Madison-Genesis target stage success at Tour of Britain

Roger Hammond names strong six-man team to take Liverpool start line on Sunday

Madison-Genesis hope to be competitive throughout the Tour of Britain after naming a strong six-man line-up for the race, which starts in Liverpool on Sunday September 7.

Four Brits have been selected for Roger Hammond’s Milton Keynes-based outfit, alongside New Zealand’s Commonwealth Games points race gold medal winner Tom Scully and fellow countryman Mike Northey.

Tom Scully, Mike Northey, Madison-Genesis, Tour Series, 2014, Durham, pic: Colin Henrys/Factory Media
Tom Scully and countryman Mike Northey will ride for Madison-Genesis at this year’s Tour of Britain

Tour of the Reservoir winner Alex Peters, who won the white jersey at An Post Ras, and Tom Stewart, who enjoyed criterium success at the Tour Series earlier in the year, are also selected.

Liam Holohan, who is likely to be a feature in the breaks, and Ian Bibby – who has enjoyed strong rides at the Tour in the past – complete the line-up and former British champion Hammond admits it was a tough decision to pick his final six.

“It has been a luxury problem to have but to select the Tour of Britain team from such a strong squad has been a really difficult task,” he said.

“Everybody has worked so hard to be in the best possible condition to take on the challenge of the biggest race in the UK.

“I feel we have a team that can be competitive on every stage of this year’s race, which I’m sure will make for an exciting week for Madison Genesis. I can’t wait!”

Madison-Genesis will join their fellow British UCI Continental teams on the Liverpool start line for the race, while eight WorldTour teams have also been selected – led by Team Sky and defending champion Sir Bradley Wiggins.

All 20 teams will be presented at the race’s first ever rider presentation, a free-to-attend event at Liverpool One on Saturday (September 6).

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