All 18 WorldTour teams could be competing on British soil between 2017 and 2019 if the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic is granted WorldTour status

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The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic is one of 21 races applying for UCI WorldTour status from 2017, the event has announced.

The race, which started in 2013, currently holds 1.HC status, but a move to the WorldTour would ensure all 18 top-tier teams are present on the startline for the three years between 2017-19.

Should RideLondon be awarded WorldTour status it would become the first British men’s race to be classified in the highest tier.

UCI assessors will be at the event on July 31, which takes riders from London into Surrey and back to finish on The Mall in a route similar to that of the London 2012 road race.

Prudential RideLondon event director Hugh Brasher said: “We are delighted that, in what would be only its fifth year, the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic could win World Tour status. It is a huge tribute to race director Mick Bennett and the team that the race is already at this level and we thank British Cycling for their support. We look forward to welcoming the UCI to London and Surrey in July.

“Our research has shown that the Prudential RideLondon festival of cycling has already inspired tens of thousands to take up cycling and hundreds of thousands to ride more often. World Tour status would inspire many, many more.”

Twenty other races from four continents have also applied for WorldTour status. Races like Strade Bianche – the one day race around the white gravel roads of Tuscany – and the Tour of Qatar could be on the list, as could the Tour of Turkey.