Fans were given unexpected selfie opportunities with Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas when a backlog of riders from an amateur event briefly halted yesterday’s RideLondon-Surrey Classic.
The professional race was held up by a series of crashes in the RideLondon 100 event which caused congestion at several points along the race for some of its 27,000 participants, and delayed the event’s finish.
Residents in East Clandon, who came out to watch the race, took advantage of the fact some of the world’s best cyclists had stopped in their village.
A RideLondon spokesman said: “This [the stoppage] was done on the advice of police on the grounds of public safety due to congestion in Dorking High Street.
“This was caused by a combination of the delay from the earlier stop when a rider required an air ambulance and other riders who were diverted at mile 44.”
Pro riders were 28 miles into the race when they were brought to a stop. At the time, the breakaway group had a four minute advantage on the chasing pack, which included Chris Froome. Get Surrey has some pictures of the riders here.
Tom Boonen went on to win the RideLondon-Surrey Classic after a 50km solo attack by Geraint Thomas.