Borders will host Tour of Britain stage featuring 18 top cycling teams
Eighteen of the world’s leading cycling teams will contest this year’s Tour of Britain, including stage two between Hawick and Duns on Monday, September 5.
The 18th edition on the UK’s most prestigious race begins in Aberdeen on Sunday, September 4 and culminates with what promises to be a spectacular finale on the Isle of Wight eight stages later on Sunday, September 11.
The second most successful team in modern race history - INEOS Grenadiers – will look to go one better than the 2021 Tour, in which young British star Ethan Hayter placed second overall.
While Movistar (lining up for their ninth consecutive participation), Team DSM (who first competed in the race in 2006) and Israel – Premier Tech (third start in as many editions) are regulars at the Tour, BORA – Hansgrohe will return to the race for the first time since 2014.
Three months after their women’s team competed in their first edition of the Women’s Tour, the Tour of Britain’s sister race, Uno-X Pro Cycling Team, will make their debut in the UK’s leading men’s cycling event.
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This will also welcome the Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB team from Belgium for the first time.
Having impressed in 2021, most notably when Robin Carpenter became the first American to win a stage of the race, Human Powered Health will return to the Tour in September. They will be joined by Bardiani CSF Faizanè, competing in their 10th edition of the race; Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise, whose involvement with the Tour stretches back to the first modern edition in 2004; and Caja Rural - Seguros RGA, returning for their third start.
The other six teams consist of a Great British national squad, the country’s four leading domestic squads (Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling, Saint Piran, TRINITY Racing and Wiv SunGod) and Team Qhubeka.
Mick Bennett, Tour of Britain race director, said: “As ever we’re excited to welcome those teams competing in the Tour of Britain to the UK’s biggest bike race.
"It’s great to see plenty of familiar faces mixed with a couple of debutants. But, perhaps most interestingly, today’s announcement further hints at what awaits in potentially the most open and unpredictable, but certainly the hardest, edition of the race to date!”