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Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish to ride 2016 Tour of Britain

Olympic gold medallist Owain Doull also confirmed for race

Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish have been confirmed for the 2016 Tour of Britain, which will start in Glasgow on Sunday September 4.

Wiggins, the 2013 champion, will ride the race for the ninth time, less than a month after winning team pursuit gold on the track in Rio to become Great Britain’s most decorated Olympian.

Sir Bradley Wiggins will ride the 2016 Tour of Britain less than a month after winning a fifth Olympic gold medal on the track (Pic: Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com)

 

Owain Doull, who was also part of the victorious team pursuit quartet in Brazil, will also ride the Tour of Britain for Wiggins’ eponymous team, before joining Team Sky for 2017. Cavendish will also return to duty on the road with Dimension Data having added an Olympic silver medal in the omnium to his palmares in Rio.

“We are delighted to be welcoming two of our Olympic Champions to the Tour of Britain just three weeks after their success in Rio,” said Tour of Britain race director Mick Bennett.

“As a former winner of the Tour of Britain it is always a pleasure to welcome Sir Bradley Wiggins back to Britain’s biggest race, while Owain Doull was the star of the 2015 Tour, showing he has a very bright future ahead of him.”

Nineteen teams will ride the 2016 Tour of Britain, including ten WorldTour squads: Team Sky, BMC Racing, Cannondale-Drapac, Lotto-Soudal, Movistar, Orica-BikeExchange, Dimension Data, Giant-Alpecin,
LottoNL-Jumbo and Trek-Segafredo.

Mark Cavendish returns to the road having won Olympic silver in the omnium (Pic: Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com)

 

Team Wiggins are one of five domestic squads set to line-up, alongside JLT-Condor, Madison-Genesis, NFTO and An Post-Chain Reaction, while a Great Britain under-23 squad will also contest the race, as well as four UCI Pro Continental squads: ONE Pro Cycling, Bardiani-CSF, Caja Rural-Seguros and
Wanty Groupe Gobert.

The 2016 Tour of Britain will take place from Sunday September 4 to Sunday September 11, with eight stages concluding in London.

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