Bradley Wiggins is set to headline the Sky team at this September's Tour of Britain. Other top names taking part include Russell Downing, Steve Cummings and Geraint Thomas.
Ed Clancy is to lead the Motorpoint – Marshalls Pasta team, which includes GB track cyclists Andy Tennant and double Halfords Tour Series winner Ian Bibby.
The Tour of Britain starts in Rochdale on Saturday September 11th. The tour rounds off in London eight days later around the historic Docklands.
“We’re delighted to have Team Sky riding The Tour of Britain this year, particularly with such a strong line-up that shows they mean business for The Tour,” commented technical director Mick Bennett.
“I’m sure fans in Wales will be particularly excited to see Geraint Thomas riding Stage Three into Swansea, while I know from meetings and events in Newham just how excited residents and in particular local children are at the prospect of our three Olympians racing on their streets in September. I know Bradley can expect a lot of support during the final stage, in what is of course London’s Olympic and Paralympic Borough.
“Motorpoint – Marshalls Pasta too have a strong team, with several riders who stand an excellent chance of being involved in London 2012. With five domestic British teams riding The Tour this year, there will be an interesting race within a race between those squads to see who comes out on top, and Motorpoint look to have a strong squad to do that.”