Ten WorldTour teams confirmed for the Tour of Britain

Posted on: 19 July 2016

Devon crowds could get the chance to watch cycling heroes Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish MBE, both fresh from the Rio Olympics, battle it out on their doorsteps this autumn.

Ten of the UCI’s (Union Cycliste Internationale) top level WorldTour teams will, for the first time ever, compete in this year’s Tour of Britain with both the teams of Mark Cavendish and Sir Bradley Wiggins confirmed.

Sir Bradley has already publically stated that he intends to ride the Tour of Britain

Bradley Wiggins in Sidmouth 2013

Bradley Wiggins in Sidmouth 2013

following his bid for gold at Rio. Stage Six of this year’s Tour of Britain is being hosted by Devon County Council and partners East Devon District Council, Sidmouth Town Council,  Teignbridge District Council and Dartmoor National Park and takes place on Friday 9 September.

The stage starts in Sidmouth and ends in Haytor, taking in communities including Ottery St Mary, Honiton, Willand, Tiverton, Crediton, Moretonhampstead, Chudleigh and Bovey Tracey.

Teams from the top tier of the sport make up half the field for this year’s Tour, which takes place from Sunday 4 September to Sunday 11 September.

Among those teams will be Team Dimension Data, who won the 2015 Tour of Britain with

Mark Cavendish in Sidmouth in 2013

Mark Cavendish in Sidmouth in 2013

Edvald Boasson Hagen and now also boasts Mark Cavendish who has already won four  stages of this years Tour de France.

They will be joined by the likes of regular Tour of Britain participants Team Sky, Movistar Team, BMC Racing Team and Cannondale Drapac, while Team Giant Alpecin, Orica BikeExchange and Trek Segafredo return having not competed in 2015.

Two UCI ProContinental teams will be making their Tour of Britain debuts – the Spanish Caja Rural – Serguros RGA team, from whom Preston’s Hugh Carthy rides, and the Belgian Wanty – Groupe Gobert team, who include former SKODA King of the Mountains Mark McNally.

Having won both the Yodel Sprints and SKODA King of the Mountains jerseys with Peter Williams in 2015, ONE Pro Cycling return for their second Tour of Britain, their first as a UCI ProContinental team.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for

Councillor Stuart Hughes

Cllr Stuart Hughes

Highways said: “This summer will be incredible for British cycling. We are faced with the exciting possibility of Sir Bradley Wiggins, fresh from the Rio Olympics returning to the Tour for what may be his last competitive race on British soil.

“Mark Cavendish has won four stages in this year’s Tour de France, and with his team also confirmed we could see two of the superstars of British Cycling battle it out from Sidmouth to Haytor.

“It’s shaping up to be another exciting Devon stage and we’re expecting huge crowds right along the route to see some of the biggest names in professional cycling.

“Haytor, the only summit finish in this year’s Tour, could make Devon a crucial stage in the race and may even point the way as to who will win the overall race.  That means all eyes around the world will be on our county, which is ideal for the local economy in terms of attracting visitors and demonstrating that we are a cycling county.”

Tour of Britain Race Director Mick Bennett said: “This is a world-class line-up of teams entirely befitting of the Tour of Britain’s continuing growth in stature and importance on the global cycling calendar.

“Half of the teams selected are currently racing in the Tour de France, giving British fans a taste of the high-level of competition which they can look forward to watching this September.”

Jonny Clay, British Cycling director of cycle sport and membership, said: “The fact that 10 World Tour teams have confirmed their place on the start line in Glasgow at this year’s Tour of Britain is a fantastic endorsement and underlines the strong reputation that the event now holds within an ever increasingly competitive international calendar. We are greatly looking forward to the spectacle of a world class peloton racing on British roads this September.”

It will be the largest number of UCI WorldTour teams to compete in Britain at any point since the Tour de France Grand Depart in 2014.

The full list of teams for the Tour of Britain is as follows:

•    An Post Chain Reaction (IRL)
•    Bardiani CSF (Ita)
•    BMC Racing Team (USA)
•    Cannondale Drapac Pro Cycling Team (USA)
•    Caja Rural – Seguros RGA (SPA)
•    Great Britain national team (GBR)
•    Lotto Soudal (BEL)
•    ONE Pro Cycling (GBR)
•    Orica BikeExchange (AUS)
•    Movistar Team (SPA)
•    Team Dimension Data (RSA)
•    Team Giant Alpecin (GER)
•    Team LottoNL Jumbo (NED)
•    Team Sky (GBR)
•    Team WIGGINS (GBR)
    Trek Segafredo (USA)
•    Wanty  Groupe Gobert (BEL)

In total 20 teams will participate in the 2016 Tour of Britain.  The final three British UCI Continental teams will be confirmed on Monday 1 August following the Prudential RideLondon event.  Team WIGGINS were selected by virtue of their third overall with Owain Doull in the 2015 Tour of Britain.

JLT Condor presented by Mavic, Madison Genesis, NFTO, Pedal Heaven and Team Raleigh GAC are vying for the final three spots, with their selection based upon performances in major domestic events and UCI level races in the UK.

The Tour of Britain is British Cycling’s premier road cycling event giving cycling fans the opportunity to see the world’s best teams and riders competing on their door step.

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