Ten WorldTour teams set for 2016 Tour of Britain

Team Sky, Dimension Data and Orica-BikeExchange set for UCI Europe Tour race as organisers confirm 17 of 20 teams to feature on Glasgow startline

Ten WorldTour teams are among the 20 set for the Tour of Britain startline in Glasgow in September, including Team Sky and Dimension Data – who have both enjoyed British stage success at this year’s Tour de France.

Race organisers Sweetspot have confirmed 17 of the 20 teams set to start this year’s race, which takes place from Sunday September 4 to Sunday September 11, with three further British teams to be confirmed next month.

And of those 17, ten are currently in action at the Tour de France, including Mark Cavendish and Steve Cummings’ Dimension Data team and Team Sky, Britain’s only WorldTour team.

Dimension Data – then still MTN-Qhubeka – won last year’s Tour of Britain thanks to Edvald Boasson Hagen.

Edvald Boasson Hagen won last year’s Tour of Britain, and Dimension Data are one of ten WorldTour teams set for the 2016 race (pic: The Tour)

Orica-BikeExchange, whose British rider Adam Yates is currently sat third overall at the Tour de France, will also be on the Glasgow startline.

BMC Racing, Cannondale-Drapac, Lotto-Soudal, Movistar, Giant-Alpecin, LottoNL-Jumbo and Trek-Segafredo are all set to join them.

Tour of Britain race director Mick Bennett said: “This is a world-class line-up of teams entirely befitting of the Tour of Britain’s continuing growth in stature and importance on the global cycling calendar.

“Half of the teams selected are currently racing in the Tour de France, giving British fans a taste of the high-level of competition which they can look forward to watching this September.”

Of the seven other teams already confirmed, ONE Pro Cycling – the only British team competing at UCI ProContinental level – will be there, alongside debutants Caja Rural-Seguros, of Spain, and Belgium’s Wanty-Groupe Gobert.

ONE Pro made their WorldTour debut this month, at the Tour of Poland, and return to the Tour of Britain having won both the Sprints and King of the Mountains jerseys through Peter Williams in 2015.

Caja Rural boast rising British star Hugh Carthy in their number – though with the race clashing with the final week of the Vuelta a Espana, the Preston-born ace has targeted being in Spain instead.

Owain Doull’s performances at last year’s Tour of Britain have guaranteed Team Wiggins a spot for 2016 (pic: The Tour)

Wanty-Groupe Gobert, meanwhile, count Mark McNally – the Skoda King of the Mountains winner at the 2014 Tour of Britain – as one of their options for the race.

Also racing from UCI ProContinental level are Italian team Bardiani-CSF, while Irish outfit and Tour of Britain regulars An Post-Chain Reaction are one of the third-tier UCI Continental level teams already confirmed.

Team Wiggins, for whom Owain Doull was third overall in 2016, have already been confirmed as a result of that success, while the 17th team on the startline will be the Great Britain national team.

The remaining three places will be awarded to three of Britain’s five other UCI Continental teams after the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic race on July 31.

Three further domestic teams from JLT-Condor, Madison-Genesis, Raleigh-GAC, NFTO and Pedal Heaven will be confirmed after the RideLondon Classic

Their selection will be ‘based upon performances in major domestic events and UCI level races in the UK’.

JLT-Condor won the 2016 Tour Series and their rider, Conor Dunne, the UCI 1.2-ranked Rutland-Melton International Cicle Classic in April.

Madison-Genesis saw Tom Stewart win the UCI 1.1-classified Velothon Wales, meanwhile, alongside also winning the prestigious Lincoln Grand Prix and finishing as the highest-ranked domestic rider at the Tour de Yorkshire in 11th.

Raleigh-GAC have enjoyed domestic success, meanwhile, with Adria Moreno topping the Motorpoint Spring Cup Series individual standings, while Sebastian Mora leads the individual standings of the Elite Circuit Series with two events remaining.

NFTO were top of the team rankings in the Motorpoint Spring Cup Series, and Pedal Heaven – who are bidding for a Tour of Britain debut in their first year at UCI Continental level – are the fifth team vying for one of the three places.

Tour of Britain 2016: teams

UCI WorldTour
Team Sky (GBR)
Dimension Data (RSA)
Orica-BikeExchange (AUS)
Movistar (ESP)
BMC Racing (USA)
Cannondale-Drapac (USA)
Giant-Alpecin (GER)
Lotto-Soudal (BEL)
LottoNL-Jumbo (NED)
Trek-Segafredo (USA)

UCI ProContinental
ONE Pro Cycling (GBR)
Bardiani-CSF (ITA)
Caja Rural-Seguros (ESP)
Wanty-Groupe Gobert (BEL)

UCI Continental
Team Wiggins (GBR)
An-Post Chain Reaction (IRL)

National team
Great Britain (GBR)

Three further teams to be confirmed after the RideLondon Classic from: JLT-Condor, Madison-Genesis, Raleigh-GAC, NFTO and Pedal Heaven.


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