Team Sky are one of ten Tour de France teams set for the 2015 Tour of Britain, after organisers revealed the line-up for this year’s 2.HC-rated race.
Winners in 2013 through Sir Bradley Wiggins, Sky headline the list of 20 six-man teams set for the Anglesey startline on Sunday September 6.
Defending champion Dylan van Baarle’s Cannondale-Garmin team are also selected, alongside Etixx-QuickStep, Movistar, BMC Racing and Tinkoff-Saxo.
LottoNL-Jumbo, Lotto-Soudal and IAM Cycling complete the list of WorldTour teams, while African UCI ProContinental team MTN-Qhubeka were also in Tour de France action – Britain’s Steve Cummings bagging a stage win for them.
Race director Mick Bennett believes the depth of talent set to be on show is unprecedented in the race’s history, sayig: “This is undoubtedly the strongest line-up of teams to have appeared in the Aviva Tour of Britain.
“The Aviva Tour of Britain presents a fantastic opportunity for British fans to see what will be the best line-up of teams and riders to race in this country this year.
“In 2014 we saw Michal Kwiatkowski, Sir Bradley Wiggins and the BMC Racing Team all go on to win World titles immediately after the race and are sure this year’s Tour will provide an equal platform for riders going on to target the World Championships.”
All six of Britain’s UCI Continental teams have also been selected, meaning Tour of Britain debuts for One Pro Cycling and Team WIGGINS.
Raleigh-GAC, JLT-Condor, NFTO Pro Cycling and Pearl Izumi Tour Series champions Madison-Genesis will also be in action, alongside a Great Britain national team and Irish outfit An Post-Chain Reaction.
Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetic pro cycling team, return after making their debut in 2014 and Russ Downing’s Cult Energy complete the 20-team line-up.
Tour of Britain 2015: teams
BMC Racing (USA)
IAM Cycling (SUI)
Team Sky (GBR)
Cult Energy Pro Cycling (DEN)
Team Novo Nordisk (USA)
An Post-Chain Reaction (IRL)
ONE Pro Cycling (GBR)
Team Raleigh-GAC (GBR)
Team WIGGINS (GBR)
Great Britain (GBR)