Koch 9th in Prudential RideLondon-Surrey

Jonas Koch sprinted into top 10 in World Tour one-day event, Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic, which saw Paweł Cieślik ride in the breakaway for big chunk of the race.  

Info: July 28th, London – London, 187km

Course: undulating, flat finale

Race welcomed the riders with typical, British weather, with rain and wind, so it was much safer to ride in the breakaway. Paweł Cieślik did exactly that, attacking early on and getting into the 6-man group. They were pulling hard from the get-go, establishing over 7 minutes of advantage with 30km into the race.

Peloton had to react quickly and started the chase 120km from the finish. The gap was being gradually reduced and with 72km to go, when the differential was down to under 1 minute, few riders decided to bridge across to Cieślik’s group, creating a modified, 11-man escape.

With 48km to go, on wet and slippery roads, there was an unfortunate crash in the front and CCC Sprandi Polkowice rider was involved. Thankfully he didn’t suffer serious injuries, but he lost contact with the leaders and returned to the bunch.

The remnants of the break got caught with 6,5km to go and bunch gallop decided the race. Jonas Koch was in the mix and sprinted to a solid 9th place, while Pascal Ackermann got the win, beating Elia Vivani and Giacomo Nizzolo.