The eight-stage Ovo Tour of Britain gets underway in Glasgow on Saturday with a tough 201.5km day out finishing in Kirkcudbright.
Our six-man outfit is packed with experience and includes British sprint star Mark Cavendish as well as the race’s 2016 champion Steve Cummings.
Cavendish, who has won a record 10 stages of this race, will be joined by double-stage winner Julien Vermote, who famously held off Cummings while racing for different teams at the finish in Kendal in 2016.
They’re joined by the experienced duo of Bernhard Eisel and Danilo Wyss who both will likely play crucial support functions with the race finishing in Manchester on 14 September.
Our selection is completed by Mark Renshaw, also a double-stage winner at this event, in his final appearance on British soil after confirming earlier this year that 2019 would be his last as a professional.
“September always has me looking forward to The Ovo Energy Tour of Britain. Having witnessed first hand the rise of cycling in Great Britain, racing in front of a home crowd holds a special importance to me on a very personal level.
“What makes the 2019 edition especially significant is the finish in Manchester. I remember as an amateur watching the finish there in 2004, the first edition of the race in its current format, and so I’m really looking forward to now racing in what is such an important city for British cycling 15 years on.” –Mark Cavendish