On Sunday Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka will be in London, for the only British World Tour race of the season, the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic.
This year’s RideLondon-Surrey Classic will have a changed route, with the famous Box Hill being taken on no less than 5 times. The “tougher” route will make for an interesting race as the pure sprinters will find it difficult to stay with the punchier riders, despite the still mostly flat final 50km to the line.
Last year’s 3rd place finisher, Giacomo Nizzolo, will be at the start for us together with Ryan Gibbons and Mark Renshaw, giving us a couple of cards to play in different possible sprint finish scenarios.
There will certainly be some action on the gradients of Box Hill though, and this is where we will rely on the strength of Tom Jelte-Slagter, Jay Thomson, Julien Vermote and Rasmus Tiller.
“It will be good to race RideLondon again. I did the race two years ago in my neo pro year and afterwards, I thought it is the type of race that could suit my abilities. The route is different now though, it’s probably more difficult so it will be interesting to see how the peloton race it. I still think with so many sprinters starting, the race could unfold similarly to what it has in the past. A selection after Box Hill with a few climbing type sprinters pushing to stay clear but being chased by smaller groups with sprinters that have been dropped. Hopefully we have good legs on the day and find ourselves doing more of the pushing than the chasing.” – Ryan Gibbons