Cavendish to star in front of home crowd in 2014 RideLondon

Mark Cavendish insists he can’t wait to get back out in front of a fervent home crowd after it was announced he will lead the line-up at this year’s Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic.

The 29-year-old, who has 25 Tour de France stage wins to his name, will make his debut alongside his Omega Pharma Quick-Step team in the event, which has been awarded 1.HC status – the second-highest international classification – by the UCI in just its second year.

This year’s men’s pro race route will see the 200-kilometre racing start at 13:00 on Sunday August 10 and focus on multiple circuits in the Surrey Hills.

The changes include two climbs through Denbies Vineyard to Ranmore Common and the introduction of additional sections of the 2012 Olympic Road Race route, such as the climb of Staple Lane over the North Downs near Guildford.

“I’m excited to be riding in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic for the first time this year,” said Cavendish.

“It’s another opportunity to race in front of the amazing crowds in Britain. Coming after the Tour de France and Commonwealth Games, more and more people are going to be at the roadside cheering us on and wanting to be a part of the weekend.

“The whole event just shows the growth of cycling in Britain, so it will be great to be a part of it with my Omega Pharma Quick-Step team.

“We know it’s a challenging route, but we also know it’s one that can end in a sprint finish, which should suit the team and me.”

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