Tour of Britain line-up is branded event’s best ever

Sir Bradley Wiggins
Sir Bradley Wiggins
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The 2015 edition of the Tour of Britain will see the best ever line-up of World Tour teams in the event’s 12-year history.

Nine of the world’s leading cycling teams will be present when the Tour comes to the Ribble Valley on September 7, as Clitheroe hosts the start of Stage Two before it moves to Longridge, Dunsop Bridge and beyond later that day.

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A total of 20 teams and 120 riders will start the race, with Chorley’s own cycling hero Bradley Wiggins among the biggest names.

Race Director Mick Bennett said: “This is undoubtedly the strongest line-up of teams to have appeared in the Tour.

“The Aviva Tour of Britain presents a fantastic opportunity for British fans to see what will be the best line-up of teams and riders to race in this country this year.

“In 2014 we saw Michal Kwiatkowski, Sir Bradley Wiggins and the BMC Racing Team all go on to win world titles immediately after the race and are sure that this year’s Tour will provide an equal platform for riders going on to target the World Championships.”

A total of nine World Tour teams - the cycling equivalent of the Premier League - are set to send riders to the event.

They include Britain’s Tour De France winners Team Sky, as well as Team Cannondale-Garmin, whose roster could include 2014 Tour champion Dylan van Baarle, and Etixx Quick-Step, including Briton Mark Cavendish.

BMC Racing, IAM Cycling, Lotto Soudal, Movistar Team, Team Lotto NL Jumbo and Tinkoff-Saxo complete the World Tour teams entering.

There are also a number of second tier Pro Continental teams set to join the lineup, including MTN Qhubeka which won 13 of the 21 stages in the Tour de France.

Team Wiggins is the team of World Hour Record holder, World Time Trial Champion Sir Bradley Wiggins, from Eccleston, near Chorley, who was third in the race in 2014.