Tour de France champion Chris Froome (Team Sky) headlines a strong start list for the fourth edition of the RideLondon-Surrey Classic on Sunday July 31.
Froome is one of three 2016 Tour de France stage winners set for the St James Park start line, along with Steve Cummings, who, like Froome, will use the race as preparation for the Olympic Games and Australian Michael Matthews.
Now four years on from the London 2012 Olympic Games, the legacy event has seen Arnaud Demare, Adam Blythe and defending champion Jempy Drucker win in front of Buckingham Palace in its three editions to date.
This year’s race will follow the same route as last year’s edition, when Drucker won from a small breakaway, with three ascents of Ranmore Common sandwiched by a climb each of Leith Hill and Box Hill.
The 200km which also includes four intermediate sprints in Dorking, and heads back into central London for a grandstand finish The Mall.
The punchy circuit in Sunday is prime territory for a breakaway to get away, with both Drucker and Blythe before him sprinting to victory from small groups, but who will emerge victorious on Sunday?
We’ve taken a closer look at the key riders bidding for a share of the biggest one-day Classic prize pot on the UCI Europe Tour.