As we reported last month, Ed Clancy and Geraint Thomas are the latest in a long line of elite riders to join in the action at this year’s Smithfield Nocturne.

Clancy and Thomas join names such as Dean Downing, Rob Hayles, Chris Newton and Tony Gibb in the floodlit, night-time criterium based around the historic London market of Smithfield on Saturday, June 7 (support events start from 5pm).

“It will be great to return to London as it?s not often we get the opportunity to race there,? Thomas said. “The Nocturne is obviously a different prospect to the Tour de France but I?m really looking forward to it. I?ve just come off the back of the Giro so I?m up for mixing it up in a crit race.”

“I was pleased with my form in the Giro, especially in the final time trial,” Thomas continued. “It bodes well for my preparation towards the Olympics. I?ve had some rest this week and have a free schedule so it was a perfect opportunity to race against some of my GB team mates and enjoy some action on the streets of London.”

Full race start list and details below.

Smithfield Nocturne Elite Criterium

Date: 7th June 2008

Location: Smithfield Market, Central London

Start time: approx 8.30pm

Rider Category: Elite, 1st, 2nd

1. Geraint Thomas Barloworld

2. Ed Clancy Landbouwkrediet – Colnago

3. Dale Appleby Rapha Condor

4. Graham Briggs Rapha Condor

5. Rhys Lloyd Rapha Condor

6. Rob Partridge Rapha Condor

7. Simon Holt Rapha Condor

8. Dean Downing Rapha Condor

9. Kristian House Rapha Condor

10 Chris Newton Rapha Condor

11 Rob Hayles Team Halfords

12 Tom Southam Team Halfords

13 Tony Gibb Plowman Cravan

14 Simon Gaywood Plowman Cravan

15 James Millard Plowman Cravan

16 Tom Barras Plowman Cravan

17 Evan Oliphant Plowman Cravan

18 Neil Coleman Plowman Cravan

19 Simon Richardson Plowman Cravan

20 Alex Higham Plowman Cravan

21 Darren Barclay Arctic Premier Racing Team

22 Alister Tullett Arctic Premier Racing Team

23 Jody Crawforth Arctic Premier Racing Team

24 Matt Holmes Arctic Premier Racing Team

25 David Law Arctic Premier Racing Team

26 Steve Nunn Arctic Premier Racing Team

27 Jos Van Veldoven Rollapaluza

28 Paul Mill Team Edwardes

29 Jon Mozley Pearl Izumi-planet X-High 5

30 Matt Talbot Glendene CC

31 Liam Holohan Pearl Izumi-Planet X-High 5

32 Jersosen Janssen Pearl Izumi-Planet X-High 5

33 Stephen Adams Pearl Izumi-Planet X-High 5

34 Matthew Jones Pearl Izumi-Planet X-High 5

35 Raphael Deinhart Pearl Izumi-Planet X-High 5

36 Andy Tinsley Pearl Izumi-Planet X-High 5

37 Tom Smith AWcycles.co.uk

38 Marcin Bialoblocki Sports Beans-Willer

39 Marcus Perry Sports Beans-Willier

40 Andrew Williams Cwmcarn Paragon CC

41 Adam Duggleby Shorter Rochford RT

42 Grant Bayton Sports Beans-Willier

43 Martin Freeman Team Corley Cycles

44 Karl Freeman Team Corley Cycles

45 Paul Delahunty London Dynamo

46 Martin Garratt London Dynamo

47 Ben White Bike n Run London

48 Warrick Spence Cyclefit-Serotta

49 Daniel Rudd CitiHub

50 Andrew Fenn Dolan RT

51 Mark Christian Team Isle of Man

52 George Atkins Pearl Izumi-Planet X-High 5

53 Dan Duguid Sigma Sport RT

54 Wouter Sybrandy Sigma Sport RT

55 Alex Wise Sigma Sport RT

National Elite Circuit Race SeriesPoints will be awarded for the first 20 places in each single day circuit race as follows:

60, 52, 45, 40, 35, 31, 27, 23, 20, 17, 15, 13, 11, 9, 7, 6, 5, 3, 2, 1.

Points will be awarded for the first four across the line on two pre-designated sprint laps in each closed road circuit race round: 5, 3, 2, 1.

The overall competition will be won by the rider who gains the highest number of points gained (a maximum of 10 races to count – the number of counting rides available will be reduced if the number of participating events reduces).

The highest placed under-23 rider in the final overall standings will be declared the U23 Circuit Race Series Champion.

RELATED LINKS

Thomas and Clancy to ride Nocturne

Nocturne expands for 2008

Battle of Brits at 2008 Smithfield Nocturne

Bike events top Visit London awards

EXTERNAL LINKS

Smithfield Nocturne official website: www.smithfieldnocturne.com.

Nocturne Series: www.nocturneseries.com.