Five WorldTour teams – Team Sky, Cannondale Pro Cycling, Garmin-Sharp, Movistar and Omega Pharma-QuickStep – will ride the 2013 Tour of Britain.
The tenth anniversary of the eight day race will see the largest ever field assemble in Peebles, Scotland, on Sunday September 15, with 114 riders from 19 teams set to start.
Bradley Wiggins will lead Team Sky, while Mark Cavendish is expected to ride for Omega Pharma-QuickStep. Full provisional line-ups will be announced later this month.
Three teams – Movistar, IAM Cycling and Madison-Genesis – will make their debut in the race, which finishes in London on Sunday September 22.
All six of Great Britain’s UCI Continental-registered squads have been confirmed for the race, along with the Irish An Post-Chain Reaction outfit, while a national team of British Cycling Academy riders will also take part.
Six Pro Continental teams, including the MTN Qhubeka squad of Milan-San Remo winner Gerald Ciolek, have also accepted invites from race director Mick Bennett.
“This year’s Tour of Britain will have a world class line-up bringing a number of international stars to race on British roads, while at the same time allowing our top domestic teams and a Great Britain squad to race on the biggest stage possible for them,” said Bennett.
“The make-up of teams will provide another exciting and unpredictable Tour from a racing perspective, whether you are watching at the roadside or at home on the live television coverage.”
UCI WorldTour teams
Cannondale Pro Cycling (ITA)
Omega Pharma-QuickStep (BEL)
Team Sky (GBR)
UCI ProContinental teams
Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox (ITA)
IAM Cycling (SWI)
MTN Qhubeka p.b Samsung (RSA)
Team NetApp-Endura (GER)
UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling (USA)
UCI Continental teams
An Post-Chain Reaction (IRL)
Node4 Giordana Racing (GBR)
Rapha Condor JLT (GBR)
Team IG-Sigma Sport (GBR)
Team Raleigh (GBR)
Team UK Youth (GBR)
Great Britain (GBR)