The 2018 OVO Energy Tour of Britain, which starts in Carmarthenshire on Sunday 2 September, will feature the strongest-ever line-up in the modern history of the race.

Reigning Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas and Giro d’Italia winner Chris Froome headline Team Sky’s roster, while Primoz Roglic (Team LottoNL-Jumbo), Fernando Gaviria, Julian Alaphilippe and Maximilian Schachmann (Quick-Step Floors) are Grand Tour stage winners in 2018.

Gaviria has also previously enjoyed success in the race, claiming stage wins in Blythe three years ago and Newark-on-Trent in 2017.

Also among the starters are former OVO Energy Tour of Britain stage victors André Greipel (Lotto Soudal, five wins), Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-SCOTT, four), Wout Poels (Team Sky, three), Alex Dowsett (Team KATUSHA ALPECIN, one), Ian Stannard (Team Sky, one), Ben Swift (Great Britain, one) and Tony Martin (Team KATUSHA ALPECIN, one).

Thomas, along with Pete Williams (ONE Pro Cycling); Xandro Meurisse and Mark McNally (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), is a former jersey winner in the OVO Energy Tour of Britain.

The final startlist will be confirmed on the evening of Saturday 1 September, with several more exciting team announcements planned before then!

Click here to download the final 2018 OVO Energy Tour of Britain startlist.

Team LottoNL-Jumbo

Grand Tour stage winner Primoz Roglic will return to the OVO Energy Tour of Britain with Team LottoNL-Jumbo this September, just weeks after he finished fourth in the Tour de France.

1 Primož Roglič SLO
2 Koen Bouwman NED
3 Pascal Eenkhoorn NED
4 Jos van Emden NED
5 Neilson Powless USA
6 Maarten Wynants BEL

Team Dimension Data

Double OVO Energy Tour of Britain stage winner Mark Renshaw will be at the head of Team Dimension Data’s six-rider line-up for the race, which gets underway at Pembrey Country Park in Carmarthenshire on Sunday (2 September) morning.

The 35-year-old Australian has won stages in Exmouth (2011) and Llandudno (2014) and will be lining up for his seventh OVO Energy Tour of Britain, having recorded a further five top 10 stage finishes in the race.

11 Mark Renshaw AUS
12 Scott Davies GBR
13 Nic Dlamini RSA
14 Scott Thwaites GBR
15 Jaco Venter RSA
16 Jay Thomson RSA

BMC Racing Team

Reigning Swiss Time Trial Champion Stefan Küng placed third overall in last year’s OVO Energy Tour of Britain, while Jempy Drucker won Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic in 2015.

Giro d’Italia stage winner and twice fifth-placed finisher in the Tour de France Tejay van Garderen, making his OVO Energy Tour of Britain debut, spearheads their GC attack.

21 Stefan Küng SUI
22 Patrick Bevin NZL
23 Jean Pierre Drucker LUX
24 Jurgen Roelandts BEL
25 Miles Scotson AUS
26 Tejay van Garderen USA

Lotto Soudal

Five-time stage winner André Greipel will spearhead Lotto Soudal’s attack at September’s OVO Energy Tour of Britain, with their six-man line-up also featuring Nottinghamshire’s James Shaw.

31 Jasper De Buyst BEL
32 André Greipel GER
33 Moreno Hofland NED
34 James Shaw GBR
35 Jens Keukeleire BEL
36 Jelle Vanendert BEL

Team Wiggins

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.

41 Gabriel Cullaigh GBR
42 Mark Downey IRL
43 James Fouché NZL
44 Tom Pidcock GBR
45 Matthew Teggart IRL
46 Joey Walker GBR

JLT Condor

51 Graham Briggs GBR
52 Edmund Bradbury GBR
53 Tom Moses GBR
54 Jon Mould GBR
55 Alistair Slater GBR
56 Tom Stewart GBR

Mitchelton-SCOTT

Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan returns to the race 12 months after winning three stages (Kelso, Scunthorpe and Aldeburgh). He also triumphed in London the last time the race finished in the capital (2016).

61 Caleb Ewan AUS
62 Lucas Hamilton AUS
63 Roger Kluge GER
64 Cameron Meyer AUS
65 Robert Power AUS
66 Mikel Nieve ESP

Bardiani-CSF

The Italian team have previously won two stages in the race, including  Edoardo Zardini’s memorable win on The Tumble in 2014.

71 Enrico Barbin ITA
72 Vincenzo Albanese ITA
73 Giovanni Carboni ITA
74 Andrea Guardini ITA
75 Paolo Simion ITA
76 Alessandro Tonelli ITA

ONE Pro Cycling

ONE Pro Cycling’s six-man team for this year’s OVO Energy Tour of Britain features  former jersey winner in the race Pete Williams, as well as Emils Liepins and Hayden McCormick, both of whom have enjoyed international success already in 2018.

81 Emils Liepins LAT
82 Tom Baylis GBR
83 Hayden McCormick NZL
84 Chris Latham GBR
85 James Oram NZL
86 Peter Williams GBR

Movistar Team

Movistar’s line-up stars 2011 Spanish Road Race Champion José Joaquin Rojas, and Tour de San Luis stage winner Eduardo Sepulveda.

91 José Joaquin Rojas ESP
92 Carlos Barbero ESP
93 Victor de la Parte ESP
94 Jasha Sutterlin GER
95 Ruben Fernandez ESP
96 Eduardo Sepulveda ARG

Direct Energie

French hero Sylvain Chavanel heads to the OVO Energy Tour of Britain for one of the final races of his illustrious career. A three-time Tour de France stage winner, the 39-year-old retires at the end of the season.

101 Sylvain Chavanel FRA
102 Romain Cardis FRA
103 Jonathan Hivert FRA
104 Paul Ourselin FRA
105 Adrien Petit FRA
106 Angelo Tulik FRA

Madison Genesis

Madison Genesis team manager Colin Sturgess has named his six-man team for the 2018 OVO Energy Tour of Britain – with National Road Race Champion Connor Swift included in their line-up.

111 Connor Swift GBR
112 Richard Handley GBR
113 Matthew Holmes GBR
114 Jonathan McEvoy GBR
115 George Pym GBR
116 Erick Rowsell GBR

Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale

121 Dan McLay GBR
122 Matti Breschel DEN
123 Hugh Carthy GBR
124 José Neves POR
125 Taylor Phinney USA
126 Sacha Modolo ITA

Wanty-Groupe Gobert

Wanty-Groupe Gobert’s line-up for the 2018 OVO Energy Tour of Britain will feature two former SKODA King of the Mountains winners in the race: Merseysider Mark McNally and Belgian Xandro Meurisse.

131 Xandro Meurisse BEL
132 Simone Antonini ITA
133 Odd Christian Eiking NOR
134 Mark McNally GBR
135 Andrea Pasqualon ITA
136 Dion Smith NZL

Canyon Eisberg

Canyon Eisberg’s team for this year’s OVO Energy Tour of Britain combines experience alongside three race debutants.

Their line-up features Andy Tennant, who has previously ridden eight editions of the race; he placed 20th overall in 2010 and has recorded seven top-10 stage finishes to date. Dexter Gardias and Rory Townsend return to the race after making their debuts with the team in 2017.

141 Alex Paton GBR
142 Ryan Christensen NZL
143 Dexter Gardias GBR
144 Max Stedman GBR
145 Andy Tennant GBR
146 Rory Townsend GBR

Team KATUSHA ALPECIN

Team KATUSHA ALPECIN’s OVO Energy Tour of Britain line-up will feature four-time time trial World Champion Tony Martin, and former race leader and stage winner favourite Alex Dowsett.

151 Alex Dowsett GBR
152 Tony Martin GER
153 Dmitry Strakhov RUS
154 Nils Politt GER
155 Mads Würtz Schmidt DEN
156 Rick Zabel GER

Great Britain

Ben Swift will line-up in Great Britain colours for the Grand Depart in Carmarthenshire on Sunday 2 September, alongside world and European track cycling champion Ethan Hayter and Steve Williams, both of whom have recently signed as stagiaires for Team Sky and Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team respectively.

British Cycling’s senior academy riders Matt Bostock, Joe Nally and Fred Wright complete the team.

161 Ben Swift GBR
162 Matthew Bostock GBR
163 Ethan Hayter GBR
164 Joe Nally GBR
165 Stephen Williams GBR
166 Fred Wright GBR

Team Sky

Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas and Giro d’Italia winner Chris Froome will ride together in the OVO Energy Tour of Britain for the first time since 2009. Wout Poels and Ian Stannard are both former stage winners in the race.

171 Geraint Thomas GBR
172 Chris Froome GBR
173 Lukasz Wisniowski POL
174 Vasil Kiriyenka BLR
175 Wout Poels NED
176 Ian Stannard GBR

Team Sunweb

Belgian Edward Theuns is one to watch in bunch sprints – he’s a stage winner in the BinckBank Tour and Tour of Turkey. Lennard Hofstede finished ninth in last year’s Tour de Yorkshire.

181 Edward Theuns BEL
182 Nils Eekhoff NED
183 Chris Hamilton AUS
184 Lennard Hofstede NED
185 Louis Vervaeke BEL
186 Phil Bauhaus GER

Quick-Step Floors

The Belgian team are ranked number one in the world – and their line-up for this year’s race has quality in abundance. Fernando Gaviria has already won 34 races in his fledgling career, with Julian Alaphilippe’s impressive 2018 has seen him claim victory in Fléche Wallonne, Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian, two Tour de France stage wins and the race’s King of the Mountains jersey.

Bob Jungels is the reigning Luxembourg Road and Time Trial champion, and won the historic Liége-Bastogne-Liége in April, while second-year pro Max Schachmann won Stage 18 of the Giro d’Italia atop Prato Nevoso earlier this year.

191 Fernando Gaviria COL
192 Julian Alaphilippe FRA
193 Bob Jungels LUX
194 Iljo Keisse BEL
195 Maximiliano Richeze ARG
195 Maximilian Schachmann GER

The race, which takes place from 2 to 9 September, will include a team time trial and hill-top finish, both of which culminate at Whinlatter in Cumbria.

Comprising 1,136.1 kilometres, the route will take the world’s top riders from Pembrey Country Park on the Carmarthenshire coast in South Wales to the streets of Central London, via Devon, Bristol, Warwickshire, Cumbria and Nottinghamshire across eight stages of racing.

Cycling enthusisats will once again be able to watch every moment of the race live this September as ITV4 screen all eight stages from start to finish for the second year running. Click here for the full TV schedule.