Adam Blythe wins the RideLondon-Surrey Classic

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Adam Blythe outsprinted fellow Brit Ben Swift to win the RideLondon-Surrey Classic on Sunday.

Blythe was part of a five-man breakaway group that included Swift and Philippe Gilbert. The group stayed together all the way to the finish line on the Mall but Blythe timed his sprint perfectly and Team Sky's Swift didn't have enough to catch him.

Gilbert attempted to escape the group on a climb in Wimbledon but was reeled back in shortly after.

Team Sky will be disappointed with the race result as riders such as Ian Stannard and Sir Bradley Wiggins put a lot of hard work in to make sure their sprinter Swift could be at the front at the end.

Blythe shock

Blythe, on the other hand, pulled off a bit of a shock considering he rides for NFTO who are a third-tier UK domestic squad. However, he only joined them this year after leaving BMC racing.

The Brit admitted it was nice finishing with one of his mates but was pleased he got the victory.

"I've grown up with Ben, so it was nice that two friends crossed together at the end," he was quoted by BBC Sport.

"I'm just so happy that I've won. I couldn't be more thrilled."

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Bad conditions

The elite race took place after amateur cyclists were given the opportunity to take part in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey100. More than 20,000 people completed the course which was supposed to be 100 miles but was shortened to 86 miles due to the bad weather.

High winds, storms and torrential rain caused a lot of problems for the cyclists but the weather didn't stop people making it to the end of the course on the Mall.

Laura Trott, Dame Sarah Storey and Marianne Vos set the riders off at 06:00 and by 17:00, 20,709 cyclists had crossed the finish line.

Despite the weather, the event this year has once again been a success and I believe it is a great way of promoting cycling in the UK. The sheer amount of people in the event shows how much cycling has grown in our country and the fact that the weather didn't stop anyone competing shows how dedicated we are to cycling as a sport.

I think next year there will be more professional cyclists in the race as I believe the event could become a big one day classic in the cycling calendar as it isn't often cyclists can race in and around London.

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