Mark Cavendish, Tyler Farrar, Tom Boonen, Matt Goss and Sylvain Chavanel are among the big names down to compete in the London-Surrey Cycle Classic (August 14), the Olympic test event.

Games organiser LOCOG today released a provisional start sheet for the 23 teams, although many of the competing squad have also listed their reserves on this list.

Cavendish, as expected, will head up Team GB, and will be accompanied by four of Peter Kennaugh, Ben Swift, Ian Stannard, Alex Dowsett and Roger Hammond. Notably, Hammond is down to ride the Eneco Tour, which finishes on the same day as the test event.

Team England have listed Jeremy Hunt, Russell Downing, Chris Froome, Adam Blythe, Steve Cummings and Dan Lloyd as their potential starters.

Cav’s HTC-Highroad team-mate Matt Goss will be backed by a strong Australian squad that is likely to include Stuart O’Grady, Jack Bobridge and Sky’s Chris Sutton.

Chavanel will have controversial sprinter Romain Feillu for company, while Luca Paolini looks set to lead the Italian team.

Cycling Weekly also understands that highlights of the race may be shown on BBC a week after the event.

With such a strong field competing, this will only add to people’s frustrations about LOCOG’s decision to restrict access onto Box Hill for both the test event and next year’s Olympic road race.

Related links

Box Hill declared limited access for Olympic road race

Olympic Road Race route officially revealed

Olympics road race route: Not on our Box Hill

CW’s Box Hill pothole tour

  • Manni

    Well, I had planned on going to the North Downs to watch but given all the fannying around regarding Box Hill’s butterflies, I’m not going to bother. However, I have to admit that I will not be able to resist strolling a hundred yards or so down the road to watch a WORLD CLASS peloton pass through the town. And boy will they whizz by! Even I, with me bad back, dickie hip and arthritic knees can trundle up and down that stretch of road at 25mph. Blink and you’ll miss ’em. The best we can hope for is a hurricane-force headwind and some echelon action. The shocking state of the roads could make for some mildly interesting mechanicals too (seriously, it’s like a cyclocross course around here).

  • Dan Gregory

    I was going to go to Box Hill despite the distance from home. However the total lack of respect shown to followers of the sport means I shall definitely boycott it. Without spectators it will cast a poor light on cycling if it is shown on TV – the average viewer will see the sport nobody watches! The Mall will be taken over by all the corporate fat cats as have most the events in the Olympics.
    Surely the Olympic Games RR can be moved? The old Peak RR, the old Tour of the Cotswolds course, Abergavenny. All of these would bring out huge crowds.

  • Matt

    Where is this start list then?!

  • arthur franks

    Everyone should veto the event to show their dismay at a circuit being used that effectively bans spectators from the best section of the course spectator wise. This will let the London olympic committee realise what a cock up they have made.