Some of the world’s top riders have been confirmed for the OVO Energy Tour of Britain when it rides into Wirral for the first time on Wednesday 11 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 7-14 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, which 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. The Israel Cycling Academy team will make its 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 - plus 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.
Cllr Christine Spriggs, Cabinet Member for Culture and Tourism commented:
“We always knew that the Tour of Britain would bring the highest calibre of cycling talent to Wirral and we’re really excited by today’s announcement. We’re looking forward to welcoming these extraordinary riders to the borough next month. It will be an amazing opportunity for our residents and visitors to see world-class sporting action up-close and hopefully inspire a future generation of cyclists.”
Further announcements about the provisional rider list for the OVO Energy Tour of Britain will be made throughout August.
OVO Energy Tour of Britain Race Director Mick Bennett said: “Once again we’re delighted to welcome such a strong line-up of teams to the OVO Energy Tour of Britain. From fan favourites such as Team INEOS, Mitchelton-SCOTT and Team Jumbo Visma, alongside notable returnees AG2R La Mondiale, to the four British domestic teams who gained selection following a season-long qualification process, I think we’re in for an exciting eight days of racing in September.”
Commenting on the announcement, Julie Harrington, Chief Executive of British Cycling added:
“There aren’t many road races outside a Grand Tour that attract such a staggering field of riders year after year, but the 2019 OVO Energy Tour of Britain is one of them. With the hunt for the maillot jaune now wrapped up, what better way to whet the appetite for fans of our great sport than to say that those very same WorldTour and Pro Continental teams will be going wheel to wheel much closer to home, come September.
“We are now a short time away from watching the likes of Team INEOS, Mitchelton – SCOTT and Team Dimension Data doing battle on our doorstep, and with the race for British domestic team qualification at its end – well done to Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes, Madison Genesis, SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling and Team WIGGINS Le Col – we are soon to see just why the OVO Energy Tour of Britain is the pinnacle of British Cycling’s road racing calendar.”
The OVO Energy Tour of Britain gets underway from George Square in Glasgow on Saturday 7 September, finishing on Deansgate in Manchester city centre on Saturday 14 September. ITV4 will once again screen live free-to-air coverage flag-to-flag of each stage in the UK, along with a nightly highlights programme of the best of the action.
The OVO Energy 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 doorstep and helping to build a great cycling nation.
The Wirral Stage of OVO Energy Tour of Britain on Wednesday 11 September is supported by Airbus, Cambrianway, Mott McDonald and Amey Consulting. View the full route information.
OVO Energy Tour of Britain 2019 competing teams
- AG2R La Mondiale (France)
- Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes (Great Britain)
- Corendon – Circus Cycling Team (Belgium)
- EF Education First Pro Cycling (USA)
- Great Britain Cycling Team (Great Britain)
- Israel Cycling Academy (Israel)
- Lotto Soudal (Belgium)
- Madison Genesis (Great Britain)
- Mitchelton – SCOTT (Australia)
- Movistar Team (Spain)
- Riwal Readynez Cycling Team (Denmark)
- Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise (Belgium)
- SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling (Great Britain)
- Team Dimension Data (South Africa)
- Team INEOS (Great Britain)
- Team Jumbo – Visma Cycling (Netherlands)
- Team KATUSHA ALPECIN (Switzerland)
- Team Sunweb (Germany)
- Team WIGGINS Le Col (Great Britain)
- Wanty – Gobert Cycling Team (Belgium)