Sixteen of the world’s leading teams, including Tour de France champions Jumbo – Visma and home fan favourites INEOS Grenadiers, will compete in this year’s Tour of Britain.

They are two of the five UCI WorldTeams who will take the start in the 19th edition of the UK’s most prestigious race, which begins in Greater Manchester on Sunday 3 September, and culminates with what promises to be a spectacular finale in South Wales eight stages later.

BORA – hansgrohe, Movistar Team, and Team dsm – firmenich – all of whom won stages in last year’s abridged event – and the Uno-X Pro Cycling Team will also be in action just six weeks on from competing at the Tour de France.

The 16 teams competing in the Tour of Britain 2023 are:

About the teams

INEOS Grenadiers, the second most successful team in modern race history, will look to go one better than the previous two editions of the Tour, in which British stars Ethan Hayter (2021) and Olympic champion Tom Pidcock (2022) finished as runners-up.

The return of Jumbo – Visma to the race will further whet the appetite, given the Dutch team have won the Tour of Britain on three occasions – twice with Lars Boom (2011, 2017) and once with Belgian star Wout Van Aert (2021). The team also sits fourth in the all-time list of stage wins, having had their riders cross the line first on 14 occasions.

Boom is one of just two riders to win multiple editions of the race, although no rider has ever claimed back-to-back titles. That run could end in September, as Movistar – the team of the 2022 champion Gonzalo Serrano – are set to compete in their 10th consecutive Tour of Britain, with this year’s route suiting last year’s winner.

Bolton Equities Black Spoke (New Zealand), Equipo Kern Pharma (Spain), Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team (Switzerland), and the TDT – Unibet Cycling Team (Netherlands) will all appear in the UK’s leading cycle race for the first time in September. The participation of three teams – a Great British national squad and the country’s two leading domestic squads (Saint Piran and TRINITY Racing) – was announced in May.

Quotes

Mick Bennett, Tour of Britain race director, said: “We’ve assembled a really exciting and eclectic mix of teams for this year’s Tour of Britain. From Movistar, the team of defending champion Gonzalo Serrano, and the world’s number two and three-ranked squads to some of the sport’s most promising up-and-coming outfits, we’re counting down the days until they begin racing on British roads!”

About the Tour of Britain 2023

A predicted 1.5 million spectators are expected to watch these teams in action at this year’s race, capitalising on the free-to-attend nature of the event.

Following a Greater Manchester Grand Départ, the Tour will visit North Wales, East Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Suffolk, Essex, and South West England. This year’s champion will be crowned in historic Caerphilly following an undulating stage in South Wales.

Fans can enhance their race day experience by watching the stage starts and finishes in the Sportsbreaks.com Terrace. Click here for more information.

ITV4 will continue to broadcast live flag-to-flag coverage of every stage, as well as a nightly highlights show, allowing fans in the UK to watch the action unfold wherever they are. International coverage will be available in over 100 countries via Discovery Player and GCN+.