Announced teams will compete in the 2021 Tour of Britain
The three best teams in the world will be among the 18 competing teams next month Tour of Brittany.
INEOS Grenadiers, Deceuninck – Quick-Step and Team Jumbo – Visma will take part in the 17th edition of the UK’s biggest cycling race, with Devon hosting the second stage of the Tour on Monday 6 September.
They are one of seven UCI WorldTeams – along with Israel Start-Up Nation, Movistar Team, Team DSM and Team Qhubeka NextHash – that will take part in the eight-day event, which kicks off in Cornwall on Sunday, September 5th.
They will be joined by four UCI ProTeams, including the Belgian team Alpecin – Fenix of reigning Tour de Bretagne champion Mathieu van der Poel.
The 18 teams competing for 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
• DSM team (Germany)
• Jumbo Team – Visma (Netherlands)
• Qhubeka NextHash team (South Africa)
• TRINITY Racing (Great Britain) – first appearance in 2021
Mick Bennett, Tour of Britain Race Director, said: “What a race we have in store for September! Once again, we’ve drawn the biggest teams in the world to the Tour of Britain, and I know they’re going to put on a show for local fans and our global TV audience. Combined with these UK national teams that we invited, still riding fearlessly and getting stuck, I can’t wait for the race to start now!
The announcement was well received in Devon, where the second leg will cover 115 miles from Sherford, in the South Hams, to Queen Street in Exeter.
Councilor Duncan Wood, Senior Advisor for Recreation and Physical Activity, said: “It’s a really impressive team and a lot of talented riders who will descend to Exeter on September 6th for the Devon stage final. Events like the Tour can be an inspiration for young people who want to emulate their heroes or the kick-off for anyone who wants to get into cycling and adopt a more active and healthy lifestyle. This can only be good news for the city.
Councilor Stuart Hughes, a member of the Devon County Council cabinet responsible for cycling, said: “It’s an incredible line-up of teams for this year’s Tour so there is a lot to look forward to for the second stop in Devon on Monday 6th September. Whether you are a cycling fan or just want to catch the spectacle of the event, this is a great opportunity to see the world’s best cycling teams and sports stars on our doorstep. Let’s make this year’s Tour really special to help jumpstart Devon’s economic recovery. After other successful Olympics for the GB team, I hope this will also inspire people to take up cycling or come back to cycling – I can’t wait. “
Councilor Jonathan Hawkins, executive member of the South Hams District Council for Health and Welfare, said: “We have just experienced an exhilarating and extremely successful Olympic Games in Tokyo. Once again, the harvest of cycling medals that the GB team will take home, in all disciplines, will have sparked great interest in the sport. The presence of the three best teams in the world – supported by four other UCI WorldTeams and four ProTeams – on the Devon stage is extremely exciting. Some of the best horse riders in the world will be available to see up close and in person at South Hams, plying their trade and creating a fantastic spectacle for the residents. It should be an inspiring show and I can’t wait to be on September 6th.
Always present on their national circuit since their inaugural 2010 season, the Grenadiers of INEOS will return to the race seeking to add to their illustrious record of a triumph in the general classification, 17 stage victories and two jersey victories. With eight British riders – including Tour of Britain stage winner Luke Rowe and podium Owain Doull – among their squad of 32 riders, home interest is almost guaranteed in their six rider line-up for the race.
Deceuninck – Quick-Step is the most successful team in modern Tour history, having won 22 stages and two overall wins since returning to the calendar in 2004. Their most recent overall victory came of the French and reigning world champion Julian Alaphilippe in 2018. The team have already achieved 40 victories in 2021, which means that their team of six riders promise to be incredibly strong.
The Dutch team Jumbo – Visma will take part in their 10th Tour of Britain in September, during which time they have won the race twice (thanks to Dutchman Lars Boom, in 2010 and 2017) and achieved 10 victories in stage. They will be among the favorites for victory in the third stage of the Carmarthenshire team time trial after triumphing in the equivalent stage three years ago.
Among the five teams that will make their Tour of Britain debut in 2021 are the American Rally Cycling team, with their distinctive bright orange jerseys, and the Arkéa – Samsic team, for which the former British racing champion on road Connor Swift and his compatriot Dan McLay could be selected to compete. .
The talented Spanish team Caja Rural – Seguros return for their first participation since 2016, while the ambitious Kiwi Global 6 Cycling squad will close their first season in the peloton with a participation in Britain’s biggest race.
Another national interest comes from the selection of the five British UCI continental teams: Canyon dhb SunGod, Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling, Saint Piran, SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling and TRINITY Racing. A UK national team, likely to showcase emerging talent, will also compete.
Further announcements regarding the provisional rider list for the Tour of Britain will be announced in the coming weeks.
The Tour of Britain is broadcast live and in full on ITV4, as well as in over 150 countries around the world. For more information, visit www.tourofbritain.co.uk and the Devon Stage Tour of Britain website www.devontourofbritain.co.uk.