Tour of Britain Cycling Begins Sunday – Cavendish In

tour-of-britain-cycling-2Whilst the Vuelta Espana continues to catch the eye, make sure that you don’t miss another fantastic cycling event – the Tour of Britain. Starting this Sunday (7th September); the event is sure to catapult cycling into the limelight once more in the UK, following the success of the Tour de France.

The peloton will have to navigate a challenging route from Liverpool to London across 7 days of cycling, with a strong field expected for the ride. Britsol, Bath, Brighton and Llandudno are other notable highlights which this year’s Tour of Britain will frequent.

Wiggins Confident

tour-of-britain-bradley-wigginsMark Cavendish has now been confirmed for the event, and will go head-to-head with Marcel Kittel in what promise to be some fascinating sprints throughout. Reigning champion and former Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins will also take part, in what promises to be a strong field of competitors.

Wiggins told the Guardian that he’s looking forward to defending his title: ‘The Tour of Britain is a special race for me so to be returning as defending champion is a real honour. It’s always been a tough race but the support we receive from the fans is incredible, and it’s our home tour so I’ve always enjoyed racing it,’ he said.


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‘Growing in Stature’

tour-of-britain-2010‘From the start of the year it’s always been a goal of mine to race to the Tour of Britain. The race is growing in stature year on year and it’s our chance to go there with a strong team and race in front of home fans to thank them for their support over the season,’ he continued.

Wiggins was originally expected to take part in the ongoing Vuelta Espana; but once it became clear that Chris Froome had recovered sufficiently to race in that event his sights became firmly set on competing once again on his home turf.

Team Sky for the Win?

tour-of-britain-cycling-team-skyHe is widely expected to win the event again for Team Sky, although Belkin’s Lars Boom will provide a stiff challenge having won the event back in 2011.

Cavendish’s sprint battles with Kittel are already being touted as the potential highlight of the event; and the Manx Missile will be glad to be back on the circuit following his dramatic first stage exit from the Tour de France earlier in the summer.

Kittel vs Cavendish

He put in a solid performance at the Tour de l’Ain in August, but he’ll need to be back to something near his best if he’s to fend off the challenge of Kittel. The Stage 1 and Stage 8b sprint stages in Liverpool and London respectively will provide Cavendish with his change to impress.

Kittel told Cycling Weekly that he’s confident of mounting a solid assault on the event: ‘I’m looking for a nice way to finish the season and for sure the Tour of Britain is part of that, especially after the experience of the Tour de France. I’m sure it’s going to be also a nice race there. If the weather stays good it should be good there,’ he said.

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The breakdown of the stages is as follows (information taken from Tour of Britain website):

Stage 1 – Sunday 7th September – Liverpool city centre: 104.8km

Stage 2 – Monday 8th September – Knowsley to Llandudno: 201km

Stage 3 – Tuesday 6th September – Newtown to The Tumble: 179.7km

Stage 4 – Wednesday 10th September – Worcester to Bristol: 184.6km

Stage 5 – Thursday 11th September – Exmouth to Exeter: 177.3km

Stage 6 – Friday 12th September – Bath to Hemel Hempstead: 205.7km

Stage 7 – Saturday 13th September – Camberley to Brighton: 226km

Stage 8 A – Sunday 14th September – London individual time trial presented by TfL: 8.8km

Stage 8 B – Sunday 14th September – London circuit race presented by TfL: 88.8km


Full List of Competing Cyclists:

Team Sky
DS: Rod Ellingworth
1 Sir Bradley Wiggins GBR
2 Sebastien Henao COL
3 Ian Stannard GBR
4 Ben Swift GBR
5 Bernhard Eisel AUT
6 David Lopez ESP

IAM Cycling
DS: Kjell Carlstrom
11 Sylvain Chavanel FRA
12 Heinrich Haussler AUS
13 Kevyn Ista BEL
14 Matthias Brandle AUT
15 Sebastien Reichenbach SUI
16 Jerome Pinaeu FRA

Rapha Condor JLT
DS: John Herety
21 Kristian House GBR
22 Chris Opie GBR
23 Tom Moses GBR
24 Richard Handley GBR
25 Mike Cuming GBR
26 Hugh Carthy GBR

Great Britain
DS: Keith Lambert
31 Tao Geoghegan Hart GBR
32  Dan McLay GBR
33  Dan Pearson GBR
34 Christopher Latham GBR
35 Christopher Lawless GBR
36 Germain Burton GBR

Garmin Sharp
DS: Charly Wegelius
41 Jack Bauer NZL
42 Thomas Dekker NED
43 Tyler Farrar USA
44 Lasse Hansen DEN
45 Dylan Van Baarle USA
46 Dylan Girdlestone RSA

MTN Qhubeka
DS: Michel Cornellise
51 Songezo Jim RSA
52 Linus Gerdemann GER
53 Dennis van Niekerk RSA
54 Ignatas Konovalovas LTU
55 Youcef Reguigui ALG
56 Karel Hnik CZE

Giordana Racing Team
DS: Bill Nickson
61 Marcin Bialoblocki POL
62 James Moss GBR
63 Nathan Edmondson GBR
64 Bradley Morgan GBR
65 Steve Lampier GBR
66 Rob Partridge GBR

Omega Pharma-QuickStep
DS: Brian Holm
71 Mark Cavendish GBR
73 Mark Renshaw AUS
73 Michal Golas POL
74 Michal Kwiatkowski POL
75 Niki Terpstra NED
76 Julien Vermote BEL

Team Novo Nordisk
DS: Vassili Davidenko
81 Martijn Verschoor NED
82 Andrea Peron ITA
83 Javier Megias ESP
84 David Lozano ESP
85 Charles Planet FRA
86 Kevin De Mesmaekers BEL

Madison Genesis
DS: Roger Hammond
91 Tom Stewart GBR
92 Mike Northey NZL
93 Liam Holohan GBR
94 Tom Scully NZL
95 Ian Bibby GBR
96 Alex Peters GBR

Movistar Team
DS: Jose Luis Jaimerena
101 Igor Anton ESP
102 Alex Dowsett GBR
103 Pablo Lastras ESP
104 Juan Jose Lobato ESP
105 Ion Izagirre ESP
106 Enrique Sanz ESP

Bardiani CSF
DS: Roberto Reverberi
111 Enrico Battaglin ITA
112 Nicola Ruffoni ITA
113 Sonny Colbrelli ITA
114 Edoardo Zardini ITA
115 Franscesco Manuel Bongiorno ITA
116 Andrea Piechele ITA

Team Raleigh
DS: Cherie Pridham
121 Matthieu Boulo FRA
122 Yanto Barker GBR
123 Ian Wilkinson GBR
124 Morgan Kniesky FRA
125 Mark Christian GBR
126 George Atkins GBR

Belkin Pro Cycling
DS: Jan Boven
131 Lars Boom NED
132 Theo Bos NED
133 Jos van Emden NED
134 Rick Flens NED
135 Bram Tankink NED
136 Maarten Wynants BEL

Team NetApp Endura
DS: Enrico Potschke
141 Leopold Koenig CZE
142 Jan Barta CZE
143 Sam Bennett IRL
144 Zak Dempster AUS
145 Scott Thwaites GBR
146 Paul Voss GER

NFTO Pro Cycling
DS: Sean Yates
141 Adam Blythe GBR
142 Jon Mould GBR
143 Josh Hunt GBR
144 Sam Harrison GBR
145 James Lowsley-Williams GBR
146 Dale Appleby GBR

BMC Racing Team
DS: Max Sciandri
161 Steve Cummings GBR
162 Martin Kohler SUI
163 Sebastian Lander DEN
164 Daniel Oss ITA
165 Dylan Teuns BEL
166 Peter Velits SVK

An Post Chain Reaction
DS: Kurt Bogaerts
171 Shane Archbold NZL
172 Aaron Gate NZL
173 Robert Jon McCarthy AUS
174 Sean Downey IRL
175 Glenn O’Shea AUS
176 Owain Doull GBR

Team Giant Shimano
DS: Marc Reef
181 Marcel Kittel GER
182 Brian Bulgac NED
183 Tom Stamsnijder NED
184 Tom Veelers NED
185 Albert Timmer NED
186 Bert de Backer BEL

Tinkoff Saxo
DS: Lars Michaelsen
191 Nicolas Roche IRL
192 Manuele Boaro ITA
193 Rory Sutherland AUS
194 Christopher Juul Jensen DEN
195 Rasmus Guldhammer DEN
195 Nikolai Trusov RUS

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