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Julian Alaphilippe confirms 2021 Tour of Britain participation

Robyn Davidson
27 Aug 2021

Outgoing world champion joins Mark Cavendish in strong Deceuninck-QuickStep lineup

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Reigning UCI road world champion Julian Alaphilippe has announced his participation at the upcoming 2021 Tour of Britain in September.

The Deceuninck-QuickStep rider, who won the race in 2018 after holding the general classification jersey from Stage 6 onwards, will undoubtedly be bringing his trademark attacking style and flair to the race. 

Stage 4’s hilltop finish in Llandudno is one to mark for the rainbow jersey as preparation for the World Championships in Flanders, Belgium.

Commenting on the news, Alaphilippe said, ‘I am really looking forward to racing the Tour of Britain, which will be my last in the rainbow jersey that I have been so proud to wear for the last 12 months.

'I had a successful race in Britain the last time I was there in 2018, and I know it will be a hard-fought race this time. It will be the perfect race for me to take on ahead of the World Championships. We come here with a strong team and will look to race hard, as we always do.’

That strong team Alaphilippe refers to will include home favourite Mark Cavendish. The Manxman recently tied Eddy Merckx’s stage victory record at the Tour de France and won the points jersey after taking four stages this year, further cementing his place in history and adding to the 36-year-old's lengthy legacy.

The Tour of Britain will begin in Cornwall on 5th September, making its way out of Penzance and concluding after eight stages in Aberdeen on 12th September. Live coverage will be available on ITV4 for UK viewers.