First riders named for 2014 Prudential RideLondon Classic

Gilbert, Renshaw, and Yates brothers confirmed for British race

Having hosted the Grand Départ of the Tour de France in July, Britain is set for another world class cycling event with UCI 1.1HC Prudential RideLondon Classic to take place on August 10 in the capital.

The 200km race will feature 25 teams with includes a combination of WorldTour, Pro-Continental, Continental and national teams taking part. Last year's winner Arnaud Démare won't be racing as his team have decided not to sent a team for the 2014 edition of the race.

2012 world champion Philippe Gilbert (BMC), Mark Renshaw (Omega Pharma-Quick-Step), Sam Bennett (NetApp-Endura) will be just some of riders taking part in the event which will also mark a return to racing for former British champion Ian Stannard (Team Sky) who fractured his vertebrae after crashing at Gent-Wevelgem.

Team Sky have also announced that Ben Swift, Luke Rowe, and Australian sprinter Chris Sutton will also be joining Stannard for the race.

Orica-GreenEdge will enter the race with its British twin brothers Simon and Adam Yates as its leaders while also backing rising sprint star Caleb Ewan for a good result.

The 20-year-old Ewan is one of several sprinters in the 150-rider field that includes Elia Viviani (Cannondale) and Omega Pharma-Quick-Step's triumvirate of fast men in Renshaw and multiple Tour de France stage winners Alessandro Petacchi and Gert Steegmans.

Several riders who recently won medals on both the track and road at the Commonwealth Games will also be racing, including road race bronze medallist Scott Thwaites (Team NetApp-Endura), the gold and bronze medallists from the points race, Kiwi duo Tom Scully (Madison Genesis) and Aaron Gate (AN Post Chain Reaction) and the scratch race gold medallist Shane Archbold (AN Post Chain Reaction), who also took bronze in the team pursuit.

Another medalist from the Games was Luke Davison who will make his debut for BMC having joined the team as a stagiaire. The Australian was a member of the Australian team pursuit quartet that defeated the England team of Sir Bradley Wiggins in the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow.

Teams for the 2014 RideLondon-Surrey Classic:

Team Sky
Madison Genesis
MTN - Qhubeka
Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
Rapha Condor JLT
Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
Orica GreenEDGE
Wanty - Groupe Gobert
Team Raleigh
Team NetApp – Endura
BMC Racing Team
Velosure - Giordana Racing Team
Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
Team Giant-Shimano
An Post - Chain Reaction
Synergy Baku Cycling Project
Team La Pomme Marseille 13
Great Britain
Team Colombia
Bike Aid - Ride for Help
Team Kuota
Metec - TKH Continental Cyclingteam

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