Peter Sagan, winner of the green jersey for top sprinter in this year’s Tour de France, will ride the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic on Sunday August 4.
The Slovakian won stage seven of this year’s Tour, and went on to secure overall victory in the green jersey points contest with a 97-point margin over Mark Cavendish.
Heralded by organisers as the biggest one-day classic to be held in Britain for over 20 years, the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic is part of the Mayor of London’s Prudential RideLondon two-day cycling festival over the weekend on August 3-4
The race starts from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, before passing through central London on its way into the hills of Surrey, ad then returning to town to finish on The Mall.
Sagan isn’t the only top sprinter coming to London, Two recent winners of the Milan-San Remo one-day classic, Australia’s Matt Goss and Gerald Ciolek of Germany, will line up, along with Team Sky sprinter Ben Swift. All be hoping that the 140-mile race comes down to a bunch sprint for the line.
Garmin-Sharp’s David Millar is another popular favourite, but the time trial specialist will know that his best chance of success will come from a breakaway on the route through London and Surrey.
Sky Pro Cycling also includes rising star Josh Edmondson, sprinter Chris Sutton and Salvatore Puccio, who led the Giro d’Italia earlier this summer.
The first African rider to lead the Tour de France, Daryl Impey, is also due to ride, as part of the Orica GreenEDGE line-up which looks among the strongest in the race.
Joining Impey is Michael Albasini, one of a pair of Tour of Britain winners on the provisional start list, with Vacansoleil DCM’s Romain Feillu the other.
Alongside Feillu will be 19-year-old Danny Van Poppel, who this year became the youngest rider to ride the Tour de France since 1945 and finished third on the opening stage.
In total 13 of the 150 riders due to start the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic will have taken part in this year’s Tour de France.
One team that didn’t ride the Tour, but is nonetheless significant is MTN Qhubeka. Africa’s first Pro Continental squad, will be led by Ciolek, and also features Giro d’Italia stage winner Ignatas Konovalovas.
“This star-studded field, headed by Peter Sagan, in the first year of the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic is testimony to the international standing of the event and our ambitions for the future,” said race director Mick Bennett. “It is surely the best field ever assembled for the first year of a new one day race.”
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