Some of the world’s top riders will be taking part in the OVO Energy Tour of Britain when it rides into Wirral for the first time on Wednesday 11th September.
Team INEOS, Team Jumbo – Visma and Team Sunweb headline the 20 teams competing in this year’s race, the UK’s biggest and most prestigious cycle event.
The line-up for the 16th edition of the modern Tour, which takes place from Saturday 7th – 14th September, will feature 11 teams fresh from competing in the Tour de France. The race is the sporting highlight of an incredible year for Wirral as it celebrates being Borough of Culture for Liverpool City Region.
In total this year’s OVO Energy Tour of Britain will welcome 10 teams from the highest category in professional road cycling, the UCI World Tour, including EF Education First Pro Cycling, Lotto Soudal, Mitchelton – SCOTT, Team KATUSHA ALPECIN and the Movistar Team who won the team classification at the Tour de France last month. It also includes Team Dimension Data of Mark Cavendish, who may select Wirral-born rider Steve Cummings to compete on home soil.
Five UCI ProContinental squads will compete, led by Corendon – Circus Cycling Team, who are already confirmed as bringing rising star Mathieu van der Poel to the race, while the Israel Cycling Academy team will make their debut with a potential line-up including the last back-to-back stage winner in the Tour of Britain Matthias Brändle and former Irish national champion Connor Dunne.
Joining them will be Belgian squads Wanty – Gobert Cycling Team and Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise, who have both previously enjoyed riders winning jerseys in the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, and the Danish Riwal Readynez Cycling Team team who impressed on British roads this spring with a stage win in the Tour de Yorkshire for Alexander Kamp.
Also riding will be the French AG2R La Mondiale squad of Romain Bardet, who make their first appearance since 2009.
British fans will also be able to cheer on the Great Britain cycling team once again, with the line again expected to feature the best British professionals from outside of the teams competing, combined with the next generation of home stars, such as Ethan Hayter who took four top 10 stage finishes during the 2018 race for Great Britain.
Four British UCI Continental squads will complete the field, having earned their places through a season long qualification criteria. OVO Energy Tour Series Champions Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes will be joined by Madison Genesis, Team WIGGINS Le Col and making their race debut SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling.
In Wirral, the day’s action will be focused around Birkenhead Park, which will host the start and finish line, as well as a sprint. Cycling fans can follow the action in the park, with the race broadcast on big screens and enjoy bike-themed activities and stalls in the Event Village.
The Wirral Stage of OVO Energy Tour of Britain on Wednesday 11 September is supported by Airbus, Cambrianway, Mott McDonald and Amey Consulting. Full route information can be found at: https://www.tourofbritain.co.uk/stages/stage-five/