Team pursuit world champions and Olympic prospects Geraint Thomas and Ed Clancy will return to race in the UK this Saturday evening, 7 June.
The pair were last seen in the UK breaking the 4000m team pursuit world record at the world track championships in Manchester. This time they will be competing in London in the Smithfield Nocturne Elite Criterium.
“It will be great to return to London as it’s not often we get the opportunity to race there,” said Geraint Thomas, who last raced in London during the 2007 Tour de France. “The Nocturne is obviously a different prospect to the Tour de France but I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve just come off the back of the Giro so I’m up for mixing it up in a crit race.”
Thomas will have had a week to rest his legs following a solid performance in the Italian grand tour where he placed 12th in the final time trial, just ahead of compatriot David Millar.
“I was pleased with my form in the Giro, especially in the final time trial,” he said. “It bodes well for my preparation towards the Olympics. I’ve had some rest this week and have a free schedule so it was a perfect opportunity to race against some of my GB team mates and enjoy some action on the streets of London.”
Along with Clancy, British stars Chris Newton and Rob Hayles will race as well as the top domestic pros.
The criterium will close a programme that will also feature London commuters in the folding bike race. This year it won’t just be Londoners fighting it out for glory as competitors have entered from as far a field as Barcelona and Slovenia.
“It is a long way to fly to race,” said Enrique Casanovas from Barcelona. “We have been thinking of creating a folding bike race in Girona for several years so we are delighted to be able to join the event in London. The Brompton World Championships were hosted in Barcelona but we particularly like the format of the Nocturne and are looking forward to an exciting race”.
Full details of the Smithfield Nocturne can be found at www.smithfieldnocturne.com. The action starts at 5pm and is free to attend.