Sports Director Fabio Baldato will be at the helm in Spain with Steve Bauer behind the wheel of the team car in the British capital.
“Clásica de San Sebastián has changed this year and it looks like the final will be harder with a steep climb added after the Jaizkibel and then we will go up the final climb two times, instead of just one. I still think, however, that this is a good race for Greg, who was performing really well in the mountains during the last week of the Tour, and we will go there to support him. As well as Greg, Joey Rosskopf is coming here after the Tour but, there will also be a lot of other really strong guys on the start line with three weeks of racing in their legs. We are happy to see Patrick Bevin make his return to racing on Saturday after his crash and overall I think all the riders on our roster are in good shape. We are confident but, we don’t feel any pressure to control the race. We will look to do a recon of the new parcours to get an idea of what that might do to the race but, overall, I am sure that as a group we can do something nice,” Baldato said.
“The Prudential RideLondon – Surrey Classic has adjusted the parcours from previous editions and decided to include five ascents of Box Hill, which I think will be where a selection is made. Our CCC Team rider roster will need to be attentive early to ensure we are in any important breakaways. Most of our riders competing this weekend have raced here previously and this experience will be valuable. After the final climb up Box Hill, it could be a smaller group that heads to the sprint in London so, we will need to be well-represented in the final 40 kilometers to aim for a good result,” Bauer explained.
Van Avermaet will be returning to the start line of the Spanish UCI WorldTour one-day race after finishing in the top five multiple times.
“I was happy with my form at the Tour de France and I had some nice results so, I’m motivated about lining up at the Clásica de San Sebastián and will be looking to do another good race here. There have been some changes to the course this year so, we will see what effect that has on the outcome but overall, I think the style of racing here is one that I like and it suits me. You never know how your body will recover after the Tour so I’m not putting too much pressure on myself but, if my shape is good, another top ten finish would be great,” Van Avermaet said.
Bevin is happy to be back racing after an unfortunate crash saw him forced to abandon the Tour de France.
“Of course I was disappointed with how my Tour de France ended but, I am happy with my recovery so far after the crash and it will be good to start racing again. I had to have two weeks off the bike because of my ribs so, I don’t have any personal objectives here. Instead, I will be lining up to see what I can do to help the team,” Bevin added.
Jonas Koch, who finished in the top ten at last year’s edition of the Prudential RideLondon – Surrey Classic, is motivated ahead of the British UCI WorldTour one-day race.
“I’m feeling really good heading into this race. After the Tour of Austria, I went to an altitude camp and now, I‘m looking forward to getting back into race mode. This will be the third time that I have raced the Prudential RideLondon – Surrey Classic and it is a race I like a lot, especially the finale in the center of London. After finishing in the top ten last year, and a successful Tour of Austria, I‘m really looking forward to Sunday and I‘m very motivated,” Koch said.
Clásica de San Sebastián (3 August)
Rider Roster: Will Barta (USA), Patrick Bevin (NZL), Josef Černý (CZE), Víctor de la Parte (ESP), Joey Rosskopf (USA), Greg Van Avermaet (BEL), Riccardo Zoidl (AUT)
Sports Director: Fabio Baldato (ITA)
Prudential RideLondon – Surrey Classic (4 August)
Rider Roster: Jonas Koch (GER), Michael Schär (SUI), Gijs Van Hoecke (BEL), Nathan Van Hooydonck (BEL), Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (BEL), Francisco Ventoso (ESP), Łukasz Wiśniowski (POL)
Sports Director: Steve Bauer (CAN)