Sky riders Chris Sutton, Ian Stannard and Davide Appollonio have all been confirmed as riding in Saturday night’s IG London Nocturne.
The trio from the British-based WorldTour squad will ride against Matt Goss and Brett Lancaster from the Australian Orica-GreenEdge team.
“It would definitely be nice to come to the Olympic Games having won my last race in London,” said Goss.
“It’s another chance to have a bit of intensity before my next block of racing and to race in a place where we wouldn’t get to very often. Racing under lights is a little bit different; it’s kind of cool as you usually get a good crowd out for dinner, so it’s always a nice atmosphere. I enjoy it.”
They join the cream of British teams in the Saint-Gobain Elite Criterium including Endura, Rapha Condor Sharp, IG-Sigma, Raleigh-GAC, Metaltek-Scott, Cycle Premier and UK Youth.
The event is completely free to watch, and takes place in and around London’s historic Smithfield Market.
In addition to the elite criterium, there are numerous support events and entertainment including a Kermesse, penny farthing and folding bike races, and fixed-gear longest-skid competition.
Last year’s winner, Alex Dowsett (Sky), will not take part as he is competing in the National 25-mile time trial championships.
Highlights of the event will be shown on Channel 4 at 7am on Saturday June 16.
Goss and Lancaster head London Nocturne start list
IG London Nocturne website