Andre Greipel to lead Lotto Soudal at Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic
Jul 27 2018 08:41 pm CET

Andre Greipel to lead Lotto Soudal at Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic
Andre Greipel to lead Lotto Soudal at Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic
Photo of Andre Greipel by Lotto Soudal

Lotto Soudal will start at the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic with Andre Greipel as a captain and riders that can support him in a final sprint.

Many options are possible in the British race and the Belgian team has chosen to build a roster prepared for a fast finale. "The London Classic is relatively new which makes it difficult to predict how the race will develop," said sports director Mario Aerts.

"Some riders told me that it is comparable to the Ardennes Classics, mainly in the middle of the race. After the last official climb, there are still 50 kilometres left till the finish in the city centre."

Lotto Soudal has made a selection of riders that can be present at every moment of the race. "With riders like Bauhaus, Bennett, Modolo, Jakobsen and Viviani at the start, chances for a bunch sprint are quite high," Aerts commented. "Within our team, André Greipel is, of course, one of the main favourites for the victory. We will, together with the other sprint teams like Bora-Hansgrohe and Quick-Step, try to control the race. A big breakaway group is likely to form during the hilly part of the race, so we have to be alert.

"It’s always a good thing to have someone from the team in the break. That way, you don’t have to work at the front of the peloton. Bjorg Lambrecht would be the ideal rider to slip into a break, just like James Shaw, who will be really motivated to race in his home country. The other Lotto Soudal riders will mainly support Greipel during the preparation for a possible sprint."

Complete roster of Lotto Soudal for the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic (29th of July):

Lars Bak
André Greipel
Adam Hansen
Moreno Hofland
Bjorg Lambrecht
Nikolas Maes
James Shaw




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