World's best one-day racers on their way to capital
13 Jul 2017, 1:10 p.m.
A selection of the best one-day racers in the world have today been added to the start list for the 2017 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic on Sunday 30 July.
2016 Paris-Roubaix winner Mat Hayman (Orica-Scott), Belgian Classic stars Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) and Sep Vanmarcke (Cannondale-Drapac) plus Dutch powerhouse Lars Boom (Lotto NL-Jumbo) will give this year’s race a true ‘Classics’ feel.
Hayman, who is currently riding the Tour de France, famously beat home favourite Tom Boonen in the historic Roubaix velodrome last year to take the biggest win of his career at Paris-Roubaix. His Australian counterpart Caleb Ewan will not be coming to London.
Stuyven is one of the most exciting young one-day racers in the peloton. The 25-year-old was fourth in this year’s Paris-Roubaix and won the 2016 Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne. Stuyven also won a stage at last year’s Vuelta a Espana.
Cannondale-Drapac’s Vanmarcke is a regular face at the sharp end of the world’s best one-day races. He has twice finished on the podium at the Tour of Flanders and was second in the 2013 Paris-Roubaix. The 28-year-old has raced the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic once before, finishing fourth in 2015.
Former cyclo-cross world champion Boom is another who can expect to thrive on the testing RideLondon course. The Dutch all-rounder has two Grand Tour stage wins to his name and enjoys racing in Britain having won the Tour of Britain in 2011.
Hayman, Stuyven, Vanmarcke and Boom will join sprint stars Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal), Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors), Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) and Elia Viviani at this year’s Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic.
A record 14 UCI WorldTour teams will be sending teams to the Classic which is a UCI WorldTour event for the first time this year.
A star-studded list of Olympians are taking on the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 and 46 sportives including Sir Chris Hoy.
Hoy, who has won seven Olympic medals including six golds, will ride the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46 on Sunday 30 July alongside another Great British Olympic star Nicola Adams the double Olympic boxing champion.
Hoy said: “I’m really excited to be joining thousands of other riders to tackle the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46. I have seen how much the Prudential RideLondon weekend has grown year on year and I am thrilled to be taking part on the event’s fifth anniversary.”
Double Olympic gold medal-winning rower Heather Stanning will be riding the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 along with England rugby’s World Cup-winning captain Martin Johnson and RnB singer Lemar.
For a full list of celebrities at this year’s Prudential RideLondon, download the PDF below.