Cyclists back in the saddle at final Glasgow 2018 Road Race event
Hundreds of elite cyclists will put their pedal power to the test on Glasgow’s streets this Sunday for the final Road Race event of Glasgow 2018.
Europe’s top cyclists will swap the mountains of France for the mountain that is Montrose Street as they compete for the European title on the closing weekend of the inaugural European Championships.
The Men’s Road Race will follow the same route as the women’s event, starting and finishing at Glasgow Green and taking in a number of iconic landmarks along the way. The riders will complete 16 loops of the course, covering 230km.
Starting at 10.30am, there will be plenty of opportunity for the public to catch the riders in action throughout the late morning and early afternoon as the riders race past.
Team GB athletes competing on Sunday include four members of Team Sky; Owain Doull, Chris Lawless, Ian Stannard and Luke Rowe. They will be joined by Adam Blythe, Ben Swift, Scott Thwaites and Mark Christian, who is a late replacement for Mark Cavendish who was forced to withdraw on Thursday.
Eyes will be on Slovakia’s triple World Champion Peter Sagan and the 2017 European Champion Alex Kristoff of Norway. The final Road Race event offers one of 13 gold medals up for grabs on the final day of competition.
Colin Hartley, Glasgow 2018 European Championships Director, said: “The Road Race is a really fast paced, thrilling event to watch and I’d encourage everyone to join the course at some stage to witness the sheer strength and skill of the riders.
“Glasgow crowds are known the world over for being some of the best and people have been out in their droves, regardless of the weather to support at both the Women’s Road Race last weekend and at Wednesday’s Time Trial. The athletes really appreciate the support from spectators along the route, and I look forward to cheering them on, along with thousands of others on Sunday.”
Various road closures will be in place on Sunday 12 August in order to facilitate the Road Race. Information can be found on www.getreadyglasgow.com