After 5th place claimed by Davide Rebellin at Rad am Ring, Jarosław Marycz delivered the same result at HC race, RideLondon Classic. He showcased some outstanding sprinting skills, finishing only behind some sprint specialists.
The 202-kilometer course was almost a replica of an Olympic course from 2012 and included some of the hills which were part of the Olympic race – Leith Hill (first KOM of the day, at 76km mark), Surrey Hill (which will be tackled three times) and Box Hill (final ascent, with the top around 50km from the finish). The initial part was mostly flat and in that section many riders tried to go clear. Eventually a 6-man group broke away, with Jelle Wallays (Lotto Soudal), Jean-Pierre Drucker (BMC Racing), Jonas Rickaert (Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise), Matthew Holmes (Madison Genesis), Dexter Gardias (Pedal Heaven Race Team), Jonatthan Lastra (Caja Rural – Seguros RGA). They stretched out their lead to almost 4 minutes and the gap was being controlled by the UCI World Tour teams.
On the laps around Surrey Hill, with around70km remaining Patrick Bevin (Cannondale Drapac), Geraint Thomas and Ian Stannard (both Team Sky) decided to bridge across. They managed to join the leading group which at that point included only 4 riders – Drucker, Holmes, Wallays and Lastra.
At the last climb of the day, Box Hill Thomas attacked once again and when he looked behind there was no one there. He started his solo journey to the finish, but he had a long way to go, almost 50 kilometers.
He was going full gas, but also the bunch picked up the chase. They kept reducing the gap and with 12km to go it was down to 1:30. Eventually British rider was reeled back inside the final 5 kilometers and it came down to a bunch sprint. Jarosław Marycz made sure to sit on the right wheel and put in a lot of effort to position himself for the final sprint on a wide, straight road. Even though he is not known for his sprinting skills, this time he managed to finish just behind the specialists in such battles. He claimed 5th place, while Tom Boonen (Etixx Quick Step) powered to victory. He outsprinted Mark Renshaw (Dimension Data) and Michael Matthews (Orica-BikeExchange).
I felt good throughout the entire race and I wanted to stay at the head of the bunch. I entered the final kilometer at the front of the group and I just wanted to keep that position. That resulted in 5th place, which gives me a lot of satisfaction, especially if you take under consideration the race’s category and the quality of the riders here. I wasn’t surprised with me performance, since few times I’ve finished among the fastest in my career and I had known that I’m capable of claiming top 10 spot – said Jarosław Marycz afterwards.