NetApp-Endura rider Scott Thwaites has predicted that the second edition of the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic, which takes place tomorrow, will end in another bunch sprint.
Last year’s inaugural edition ended in a mass gallop on The Mall, and was won by FDJ.fr rider Arnaud Démare.
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And despite organisers’ attempts to make this year’s course harder by modifying the Surrey Hills part of the course, Thwaites cannot see a different outcome to that of 12 months ago.
“I think going on last year its probably going to be another sprint again,” he said. “The course has changed a little bit but the run in is pretty similar.
“We’re only small teams of six, so it’s quite difficult to control and do the lead-out.
“But we’ve got a good sprinter in Sam Bennett, so we’ll try and back him and make sure we don’t let any stupid moves go, or if there is a big breakaway we’re represented.
“Obviously Endura is a Scottish sponsor and we’re racing in Britain, which we don’t often get to do, so it’d be good to get some exposure for them.”
Thwaites placed third in last week’s Commonwealth Games road race in Glasgow, and despite enjoying success as a sprinter during his tenure on the domestic scene, he believes he is more suited to the more traditional one-day events.
He said: “I see myself as more of a Classics rider, that’s where I want to go in the future, so I have no problems with helping Sam in the out and out sprints, which tomorrow should be.”
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