Madison-Genesis, JLT-Condor and NFTO complete 20-team line-up for September's race
Tour Series champions JLT-Condor, Madison-Genesis and NFTO will complete the line-up of teams at the 2016 Tour of Britain, organisers have confirmed.
In a change from previous editions, only four of the six British UCI Continental teams are included this year – Team Wiggins having qualified automatically thanks to Owain Doull’s third-place finish last year, with three further spots available based on qualifying criteria through the year.
Points were awarded in the biggest races on the British domestic calendar, including the Tour de Yorkshire, Tour Series, Spring Cup, GP Series and national championships.
And JLT-Condor, Madison-Genesis and NFTO can now look forward to joining the likes of Team Sky, Movistar and BMC Racing on the Glasgow startline on Sunday September 4.
JLT-Condor were in dominant form in the Tour Series criterium races, winning the series outright and also boasting the individual winner on all bar one of the ten rounds – Jon Mould bagging a record-breaking six victories.
They continued their form at the national criterium championships, occupying all three podium places as Chris Lawless won the red, white and blue-striped jersey, while Conor Dunne won the UCI-classified Rutland-Melton International Cicle Classic.
Lawless is also currently top of the Motorpoint GP Series individual standings, ahead of second-placed team-mate Russell Downing – with JLT-Condor top of the team standings.
Madison-Genesis, meanwhile, have seen Tom Stewart enjoy a great year to date – the Yorkshireman won the UCI 1.1-ranked Velothon Wales and the Lincoln Grand Prix, and was the highest-ranked domestic rider at both the Tour de Yorkshire (11th) and national road race (seventh).
Finally, NFTO topped the team classification at the Motorpoint Spring Cup, with Ian Bibby, Jonny McEvoy and Dale Appleby all finishing inside the top ten.
It means Raleigh-GAC and UCI Continental debutants Pedal Heaven will both miss out on this year’s race.
Tour of Britain 2016: teams
UCI WorldTour Team Sky (GBR)
BMC Racing (USA)
Dimension Data (RSA)
UCI ProContinental ONE Pro Cycling (GBR)
Caja Rural-Seguros (ESP)
Wanty Groupe Gobert (BEL)
UCI Continental Team Wiggins (GBR)
An Post-Chain Reaction (IRL)
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