Koch 18th in London Classic

Jonas Koch finished 18th after a bunch sprint finale of Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic, which is part of UCI World Tour.

Info: 30th of July, London – London, 186km

Course: flat/undulating


How it unfolded

The breakaway of the day consisted of five riders – Mads Würtz Schmidt (Katusha Alpecin), Julien Duval (AG2R La Mondiale), Twan Castelijns (LottoNL-Jumbo), Wesley Kreder (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) and Iljo Keisse (Quick-Step Floors). They gained over 4 minutes on the peloton, but were never a threat for the race favorites. They were pulled back in with around 80km to go and that catch sparked new attacks, with Peter Kennaugh (Team Sky) going away with Matteo Trentin (Quick Step Floors) and Daryl Impey (Orica-Scott).

Later on Kennaugh got dropped from the trio, but was quickly replaced by Jesper Stuyven (Trek – Segafredo).

The leaders was digging deep to hold off the chasing peloton, but eventually had to let it go inside final 2km. It came down to a sprint, taken by Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin). He defeated  Magnus Cort Nielsen (Orica-Scott) and Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb).

Jonas Koch was the CCC Sprandi Polkowice rider for the sprint, taking 18th place.