Hectic RideLondon-Surrey Classic sprint revealed by on-bike footage

View inside the peloton in the finale of Sunday's Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic as sprinters and their teams jostle for position

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.

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.

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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.