Domestic teams Madison Genesis and JLT Condor have this afternoon revealed their line-ups for the 2017 OVO Energy Tour of Britain as they go head-to-head with the best teams in the world.

Alex Blain, Taylor Gunman, Rich Handley, Matt Holmes, Johnny McEvoy and Connor Swift will line up for Madison Genesis to take on eight days and 1313-kilometres of racing across England, Scotland and Wales.

Blain, the team’s road captain, will be taking part in his fourth Tour of Britain and returns after a season disrupted by a huge crash in Tro Bro Leon.

Speaking after making the squad selection, team manager Mike Northey was confident that the team would make a positive impact on the race.

“The Tour of Britain will be our final and most important race of 2017 and the team I’ve selected reflects that.

“The young age of the team shows our commitment to developing talent and giving those who show potential the opportunity to compete at the highest level.

“We’ve also got some great experience in there, with Johnny and Rich capable of getting into breaks and making the most of the huge level of exposure that Britain’s longest stage race attracts.”

Alex Blain Madison Genesis

Proven fast-man Brenton Jones will lead a six man team for JLT Condor in Britain’s biggest stage race, supported in the lead-outs by Russell Downing, Ali Slater and Graham Briggs. Ian Bibby and James Gullen complete the line-up for the ‘men in black’.

Gullen, a bronze medallist at the National Time Trial Championships, will have his sights set on the time-trial in Tendring on Stage Five as he makes his Tour of Britain debut, whilst Ian Bibby is likely to be targeting breakaways throughout the eight-day race.

“Ian’s ability to attack and climb over rolling terrain and finish well from a breakaway will help provide the team with options especially if a breakway move cannot be drawn in by the sprinters,” explained team manager John Herety.

“Brenton has taken stage wins this year in the Tour of Taiwan, Korea, HSBC UK Spring Cup and in various criterium events. He and Russell work well together in leadout scenarios, everyone is motivated to cap off the team’s most successful year with a bang.”

Brenton Jones JLT Condor

Madison Genesis and JLT Condor qualified to be two of just four British domestic teams eligible to race against World Tour opposition at this year’s race – including the likes of Team Sky, Orica Scott and Movistar.

The Tour of Britain gets underway in Edinburgh on September 3, and concludes in Cardiff on September 10.