Next year’s Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic (August 10) should attract an even better field than this year’s inaugural edition after the UCI upgraded its ranking to hors catégorie.

The one-day race, which starts in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and finishes on The Mall, now sits in the second-highest classification of professional races and will therefore carry more UCI points and offer a bigger prize fund.

Race organiser SweetSpot had also applied for the Tour of Britain to be upgraded to a similar ranking for 2014, however the 11th edition of the modern national tour will once again be run with a 2.1 classification.

However, there was good news for their Women’s Tour, which will take place in the East Midlands from May 7-11.

Next year’s race has been awarded 2.1 status, which is the best ranking available for a women’s stage race.

Elsewhere, the Rutland-Melton CiCLE Classic (April 27) continues as a 1.2-ranked event for the eighth-year running, while former Premier Calendar round the Beaumont Trophy (June 22) has also received a similar ranking for its first year as a UCI-classified race.

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