Team Sky announce strong Tour of Britain line-up

Tour of Britain

Olympic Gold medalist Geraint Thomas will lead Team Sky in this September's Tour of Britain, alongside former Tour stage winner and King of the Mountains Ben Swift. Thomas will be joined in The Tour of Britain by fellow Olympic Gold Medalist Ed Clancy, who leads the Rapha Condor Sharp team, which was also revealed today.

The Team Sky provisional line-up includes a strong British focus for their home Tour, with Thomas and Swift joined by rising stars Peter Kennaugh and Alex Dowsett, the latter of whom last week took his first professional victory at the Tour du Poitou in France.

2011 will be Thomas' sixth Tour of Britain, with the Welsh rider having finished sixth and twelfth in the last two editions, while Swift secured his first professional win the last time he rode The Tour in 2009, winning the stage from Hatherleigh to Yeovil. The quartet will be joined by double Tour of Britain top ten finisher Michael Rogers, and fellow Australian Mathew Hayman.

In addition to World and Olympic Champion Clancy, Great Britain teammate Andy Tennant, himself a 2012 Olympics hopeful, will also ride for Rapha Condor Sharp, alongside former British Champion Kristian House. Australian Zak Dempster and Namibian Dan Craven add international flavour to the line-up, which is completed by Devon cyclist Jonathan Tiernan-Locke, who will be looking forward to Stage Five of The Tour of Britain, which takes in many of the Devonian's training roads.

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