The world’s top three teams will be among the 18 squads competing in this year’s Tour of Britain, the 17th edition of the UK’s leading bike race.

INEOS Grenadiers, Deceuninck – Quick-Step and Team Jumbo – Visma are among the seven UCI WorldTeams – along with Israel Start-Up Nation, Movistar Team, Team DSM and Team Qhubeka NextHash – who will take part in the eight-day event, which begins in Cornwall on Sunday 5 September. 

They will be joined by four UCI ProTeams, including the Belgian Alpecin – Fenix squad of reigning champion Mathieu van der Poel. 

The 18 teams competing in the 2021 Tour of Britain are:

  • Alpecin – Fenix (Belgium)
  • Caja Rural – Seguros RGA (Spain)
  • Canyon dhb SunGod (Great Britain)
  • Deceuninck – Quick-Step (Belgium)
  • Global 6 Cycling (New Zealand) – first appearance in 2021
  • Great Britain (Great Britain)
  • INEOS Grenadiers (Great Britain)
  • Israel Start-Up Nation (Israel)
  • Movistar Team (Spain)
  • Rally Cycling (USA) – first appearance in 2021
  • Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling (Great Britain) – first appearance in 2021
  • Saint Piran (Great Britain) – first appearance in 2021
  • SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling (Great Britain)
  • Team Arkéa – Samsic (France) – first appearance in 2021
  • Team DSM (Germany)
  • Team Jumbo – Visma (Netherlands)
  • Team Qhubeka NextHash (South Africa)
  • TRINITY Racing (Great Britain) – first appearance in 2021

Ever-present in their home Tour since their inaugural 2010 season, INEOS Grenadiers will return to the race looking to add to their illustrious record of one overall triumph, 17 stage wins and two jersey victories. With eight British riders – including Tour of Britain stage winner Luke Rowe and podium finisher Owain Doull – among their 32-rider squad, home interest is all-but guaranteed in their six-rider line-up for the race.

Deceuninck – Quick-Step are the most successful team in modern Tour history, having claimed 22 stages and two overall victories since the race returned to the calendar in 2004. Their most recent GC victory came with Frenchman and reigning world champion Julian Alaphilippe in 2018. The team have already claimed 40 victories in 2021, meaning their six-rider squad promises to be incredibly strong.

The Dutch Jumbo – Visma team will compete in their 10th Tour of Britain this September, during which time they have won the race twice (through Dutchman Lars Boom, in 2010 and 2017) and taken 10 stage victories. They will be among the favourites for victory in stage three’s Carmarthenshire team time trial having triumphed in the equivalent stage three years ago.

Among the five teams making their Tour of Britain debut in 2021 are the American Rally Cycling outfit, with their distinctive bright orange jerseys, and Team Arkéa – Samsic, for whom former British road race champion Connor Swift and compatriot Dan McLay could be selected to be compete.

The talented Spanish Caja Rural – Seguros team return for their first participation since 2016 while ambitious Kiwi outfit Global 6 Cycling will cap their debut season in the peloton with a ride in Britain’s biggest race.

Further home interest comes in the selection of all five of Britain’s UCI Continental teams: Canyon dhb SunGod, Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling, Saint Piran, SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling and TRINITY Racing. A Great Britain national team, likely to feature emerging talents, will also compete.

Further announcements about the provisional rider list for the Tour of Britain will be announced in the coming weeks.

What a race we have in store for us this September! Once again, we’ve attracted the world’s biggest teams to the Tour of Britain, and I know they’re going to put on a show for the home fans and our worldwide TV audience. Combined with those British domestic teams we’ve invited, who always ride fearlessly and get stuck in, I really cannot wait for the racing to begin now!

Mick Bennett

Race Director, Tour of Britain

2021 Tour of Britain Stages

 

Stage One Sunday 5 September Penzance to Bodmin 180.8km
Stage Two Monday 6 September Sherford to Exeter 184km
Stage Three Tuesday 7 September Carmarthenshire team time trial 18.1km
Stage Four Wednesday 8 September Aberaeron to Great Orme, Llandudno 209.7km
Stage Five Thursday 9 September Alderley Park to Warrington 152km
Stage Six Friday 10 September Carlisle to Gateshead 192.7km
Stage Seven Saturday 11 September Hawick to Edinburgh 194.7km
Stage Eight Sunday 12 September Stonehaven to Aberdeen 173km

 

 

About the 2021 Tour of Britain

Relaunched in 2004 after a five-year absence from the calendar, the Tour of Britain is British Cycling’s premier road cycling event, held annually across eight days in September.

The free-to-watch sporting spectacular features Olympic, world and Tour de France champions, and attracts a roadside audience of over 1.5m spectators. Live coverage of the race is shown daily in the UK on ITV4, in addition to around the world. The Tour of Britain is part of the UCI ProSeries, making it one of the most prestigious sporting events in the sport’s global calendar.

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