Tour of Britain 2014 Attracts Big Teams, But Will It Attract Big Names?

Eight WorldTour teams, five ProConti teams, six Continental teams and the GB squad will contest 2014’s Tour of Britain it has been announced. A total of 20 teams of six riders will bring the total of riders to 120 for the race which begins September 7th. Belkin, BMC, Garmin, Movistar, OPQS, Giant-Shimano, Sky and Tinkoff-Saxo have confirmed their participation for this year’s race, building upon 2013’s count of WorldTour teams from five to eight. But in the face of a hotly contested Vuelta a España, will the race attract the usual array of stars?

A testing course which shall be previewed by Spokenforks in the coming weeks.

A testing course which shall be previewed by Spokenforks in the coming weeks.

Bradley Wiggins was the star and victor of last year’s edition, riding alongside other well known faces such as Dan Martin, Nairo Quintana, Mark Cavendish, Elia Viviani, Gerald Ciolek and Alessandro Petacchi to name a few. But the mountain man who dodged this year’s Tour de France will surely have done so to tackle the Vuelta – Martin & Quintana. Mark Cavendish has only just started to compete again since crashing hard in Harrogate, but could de drawn to his national tour as part of his recuperation plans. Beyond these names it is pure speculation as to who will challenge Wiggins as he attempts to defend his title; could Tinkoff-Saxo bring the inform Majka? Will Giant-Shimano bring a sprinter such as John Degenkolb or even Marcel Kittel? While BMC could easily bring a big name from a roster which includes Cadel Evans, Tejay Van Garderen and Philip Gilbert for example.

The big story of 2013’s race was the emergence of Simon Yates; he took an impressive win against WorldTour opposition on Stage Six and rode consistently enough to secure a podium place for him come the end. Be it rampaging superstars, domestic shocks, domestiques turned leaders or the arrival of a new kid on the block; there is plenty to look forward to in The Tour of Britain 2014. 

Confirmation of teams riding 2014’s Tour of Britain:

 

 WorldTour
• Belkin Pro Cycling (NED)
• BMC Racing Team (USA)
• Garmin Sharp (USA)
• Movistar Team (SPA)
• Omega Pharma Quick-Step (BEL)
• Team Giant Shimano (NED)
• Team Sky (GBR)
• Tinkoff Saxo (RUS)

 

Pro Continental
• Bardiani CSF (ITA)
• IAM Cycling (SWI)
• MTN Qhubeka (RSA)
• Team NetApp Endura (Ger)
• Team Novo Nordisk (USA)

 

Continental/British Domestic
• AN Post Chain Reacton (IRL)
• Madison Genesis (GBR)
• NFTO Pro Cycling (GBR)
• Giordana Racing Team (GBR)
• Rapha Condor JLT (GBR)
• Team Raleigh (GBR)

 

National Team
• Great Britain (GBR)

 

 

 

 

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