Will Tour de France cycling champion Chris Froome follow the herd at Sunday's Prudential RideLondon-Surrey race?
PUBLISHED: 16:34 26 July 2016 | UPDATED: 16:57 26 July 2016
Just two days ago, three-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome probably expected the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey spotlight to himself when he rides his debut race this Sunday July 31.
What he hadn’t accounted for, however, is an invasion of eye-catching heifers. Not only will the CowParade Surrey herd line parts of the 125-mile route, which takes in Surrey beauty spots such as Box Hill, Ranmore Common and Newlands Corner, but four of the cows, True Colours, Bunnyhop, Cycling MooKay and Clarabelle, will head into London to graze at ExCel and FreeCycle festival sites at Green Park and Lincolns Inn Field.
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The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic route
Departing from Horse Guards Parade, St James’s Park in central London, the professional cyclists roll out through the iconic London landscape. Eventually passing through the natural beauty of Richmond Park, the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic route continues through the heart of Kingston upon Thames, then into Surrey after crossing the River Thames at Hampton Court Bridge and continues along the route made famous by both the road race and time trial events during 2012 Olympic Games. The early stages of the race will pass through Walton-on-Thames, Weybridge and Ripley before heading to the climb of Staple Lane and into the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. After cycling through Abinger Hammer and Westcott, the riders will go through Dorking for the first time before heading south to Coldharbour to climb Leith Hill. Once riders have climbed Leith Hill, they will head through Dorking again before tackling three circuits through Westhumble to Ranmore Common before racing back through Dorking for a final time and on to Box Hill. The direct route back into London, used by the 2012 Olympic road race, via Leatherhead, Oxshott and Esher, is expected to lead to an exciting conclusion.