A major boost to the UK’s premier cycling event set for later this Summer. Team Davitamon-Lotto has been announced as joining Quick.Step, T-Mobile and last year’s overall winners Chocolade-Jacques T-Interim in this year’s Tour of Britain, which starts in Glasgow on August 30. There should be some more pro-teams too, joining the big hitters will be strong national teams from Great Britain, Ireland, Scotland and Wales for the six-day, 2.1 ranked event.
Davitamon-Lotto are having a great Tour de France thanks to its haul of three stage victories. So Australian Robbie McEwen could be beating up the UK peloton pretty soon. Belgian rivals Quick.Step are also doing well in France and Tom Boonen, following his crash isn the TdF, may well be fit for the start too.
Tony Doyle, Race Director for the Tour of Britain, has been at the Tour de France recruiting teams for the week long event, he’s obviously delighted with the addition of the two ProTour squads.
Doyle stated that; “The Tour of Britain is proud to confirm that two top teams in Davitamon-Lotto and Quick.Step will ride this year’s race. Both teams are in the elite division of cycling and have already shown this through their stage winning performances in this years Tour de France. The inclusion of two top teams is a just another sign that they see the Tour of Britain as a major event in the cycling calendar.”
The stages in full:
Tuesday 30th August – Stage 1 – Glasgow to Castle Douglas
Wednesday 31st August – Stage 2 – Carlisle to Blackpool
Thursday 1st September – Stage 3 – Leeds to Sheffield
Friday 2nd September – Stage 4 – Buxton to Nottingham
Saturday 3rd September – Stage 5 – Birmingham City centre
Sunday 4th September – Stage 6 – Westminster City centre criterium