Howard sixth from late break at RideLondon

Sun 2 Aug 2015

Former world champion on the track Leigh Howard has finish sixth from a late break at the Prudential RideLondon Surrey Classic today.

Howard represented ORICA-GreenEDGE in the eight-rider move that formed in the last 40km of racing.

After a series of attacks from within, four riders fought it out in a final sprint, Jempy Drucker (Team BMC) the victor. At the end of 200km of racing, Howard finished four seconds behind in sixth position.

“Leigh had a great ride today,” sport director Matt White said. “He saw and took his opportunity at the right time.”

“Once the right group got away, especially one that had all WorldTour team represented, it was always going to be hard for any team to shut down with just six rider lineups.

“In the end he didn’t quite have the legs to contest in the final but he fought on and it was a really good ride.”

How it unfolded:

Contrary to the horrendous conditions of last year, the 2015 Prudential RideLondon Surrey Classic took off for a long 200km day in the saddle in perfect sunny conditions.

An early move of five riders went clear and rode out to a five-minute advantage but as they hit the climbs mid-race, proceedings underwent a shake up.

The peloton split, counters caught the leaders as others dropped back. As the race began to make its way make into the city of London a new group of eight riders formed.

The group, including ORICA-GreenEDGE’s Leigh Howard, had 30seconds advantage with 35km remaining. Shortly after, the peloton sat up and their advantage extended to ensure the winner came from the late move.

As the attacks began from within the group, Sep Vanmarcke (LottoNL-Jumbo) looked like he was going to ride away solo for the win but he began to tire as those who could, chased from behind.

In the end, it was a four-up sprint with Jean-Pierre Drucker (Team BMC) taking the victory. Howard finished behind Krisian Sbaragli (MTN-Qhubeka) shortly after.