By Nick Bull
Milan-San Remo Gerald Ciolek will take place in the inaugural Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic next month (August 4), race organisers confirmed today.
The MTN-Qhubeka rider was named on a provisional startlist released this afternoon, which also contained the rosters of 15 other teams.
There will be plenty of British interest, as former national road race champion Kristian House (Rapha Condor-JLT), 2011 Premier Calendar winner Ian Bibby (Madison Genesis), current series leader Evan Oliphant (Raleigh) and world points race champion Simon Yates (GB Cycling Team) are all scheduled to compete.
Irish road race champion Matt Brammeier (Champion Systems), Dan Craven (Synergy Baku Cycling Project), Australian Zak Dempster (NetApp-Endura) and Sacha Modolo, who finished second behind Mark Cavendish in the London-Surrey Cycle Classic Olympic test event two years ago on similiar roads, will be among the healthy European contingent heading to the capital for the race.
A number of team line-ups - including those for the eight teams (Sky, Orica-GreenEdge, Belkin, Cannondale, FDJ, Garmin-Sharp, Vacansoleil-DCM and Sojasun) currently riding the Tour de France - are scheduled to be announced next week. CW understands that Matt Goss and "other Tour riders" are likely to take part.
The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic forms part of London's Olympic legacy cycling festival. A Freecycle recreational ride, a women's Grand Prix Criterium and a mass-participation event that will see 20,000 cyclists complete a 100-mile route based on the elite race complete the schedule.
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