Viviani powers to victory in Prudential RideLondon

Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) won the 2019 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic, edging out Sam Bennett (Bora-hansgrohe), as Michael Morkov held on for third.

Alex Dowsett (Katusha-Alpecin), Pascal Eenkhorn (Jumbo-Visma) and Stan Dewulf (Lotto Soudal) clipped off the front early on, and held a three to four minute gap for the first 100km.

Dewulf was the last man standing from the break and eventually succumbed to the catch with 14km to go.

Mike Teunissen (Jumbo-Visma) led into the last 300 meters but then peeled off, with teammate Amund Grondahl Jansen still a few positions back.

A flying Michael Morkov took over at the front with Viviani just behind. When Viviani launched with around 200 meters to go, he had a clear road to the line.

“This was one of five classics I really wanted to win in my career,” said Viviani after the race. “It was really amazing teamwork, with Michael [Morkov] able to finish third. I’m really grateful to them.”

Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic 2019 results:

1Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)

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2Sam Bennett (Bora-hansgrohe)

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3Michael Mørkøv (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)

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4Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo)

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5Amund Grøndahl Jansen (Jumbo-Visma)

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6Giacomo Nizzolo (Dimension Data)

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7Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates)

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8Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale)

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9Jasper De Buyst (Lotto Soudal)

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10Ethan Hayter (Great Britain)

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11Moreno Hofland (EF Education First)

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12Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott)

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13Matthew Walls (Great Britain)

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14Jonas Koch (CCC)

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15Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida)

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16Kristoffer Halvorsen (Team Ineos)

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17Davide Cimolai (Israel Cycling Academy)

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18Ryan Gibbons (Dimension Data)

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19Julien Trarieux (Delko Marseille Provence)

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20Julien Duval (AG2R La Mondiale)

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