Sheffield’s Adam Blythe won the RideLondon-Surrey Classic ahead of Rotherham’s Ben Swift on Sunday.
NFTO rider 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).
Sir Bradley Wiggins was part of a powerful Team Sky squad designed to lead Swift to the finish, but his team-mates could not help 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.