Tom Boonen thwarts Geraint Thomas to triumph in RideLondon

• 35-year-old Belgian wins despite Welshman’s valiant escape
• Mark Renshaw and Michael Matthews finish second and third

Tom Boonen rolled back the years to win RideLondon after Geraint Thomas’s daring dash for victory was thwarted by the sprinters’ teams.

Thomas selflessly helped his Team Sky team-mate Chris Froome to Tour de France glory last week, and the Welshman scented a win of his own on The Mall, making a 50-kilometre solo escape, only to be reeled in as Belgium’s Boonen won.

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