Classic Finish Line quotes
30 Jul 2017, 7:49 p.m.
Read a full race report of the 2017 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic here.
Winner: Alexander Kristoff, Team Katusha Alpecin
“It was great to win here. After the disappointment of the Tour it’s really nice to bounce back and win in London.
“I knew my body was healing after the crash and luckily I had enough strength in my legs today to win. It’s been a long time without a big win for me and I was so frustrated in the Tour, but I knew my head was there; I just needed to get my legs back.
“I was suffering on the climbs but my team did an amazing job to bring the break back at the end. That’s what we needed to do to win but we’ve not been team racing so well recently.
“It’s great to get it right here because this is a big race now, a WorldTour event and it’s getting bigger. Now it will always be one I can say, when I’m talking on TV, ‘That’s a race I won.’”
Second place: Magnus Cort Nielsen, Orica-Scott
“It was a really hard race today. We raced hard from the beginning. I think everyone felt up for it now that it’s a WorldTour event.
“Many teams wanted to make the part in the middle really hard, because there is an easier hour coming home, so it was really hard out there in the hills.
“All the teams that weren’t in the break were really pushing the pace in the last 50km to try to catch the break.
“I did this race two years ago. It was hard back then too. I felt I was close at the end and I really wanted to win but I’m sure that tomorrow I’ll feel pleased with second.
“I like the race, it’s well organised race with no traffic and great crowds.”
Third place: Michael Matthews, Team Sunweb
“To be honest I felt really bad out there all day. It was not my best day on the bike; I couldn’t do anything.
“I tried to have an easy week after the Tour and I wanted to be really good this weekend, but I guess I’ve still got it in my legs.
“The team was still able to deliver me to the front which was nice. We stuck to the plan and in the end third was all we could get.”
Jasper Stuyven, Trek Segafredo
“We tried! I said before the race that we would attack during the hilly zone and I did but maybe we needn’t some more guys in the front group. At the end when Impey dropped there were only two of us, which makes it even harder. We executed the plan but there weren’t enough people in the group to make it work.
“With 5km to go I thought we could still make it. I talked with Matteo [Trentin] that we should just sprint, no gambling, so we left it all out there. I’m pleased that I did my best.
“It’s a really nice race, and the wind was definitely in our favour today. It was a nice course and a very hard day but I liked the race.”