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TEAMS ANNOUNCED FOR MEN’S PRO RACE IN LARGEST CYCLING FESTIVAL HELD IN THE UK

Eight of the world’s top teams currently battling for victory at the Tour de France headline the entry list for the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic – part of the largest professional and mass-participation cycling festival ever held in the UK. This new world-class cycling festival will attract over 70,000 cyclists across the weekend and includes some of the world’s top professionals in the newest race in the pro cycling calendar. 

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Defending Tour de France champions Sky Pro Cycling from Great Britain will be joined by teams from across the globe including Cannondale Pro Cycling from Italy, Garmin-Sharp, from the US, FDJ from France, Orica GreenEDGE from Australia, Vacansoleil DM and the new Belkin Pro Cycling Team, both from the Netherlands.  

Although the six-man teams will be finalised later this month, among those that may be considered for selection are Chris Froome, Peter Sagan, Simon Gerrans and David Millar. Professionals taking part will cycle a 140-mile competitive race after 20,000 amateur riders have participated in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 earlier that day. 

To be held on 3-4 August 2013, Prudential RideLondon is expected to give a major boost to the number of active cyclists in the UK, while attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors to London and Surrey.

Iain Edmondson, Head of Major Events at London & Partners, said: “Prudential RideLondon is a key event for the city, delivering on the Olympic legacy promise not only for athletes but also for our sports-captivated nation to stay inspired following London 2012. The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic will be a key event on the global cycling calendar, with the best cyclists in the world descending on the capital a year on from the Games. We look forward to welcoming our visitors, both those competing and spectators, to what is set to be an incredible cycling festival which will entertain audiences across the world through extensive live international broadcast.”

Events on Saturday 3 August are:

Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle - an eight-mile mass-participation ride on closed roads in central London which is free to enter and open to everyone.

Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix – featuring the world’s best women, such as double Olympic champion Laura Trott, as well as junior and hand cyclists competing on a 1.3 mile circuit in and around St James’s Park. It is designed to inspire the future generation of world-class cyclists, as well as providing spectators with the opportunity to witness 2012 heroes in action a year on from the Games.

Events on Sunday 4 August are:

Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 - starting from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, a 100 mile route on much of the 2012 Olympic road race course which is predicted to become the largest charity cycling fundraiser in the world. 20,000 amateur cyclists will tackle the 100 mile route across London and into the Surrey Hills to return for a triumphant finish on The Mall.

Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic – starting from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and following part of the 2012 Olympic Road Race route, this is Britain’s biggest ever one day race, ranked at 1.1 level on the UCI official race calendar, and will see 150 of the world’s best men race over 140 miles of London and Surrey roads with an iconic finish on The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace. To find our more about each event, please read the Event Overview.

There will also be a healthy home interest in the biggest one-day classic to be held in the UK, with six British UCI Continental squads competing, plus the strongly home flavoured NetApp Endura ProContinental squad and a Great Britain national team, showcasing the next generation of home grown stars.

In total 22 of the 25 teams competing in the 140-mile Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic have been revealed.

“There has been huge interest in the event from the top teams,” said Mick Bennett, Race Director for the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic. “The route, which is a variation of that used for the Olympic Road Cycling event with three additional circuits, has been a big draw internationally.”

Sky Pro Cycling heads the team list, joined by the Garmin-Sharp team of British favourite David Millar and Australian squad Orica GreenEDGE, who won a stage of The Tour of Britain on their first visit to British shores in 2012.

The Italian Cannondale Pro Cycling team of Tour de France Green Jersey contender Peter Sagan, the French FDJ squad, Vacansoleil DCM and the Belkin team, who won The Tour of Britain on their last appearance in the UK when riding as Rabobank, will all also be on the start line in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Five UCI Pro Continental teams are also scheduled to appear, including the South African MTN Qhubeka squad which won Milan San Remo with Gerald Ciolek earlier this year, and the Asian registered Champion System squad of Irish National Champion Matt Brammeier.

Further to the six British UCI Continental squads, which include riders like double Olympic champion Ed Clancy and The Tour of Britain’s SKODA King of the Mountains winner Kristian House among their number, are the Irish AN Post Chain Reaction and the new-for-2013 Synergy Baku Cycling Project from Azerbaijan.

The current list of confirmed teams is as follows (long list of riders for each team will be announced in July):

UCI ProTeams

Belkin Pro Cycling Team (Ned)

Cannondale Pro Cycling (Ita)

FDJ (Fra)

Garmin-Sharp (USA)

Orica GreenEDGE (Aus)

Sky Pro Cycling (GBr)

Vacansoleil DCM (Ned)

UCI Pro Continental

Champion System Pro Cycling Team (Chn)

MTN Qhubeka Cycling Team (RSA)

Sojasun (Fra)

Team NetApp Endura (Ger)

Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise (Bel)

 

UCI Continental

AN Post Chain Reaction (Irl)

Joker Merida (Nor)

Madison Genesis (GBr)

Node4 Giordana Racing (GBr)

Rapha Condor JLT (GBr)

Synergy Baku Cycling Project (Aze)

Team IG Sigma Sport (GBr)

Team Raleigh (GBr)

Team UK Youth (GBr)

 

National Team

Great Britain

Notes to Editors

The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic is part of the two-day cycling festival Prudential RideLondon, taking place over the weekend of 3-4 August 2013.

Prudential RideLondon comprises four separate events: Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle, Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix, Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 and the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic. Find out more at www.PrudentialRideLondon.co.uk.

Prudential RideLondon is a new world-class weekend cycling festival developed by the Mayor of London, London & Partners and Transport for London in partnership with Surrey County Council. The event is managed by the London & Surrey Cycling Partnership.

The Prudential RideLondon Cycling Show takes place at ExCeL from 1-3 August.

Contact

For further information, please contact:

Tamzen Isacsson | London & Partners| tisacsson@londonandpartners.com | 07917372965

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