Preview: Ride London Surrey Classic

On Sunday the UCI World Tour peloton will head to the United Kingdom for the only British World Tour race of the season, the RideLondon Surrey Classic.

The RideLondon Surrey Classic is a 187km single day classic and the only UCI World Tour event in the United Kingdom. The course was made famous by being the route used at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Such was the success of the Road Race at the 2012 games that The RideLondon Surrey Classic was born the following the year.

The narrow, grippy and undulating roads in the Surrey Hills will make for a tough race but with the flat run to the finishline at “The Mall”, a group sprint is once again expected to the be the most likely outcome.

Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka will head to the RideLondon Surrey Classic on Sunday with a team led by Mark Cavendish. Cavendish will be joined by Mark Renshaw, Bernie Eisel, Scott Thwaites, Scott Davies, Johann van Zyl and Jaco Venter.

As with all World Tour events, a high quality field is expected to line up on Sunday and our African Team look forward to racing for the victory.

Mark Cavendish – Rider
I’m delighted to be able to get back racing so quickly and I’m really looking forward to racing the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic again. I’ve not raced in the event since it was awarded UCI WorldTour status but I was there watching last year and it has grown into a fantastic race. In the last two years the race has come down to a sprint on The Mall and if it does so again this year I’m sure it will be a spectacular sprint finish.

Mark Cavendish
Mark Renshaw
Bernie Eisel
Scott Thwaites
Scott Davies
Johann van Zyl
Jaco Venter

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