The following teams are scheduled to take part in the 2017 Prudential RideLondon Classique on Saturday 29 July.
UCI Women's Teams
Ale Cipollini (Ita)
The Italian-registered team was founded in 2011 and have previously had riders on the podium of the 2015 Prudential RideLondon Women’s Grand Prix in Shelley Olds and Annalisa Cucinotta. This year, new recruit Australian sprinter Chloe Hosking will be hoping for a repeat of her victory in Stage 3 of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour of Britain.
Astana Women's Team (Kaz)
Kazakhstan-registered Astana Women’s Team was born out of the desire to improve the quality of women’s cycling in Kazakhstan. The team has gone on to win the National Championship Road Race in Kazakhstan, and the National Championship in Cuba this season.
BePink Cogeas (Ita)
Italian outfit BePink began life in 2011 as Astana BePink with past riders including previous Prudential RideLondon Women’s Grand Prix winner Barbara Guarischi.
Established in 2012, Boels-Dolmans is one of the dominant forces in women’s cycling, currently leading the UCI rankings with 18 wins this season including five national titles. Dutch National Champion Chantal Blaak and Amy Pieters, winner of stage two in the OVO Energy Women’s Tour of Britain, will be rolling out at the start.
BTC City Ljubljana (Slo)
Slovenia’s first ever professional women’s cycling team BTC City Ljubljana finished 15th (out of 31 teams) in its first ever year in 2015 and is now making strides as the team sitting 11th in the UCI rankings. Croatian National Road Race Champion Mia Radotic will be on the start line fresh from her victory.
Canyon-SRAM Racing (Ger)
Now firmly established in the women’s peloton, Canyon SRAM will again be bringing a strong line-up to the Start Line of the Prudential RideLondon Classique. British favourite Hannah Barnes, Lisa Brennauer and 2015 winner Barbara Guarischi are all expected to feature.
Established in 2005, the Swiss-registered Cervélo Bigla Pro Cycling Team has finished on the podium nine times so far this season, with star riders Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio and Lotta Lepistö set to challenge in London this year. Moolman-Pasio is the South African individual time trial champion while Lepistö is the Finnish national road race and individual time trial champion.
Cylance Pro Cycling (USA)
Last year’s winner Kirsten Wild is new to the Cylance team for this season and she will no doubt hoping to make it two victories in a row. She will be riding alongside British favourite Dani King and Spanish National Road Race Champion Sheyla Gutierrez.
Drops Cycling Team (Gbr)
This is the second year at the Classique for the British-based Drops Cycling Team. Featuring young British riders Alice Barnes, sister of Canyon SRAM Racing rider Hannah Barnes.
FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope is the only French team in the Women’s World Tour and currently sit 14th in the UCI rankings. Among the riders scheduled for this year’s Classique are Australian Shara Gillow and Dutch rider Roxane Knetemann, who, along with Eri Yonamine from Japan, are the only non-French riders in the team.
Hitec Products (Nor)
Norwegian-based team Hitec Products, formed in 2009, won last year’s Classique with Kirsten Wild. Wild has now moved on, so they will be looking to Nina Kessler to repeat her success at this year’s Spar Flanders Diamond Tour.
Originally registered as Lensworld-Zannata, they were formed in 2013 under the name Team Futurumshop.nl-Polaris. They rode the 2016 Prudential RideLondon Classique with Dutch national madison champion Nina Kessler placing second.
Lotto Soudal Ladies (Bel)
The Lotto Soudall team is a well-known presence in both the men’s and women’s peloton. The line-up this year features Lotte Kopecky, who recently finished second at the Belgian Championships for the fourth year in a row.
The Australian-registered Orica-Scott competed in the inaugural Prudential RideLondon Women’s Grand Prix in 2013. They are back this year as the sixth-ranked UCI women’s team and will be challenging with riders including Georgia Baker and Gracie Elvin, who was second at the Tour of Flanders earlier this year.
Italian-based Servetto bring a truly international line-up to this year’s Classique with riders from Taiwan, Russia, Italy, Colombia and Kazakhstan’s individual time trial champion Natalya Sokovnina.
Team Sunweb (Ger)
The Dutch-based team is fourth in the UCI rankings and will bring a strong team to the Start Line. Lucinda Brand, winner of Omloop Het Nieuwsblat, will be joined by Coryn Rivera, who has topped the podium in the Tour of Flanders and the Trofeo Alfredo Binda and recently finished second in the US National Road Race championship.
Now in its 13th season of competitive racing, Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank have clocked up five wins so far this season, with American Lauren Stephens picking up two of those victories and she would no doubt like to add a third.
Team VeloCONCEPT Women (Den)
Swiss registered Team Velo concept will be bringing two national road race champions in the form of Sweden’s Sara Penton and Denmark’s Camilla Mollebro.
Team WNT Pro Cycling (Gbr)
British Team WNT is the home of Team GB Olympic gold medallist Katie Archibald. Currently taking some time away from the track, Archibald will be aiming to better her second place at the GB National Championships on the Isle of Man.
Wiggle HIGH5 (Bel)
The British-registered team is the creation of team owner, manager and rider Rochelle Gilmore. Formed in 2012, the team features former Prudential RideLondon Women’s Grand Prix winner Giorgia Bronzini and Jolien D’hoore, who was victorious in the final stage of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour of Britain on the streets of London.
WM3 Pro Cycling Team (Ned)
WM3 are currently third in the UCI rankings and are the home of one of women’s cycling’s greats Marianne Vos. Vos is hoping to recover from a broken collarbone in time for the Classique. If she does she will start alongside OVO Energy Tour of Britain winner Katarzyna Niewiadoma.
National Cycling Team
The only national cycling team to ride the Prudential RideLondon Classique, Team GB is a showcase for emerging young talent. Among those wearing the red, white and blue kit will be Manon Lloyd, double European junior champion in 2014 where she won gold in both the team pursuit and the points race. Joining Lloyd will be Emily Nelson who competed in the final round of the 2015-2016 UCI World Cup Series in Hong Kong, where she was part of the silver medal winning team pursuit, as well as winning bronze in the individual points race.