News: 10 WorldTour Teams for Tour of Britain


This year’s Tour of Britain will feature ten of the UCI’s top level WorldTour teams for the first time ever

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News: 10 WorldTour Teams for Tour of Britain

This year’s Tour of Britain will feature ten of the UCI’s top level WorldTour teams for the first time ever, with the teams from the top tier of the sport making up half the field for this September’s Tour, which takes place from Sunday 4 to Sunday 11 September.


Mark Cavendish, winning a lot in the Tour de France and a strong chance for the Tour of Britain preparing for a worlds where the winner is expected to be a sprinter. Pic: PhotoSport International. uk usa asia.

Among those teams will be Team Dimension Data, who won the 2015 Tour of Britain with Edvald Boasson Hagen and now also boast Mark Cavendish. 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.

Team WIGGINS will also race, with Sir Bradley Wiggins having already publically stated that he intends to ride the Tour of Britain following his bid for Gold at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. 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.


Third in the 2015 Tour of Britain, Owain Doull is expected to return to the Tour of Britain after the Olympics in Rio

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.

Commenting on the line-up, 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.”

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.


Alex Dowsett, British time trial champion, is another rider expected to be at the Tour of Britain


Hugh Carthy may well be at the Tour in the Caja Rural  team

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)
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.

Stage One Sunday 4 September Glasgow to Castle Douglas
Stage Two Monday 5 September Carlisle to Kendal
Stage Three Tuesday 6 September Congleton to Tatton Park, Knutsford
Stage Four Wednesday 7 September Denbigh to Builth Wells
Stage Five Thursday 8 September Aberdare to Bath
Stage Six Friday 9 September Sidmouth to Haytor, Dartmoor
Stage Seven a Saturday 10 September Bristol Stage Individual Time Trial
Stage Seven b Saturday 10 September Bristol Stage Circuit Race
Stage Eight Sunday 11 September London Stage presented by TfL
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