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AG2R La Mondiale join Team Ineos and Jumbo-Visma at Tour of Britain

Joe Robinson
6 Aug 2019

A totlal of 10 WorldTour teams to race Britain's biggest stage race along with Mathieu van der Poel's Corendon-Circus

AG2R La Mondiale will line up at the Tour of Britain for the first time in a decade as they join the likes of Team Ineos and Jumbo-Visma as the headline acts at the week-long stage race. They will be joined by a further seven WorldTour teams lining up just a week prior to the UCI World Championships in Yorkshire.

Mark Cavendish is expected to be back racing on home soil as part of his Dimension Data team while Education First, Lotto-Soudal, Mitchelton-Scott, Katusha-Alpecin, Team Sunweb and Movistar complete the complement of 10.

Beyond the top-tier, five ProContinental squads will also be on the invite list with a Mathieu van der Poel-led Corendon Circus being chief among those.

Also there will be Israel Cycling Academy, Wanty-Gobert, Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise and the Riwal Readynez team that secured Stage 3 of the Tour de Yorkshire with Alexander Kamp back in May.

Great Britain will have the chance to enter a national team while the final four team slots will be allocated to home Continental teams Canyon DHB, Wiggins-Le Col, Madison Genesis and SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling, who make their race debut.

The big losers here being Vitus Pro Cycling and Ribble Pro Cycling who both failed to qualify.

Being just one week out from the Yorkshire Worlds, the chances of a peloton filled with potential rainbow jersey candidates is markedly possible and chief executive of British Cycling, Julie Harrington, will secure that event's place as the highlight of racing in the UK.

'There aren’t many road races outside a Grand Tour that attract such a staggering field of riders year after year, but the 2019 Ovo Energy Tour of Britain is one of them,' said Harrington.

'We are now a short time away from watching the likes of Team Ineos, Mitchelton-Scott and Dimension Data doing battle on our doorstep, and with the race for British domestic team qualification at its end, we are soon to see just why the Ovo Energy Tour of Britain is the pinnacle of British Cycling’s road racing calendar.'

The race starts on Saturday 7th September in George Square, Glasgow before sticking largely to Scotland and the north of England before finishing a week later in Manchester city centre on Saturday 14th September.