Team News – Cavendish for RideLondon


Mark Cavendish and Iljo Keisse lead Etixx Quickstep for RideLondon Classic on Sunday

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Team News – Cavendish for RideLondon

Etixx – Quick-Step has revealed the riders for the RideLondon Surrey Classic, a 200km single day race on Sunday, the 2nd of August.

The parcours starts through mostly flat kilometres in London, but the middle portion of the race features plenty of up-and-down. First there is Leith Hill, then three laps in the Surrey Hills area which includes three KOM opportunities on Ranmore. Following that circuit there is the Box Hill KoM, and then the race heads toward Wimbledon Village before finally arriving at The Mall for a finishing sprint.


British rider and sprinting legend Mark Cavendish will be at the start, as well as the Colombian Fernando Gaviria making his debut as a stagiaire for Etixx – Quick-Step.

“It’s always special for me to race back in Britain,” Cavendish said. “The home fans, and the noise they make supporting us, makes this race even more enjoyable to ride than a lot of races”.

“It is a truly iconic finish, which the riders, teams and fans love too. For a British rider, this is one piece of road that stirs great emotion for sure. Etixx-Quick Step also have an exciting young sprinter Gaviria racing who has a big future in the sport. Keep an eye out for him. The team and I are looking forward to hearing that roadside noise again.”

Gaviria, Contreras to Ride as Stagiaires in Upcoming Races
Fernando Gaviria, 20, won the Omnium of the 2015 UCI Track World Championships, and also won two stages on the road at Tour de San Luis. He will participate in Prudential RideLondon & Surrey Classic, as well as the Czech Cycling Tour and Tour of Britain with Etixx – Quick-Step as a stagiaire. He will also race Tour de l’Avenir with his national team.

Rodrigo Contreras, 21, is another stagiaire for the team in the next races. The Colombian rider will race Czech Cycling Tour with Etixx – Quick-Step, and then Tour de l’Avenir with the Colombian National Team. He was the Best Young Rider at Tour de San Luis and won the 2014 U23 Time Trial at the Pan American Games.

Both Gaviria and Contreras reached agreements with Etixx – Quick-Step for the next two years.

Mark Cavendish (GBR)
Fernando Gaviria Rendon (COL)
Iljo Keisse (BEL)
Yves Lampaert (BEL)
Mark Renshaw (AUS)
Fabio Sabatini (ITA)

Sports Director Brian Holm (DEN)

Length 200.0 km
Start 13:30
Finish 18:50
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