A number of elite cyclists from across the globe were competing in an Olympic test race
Britain’s Mark Cavendish won the London 2012 road race test event. This could set him up for gold in the Olympic Games. He won this year’s Tour de France green jersey, completed the 87-mile course around London and Surrey in three hours, 18 minutes and 11 seconds. Huge crowds and cyclist fans turned out for the London 2012 preview cycle event Sunday August 14.
“The crowd was incredible the whole way,” Cavendish, 26, told BBC Sport. “You can’t get a sense of how the 2012 race will go, but you can get a feel for this course and the route is good.”
The one-off cyclists race, dubbed the London-Surrey Cycle Classic, began on The Mall and took in two ascents of the signature Box Hill climb in Surrey, as well as venturing through Hampton Court Palace, Walton-on-Thames, Guildford and Dorking.
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