— Velon CC (@VelonCC) August 2, 2017
Although on-bike footage is now commonplace among coverage of professional bike racing, it still manages to amaze with an insight into the organisation of riders as they accelerate towards a sprint finish.
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Team organisation Velon regularly posts video footage from the highest-level races captured by cameras installed on riders’ bikes.
Velon released footage of the final two kilometres of Sunday’s Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic as the bunch swept around the streets of the British capital on their way to the finish on The Mall.
What makes the video stand out is that the riders are annotated, so we get to see the teams of eventual winner Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin), second-placed Magnus Cort Nielsen (Orica-Scott) and third-placed Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) jostle for position.
It’s a display of amazing organisation, all done at high speed with little or no room for error as riders shout instructions – and the occasional warning – to each other.
The 2017 edition of the RideLondon-Surrey Classic was the first at UCI WorldTour level, and it attracted a top-level international field of riders.
Despite several escapes and attacks on the race’s mid-section in the Surrey Hills, the peloton came back together for a bunch finish.