26th place for Matysiak in Prudential RideLondon & Surrey Classic

Bartłomiej Matysiak finished 26th in the Prudential RideLondon & Surrey Classic, as Jean-Pierre Drucker (BMC) took the win. 

The 200-kilometer race was held on the similar course as the Olympic race in 2012. After many breakaway attempts early on, a 5-man group emerged in the front. Erick Rowsell, Lander Seynaeve, Riccardo Stacchiotti, Peter Williams and Sander Helven were part of the day’s main escape, which established almost 4-minute lead. It was quickly reduced to only one minute and then it went back up to 2:30.

When it was again less then one minute, few riders from the bunch decided to bridge across. Among them there was Philippe Gilbert, Rohan Denis or Ben Swift, but later other runners joined the leaders.

At the end of the day it was six riders who were in the contention for the victory – Leigh Howard, Kristian Sbaragli, Sep Vanmarcke, Ben Swift, Mike Teunissen and Jean-Pierre Drucker. The former was the fastest on the line and claimed the win. He bested Teunissen and Swift, and Bartłomiej Matysiak was the first “rider in orange” to cross the line. He took 26th, 3:05 back.