The following teams will take part in the 2017 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic.
UCI WorldTour Teams
One of only two French UCI WorldTour teams, AG2R have a roster packed with talent that includes Tour de France star Romain Bardet and the Belgium national champion Oliver Naesen. This will be the first time the team will have taken part in Prudential RideLondon.
BMC Racing Team (USA)
BMC Racing won the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic in 2015 when JP Drucker was victorious and boast a star-studded line-up featuring Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet, who dominated the spring classics this year, winning Paris-Roubaix, E3 Harelbeke and Gent Wevelgem. Van Avermaet also won the general classification at the Tour of Luxembourg.
Bora – Hansgrohe (Ger)
Irish sprinter Sam Bennett will have high hopes of being in the mix if this year’s Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic comes down to a sprint on The Mall. The 26-year-old is improving year on year and has two wins at the Tour of Slovenia and a stage victory at Paris-Nice on his list of accomplishments for 2017. Jan Barta, the reigning Czech time trial champion, will be among the riders supporting Bennett.
Cannondale-Drapac are one of the ever-presents at Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic having sent a team to the race in every one of the four editions so far. The American team have got a strong all-round squad with a number of one-day specialists including Sep Vanmarcke who was fourth in 2015 and is a specialist in single day racing.
Lotto Soudal (Bel)
German sprint king Andre Greipel will lead the Lotto Soudal team at the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic and if the race comes down to a sprint on The Mall you can count on him to be in the mix. The 34-year-old has an incredible 140 career wins to his name including 11 Tour de France victories and 31 across all three Grand Tours.
Orica-Scott scored a podium finish at last year’s Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic when Michael Matthews sprinted to third. Matthews has since moved on but the Australian squad will be confident of more success with a strong, well-rounded team coming to London. Danish fast man Magnus Cort Nielsen, who won two stages of the Vuelta a Espana last year, will be ones to watch as will South African all-rounder Daryl Impey.
Quick-Step Floors (Bel)
Quick-Step Floors return to London as defending champions but the man who won last year won’t be among their line-up in 2017. Tom Boonen, who sprinted to victory on The Mall last year, retired after Paris-Roubaix in April but the Belgium team will still be confident of repeating his win this time round. They are currently the number one ranked team in the world and in Fernando Gaviria have one of the most talented sprinters around. The Colombian won four stages of the Giro d’Italia this year, his first Grand Tour, and already has 19 professional wins after just two years as a professional.
Team Dimension Data (SA)
The South African team has been built for stage wins and one-day races with riders and they have already racked up 20 wins this season already. Mark Cavendish, Steve Cummings and Scott Thwaites make up a strong British contingent in the squad while Norwegian Edvald Boasson Hagen is someone who could thrive on the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey course.
Team Katusha Alpecin (Sui)
Making their Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic, Team Katusha Alpecin’s line-up shows they really mean business with the two biggest names on their roster, Tony Martin and Alexander Kristoff, both scheduled to be on the Start Line. German powerhouse Martin is the reigning and four-time world time-trial champion while Kristoff will be the man the team will be trying to set up for a sprint finish on The Mall. The Norwegian has two Classic victories on his CV, the 2014 Milan-San Remo and the 2015 Tour of Flanders.
Team Lotto NL-Jumbo (Ned)
Team Lotto NL-Jumbo came agonisingly close to winning the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic in 2015 when Mike Teunissen finished a close runner-up in 2015 and they will be hoping to go one better in 2017. The former Dutch national champion Dylan Groenewegen has been their most prolific rider this year winning on five occasions.
Team Sky (GBr)
The British powerhouse squad will be looking for their first victory in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic and will once again be bringing a strong team to the race with Geraint Thomas leading the charge. Thomas, who has worn the Yellow Jersey at this year’s Tour de France, made a brave solo bid for victory last year but was caught with two kilometres to go and is keen to go one better this year. Another strong option for Team Sky is their Italian sprinter Elia Viviani who is the reigning Olympic omnium champion.
Team Sunweb (Ger)
Australian Michael Matthews, who was third last year while riding for Orica-Scott, will be leading Team Sunweb at this year’s Classic, looking for another podium finish in 2017. Matthews, who has won stages in all three Grand Tours, will have a strong team in support of him including the new Dutch road race champion Ramon Sinkeldam and Mike Teunissen who was second in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic in 2015.
Trek Segafredo USA
Trek Segafredo will be making their Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic debut in 2017 and they will have lots of options when it comes to picking a team for victory. German powerhouse John Degenkolb and Belgium’s up-and-coming classics specialist Jasper Stuyven would both be strong contenders for victory.
UAE Team Emirates (UAE)
Britain’s Ben Swift has twice been so close yet so far to winning the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic and he will be back in 2017 for another crack at victory. Swift was second in 2014 and third in 2015 while riding for his former team Team Sky. The Yorkshireman moved to the new UAE Team Emirates team for the new season and he will be the team’s protected rider in London.
Pro Continental Teams
Former Vuelta a Espana stage winner Francesco Gavazzi will lead the Italian Androni – Sidermec- Bottecchia team at the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classc. Gavazzi, who has ridden for WorldTour teams Lampre and Astana in the past, won a stage of the 2011 Vuelta. The Italian team will be made up entirely of home-based riders.
Aqua Blue Sport (Eire)
Aqua Blue Sport are in their debut season and are Ireland’s first ever team to compete at UCI Pro-Continental level. They have a roster packed with proven talent including the 2015 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic winner and ex-British champion Adam Blythe. Another of their leading lights is new USA champion Larry Warbasse who won a stage of the Tour de Suisse last month.
The Spanish team made a strong impression at last year’s Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic with Jonathan Lastra getting into an early break which helped him win the Continental Tyres Sprint Competition. Lastra returns this year along with Dylan Page who was 16th at the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic last year.
CCC Sprandi-Polkowice (Pol)
The Polish team have become an unmistakable part of the professional peloton, predominantly because of their unmissable bright orange jerseys. However, the team has plenty of class in its ranks too and they have 15 wins to their name already this season with Maciej Paterski claiming five of them.
Israel Cycling Academy (Isl)
Australian Zak Dempster is a man familiar with British racing having spent two years riding with the British continental team Rapha Condor Sharp in 2010 and 2011 and he will be hoping to make as big an impact in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic as he did in 2013 when he finished sixth overall. The team will also include two national champions: Roy Goldstein (Israel) and Krists Neilands (Latvia).
The all-Belgian outfit are, unsurprisingly, made up of riders brought up on the northern Classics style of racing which should serve them well on the testing Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic course. Their top performer in last year’s race was Jonas Rickeart who returns to London this year.
Wanty – Groupe Gobert (Bel)
Wanty – Groupe Gobert have propelled themselves into the consciousness of casual cycling fans with a number of attacking displays in their first ever Tour de France this year. The Belgium team have a roster packed with talent including British all-rounder Mark Mcnally who was 10th at last year’s Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic.
One of the most famous and flamboyant Italian riders of his generation Filippo Pozzato will lead the Willier Triestina team at the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic. The 35-year-old has enjoyed a long and successful career with a win in Milan-San Remo in 2006 and two Tour de France stage wins being the pinnacle. Though Pozzato is the headline name, his younger team-mate Jakub Mareczko may well be the one to watch. The 23-year-old sprinter has three wins to his name in 2017 and two second places in this year’s Giro d’Italia.