Discover the first six teams announced for the 2021 Tour of Britain – taking place in September – with our explainer guide.

A Great Britain national team and all five of Britain’s UCI Continental squads – Canyon dhb SunGod, Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling, Saint Piran, SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling and TRINITY Racing – will all be on the startline of this year’s race in Penzance, Cornwall, on Sunday 5 September.

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Great Britain

  • Previous participations: 13 (2004-2008, 2012-2019)
  • Record: four stage wins (Roger Hammond, 2005/2006; Paul Manning, 2007; Simon Yates, 2013)
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Stephen Park, Performance Director at the Great Britain Cycling Team said: “The Tour of Britain always presents our young riders with a fantastic opportunity to go shoulder to shoulder with the world’s best teams and riders, and I know that the experience was invaluable for the development of the likes of Ethan Hayter, Matt Walls and Fred Wright, who have all since gone on to make their mark on the World Tour.”

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Canyon dhb SunGod

 

Tim Elverson, Canyon dhb SunGod team owner, said: “It’s great for British sport to have the Tour of Britain back after a difficult period of time. It’s going to be the biggest race for nearly two years so it’s fantastic to be getting out there, in a race we have had great success in, having won jerseys in 2018 and 2019. We have been working hard to keep the European racing going since the 2019 Tour of Britain, so I am optimistic we will be able to step up and fight with the UCI World Teams once again to make the 2021 Tour of Britain another huge success.”

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Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling

 

Tom Timothy, Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling team principal, said: “Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling are a British team sponsored by innovative British brands. As such we’re excited to be competing in our first Tour of Britain, particularly with our strong rider line-up including multiple national champions and seasoned professionals. With the route featuring stages including many of our riders’ home training routes, we will be looking to put on a show and animate this great race.” 

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Saint Piran Pro Cycling

 

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.”

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SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling

 

Carolyn Nelson, SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling team principal, said: “The last year has been challenging for everyone – fans, supporters, sponsors and teams – and we are delighted to be part of a celebration of cycling across Britain in September.  We are really looking forward to returning to the Tour of Britain and will be keen to defend the King of the Mountains jersey we won in the last running of the race in 2019.  We also hope to see Pete Williams – a former winner of both the sprints jersey and mountains jersey – complete his twelfth Tour of Britain, which would be a record for any rider, as well as seeing a number of our squad racing on home roads along the route from Cornwall to Aberdeen.”

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TRINITY Racing

 

Ian Stannard, TRINITY Racing directeur sportif, said: “I am really excited to be bringing the team to the Tour of Britain in my first year as TRINITY Racing DS. Having ridden nine editions and won two stages of the race, I am really looking forward to passing on my knowledge to our group of young aspiring riders in the hope we can bring the challenge to the larger teams and, who knows, even win a stage or go for the GC. We have a really talented group who I believe in, so we will go to the race with big ambitions. We are very grateful to SweetSpot for inviting all of the UK’s UCI Continental teams; working at that level I can see the struggle every Conti team has just to keep moving forward, so competing in marquee events like this with the support of SweetSpot really makes a big difference.”