More than 150 world-class athletes tested the 140 kilometer long London 2012 Cycling Road Race course on Sunday at the London-Surrey Cycle Classic. The event replicated the London 2012 road race (albeit with a reduced length), taking an Olympic sized peloton on the route from The Mall in central London to Box Hill and back.
Hailing the test event a success Pat McQuaid, President of the International Cycling Union, added that: 'the race attracted the worldâs best athletes which in turn attracted magnificent crowds to watch throughout the course, some of which may never have seen road cycling before. I am certainly looking forward to watching the race in 2012.'
UCI road cycling coordinator Marc Chovelon highlighted the importance of the test event for the UCI and the 2012 Olympic Organizing Committee: âIt has enabled us to successfully test infrastructures, traffic and competition flow, as well as testing a number of other logistical questions. We will now evaluate and make any adjustments necessary in order to guarantee optimal security for our Olympic athletesâ
Tour de France green jersey winner Mark Cavendish road to victory in front of his home crowd on Sunday. Sacha Modolo (ITA) took second place ahead of the Samuel Dumoulin (FRA).
In 2012, seven more loops will extend the men's race to 250km, while the women's will be 140km.
Photo: The peloton going up the Box Hill
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