News – Yellow Jersey for RideLondon


Tour de France record-breaker and Yellow jersey Rohan Dennis (BMC) confirmed for Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic on Sunday 2 August

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News – Yellow Jersey for RideLondon

Tour de France Record-breaker Rohan Dennis (AUS), who rode the fastest individual time trial in Tour de France history to win the opening stage of this year’s race on Saturday, is the latest big name confirmed for the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic on Sunday 2 August.

The 25-year-old Australian from BMC Racing Team finished an astonishing five seconds ahead of the field to take the stage and the yellow jersey as overall leader of the Tour. “To wear the Tour de France yellow jersey, it’s a dream,” Dennis said.

Sprint star Andre Greipel (GER) – already confirmed for the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic – won the sprint to the line to take the second stage on Sunday, his seventh stage win in the Tour de France and 14th in a Grand Tour.

“It’s great to have the winners of the first two stages of the Tour de France in the field. They are the guys well in form,” said Mick Bennett, Race Director of the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic. “Dennis, with his style of riding, could well use his time trial ability to attack in the last 5-10 km to win and Greipel is showing he has the form to potentially outsprint our own Mark Cavendish. It augurs well for a real cliffhanger of a Classic.”

BMC Racing Team is the fourth UCI WorldTour team confirmed to date for the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic, joining Mark Cavendish and Etixx – Quick-Step, Adam Blythe and Orica-GreenEDGE and Greipel with Lotto Soudal. Also confirmed is Sir Bradley Wiggins and his team WIGGINS.


Twenty-five teams of six riders will contest the 200km race, which this year starts on Horse Guards Parade in St James’s Park and offers the world’s largest prize fund for a one-day race. BBC Sport will televise the race live, with coverage distributed worldwide.

The third edition of the race, rated Category 1.HC on the UCI Europe Tour, will start at the iconic location in central London before going out through the capital to Kingston upon Thames, Hampton Court and then over the River Thames into Surrey. After 57km of racing, the first challenge the riders will face is the 2.4km climb of Staple Lane in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The peloton will then race through Dorking before taking the southern approach to the ascent of Leith Hill, the highest point in Surrey. With a further three circuits (one more than last year) of a loop through Dorking and up the testing 6.7 per cent climb to Ranmore Common, this year’s race is set to be a true classic.

The riders will then race up the famous zigzags of Box Hill, through Leatherhead, Oxshott and Esher before returning back through Kingston upon Thames. From there the peloton heads towards central London, through Raynes Park, Wimbledon, over Putney Bridge and alongside the River Thames through Chelsea. The closing stages of the race go through Parliament Square and up Whitehall to the famous 1km to go marker from Trafalgar Square through Admiralty Arch, where the riders will start the final sprint along The Mall towards Buckingham Palace and the finish line. See the route map and profile here.

The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic is the fifth and final event of Prudential RideLondon, the world’s greatest festival of cycling. More than 95,000 riders will participate in the five events over the weekend of 1-2 August.

An extensive communications campaign is planned to help businesses and the public plan ahead and get around on the day. This will include a leaflet drop in July to 1 million+ residents and businesses along the route, drop-in sessions for local people and community access plans.

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