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By Tom Hanley
Sport
Wheels in motion for the Tour

THE WHEELS have been set in motion for the arrival of the Tour of Britain in September where some of the world’s best cyclists including Sir Bradley Wiggins will be sprinting up King Street, Castle Douglas in a bid to claim the coveted Yellow Jersey for Stage One.

Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins during the 2013 Tour of Britain

This year’s Tour of Britain will feature ten of the UCI’s top level WorldTour teams for the first time ever, with the teams from the top tier of the sport making up half the field for this September’s Tour, which takes place from Sunday 4 to Sunday 11 September.
Among those teams will be Team Dimension Data, who won the 2015 Tour of Britain with Edvald Boasson Hagen and who now also boast Mark Cavendish.
They will be joined by the likes of regular Tour of Britain participants Team Sky, Movistar Team, BMC Racing Team and Cannondale Drapac, while Team Giant Alpecin, Orica BikeExchange and Trek Segafredo return having not competed in 2015.
Team WIGGINS will also race, with Sir Bradley Wiggins having already publically stated that he intends to ride the Tour of Britain following his bid for Gold at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
Commenting on the line-up, Tour of Britain Race Director Mick Bennett said: “This is a world-class line-up of teams entirely befitting of the Tour of Britain’s continuing growth in stature and importance on the global cycling calendar.
“Half of the teams selected are currently racing in the Tour de France, giving British fans a taste of the high-level of competition which they can look forward to watching this September.”

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