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Cycling fans can once again look forward to welcoming a star-studded line-up of the world’s best riders racing on home roads this September, as the likes of BMC Racing Team, Team Katusha Alpecin and Team Sky return to compete in the 2018 OVO Energy Tour of Britain.

Cycling fans can once again look forward to welcoming a star-studded line-up of the world’s best riders racing on home roads this September, as the likes of BMC Racing Team, Team Katusha Alpecin and Team Sky return to compete in the 2018 OVO Energy Tour of Britain.

The first teams to be confirmed include Team Lotto NL Jumbo and Team Dimension Data, who have provided the race winners in 2015, 2016 and 2017 (Edvald Boasson Hagen, Steve Cummings and Lars Boom).

Ireland’s Aqua Blue Sport are set to line up for their first-ever OVO Energy Tour of Britain, while the French Direct Energie squad return to the national tour after a seven-year absence.

Four places will be awarded to the leading British and Irish-registered UCI-ranked teams (Canyon Eisberg, Holdsworth Pro Cycling, JLT Condor, Madison Genesis, ONE Pro Cycling, Team WIGGINS and Vitus Pro Cycling) at the end of a qualification process comprising nine British races between April and July.

This process was introduced after the 2015 Tour of Britain; national governing body British Cycling and race organiser SweetSpot felt that a qualification criteria was the fairest way to make this selection, which at the same time encourages the competing teams to support the domestic racing calendar.

Following the culmination of the OVO Energy Tour Series on 31 May, the sixth event on qualification schedule, the four best-performing teams are JLT Condor, ONE Pro Cycling, Madison Genesis and Canyon Eisberg.

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End
Newport
Distance
175km
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End
Barnstaple
Distance
174km
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Bristol

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Bristol
Distance
125km
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Nuneaton

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183km
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Whinlatter Pass
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Mansfield
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London

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London
Distance
77km