News: Teams for Tour of Britain

Teams for the 2017 Tour of Britain announced including the British ones taking on the 10 WorldTour squads

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News: Teams for Tour of Britain

The 20 teams for the 2017 Tour of Britain have today (Monday 7 August) been announced, in a line-up that will feature ten UCI WorldTour teams, plus a further three squads that have competed in one of the two Grand Tours so far in 2017.

All of the top five teams in the current UCI WorldTour rankings – Quick-Step Floors; Team Sky; BMC Racing; Movistar Team and Orica Scott – will be at the Tour of Britain.

Returning to the Tour of Britain will be Team Katusha Alpecin, who have confirmed Alexander Kristoff, winner of the European Championship Road Race and Prudential RideLondon – Surrey Classic on consecutive weekends, and his teammate World Time Trial Champion Tony Martin, who won the Bristol stage last year, as part of their provisional line-up.

“The Tour of Britain is not only a perfect race in my build-up to the World Championships, I will also try to win some stages”, said Alexander Kristoff. “For me it is a return to this race after eight-years. I still have good memories of my participation in 2009. Moreover, I always perform well on British soil. I took my Olympic medal in London as well as the victory in last week’s RideLondon-Surrey Classic WorldTour race. I really look forward participating in the OVO Energy Tour of Britain.”

Alongside Kristoff the OVO Energy Tour of Britain looks set to attract the world’s top sprinters, with Team Dimension Data’s Mark Cavendish targeting the Tour to return from his Tour de France injury, and Sky’s Elia Viviani publically aiming to add to his four stage wins in the race. Viviani’s Team Sky teammate Geraint Thomas has already vowed in interviews to race the Tour of Britain for the first time since 2011, with the overall finish of the Tour in his home city of Cardiff for the first time on Sunday 10 September. … continued after advert

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A trio of teams will make their Tour of Britain debuts in CCC Sprandi Polkowice from Poland, America’s Cylance Pro Cycling and BIKE Channel Canyon. The latter are one of four domestic UCI Continental teams to have qualified for the Tour following their performances in British events during the course of 2017. The qualification process saw teams score points in British Cycling’s Spring Cup and Grand Prix Series, plus UCI events held in the UK, with JLT Condor heading the table ahead of ONE Pro Cycling, BIKE Channel Canyon and Madison Genesis. It does however mean that Team Wiggins, winners of the Ryedale Cup on Sunday and Raleigh GAC with podium finishes in the Tour Series and Elite Circuit Series will not get a ride.

The Tour of Britain gets underway in Edinburgh on Sunday 3 September. The full list of teams for the Tour of Britain is as follows:

• An Post Chain Reaction (Ireland)
• Bardiani CSF (Italy)
• BIKE Channel Canyon (Great Britain)
• BMC Racing Team (USA)
• Cannondale Drapac Pro Cycling (USA)
• CCC Sprandi Polkowice (Poland)
• Cylance Pro Cycling (USA)
• Great Britain national team (Great Britain)
• JLT Condor (Great Britain)
• Lotto Soudal (Belgium)
• Madison Genesis (Great Britain)
• Movistar Team (Spain)
• ONE Pro Cycling (Great Britain)
• Orica Scott (Australia)
• Quick-Step Floors (Belgium)
• Team Dimension Data (South Africa)
• Team Katusha Alpecin (Germany)
• Team Lotto NL – Jumbo (Netherlands)
• Team Sky (Great Britain)
• Wanty Groupe Gobert (Belgium)

The Stages
Stage 1 / Sunday 3 September / Edinburgh to Kelso /190km
Stage 2 / Monday 4 September / Kielder Water & Forest Park to Blyth / 211km
Stage 3 / Tuesday 5 September / Normanby Hall Country Park to Scunthorpe / 178km
Stage 4 / Wednesday 6 September / Mansfield to Newark-on-Trent /165km
Stage 5 / Thursday 7 September / The Tendring Stage Individual Time Trial / 16km
Stage 6 / Friday 8 September / Newmarket to Aldeburgh /187km
Stage 7 / Saturday 9 September / Hemel Hempstead to Cheltenham /185km
Stage 8 / Sunday 10 September / Worcester to Cardiff / 180km

 

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