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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.
Today sees the men’s pro teams competing on a 169km course which starts in Bushy Park and includes five separate climbs of Box Hill, giving climbers the chance of winning the King of the Mountains jersey for the day before some of the world’s finest sprinters look for glory at the finish line in St. James’ Park.
Not only are there crucial World Tour points to motivate the riders, but also the largest prize pool for any one-day classic race in the world.
Many of the biggest names in sprinting will take their place on the starting line at Bushy Park, with Lotto-Soudal’s Caleb Ewan looking to continue his rich vein of form after winning three stages on his debut Tour de France.
Among his chief competitors on the finishing line are Deceuninck-Quick-Step’s Elia Viviani, another 2019 Tour de France stage winner, as well as Team Bahrain-Meridia’s Sonny Colbrelli and Michael Matthews of Sunweb.
British riders include Katusha-Alpecin’s Alex Dowsett and Christopher Lawless, who rides for Team Ineos alongside the likes of Filippo Ganna and Christian Knees. There will also be a Great British Cycling Team, led by World and European champion Ethan Hayter.
Last year’s winner, Bora-Hansgrohe’s Pascal Ackermann, will not be defending his title.
You can watch all of the action from both the women’s Classique and the men’s Classic live on BBC One and Two as well as via the BBC Red Button, BBC Sport Online and on Connected TVs. All of our coverage will be also be available live and as catch-up via the BBC iPlayer.
Uninterrupted coverage from the weekend will be available on the BBC Sport website and app.
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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