British professional road and track racing star ‘Wiggo’, who won the 2013 Tour of Britain, will lead his own Team WIGGINS in their first appearance in the race.
He was the latest rider to confirm this week that he
will be on the start line at Beaumaris in North Wales on Sunday, and will zoom through Gretna, Canonbie and Newcastleton as part of the 216km Cockermouth to Kelso stage on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Taylor Phinney, who was fourth in the Olympic Games Road Race in 2012, will line up for the BMC Racing Team on their second appearance in British Cycling’s premier road cycling event.
And the dynamic duo head the latest cyclists to be confirmed for the tour, which also includes the provisional line-ups for the Tinkoff Saxo and Cult Energy Pro Cycling teams.
Among the riders previously confirmed are former winners Dylan Van Baarle and Edvald Boasson Hagen, former stage winners Mark Cavendish, Gerald Ciole and Andre Gripel plus three-time World Cyclo-Cross champion Zdenek Stybar.
The third stage through Annandale and Eskdale will be shown live on ITV4, while a one-hour highlights programme will also be screened that evening.
British Eurosport will also show live coverage and highlights of the race in the UK.