Team Wiggins added to 2018 OVO Energy Tour of Britain
Published on Wednesday, 29th August 2018
Team WIGGINS will take part in the 2018 OVO Energy Tour of Britain, which gets underway in Carmarthenshire on Sunday 2 September from Pembrey Country Park.
The British UCI Continental team have been added to the line-up for Britain’s most prestigious race following the withdrawal of Aqua Blue Sport, and have named a team featuring some of Britain and Ireland’s hottest talents.
Leading the team will be 19-year-old Tom Pidcock, current Junior World Time Trial Champion and multiple cyclo-cross champion, and 22-year old Gabriel Cullaigh, who won the Rutland- Melton CiCLE Classic this Spring, one of only two single-day UCI-level races in the UK.
Both riders have been in excellent form domestically, each taking an race win during the OVO Energy Tour Series, while Pidcock also claimed victory in the East Klondike GP round of the HSBC UK Spring Cup Series.
Irish pairing Matthew Teggart and Mark Downey (both 22) will arrive at the race having competed in the prestigious Tour de l’Avenir for Ireland last week. The latter recorded two top- 10 stage finishes, including second on the hilly Stage Six to Cérilly.
Completing the line-up will be 20-year-olds Joey Walker, son of former Milk Race winner Chris, and New Zealander James Fouché, both of whom will be making their debuts in the race.
The team have twice before participated in the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, with Owain Doull finishing third overall and winning the Points Classification in 2015.
Commenting on the news, Pidcock said: “I'm delighted to have an opportunity to ride in the Tour of Britain with WIGGINS. Obviously the team has a strong affiliation with the race, with Sir Brad being a former winner and Owain's impressive ride in 2015.
“I am really looking forward to mixing it up against some of the big UCI WorldTour teams again. Riding in front of British fans is always a great experience and hopefully our team can give them plenty to cheer about over the course of the race.”
The 2018 OVO Energy Tour of Britain will feature the strongest ever line-up in race history, with reigning Tour de France and Giro d’Italia champions Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome competing for Team Sky. Fourth placed overall from the Tour de France Primoz Roglic will also compete for Team LottoNL Jumbo, while a host of top sprinters including Lotto Soudal’s André Greipel – a five-time stage winner in the race – and Caleb Ewan will also return to the eight-day event.
For the second year running, each stage of the race will be shown live and in full on ITV4. Presenter Matt Barbet will be joined former pro rider Yanto Barker and Rebecca Charlton, with Marty MacDonald and Rob Hayles providing the commentary. Eurosport will also air daily live coverage.
The OVO Energy Tour of Britain is British Cycling’s premier road cycling event, giving cycling fans the opportunity to see the world’s best teams and riders competing on their doorstep, taking place between Sunday 2 and Sunday 9 September 2018.
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