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August 1, 2016
In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Mollema wins Clasica San Sebastian; Kirsten Wild wins women’s Prudential RideLondon; Boonen speeds in to win Prudential Ride London Classic; Valgren continues Tinkoff team’s overall success in Tour of Denmark; Sergiy Lagkuti wins the Tour of Qinghai Lake; Ulissi beats Yates to win Circuito de Getxo Memorial Ricardo Otxoa; Clarke triumphs on stage three of Volta a Portugal; RideLondon sportif crashes delay pro men’s race; Post-Tour crits: The pro wrestling of cycling; The inner workings of the post-Tour de France criteriums; Transcontinental No.4 has begun; Girdlestone still battling effects of severe crash: ‘The most testing 8 weeks of my life’; Altitude Training Camp 2016 – An Post Chain Reaction
Notching up his second win in the past nine days, Tom Boonen galloped home first at the end of the Prudential RideLondon Classic in London on Sunday, beating Australian duo Mark Renshaw (Dimension Data) and Michael Matthews (Orica-BikeExchange), Jens Debusschere (Lotto Soudal) and the rest of the bunch to the line.
The success follows on from his win on stage one of the Tour de Wallonie on July 23, and shows he has strong form despite not riding the Tour de France.
British team Sky tried to win the race, as expected. Chris Froome wasn’t a major factor but his teammates Geraint Thomas and Ian Stannard were part of a dangerous break, from which Thomas broke clear on Box Hill and built a lead of almost a minute.
He was however reeled in inside the final five kilometres, pacing the way for Boonen’s victory.
“I am very happy,” said the former world champion. “It was a hard race, as everyone was going bananas all day long. I was dropped twice, punctured once and suffered as I chased the pack, but managed to return to the main group every time. It was only with about 50 kilometers to go that we started to pull behind the break and it finally came back together with 5 kilometers left.
“The guys got well-organized going into the last corner and I could launch my sprint from the right side of the road. I’m very happy with how things went and with getting this victory in front of the British fans, who were great as always.”