Olympic Gold medallist Elia Viviani is the latest high-profile rider to be confirmed for this year’s Tour of Britain, which gets under on Sunday (4 September) from George Square in Glasgow.
The Italian Team Sky rider will be joined on the Tour of Britain start line by another Rio medallist, Jack Bobridge of Trek Segafredo, who won Silver in the Team Pursuit for Austalia. The duo take the number of 2016 Olympic medallists confirmed for the Tour of Britain to six, alongside Gold medallists Sir Bradley Wiggins and Owain Doull, and Silver medallists Mark Cavendish and Tom Dumoulin.
Viviani will lead Team Sky, who also include this year’s Liege-Bastogne-Liege winner Wout Poels and British duo Ian Stannard and Ben Swift, plus current Irish Road Race and Time Trial Champion Nicolas Roche.
Another National Champion riding in the Tour of Britain will be Dutch Road Race Champion Dylan Groenewegen, who already has one victory on British roads in 2016 having taken the opening stage of the Tour de Yorkshire in April.
Also confirmed were the line-ups for three of the British teams in the Tour of Britain – JLT Condor presented by Mavic, Madison Genesis and NFTO.
JLT Condor are led by former British Champion Russell Downing, NFTO include Ian Bibby, winner of the Manx, Wiltshire and Rydale Grand Prix in 2016 and Madison Genesis are led by Tom Stewart, victor in two of the biggest single day races in the UK, the Lincoln GP and Velothon Wales.
In addition to the line-up of Olympic medallists confirmed for the Tour of Britain, Tour de France stage winners this Summer Andre Greipel and Steve Cummings are also on the provisional rider list, along with a pair of former UCI World Hour Record holders Alex Dowsett and Rohan Dennis.
Spectators will have the chance to meet all 21 teams in the Tour of Britain from 18:00 this Saturday (3 September) evening at a Team Presentation event on George Square in the heart of Glasgow.
Three-hours of live coverage will be broadcast from each stage of the Tour of Britain, with both ITV4 and the BIKE Channel UK showing the race live, while ITV4 will also air a one-hour highlights programme each day.
The Tour of Britain is British Cycling’s premier road cycling event giving cycling fans the opportunity to see the world’s best teams and riders competing on their door step.