Four-time Tour de France stage winner Dylan Groenewegen will return to the OVO Energy Tour of Britain this September for his third appearance in the UK’s biggest professional cycle race.

The 26-year-old Dutchman has ridden in the OVO Energy Tour of Britain twice before, in 2016 and 2017, winning a stage on each occasion, as well as taking the Cetaphil Points classification on his first appearance.

Groenewegen won stage seven of the Tour de France this summer, as well as helping his Jumbo – Visma squad to victory in the race’s team time trial.

The remaining five members of the Jumbo – Visma team for next month’s OVO Energy Tour of Britain will be confirmed closer to the race, but could include Laurens De Plus, who claimed his maiden stage race victory at the weekend by winning the Binck Bank Tour in Belgium and the Netherlands.

Joining him on the provisional start list are two further OVO Energy Tour of Britain stage winners, Matteo Trentin and Cameron Meyer of Mitchelton-SCOTT.

Former European champion Trentin won stage six of the 2015 in Nottingham, while Australian rider Meyer claimed stage two in Barnstaple last September.

Cameron Meyer Tour of Britain stage win Barnstaple

Mitchelton-SCOTT’s Cam Meyer held off a strong chasing group of GC favourites to win the stage in Barnstaple, 2018. Photo: Above Air Media

Another rider clinching stage race success at the weekend ahead of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain was Ben Hermans (Israel Cycling Academy) who won two stages and the overall of the Tour of Utah.

The 33-year-old Belgian comes to the race on a strong run of form that saw him win the Tour of Austria in July for the second successive year, and finish runner-up in the Adriatica Ionica Race in Italy in early August.

Already confirmed for the OVO Energy Tour of Britain is multi-talented Dutch rider Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon – Circus Cycling Team), who continued his stellar 2019 season by winning the opening stage of the Arctic Race of Norway last week.

Dylan Groenewegen factfile

    • Age 26 Nationality Dutch
    • OVO Energy Tour of Britain participations Two starts: 2016 (61st overall), 2017 (DNF stage eight)
    • OVO Energy Tour of Britain record Two stage wins: 2016 stage four (Builth Wells), 2017 stage seven (Cheltenham). 2017 Cetaphil points jersey winner
    • Notable career achievements Four Tour de France stage wins

Matteo Trentin factfile

    • Age 26 Nationality Italian
    • OVO Energy Tour of Britain participations One start: 2015 (23rd overall)
    • OVO Energy Tour of Britain record One stage win: 2015 stage six (Nottingham)
    • Notable career achievements Four Tour de France stage wins, four Vuelta a Espana stage wins. 2018 European road race champion

Cameron Meyer factfile

    • Age 31 Nationality Australian
    • OVO Energy Tour of Britain participations Three starts: 2008 (72nd overall), 2010 (45th), 2018 (11th)
    • OVO Energy Tour of Britain record One stage win: 2018 stage two (Barnstaple)
    • Notable career achievements Four Tour de France stage wins

Ben Hermans factfile

    • Age 33 Nationality Belgian
    • OVO Energy Tour of Britain participations One start: 2017 (46th overall)
    • OVO Energy Tour of Britain record 
    • Notable career achievements 2019 Tour of Utah and Tour of Austria winner

Mathieu van der Poel factfile

    • Age 24 Nationality Netherlands
    • OVO Energy Tour of Britain participations 2019 debutant
    • OVO Energy Tour of Britain record 
    • Notable career achievements Two-time world cyclo-cross champion, 2019 Amstel Gold Race winner

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