The following teams will take part in the 2018 Prudential RideLondon Classique on Saturday 28 July.
UCI Women's Teams
Ale Cipollini (Ita)
The Italian squad are currently ranked sixth in the UCI Women’s WorldTour ranking and have two star names in their squad: Australian sprinter Chloe Hosking and Italian one-day specialist Marta Bastianelli who won Gent-Wevelgem and two other Belgian one-day races in the spring.
The number-one ranked team in the world with a glittering array of talent including the current world champion Chantal Blaak, the 2016 world champion Amalie Diderikson and the reigning Olympic champion Anna van der Breggen.
BTC City Ljubljana (Slo)
The Slovenian team have a predominantly domestic line-up with eight of their riders hailing from their home country including the Slovenian national champion Polona Batagelj.
Canyon//SRAM Racing (Ger)
Canyon//SRAM have one of the most talented rosters in the peloton including British sisters Hannah and Alice Barnes who finished first and second in this year’s British time-trial championships.
Cervelo-Bigla have plenty of talented riders in their line-up but the woman who they will be riding for in this year’s Classic is Lotta Lepisto. The Finland champion was runner-up at last year’s race and won a stage at this year’s Women’s Tour.
Cylance Pro Cycling (USA)
The American team have Giorgia Bronzini, the two-time world champion and 2014 Prudential RideLondon Classique winner, in their ranks for the 2018 season. She may be 34 years old now but she is still a threat on sprint finishes.
Though they are made up predominantly of French riders, FDJ Nouvelle’s only victory of the season so far came courtesy of the Netherlands’ Rozanne Slik who took a stage of the Internationale Lotto Thuringen Ladies Tour. FDJ Nouvelle are ranked 11th in the world rankings.
The Australian team will likely be riding to set up their star Belgian sprinter Jolien D’Hoore at this year’s Classique. D’Hoore is one of the best sprinters in the world and won the opening stage of the Women’s Tour this year.
Rally Cycling (USA)
Rally Cycling spend most of their time racing in North America and have a squad consisting of American and Canadian riders. The Classique will be the team’s first race in Europe in 2018.
Storey Racing (GBR)
The team set up by multi Paralympic gold medallist Dame Sarah Storey is packed full of British talent including Neah Evans who was eighth in this year’s Commonwealth Games road race.
The Norwegian team enjoyed victory at the 2016 Prudential RideLondon Classique when Kirsten Wild sprinted to glory. Wild has since left the team and it is the German rider Charlotte Becker – the winner of this year’s Tour of Chongming Island – who is now their star rider.
Team Sunweb (Ger)
The team of defending champion Coryn Rivera who looks certain to be the woman to beat again this time round. Team Sunweb have a team built around the USA sprinter with Leah Kirchmann and Lucinda Brand both extremely fast finishers in their own right.
This multi-national team features two national champions – Australia’s Shannon Malseed and Guatemala’s Nicolle Bruderer – and two Brits in the shape of Alice Cobb and Emma Grant.
Team Virtu Cycling (Den)
Team Virtu have the 2015 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classique winner Barbara Guarischi among their ranks and Christina Siggaard of Denmark, who won this year’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.
The British team are continuing to make their mark on the UCI Women’s WorldTour. Boosted by the sponsorship of Trek, they have been able to bring in the American Tayler Wiles this year who finished second overall at the Tour of California.
Valcar PBM (Ita)
An Italian squad containing a group of talented young homegrown riders including Italy’s current national champion Marta Cavalli who will be wearing the famous tricolour on the streets of London.
WaowDeals Pro Cycling (Ned)
The home of the greatest cyclist of her generation Marianne Vos as well as Britain’s gold medal-winning team pursuiter Dani Rowe. Vos and Rowe were second and third overall at this year’s Women’s Tour.
Wiggle High5 (GBR)
One of the strongest teams in the women’s peloton and in Kirsten Wild they have one of the best sprinters in the world. Wild won the 2016 Classique and has an incredible 73 pro victories to her name. There is a strong British presence in the team including sisters Lucy and Grace Garner.
Another British team looking to impress on home roads, WNT has lots of British talent in their ranks including Hayley Simmonds who won a bronze medal in the time trial at this year’s Commonwealth Games.