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There are two events for the top-level riders to get their teeth into this weekend – the women’s Classique on Saturday, and the RideLondon-Surrey Classic for the men on Sunday. There’s also a host of rides for amateur cyclists of all levels.
Many of the world’s best female riders will take part in Saturday’s Classique, a UCI World Tour event which consists of 20 laps of a 3.4km circuit, beginning and ending on The Mall before looping around St. James’ Park. There are four sprints taking place on the 4th, 8th, 12th and 16th laps. The Classique comes with a €100,000 prize pot, making it the richest one-day event on the women’s circuit.
Next year, the Classique will not be given World Tour status as it will clash with the established Ladies Tour of Norway after organisers moved the Classique to avoid a clash with the Tokyo Olympics. The UCI have said that they hope it can be included on the tour schedule again in future years.
16 teams are taking to the road on Saturday, including Britain’s Drops team, who are led by Olympic gold medallist Elinor Barker and her sister, Megan. Drops’ six-woman, all-British team also includes Elizabeth Bennett, Natalie Redmond, Abby-Mae Parkinson and Manon Lloyd.
Last year, WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling Team’s Kirsten Wild became the first woman to win the RideLondon Classique twice as she surged past a late crash to win a frantic sprint, and she returns to look for her third title on The Mall.
Other former winners ready to race include Sunweb’s Coryn Rivera and Team Virtu Cycling’s Barbara Guarishi, while the legendary Marianne Vos will compete for CCC-LIV. Another former champion, Giorgia Bronzini, is now the team manager for Trek-Segafredo.
You can watch all of the action from both the women’s Classique and the men’s Classic live on the BBC as well as via the BBC Red Button, BBC Sport Online and on Connected TVs. All of our coverage will be available live and as catch-up on the BBC iPlayer.
Uninterrupted coverage from both days will be available on the BBC Sport website and app.
Saturday 3 August – Women’s Classique
18:00-19:00, BBC Two
16:55-19:00, BBC Red Button, Connected TVs, BBC Sport website and app plus BBC iPlayer (replayed at 09:55 on Sunday 4 August on BBC Red Button)
Sunday 4 August – Men’s Classic
12:00-13:00, BBC Two
15:45-18:30, BBC One
14:00-16:00, BBC Red Button
14:00-18:30, Connected TVs, BBC Sport website and app plus BBC iPlayer
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