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ProTour riders to Smithfield Nocturne

By:
Laura Weislo
Published:
June 15, 2007, 1:00 BST,
Updated:
April 22, 2009, 20:04 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News for June 15, 2007
David Millar in Paris-Nice

David Millar in Paris-Nice

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The Smithfield Nocturne sees its first ProTour stars confirmed with Saunier Duval's David Millar and...

The Smithfield Nocturne sees its first ProTour stars confirmed with Saunier Duval's David Millar and CSC's Matthew Goss set to join some of Britain's top road stars in the heart of London on June 23rd.

It will be an action packed weekend for Millar, who will attend the Nocturne following a unique time trial at the Goodwood Festival of Speed before being whisked off to Eindhoven to make the start line for the Team Time Trial the next day.

Millar is currently competing in the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré but is looking forward to making the trip to the capital in advance of the Tour, "Both events are completely new and unique so it will be a good weekend," he commented. "With the Tour a couple of weeks later it will be nice to be a bit more relaxed before things get serious, I´m looking forward to it."

Joining Millar will be CSC rider Matt Goss who is no stranger to circuit racing, "I've got plenty of experience of riding criteriums from back in Australia so it will be good to have a go against the British riders in London."

Goss is on form after placing second in the Philadelphia International Championships, and will prove a tough challenge for the British riders on home soil. It won't be a pushover for the Australian sprinter, though, with on form riders such as Rob Hayles, Tony Gibb, Adam Blythe, Warwick Spence and Simon Holt on the start sheet.

Hayles currently leads the British elite circuit series following races at Brentwood and Hillingdon over the weekend so will be a serious contender but with Gibb, Blythe, Spence and Holt all on the podium anything could happen on the technical London course.

The Smithfield Nocturne is free to the public and will take place between 5pm and 10pm on Saturday June 23rd. Full details of the programme, course and hospitality tickets can be found on www.smithfieldnocturne.com.

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