History was made in central London on Sunday when Britain’s first ever men’s UCI WorldTour race brought the fifth Prudential RideLondon festival of cycling to a thrilling conclusion on The Mall.
The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic was the last of seven events at the end of a three-day carnival of cycling that was hailed by London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner Will Norman as “the greatest cycling festival in the world”.
Now in its fifth year, the event attracted 100,000 cyclists to the roads of London and Surrey as 28,032 people finished the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 and 46 sportives today.
Club riders, celebrities and amateur pedallers of all varieties were among the 23,438 who completed the longer sportive in warming London sunshine today, many thankful for the drying roads and clearing skies following Saturday’s rain.
One of those was Ben Foster, the West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper who was raising money for Cure Leukaemia in support of fellow shot-stopper Carl Ikeme of Wolverhampton Wanderers. After finishing the 100-mile challenge in just over five hours, Foster tweeted “had a great time today; don’t think Froome will be too worried”.
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