Ivan Basso will make his Tour of Britain in September having been named as Liquigas-Cannondale’s leader for the Italian team’s first appearance at the race.
The two-time Giro d’Italia winner is currently riding the Tour de France, where team-mate Peter Sagan leads the points classification having won three stages, while Vincenzo Nibali sits third overall.
Tour of Britain race director Mick Bennett said: “We are delighted to have the Liquigas-Cannondale team participate in the Tour of Britain for the first time. The inclusion of such a high-profile team led by two-time winner of Giro d’Italia, Ivan Basso, underlines the growing status of the Tour of Britain and its importance to pro cycling teams.”
The Tour of Britain starts in Ipswich on Sunday September 9, before eight stages of racing in England, Scotland and Wales, finishing in Surrey on Sunday September 16.