Just three years on from the inaugural event, the Prudential RideLondon race has been granted World Tour status by the UCI.
Becoming the first British Men’s race to attain the status, the past weekend’s showing – won by Tom Boonen – was shown on the BBC to huge audiences. The broadcaster has however come in for criticism as live pictures of the race cut toward the crucial home stretch.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “WorldTour status for the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic is deserved recognition for one of the highlights of what has become the largest festival of cycling in the world. It is helping inspire thousands more Londoners to take to two wheels and attracting riders and visitors from around the planet, very clearly demonstrating that London is open for business and welcoming the very best talent in the world.”
The race is organised by the London & Surrey Cycling Partnership a joint venture between London Marathon Events Limited, owner and operator of the Virgin Money London Marathon and SweetSpot Group, operator of the Tour of Britain. The group has now confirmed the 2017 race will take place on Sunday July 30th.