Reigning World champion team pursuiters Geraint Thomas and Ed Clancy are the latest top-class riders to sign up for the Rapha-Condor Smithfield Nocturne in London on Saturday June 7.
Barloworld rider Thomas is on target to finish the Giro d?Italia on Sunday after a long, hard tour in some decidedly un-Italian weather, and will come to London just one week after finishing in Milan – if all goes to plan.
The three week race is all part of Thomas? build-up towards the Olympics this August and the pursuit squad?s bid for gold, and the Nocturne is a rare chance to catch the GB riders in action before Beijing.
Clancy returns from his Belgian base with the Landbouwkrediet squad to take on the big teams of Rapha and Plowmans singlehandedly. The 23 year-old Yorkshireman came close in last year?s national criterium championship in Otley, placing second behind Plowman Craven?s James McCallum, and the tight circuit in Smithfield will suit him down to the ground.
The Smithfield Nocturne incorporates an evening’s racing and takes place around the Smithfield meat market near Farringdon in north London. To see the latest start lists and full details of the programme of events, go to www.smithfieldnocturne.com