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Sprint cycling rivals Viviani and Bennett line up for Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic

Sprint stars Elia Viviani and Sam Bennett – who were rivals at this year’s Giro d’Italia – will line up for the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic on Sunday.

Viviani won four stages of the three-week Italian race while Bennett won three stages including the final stage in Rome.

Elia Viviani (left) will go head-to-head with Sam Bennett (right) at the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic on Sunday

The pair will renew their rivalry at the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic through the streets of London and Surrey on 29 July. The field will also include Michael Matthews, who withdrew from this year’s Tour de France due to illness. Matthews has finished on the podium both times he has raced RideLondon, finishing third in 2016 and 2017.

Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic Race Director Mick Bennett said: “Anyone who watched Elia Viviani and Sam Bennett go head-to-head at this year’s Giro d’Italia will know that these are two of the very best sprinters in the world and two men who are very closely matched.

“We were all thrilled by the duels they had in Italy and it is exciting to announce the two will meet again in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic – the first time they have raced one another since Sam won the final stage of this year’s Giro d’Italia ahead of Elia in Rome.

“And while we were sad to see Michael Matthews have to withdraw from this year’s Tour de France, we are delighted he is healthy enough to return to the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic for a third year. If he is on form, Michael is a man that everyone else in the field will fear.”

Full details of the line-up can be found on RideLondon’s website. The professional race follows three mass participation events of varying distances – 100 miles, 46 miles and a new 19-mile sportive.

Grassroots groups have been awarded more than £3million to improve sport and leisure facilities thanks to Surrey’s role in the Prudential RideLondon cycling festival.

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