RideLondon-Surrey Classic route will suit 2017 champion Alexander Kristoff

Sport360 staff 16:55 02/08/2019
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UAE Team Emirates is sending an internationally diverse squad to one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, as it prepares to take on the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic on August 4.

The team, which will be led by the 2017 race winner Alexander Kristoff, consists of four nationalities from across Europe including Kristoff’s Norwegian team-mate Sven Erik Bystrom, the Swiss rouleur Tom Bohli, Portuguese neo pro Rui Oliveira and the Italian trio of Marco Marcato, Oliviero Troia and Roberto Ferrari.

The one-day race starts just south west of Britain’s capital in Bushy Park and takes the riders on a 169km loop around Surrey before finishing on The Mall, one of the city’s most iconic streets.

Along the course the peloton will have to tackle the imposing Box Hill climb no less than five times, a feature of the route which the team’s leader believes will benefit him.

Kristoff said: ”The Prudential Ride London is a race that I really like, I won in the British capital last time that I participated in the race in 2017.

“For this year, the route has been made more challenging: it can be a favourable change for me though, as with my good form a harder race can allow me to have a better chance in the sprint finish.”

The team will be guided by sports director Simone Pedrazzini.

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