Britain’s top rider to lead Tour of Britain team on Isle of Wight
Some of the best riders in the world have been confirmed for next week’s Tour of Britain.
One of the biggest names announced is rising British star Tom Pidcock, who won a key stage in the Tour de France this summer.
Tom will be making his highly anticipated return to the AJ Bell Tour of Britain.
Pidcock will be part of the line-up of local fan favorites INEOS Grenadiers in the race, which kicks off in Aberdeen on Sunday and hits the Isle of Wight for its climax next Sunday.
The 23-year-old sealed his reputation as one of the most exciting riders in the world when he won the famous Alpe d’Huez climb.
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The victory adds to his triumphs in the Olympic Games cross-country mountain bike race at Tokyo 2020 and the UCI Cyclo-Cross World Championships in February.
Pidcock already took part in his national tour in 2018, when he finished sixth on Whinlatter Pass in Cumbria en route to finishing 17th overall at just 20 years old.
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He will line up alongside his INEOS Grenadiers teammate Richie Porte in the race. Porte, who was confirmed to take part last week, will end his 13-year professional career at the UK’s premier cycling event.
Former world champion Michael Kwiatkowsi, who finished second overall in 2014, and Andrey Amador, who finished in the top 10 three years ago, will both return to the race to play a supporting role for Pidcock.
The squad is completed by debutants Omar Fraile, two-time King of the Mountains winner at Vuelta a Espana, and Magnus Sheffield.
ITV4 will continue to show live flag-to-flag coverage of every stage and the nightly highlights show.
The race will also be broadcast in more than 150 countries around the world, thanks to the event’s partnerships with Eurosport and the Global Cycling Network.
Read all about the Tour of Britain in today’s county press
In today’s County Press (Friday), you’ll find a valuable eight-page supplement, detailing teams, itinerary, spectator information, road closures and more.