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Six British teams confirmed for Tour of Britain 2021

Will Strickson
22 Apr 2021

All five British UCI Continental teams and a Great British national team are first squads to be confirmed for this year's Tour of Britain

The first six teams for this year's Tour of Britain have been confirmed and they're all British.

All five British UCI Continental teams as well as a Great Britain national team will grace the start line in Penzance on Sunday 5th October as the race returns after a year off for obvious reasons.

Saint Piran will make their debut in the Tour of Britain in their home county of Cornwall while Ribble-Weldtite and Trinity Racing – with directeur sportif Ian Stannard – will also make their first appearances in the race.

Ricci Pascoe, Saint Piran team principal said, 'Saint Piran are delighted to be participating in the 2021 Tour of Britain. For the team, this represents the realisation of a dream, and the fact that the first stage of this year's race takes place in our home county is the icing on the cake.

'This will be the largest sporting event ever in Cornwall and we believe it will create a huge legacy for cycling here. We can't wait to be on the start line in September in Penzance and we look forward to mixing it with some of the best riders in the world.'

Hoping to repeat former successes are Canyon dhb SunGod, who nabbed a top 10 placing on Stage 1 of the last edition via Matthew Bostock, and SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling, who won the King of the Mountains jersey with Jacob Scott.

It will be the most British teams in the race since 2015 as a qualifying process was introduced in 2016 due to the demand from WorldTour and ProTeams, with that system set to return again in 2022.

Tour of Britain race director Mick Bennett said, 'We're delighted to be announcing the first six teams competing in the long-awaited 2021 Tour of Brtain. Together with British Cycling, we understand the challenges that they have faced over the past 14 month.

'We hope that these early invitations give them the chance to plan ahead to September, safe in the knowledge that their place is assured, so that they can arrive at the Tour of Britain in the best possible conditions.

'We know from recent editions of the race that the Great British squad and domestic teams can illuminate the race – I'm looking forward to more of the same later this year.'

For more information visit tourofbritain.co.uk