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.

Joining Renshaw will be a pair of Brits, with Scott Davies starting Tour, having made his debut for Team WIGGINS at the 2016 race.  This year however will be very special, with the race beginning in Scott’s home county of Carmarthenshire. Commenting on his selection, Scott said;

“I’m especially looking forward to this year’s edition of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, with Stage One starting in my home county of Carmarthenshire. It’s going to be pretty special to race on the same roads I’ve grown-up riding on.

“This year’s edition looks as challenging as ever, with the inclusion of the TTT to the top of the pass on Stage FIve, followed by the queen stage to Whinlatter on Stage Six.

“We’ve got a strong team heading to Britain, and hopefully we can challenge for victories across the eight days.”

The second British rider in the line-up is Scott Thwaites, with the 28-year-old set to ride in his fourth edition of his home Tour.

Completing the Team Dimension Data line-up is the South African trio of Jay Thomson, Jaco Venter and Nicholas Dlamini.

Looking ahead to the race, Sports Director Roger Hammond, himself a double stage winner in the OVO Energy Tour of Britain said; “We’re really looking forward to coming to the Tour of Britain for a third year now. It’s a big event for us; very important especially considering Dimension Data’s standing in the UK.

“We’re coming in with a very young team this year so we’re looking more towards fighting for stage victories each day rather than targeting the GC. It will be very interesting to see how the uphill team time trial shapes the event, as you don’t get to practice those much in any other races.

“It should be good, the guys will enjoy it and as always there will be massive crowd support and given that Geraint Thomas is coming as the Tour de France champion it should make the event more spectacular than it has been for the last two years.”

Find out more about all of the teams competing and the provisional rider list on our Teams page here.

Mark Renshaw wins Stage Two to Llandudno in the 2014 Tour of Britain