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Tom Boonen wins Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic

Former world champion takes sprint after Geraint Thomas solo attack

Tom Boonen of Etixx-Quick Step, who earlier this week announced he would retire from professional cycling after the 2017 Paris-Roubaix in April, has won the fourth edition of the RideLondon-Surrey Classic.

The Belgian outsprinted rivals Mark Renshaw of Dimension Data and Orica-BikeExchange's Michael Matthews on the Mall to take the win, but the peloton had needed to work hard to reel in a solo attack from Team Sky's Geraint Thomas.

The Welsh rider had bridged across to the day's six-man break with team mate Ian Stannard and then launched a solo attack, but was brought back in the closing kilometres.

“I'm really happy to win,” said Boonen. “It’s 10 years since I’ve won in London. It was a hard day as everyone was going bananas all day long. Everyone was fighting for every metre of the road.

“It was only with about 35 to 40km to go that we started to pull back the break and it finally came back together with 5km left.

“Then the team got well organised going into the final corner and I was really happy with my sprint.”

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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