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
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
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 won the Tooheys Extra Dry Crit Series back in 2005 before joining team
CSC in 2006 so 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 – www.smithfieldnocturne.com.