IG London Nocturne 2013: elite men’s criterium – video

Thousands of people flocked to London’s historic Smithfield Market on Saturday (June 8) to watch a packed programme of city centre racing.

The show-closing Saint Gobain Elite Men’s Criterium delivered a hugely exciting climax to the evening.

Alex Dowsett, winner in 2011, and Movistar team-mate, Benat Intxausti, both stage winners in last month’s Giro d’Italia, took on the cream of the domestic peloton.

After 50 minutes and five laps racing around the 1.1km circuit, a stone’s throw from St Paul’s Cathedral, the race was decided in a photo finish.

Team Raleigh’s Tom Scully, nicknamed The Scud, sank Dowsett’s hopes of a second victory with a superbly timed sprint for the line.

Former national circuit race champion, Dean Downing (Madison Genesis), still finished third, despite puncturing in the final corner and sprinting for the line on a flat tyre.

RoadCyclingUK spoke to the men who mattered at the end of a thrilling encounter, getting their reactions moments after they stepped from the podium.

Check out this superb video from Jacob Gibbins for highlights and interviews of another enthralling IG London Nocturne.

IG London Nocturne

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