The lineup for the tenth anniversary Tour of Britain has been announced with the largest field to date comprising 19 teams and 114 riders taking on the eight stages starting in Peebles in the Scottish Borders on September 15 and ending in London on September 22. There is a good showing of 2013 Grand Tour teams including Sky Pro Cycling, Movistar and Garmin-Sharp, plus Milan San Remo winning team MTN Qhubeka and UCI Continental Teams Madison Genesis and Rapha Condor JLT.
Race Director Mick Bennett comments, ‘This year’s Tour of Britain will have a world-class line-up bringing a number of international stars to race on British roads, while at the same time allowing our top domestic teams and a Great Britain squad to race on the biggest stage possible for them… The make-up of teams will provide another exciting and unpredictable Tour from a racing perspective, whether you are watching at the roadside or at home on the live television coverage.’ Both ITV4 and British Eurosport will be serving up live coverage across the eight days of action and there is also an opportunity for amateur cyclists to take part in The Tour Ride Scotland on Saturday September 14 with a choice of 50- and 100mile routes (see thetour.co.uk for details.)
Participating teams for the tenth anniversary Tour of Britain are:
UCI Pro Teams: Cannondale Pro Cycling (Ita), Garmin-Sharp (USA), Movistar (Spa), Omega Pharma – Quick Step (Bel), Sky Pro Cycling (GBr)
UCI Pro Continental Teams: Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox (Ita), IAM Cycling (Swi), MTN Qhubeka p.b Samsung (RSA), Sojasun (Fra), Team NetApp Endura (Ger), UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling (USA)
UCI Continental Teams: AN Post Chain Reaction (Irl), Madison Genesis (GBr), Node4 Giordana Racing (GBr), Rapha Condor JLT (GBr), Team IG Sigma Sport (GBr), Team Raleigh (GBr), Team UK Youth (GBr)
National Teams: Great Britain (GBr)
For further details see tourofbritain.co.uk