The winners of the Tour of Britain’s past two summit finishes will return to the race this September, with Wout Poels (Team Sky) and Edoardo Zardini (Bardiani CSF) confirmed by race organisers as a part of the provisional line-up.
This year’s summit finish in the Tour of Britain comes on Stage Six, Friday 9 September at Haytor on Dartmoor, where Simon Yates claimed victory in 2013.
28-year-old Dutchman Poels helped Chris Froome to victory in this Summer’s Tour de France, and won the Liege-Bastogne-Liege classic earlier this year. The climber also won a stage of the Tour of Britain in 2010 between Minehead and Teignouth.
Speaking about his return to the race in which he finished fourth overall in 2014, Edoardo Zardini said;
“I had the chance to race the Tour of Britain only one time in my career, 2014, and I have great memories. I took my second win as professional and I was honoured to wear the leader’s jersey for one day. So far, it was one of the best moments of my career.
“2014 was great, I had really a top condition, but during the Tour of Britain I really performed at my highest level. I dreamed also to keep the jersey for few days more and, why not, being on the podium in London but I had to accept the fourth place… well, finishing the race behind Van Baarle, Kwiatkowski and Wiggins was not so bad!
“Besides the performance, I had great memories from the race – great organisation, an amazing crowd on the roads and beautiful landscape. I really enjoyed that moment and I look forward to come for a new experience.”
Already confirmed for the Tour of Britain are the likes of Olympic medallists Sir Bradley Wiggins, Owain Doull and Mark Cavendish, plus multiple Tour de France stage winners Andre Greipel, Rohan Dennis and Steve Cummings, and former Tour of Britain jersey winners Mark McNally and Boy Van Poppel.
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.