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Olympic test event: Cavendish, Goss and Farrar confirmed

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August 06, 2011, 0:30 BST,
August 06, 2011, 1:30 BST
First Edition Cycling News, Saturday, August 6, 2011
2012 Olympic Games
Life is pretty good for Mark Cavendish at the moment.

Life is pretty good for Mark Cavendish at the moment.

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Olympic Games hopefuls line-up in Surrey

Mark Cavendish, Matt Goss and Tyler Farrar will go head to head at next week’s Olympic test event. The London Organising Committee for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games today released the provisional start list for the London Surrey Cycle Classic.

The field is made up of 148 riders from 28 international and UK-based teams.

Cavendish will lead a team from Great Britain, comprising Sky’s Ben Swift, Ian Stannard, Alex Dowsett and Peter Kennaugh. Garmin-Cervelo’s Roger Hammond takes the final slot.

They will be up against strong teams from Belgium, Italy and France to name but a few. However, their strongest competitors could come from Australia. The team has a number of potential contenders with Matt Goss and Heinrich Haussler selected. Michael Matthews, Chris Sutton, Jack Bodbridge, Leigh Howard and Stuart O’Grady round out the team.

Other notable inclusions who could well challenge for a spot on the podium at the Olympic Games in 2012 are Tyler Farrar (USA), Sylvain Chavanel (France), Davide Appollonio (Italy) and Tom Boonen (Belgium).

The course, sanctioned as a UCI 1.2 event, is 140 kilometres long and will race though 6 London boroughs.

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