that, there are very experienced. They


will need to wait until the last 500 metres before they start to think


about the victory. The interaction they had the shows they are on the


same line, they will work together to the finish, they cannot afford to


start playing cat and mouse. 15 seconds, coming down. They have to


go for it because it is that or nothing from the point of view. They


have worked well for a long time on the road. The races heading along


the embankment, along the River Thames, into the centre of London.


Sunweb throwing a wider towards the front, to help out. Some of the


other teams in the last five kilometres will start to stretch


their legs and begin to turn the screw and close in on these two at


the front of the race. It will be close-run, it is a slender


advantage, but the hanging on. Five kilometres to go is a nice of you


smarter to get stuck in and start to chase. Interestingly they just sent


on sole rider up the side to go to the front from Sunweb. That could be


an indication that Michael Matthews wants the team to do a real lead out


for him. They are gambling at this point. When they do come to the


finishing straight, you have got to time your effort well. It is


tempting to go early on a finish like this that look so inviting. You


can see it in front of you, but it is further than you think and lives


can be deceptive when you come through Admiralty Arch. A little


look behind by Trentin. I am not sure if that will help his cause.


They are holding at 15 seconds and it is not a lot of racing left, less


than five minutes. Suddenly what was a slender margin is starting to


become significant, considering the distance remaining. They are holding


steadily as it creeps up and down. Is perhaps some problems with the


GPS but it is certainly not going down. We saw a glimpse of the


chasing group. Orica-Scott coming to the front as a team. That is the


move. Teams are together. Sunweb are well positioned together. 3.7


kilometres to go. They are going to have to come fast. Here comes Sky,


fast up the outside. Sky late, we look -- we got a quick glance, but


they did not seem to be just moving to the front, they looked like they


were moving onto the front. We will be able to go back in a minute. The


time is coming down as they are in the bike lane, which is civilised of


them. Some people say the paint is much faster than the tarmac. That


might be what they are thinking. Quite possibly. It is starting to


come down. 12 seconds. Once they get to five seconds, that will be the


sprint itself. These guys have really got seven seconds remaining


to stay in front. It looks like the timing exercise has been done well


in the peloton. Inside the last three kilometres. Trentin doing up


the zip on his jersey in case they can hang on at the front. They are


just chipping away. They have lost two seconds in the time it took me


to come up with that sentence. It is going down and down, getting tighter


and tighter and harder for a Jasper Stuyven and Matteo Trentin to stay


away at the end of this. They have made it difficult for the peloton.


It has made interesting viewing for us. It looks like it could be over


for these two. The peloton but the timing right. They will come


superfast with confidence. The big teams are together for the


sprinters. In that no team has lined up on the front, it has been ones


and twos from each team. This is the point where you would expect them to


do it. They are whipping back and forwards. They will not be working


on time gaps on the radio, they will be doing it visually. They can see


this page in front of them and our motor bike. Just to kilometres to


go. Orica-Scott have sent lots of riders to the front. -- two


kilometres. The race is very much on Andy Pack is closing rapidly. You


can see the gap. It is not big. Anne, There is still the chance we


will have a sprint. I'm almost certain we will. One kilometre from


me we have two successive left-hander bring them in sight of


the finishing banner. They're just around the corner from us now. They


will do a big U-turn along the river. They're heading into


Westminster and they will have the houses of Parliament on their


right-hand side shortly as the peloton start to turn the screw and


start to open it up and get ready for a spectacular gallop on the


Mall. All the big names will be gathering. Orica-Scott have a few


people, Chris, who will they be working for the sprint? They have


options. I'm interested to see whether we will see a sprint at all.


With a minute to go. The breakaway group have been caught as they go


into Whitehall. A K to go, that is remarkable. What a piece of


brinkmanship that was. With Katusha coming to the front with the red.


Kristoff is their main man. Aqua blue are up there. Bmc with three or


four riders. Matthews has one man and they're not going to try for the


sprint train. They're trying to find their way, getting themselves


positioned before the final two bends. It is Docker making the left


hand turn. They come through Admiralty arch and Mitch Docker with


the lead. The sprint opens up. The rider from Bora has Bennett on his


wheel. Matthews is further back. Drucker as well was eighth or tenth


in line. It is a long sprint. Where is Greipel? Viviani tries to make a


move. And Kristoff hits the front. Bennett against Kristoff. They come


up to line and it was so, so close as they cross the line. But


Alexander Kristoff may have got it. I think you're right and he needed


that win. Such a disappointing Tour de France for him. If we have that


confirmed he will be delighted. Looked like Cort was involved from


Orica-Scott. The riders catching their breath. Here is the sprint,


Bennett was in a good place here. He was, got a good lead and Kristoff


also thought he was the man to follow. Went after him. Bennett


could do nothing about it. Matthews didn't have it. Watch Cort chasing


hard after Kristoff all the way to the line. In the end it was an


excellent for Kristoff. A winner of two stages in the Tour de France.


There he is in the red, had a clear line all the way to the finish. Had


the strength and the power and celebrates the victory here in


London. That was a great sprint by him. Matthews, surprised he wasn't


slightly closer. He too was well positioned through the final bends.


But just didn't have it. Probably had a lot of responsibilities after


the Tour de France. There is Viviani. He started his effort a bit


late and never got on terms with those at the front. Big win for


Kristoff he would have been disappointed with the Tour de


France. But he has come back with a bang. A convincing win. Matthews


held on for third. A deserving win for Katusha. They took


responsibility and believed in their sprinter and I think it was, it is


always very rewarding and satisfying to see a team that takes up the


responsibility to come away with the victory and he did prove that he was


the strongest on the way. They timed it well, bringing in two breakaway


riders, with Trentin and Stuyven, who did so well to hold off the


peloton for as well as they did. The peloton always had the confidence


that they would be able to bring them back and we had the sprint for


the line on the Mall that we were expecting and we have had a very big


name Winner Alexander Kristoff, the Norwegian, a great ride from Cort


and Michael Matthews finishing third.


Drucker having to settle for sixth. The win goes to Alexander Kristoff.


A well timed sprint and a fantastic performance from the team. Mark,


you're edge on the barriers, loving that sprint finish. If anybody knows


thousand ride a finish, it is you. What did you think. There was some


good lead outs. On a different circumstance, you can see the flags,


the wind's blowing, it is a head wind finish. Bora left Bennett on


the front too long. But Kristoff was a long way ahead there. That shows


he had a fire in him to try and win and there was no one going to come


close. Michael Matthews finishing third again. Didn't have the legs. I


think he rode more than having his legs, he rode more on the movement


and followed the wheels. He might be a bit dead after the Tour de France.


You get dead legs and you can deal with the climbs and the distance


better, but the actual punch, the kick against the Tour de France


riders is difference. Here you need that sharpness. Sam's had to go


early. Which normally with 250 it would work, but it is into a head


wind. As you can see, Nielsen has a good run, but Matthews used the slip


stream of the others. That is good after a busy week after getting the


green jersey in the Tour de France. Sepp up there in fourth. You have


two guys in fourth and fifth there is something gone wrong. Kristoff,


perhaps disappointed with the Tour. But it meant a lot to him. Yeah, he


let out a yell when he crossed the line. You don't do that unless it


means something. Katusha committed throughout the day to ride and


showed they had faith in him and that gives you an extra buzz and a


motivation to deliver. When your team's committed to you. It is nice


to see it paid off. Here he is now with Tim. Huge krachations -


congratulations, the peloton timed it well. Was that the tactics. We


didn't come from the free. From the Tour we had one week rest and we


didn't train too much. I had a great party at home a few days ago and


usually I race well after a party. So maybe that is the tactic. A


disappointing Tour, but your must be thrilled to win here. ? Yes I got a


bronze medal in the Olympics, I was struggling in the climbs, but we


managed to chase back, my team members, it was proving hard to come


back. And at the end we did not get much help from other teams, some


helped us a bit. Yeah, at the end we timed it perfect. But there was a


bit on the edge. In the sprint I felt good and Michael delivered me


well. So yeah I was happy to see I could hold behind me. That is it,


talk us through that sprint. It was a narrow corner and it stretches


out. It was no problem going through. On the Bora wheel of


Bennett, I waited for him to start. Because it was a bit windy and I


knew it would be hard. With 200 to go I managed to hold them. That is


always a great feeling to see you're first. It is a long time since the


last time I win in Frankfurt. So sit was a nice feeling to win. Well


done. Thank you. Kristoff winning. We will see him on the podium


shortly. Collecting his winner's prize. Mark he has been able to


carry some form into this. Perhaps that is the way to do it. I guess


so, when you have an easy week, your body tries to get everything it can


back in and sometimes you eat more carbohydrate. We are used to losing


weight and you let yourself go and the body gets the sugars and


carbohydrate in. I'm not a nutritionist, but that is how I see


it. Dave Millar, straight off the bike. Well done. Excellent job.


Chris from commently. We are going to look at the closing stages that


break was away and we wondered if it would stay. Yes I think we saw a lot


of confidence with about 15, 20ks out. I don't know how they do it.


They get a feel for the distance and can see the break and Wen to work.


But Katusha buried themselves and did it a man at a time. Killing


themselveses to keep it in touch. It was quite something to match. That


Mac away made it. And -- that break away made it. It It is the first


time I have seen the finish. I have been in the motorbike. Katusha were


all in. I think every other team read that and they know Kristoff was


desperate to win. They used that as their tactic. Orica-Scott held off


and Greipel only had two riders left with. Even Sunweb are doing well.


But it is scattered. It was surprising, but everyone was so


pinned on the run-in. As you said, the teams were breaking apart and


was hard and there was a lot of wind. Yes the wind, you don't see it


on the TV, but it was howling and that allowed the breakaway to go


further. Ben Swift was racing well. Michael Matthews, even he was spent


too much energy early op. You either go for the sprint or you try and


cover the moves mid race. They paid the price I think. Fantastic to see


the sprint finish. A head wind and it can play such a part in a sprint


finish? Yes it is the difference of 100 metres, if it is a block head


wind you can go a hundred, if it is a tail wind it is a hundred metres


difference. Although it is slightly downhill, it is heavy tarmac and you


don't want to go and kick in a head wind, because you will stick to the


road. We saw that in Sam Bennett in a different day he would have been


in a perfect position. They sit in the team bus and man two goes here


and the lead man goes here. It is stock standard of not thinking about


how to adapt to a situation. And they did that. You see I think out


of everyone Matthews did that the best and used the other wheels. He


knew he would be pushing to it train and win against the pure sprinters.


So he used the wheels to move up and that is how he was going to win. We


still have Michael Matthews in the finish, finishing third again. He


has been talking to Tim. The four man coming in, the green jersey at


the Tour, what were your thoughts coming into the race? I had a lot of


confidence. But unfortunately the legs weren't as good as I would have


liked. I thought I did everything right to be good here. But I guess


after the Tour, you have good and bad days. I was suffering from the


start. My goal was to try and attack on the climb and make the


difference. But I couldn't even do that. I had to try and just survive


to the finish and see what sort of sprint I had left. Talk us through


that last third of the race, it seems like a long slog? I wouldn't


mind the climbs to be closer to the finish. But yeah, unfortunately it


is the way it is. After a hard Tour I have to be happy with third. Plans


for the rest of the season? I'm looking forward to a rest after


this. I kept focussed with training until today and yeah I will go to


Como and have a rest and go to altitude to prepare for the second


half. Thanks. A lovely break for Michael Matthews


coming up. Interesting two-year him say that he felt the hour of racing


after the last climb is tough. It makes a difference? He is such a


good climber in his own right never mind amongst the sprinters. He likes


it as hard as possible. When we saw the rays split on the last two


Hills, he was on the front group but he would have been made up if it had


stayed as a small group and heated sprint from this. It was always


going to be a 60 minute running. It changes the race. Coming out of the


Tour de France, I wonder if it has caught up with him. He fought hard


to get the green jersey. He has had lots of responsibility since. He was


well positioned coming into the sprint but he did not have the


likes. If this race was 300 kilometres, ye would still be the


same after 300 kilometres. The Tour de France does something to you. You


get this incredible endurance but your body is limiting itself, it


will not let you damage it like it can. The peak for the sprinters is


not close to what it can be when the press. They can do it after a or 300


kilometres. There we are. Brian Cookson is on the podium. We will go


through the formalities with Simon Brotherton.


I saw Brian Cookson at lunchtime recovering after his 100 mile ride


in the sportive today. Michael Matthews, third today. The green


jersey winner in the Tour de France this year. Three times he has won


stages in the Tour de France. He won twice in this year's race. One of


the star names leading into the weekend. Representing the team of


Orica-Scott, Magnus Cort Neilson. He come up with a really good ride,


with a good lead out training in front of him, the 24-year-old Ben.


He won a couple of stages of the Vuelta a Espana, the grand Tour in


Spain, last year. He was second in the could of Denmark, his home Tour


as well. He was not far behind today's's winner either. And now,


the winner. From Katusha Alpecin, Alexander Kristoff. Alexander


Kristoff, he was on the podium five years ago at the Olympic Games


having claimed the bronze medal. The race was won by Alexander Vinogradov


ahead of Rigoberto Uran. Today, he is on the top of the podium. The


Norwegian has a superb sprint. He has some big victories in his


career, Milan-San Remo, the Tour of Flanders as well. A couple of stages


in the Tour de France as well, but they were three years ago. As he set


himself, he had not won any races for well this year, so smiles all


around. They lose the podium, Alexander Kristoff winning this


year's Prudential RideLondon London-Surrey Classic. That is the


formalities done. He looks pleased to be on the top step of the podium.


If you have joined us, that is the climax of the Classic. We have seen


Alexander Kristoff take the top step on the podium but they have been out


for several hours, 183 kilometres this race, so we will look back at


how it developed. You were right amongst it, David. Let's look at how


the race unfolded. This race is very fast leaving London, an big roads.


It took a while for this group to go. It was more by chance. Most of


the peloton was happy with this group of five. They have already


lost two riders, the AG2R rider was lost on the first climb. He did not


have the likes. The peloton sat up and took it easy. Normally that


would last for about 90 minutes. Elia Viviani had a problem with his


shoe and got it fixed. I am not sure what that was about, it was not a


crash. That is some skill, changing your shoes while still on the bike.


He did it easily as well. Not the first time he has done that. That


was the highlight of the first few kilometres. On the first climb, the


group of five became three. Sprinting for points, the Lotto


jumble rider. -- Lotto NL-Jumbo. They wanted to make the race as hard


as possible. Pete Kennaugh goes. You can see attack. Matt Teale Trentin


goes. He saw it coming. Ben Sweat goes as well but he could not hang


on. Michael Matthews went, and it is interesting how this move developed.


Regardless of what race you were in or where you were in the overall


picture, this was the territory that those guys performed on. You just


said that something was going to happen and then Pete Kennaugh went.


You can see the body language of the riders, how aggressive it was. This


is it -- this is exactly Arjen Robben attack last year. There are


so few places in the race will you can make it hard. You have to choose


carefully and nearly perfectly. That is what Team Sky did but they could


not follow it through. Did they have so much confidence that Viviani was


going well that they wanted to make the race harder to get rid of the


other top sprinters, or did they have little faith in Viviani and


they wanted to go with a different option? We will have to get that


answered post race. I could not tell if they were trying to reduce the


amount of work they did and setup breaks. This is where Daryl Impey is


lost with about 20 kilometres to go. Jasper Stuyven ridged across on Box


Hill. He looked imperious. He did it with such ease. The chase did not


stand a chance. More teams the weaponry at the front and that is


what happened in the end, they did not stand a chance. This is the


finish, coming under Admiralty Arch. Over the line, and Alexander


Kristoff, so strong into the headwind. You can see Viviani on the


outside, Sam Bennett, we talked about him being in the mix, but it


was Kristoff you had the strength at the end. You see how quickly guys


were sitting down in the sprint, people sitting down sprinting. You


do not see it with the first few until the end but when people are


sitting down it means it has been a hard race. It is a fight to the


line, resilience. Not often that happens, especially in a flat race.


Let's look back at who has won the race in the last five years, since


it began. Kristoff has now joined this list. Arnaud Demarg, back in


2013. Tom Boonen winning in similar style


to Alexander Kristoff today, a big strong sprinter. Yes, if the race is


played out like it was, it makes it into a sort of Classic sprint. It is


not a flat outright race, although the course might look like that on


paper. The middle section, small roads, up, down, left, right, if a


team like Sky attacks, it makes it more of a Classic than a sprinters'


race. It is hard to win the race there, but it is the part where you


definitely lose the race. It dictates how you will feel for the


final sprint on the Mall. Let's hear from somebody else in the race


today, he was out in the breakaway for some time. Matt Teale Trentin


has won the sprint jersey as a result.


Congratulations, the sprint winner here. How do you feel? Good and bad.


It was a good consolation prize because we tried really hard to win


the race. One kilometre too short. The peloton either timed it to


perfection or got a little bit lucky. They cut during the last


kilometre, talk us through it. Without Daryl Impey dropping from us


on the Wimbledon climb, we would probably make it to the finish. That


time it was all or nothing, so we kept a good pace on the climb. It is


what it is, that is cycling. We hope it will be better next time. How


hard is it been out at the front of the race day? It is pretty hard. The


breakaway was never so big. In the beginning it was only me and Daryl


Impey. Then Jasper Stuyven came across. We rode strongly to London.


Just a little bit too short. Massive congratulations anyway for winning


the sprints. Well done. Thank you very much. So, that was Matt Teale


Trentin, a long day in the saddle. But he got the sprint jersey as a


reward. I do not know if it is a reward. It is a consolation prize.


-- that was Matt Teale Trentin. It was a sprint that could have suited


him. He will wonder why he did not wait. I am always amazed when you


see a breakaway like that and the peloton chasing them down. It is


almost as though they can judge it to perfection, when they make the


catch. They almost waited until one kilometre to go. They did. It is not


always the case. We have seen it in this race, sometimes they do not get


it right, but 99% of the time they do. What we cannot see on


television, we cannot feel. They can feel how hard they're trying, see


the distance and thing, we have got that. Watching on television, it is


always amazing. You have been in a chasing peloton looking for a sprint


finish in many races. How much communication is there between the


teams and riders? It depends on the teams going for it. For us, already


years, we have not had much help in the sprint. When you set your plan


at the beginning of the race, you make it like, no other team will


help, then if they do help, it is a bonus. There are teams that are


notorious for not riding. Orica-Scott, for instance, they


always have a massive lead out at the end but never really control it.


They have a great team, probably the best team in the final for the lead


out, but you need to put that kind of pressure on sprinter to win. I


thrive on guys that have ridden on the front for 200 kilometres for me.


I have to try and that. Most teams will ride, but you cannot count on


everybody. You have just got to hope that people are going to commit. It


is often about organising the chase and your team. That is something you


have done many times, David, your work road captain for Mark Cavendish


when he won the world championship. There are different situations. Some


teams were bluffing today. They could see how desperately to


shareware. Trek-Segafredo seemed in control. It was always about 30


seconds. When you have that many riders, they can always throw more,


the peloton, the problem. They are holding back as long as possible to


throw riders at the problem. They can end up with having to put more


people on because they have left it too late. Instead of riding one


person conservatively all day, they have to put the yard to bring it


back because they have left it late because they have been bluffing.


People always forget, although the time gap is static for so long, what


happens is the breakaway is always slowing down, the peloton is always


speeding up. It look static and in the final phase, it goes down. The


peloton is riding at 70 kilometres per hour. Sometimes it sticks


because the peloton is riding at the pace of


the front know when they have to start juicing. If the front groups


was, the Pelican slows to keep it at that. They maybe stop a toilet break


and start again to keep it that bad so they can leave it to that moment


when they have to start. It gives them a target. We have seen the


winner of the sprint jersey, the overall winner, this is the King of


the Mountains. Congratulations, how does it feel?


Really good. It was a hard day out there. It was a nice day, it was a


nice course and nice legs. It is good. What was the tactic today? We


did not have so many guys at the start. We wanted to do an aggressive


race, be at the front all day so we did not have to work. From the start


I got in the breakaway. It was a good grip, but unfortunately two


fell away pretty fast. We had to keep going. We knew that the peloton


would speed up. Luckily, I got enough points to win this


competition. Alex takes all my Shanaka finish. A quick word on your


team-mate. You must be pretty pleased for the whole team? From


what I hear we did a good performance. I did not see the last


half of the race. I did what I could when I was in the peloton, I did


some pulling, but I eventually fell off. From what I hear it was a nice


team performance. To win this race is massive, it is a World Tour race.


We can be nothing but satisfied. Many congratulations.


Thank you. King of the Mountains, Katusha desired -- delighted to see


Alexander Kristoff winning the race in London. It will be interesting to


see what he thinks of the world championship course. That is in


Bergen. Rochelle Gilmore has joined us. That is coming up in Norway in


September. It could suit Kristoff. Yes, and today will give him


confidence. He will take lots of confidence from victory in this


World Tour race. It was a well-deserved win because his team


took responsibility. They had confidence in him. It is satisfying


to see when a team takes it up and do the majority of the chase. The


team's sprinter is able to pull it off and it was a satisfying victory.


The World Championships was perhaps one of the goals for you, to go to


Bergen. Do you think it could be a course to suit you? You're not


writing it off yet? It is not a course where it doesn't


matter your weight. It is not such a hill that a climber will win, like


Chris Froome will win. Like the Olympics here, I know I can do it.


But I have got to change my body shape and strip a few kilos off. I


have to get fit fist first. I know Britain has some great guys bike Ben


Swift that, course is suited to him. It has a little climb. That doesn't


make it great. But you know we can be one of the dominant teams in the


World Championships. You mentioned Ben Swift. Here he is. I think when


I sat down at the he start of year, I split my year into three and I


enable myself to go well for longer periods of time in the surrounding


races. I think the world's with Britain we have a, the possibility


to have a strong team. Every World Championships we have somebody that


could target. This year the course lends itself to a lot of guys in


Britain, so we can go with a good chance with an open team. I don't


think we need to sit on the front and dictate the race and we can go


and try and race and have won and by having fun and racing our bikes, we


get the best results. We have a lot of guys that can race like that. The


World Road Championships in Norway in September. That is the next


cycling on the BBC. Rochelle you will be us with. For the women's


race may it suit Lizzie? Yes we have heard a lot from the teams. It is


not a pure sprinters' course, but a sprinter could possibly get around.


So people like Lizzie, she has come into good form and the fact she


didn't ride here yesterday means she is targeting the World Championship


and doing our build up and I think she has a very good, she has a great


sprint and can be with the best of the climbers and stronger riders. I


think she would be one of the favourites. Then there is a long


list of women who could win. Eleanor Barker is keen to tackle the time


trial. Yes it is great that she has this opportunity in the middle of


the Olympic cycle to focus on the the road and the individual time


trials. Even if she is not in the top three, it will be interesting to


see where she is at to see what she is capable of. We are interested to


see how she will go. An interesting course as Mark says, it might suit a


strong sprinter. Do you have your eye on anybody. I don't, it is still


some way away and you have to see how people come out from the Tour de


France. Kristoff was disappointing in the Tour. But a course like that


is good fun. There is a climb. Those things make it hard enough that you


are not sure. That makes for an exciting race. And what makes I


difference, in the Tour de France you have nine riders per team, the


worlds is different and you have to qualify. Some teams have nine


riders. Some teams, maybe some guys with say Peter Sagan, he is the best


in the world, but this is a different ball game in terms of


tactics. It could be a cures for him. I have seen him win the last


world title on the right of him. I didn't know! As I was saying those


words, I was feeling the pain. You have made your peace with him since


after the Tour. But it is the type of course that would suit Peter.


Every course suits Peter Sagan, that is the problem the rest of cycling


has. I would like to see a straight up sprint between you. Now last


night. We saw the classic. It also came to a sprint in the Classique.


Here is how it unfolded. Rivera working her way to the front. They


splash their way along The Strand. Here is the key turning point and


somebody's shot up the inside and stole an march. That was a handy


nufr. Y manoeuvre. Was it the sprinter le Pisto. They're taking


control of this. But Kirsten Wield on the outside. We have got all the


big names up here. Bronzini is there. The world champion is on her


wheel. They go back into Trafalgar Square. Warwick's done a good job.


Next in line they're about to go through Admiralty Arch. They're


looking behind, because I think they're looking to see where Hannah


Barnes is. She is at least half a dozen riders back. Vos is up there.


Wield is there. This is going to be a close thing. Here is the world


champion. The world champion is in a good spot. Coryn Rivera is fighting


to get on her wheel. Rivera is in third. Here they come. Coryn Rivera


hits the front. It is going to be close. But Coryn Rivera takes it on


the line. She timed that effort superbly. That was the first time we


had seen Coryn Rivera hit the front. That is what she is paid to do. She


timed it to perfection to take it on the line in a close sprint. Elated.


It is crazy, it is raining, not the best conditions. But when there is a


goal in front of you you have got to get after it. It was a crazy finish.


A lot of elbows and everything. But you have to keep fighting. Bill


smiles there. -- big smiles. A big win in a tough night. Yes a very


technical race given the race and the hot dog corners made it


technical. Coryn Rivera wasn't seen in the whole race that, means she


had a lot of confidence in her team. They say her success is due to the


strength of her team and specifically van Dijk, she stayed


very relaxed during the race. Another big victory. She won the


Tour of Flanders and she has stepped up and I could see just from her


post race interview she is more comfortable with the winning. That


is expected of her and she is more relaxed. When she won Tour of


Flanders she couldn't believe it. Since then she has won some big


races. We will see a lot of Coryn Rivera. What did you think of the


finish? It was good. You saw it, she is a clever little bike rider and


she is patient and bides her time. They were going early and Coryn's


there using the wheels and moving the wheels and not afraid to stay


sat down and wind her sprint up. And hit at the right time. And it paid


off. We have seen two great races here and we have seen thousands upon


thousands of people enjoying riding their bikes around London and the


two big races, 146 and 100 miles and thousands of people completing that.


Some still just finishing. We have talked to many of the people, all


with their own stories, rying for different reasons and causes one you


may remember, some guys doing it with their dad. They did the fixing


dad ride and they have turned it into the fixing challenge. Tim


caught up with them. My God. How you doing. That was awesome. The worst


bit was the last two miles. They kept saying, we are nearly there.


What is nearly there? What you have got here is yours. Very well earned.


That is fan Tace tick. Tastic. -- fantastic. These guys, dream team,


absolutely fantastic guys. I couldn't have done it without them.


Fixing dad, fibbing challenge, a-- fixing challenge. I want to get


involved next year. Well done. Lovely day. Incredible day,


organisation and everything, spirit there was amazing. He has done


fantastic. Thank you for that. Nothing to do with me. You are a


credit to yourselves and the fixing challenge has been a huge success.


Well done. Hang on we have some family here as well. I'm proud of


you. Big hugs at the end. It is like the marathon when you see people


finishing and the effort they have put in and the training and all are


riding for special causes. You were out reeding in that, it was a great


atmosphere. Yes so inspiring to hear the stories. For me, it was special


to see after the men's race they allowed the people to continue and


finish, because they were wearing the medals that are given for


finishing with a lot of pride and personally it was a real challenge


for me and I have hung my medal up in my hotel and I'm very proud of


it. It is a lovely experience to be out there and I have done it each


year and each year I love it as much as the first year. So it is, it is


one thing you need to put on your calendar is the free cycle the


Surrey 100. The ballot opens on 7th August. If you go to the web-site.


This is a result of the legacy of the Olympics and another one is next


month, the world athletics is coming to London. London. Are you ready? Mo


Farah wins the gold. It is going to be skippers. Usain Bolt. I'm ready.


So Friday 4th August, mark that in your calendars also coming up the


heroes of super-Saturday, cast your minds back the that night in 2012 in


the athletics. That is tonight and triathlon highlights.


Last word to you Chris on this wonderful weekend of cycling. I


think what I enjoy most is I don't enjoy the races, but watching people


having their owned a venture and seeing people -- owned a venture and


enjoying riding. We have enjoyed it. Mark hope to see you back on the


bike soon. We have had a wonderful weekend and we have even had some


sunshine. I hope you enjoyed it and we will see you next time. Bye for


now. 70 years after


the partition of India, discover how their families were


torn apart.


Live coverage of the world's best cyclists battling it out at the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic, part of the UCI WorldTour for the first time this year. It sees 150 of the world's top pro cyclists take on a 187km route through London and Surrey.

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