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Sam Bennett sixth in London-Surrey Classic

Updated: Sunday, 10 Aug 2014 20:38 | Comments

Sam Bennett pictured winning his first  race as pro rider at the Clasica de Almeria in Spain in March
Sam Bennett pictured winning his first race as pro rider at the Clasica de Almeria in Spain in March

Ireland's Sam Bennett finished sixth in the RideLondon-Surrey Classic today.

Bennett was part of an 11-man breakaway group with 50km to go, but failed to keep a pace with the leading five-man group that developed late on.

However, the Team NetApp-Endura man finished strongly to finish first in the chasing group and sixth overall, a significant achievement given that he had to stop for a puncture earlier in the race.

Adam Blythe won the race  ahead of fellow Yorkshireman Ben Swift on Sunday.

Blythe timed his break to perfection to get away from Team Sky's Swift on The Mall, with the pair leading home a five-man breakaway ahead of Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing) and Kristijan Koren (Cannondale).

Bradley Wiggins was part of a powerful Team Sky squad designed to lead Swift to the finish, but his team-mates could not help him over the final 20km once he went away in a break which held until the finish.

Although the rain held off for most of the stage the narrow roads of Surrey remained treacherous following earlier downpours and there were a number of crashes early on.

After an early breakaway group had been caught midway through the afternoon, former world champion Gilbert did much to animate the race as his attacks splintered the leading group until only five remained.

However, his attempts to get free in the final five kilometres failed and it was left to the sprinters on the Mall.

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