The following teams took part in the 2018 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic on Sunday 29 July.
UCI WorldTour Teams
AG2R La Mondiale (Fra)
The French team made their debut at Prudential RideLondon last year and got two men into the top 10: Rudy Barbier and Oliver Naesen. Barbier returns this year looking for another strong showing and has a strong team around him including Lithuania’s national champion Gediminas Bagdonas.
Astana Pro Team (Kaz)
Astana Pro Team is making their first appearance at Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic, but the team boss Alexander Vinoukorov knows the course very well as he won the 2012 Olympic road race on virtually the same course. Former Vuelta a Espana stage winner Alexey Lutsenko is a rider to watch.
BMC Racing Team (Sui)
BMC Racing Team is one of the strongest teams in the professional peloton and they return to Prudential RideLondon with a former champion in their ranks in the shape of JP Drucker, who won in 2015. They have already had success on British roads with Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet winning this year’s Tour de Yorkshire.
BORA - hansgrohe (Ger)
Irish sprinter Sam Bennett will be keen to continue his fantastic season by winning the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic. The 27-year-old broke his Grand Tour duck in style by winning three stages at this year’s Giro d’Italia. His best result in the Classic was sixth in 2013.
Lotto Soudal (Bel)
One of the two superstar Belgium teams alongside Quick-Step, Lotto Soudal have a predominantly home-grown and extremely talented roster which has 19 wins already this season. One non-Belgium rider they have in their ranks is young British talent James Shaw.
The Australian squad is currently ranked second in the UCI WorldTour rankings and that is down in no small part to British twin brothers Simon and Adam Yates. Simon led the Giro d’Italia for two weeks and won three stages while Adam is going for glory at the Tour de France.
Quick-Step Floors return to London as the number-one ranked team in the world after an incredible 2018. By the end of June, the Belgium team had collected 47 victories from 14 different riders. Quick-Step tasted victory at the 2016 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic when Tom Boonen sprinted to victory.
Team Bahrain-Merida (UAE)
The Bahrain-Merida team is making its Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic debut this year. The squad is now in its second year and has some notable successes in 2018, including Vincenzo Nibali’s win at Milan-Sanremo. Names to watch out for in London are one-day specialist Heinrich Haussler and former Italian national champion Giovanni Visconti.
Team Dimension Data (SA)
Known as Africa’s Team, Team Dimension Data are the only African-registered team in the UCI WorldTour and they are committed to the charity Qhubeka which aims to fund bicycles for the continent. Among their squad is Britain’s former world champion Mark Cavendish, as well as a trio of other British riders: Steve Cummings, Scott Thwaites and Scott Davies.
EF Education First are one of the ever-presents at Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic. The American team have got a strong all-round squad with a number of options for victory including Britain’s Dan McLay and Italian Sacha Modolo who was second in his one and only appearance at the Classic in 2013.
Team Katusha Alpecin (Sui)
Team Katusha Alpecin return to the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic as defending champions thanks to Alexander Kristoff’s win last year. Kristoff has now left the team but they are bringing a strong team back to defend the title including multiple British time-trial champion Alex Dowsett.
Team Lotto NL-Jumbo (Ned)
Dutch outfit Team Lotto NL-Jumbo are bringing a very strong outfit to London including last year’s Tour of Britain winner Lars Boom and 2018 Giro d’Italia stage winner Enrico Battaglin. They will be supported by a strong and experienced team, packed with one-day racing experience.
Team Sky (GBR)
Britain’s only UCI WorldTour team has won nearly everything there is to win in the sport but a Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic title has so far eluded them. Chris Froome’s victory at this year’s Giro d’Italia means they have won all three Grand Tours but the closest they have come to a Classic win was Ben Swift’s second place in 2014.
Team Sunweb (Ger)
Last year, Team Sunweb scored their first podium finish at Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic when Michael Matthews finished third. The German-based outfit are one of the most consistent teams on the WorldTour and will have plenty of options for victory again.
The American-registered team has one of the most multi-national squads in the peloton, with riders from Japan, Ethiopia, Australia and the USA supporting a strong core from Europe including multiple Irish champion Ryan Mullen.
UAE Team Emirates (UAE)
UAE Team Emirates bring a very strong all-round squad to London for their second appearance at the race including two talented Italian climbers Diego Ulissi and Valerio Conti who will be hoping to break the race up in the Surrey hills.
Pro Continental Teams
The Italian team will be making their Prudential RideLondon debut and will bring a team of largely young, talented home-grown talent. Alessandro Tonelli, who won a stage at this year’s Tour of Croatia and finished third in another, is their star man.
CCC Sprandi-Polkowice (Pol)
The Polish team have become an unmistakable part of the professional peloton, predominantly because of their unmissable bright orange jerseys. Jan Tratnik, the Slovenian time-trial champion who has four wins to his name in 2018, will lead the team.
Novo Nordisk (USA)
Team Novo Nordisk is the first professional cycling team to be made up wholly by riders who have Type 1 diabetes. They have a collection of cyclists from around the world including British cyclist Sam Brand.
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.