Madison Genesis team manager Colin Sturgess has named his six-man team for the 2018 OVO Energy Tour of Britain – with National Road Race Champion Connor Swift included in their line-up.

Swift, Rich Handley, Matt Holmes, Johnny McEvoy, George Pym and Erick Rowsell will depart from Pembrey Country Park on Sunday 2 September.

Eight days of racing will follow – all televised live and in full on ITV4 – as riders cover over 1000 kilometres of roads in Britain’s biggest annual sporting event.

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VIDEO: Behind the scenes at Connor Swift’s British Road Race Championships victory

Sturgess’ selection comes following one of the team’s most successful campaigns and the former world champion has set expectations high for the national tour.

“It’s a rare occasion that sees a UCI Continental team field the National Champion in their ‘home’ tour, so we are immensely proud to showcase the jersey on Connor Swift’s able shoulders,” he said.

He’s shown his form of late with some strong and consistent riding as a stagiaire, and we’ll be pleased to support Connor as team leader for the Tour of Britain.

“In conjunction with a now injury-free Matt Holmes we hope for a strong showing on select stages and GC.

 “Throw into the mix riders of the calibre and experience of Richard Handley, Johnnny McEvoy and Erick Rowsell, we will be keen to get some results.

“Our sixth rider is one of our most consistent finishers all season, George Pym. Quiet, reliable and quick to help a team-mate, Pym has been a revelation this season.

“As a team we look forward to the 2018 Tour of Britain and hope to prove our worth and show we are a squad to back our National Champion to the hilt.”

Madison Genesis have ridden every edition of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain since their debut 2013 season. Rowsell notably placed third into Bath during the 2016 race, a stage that was won by current Mitchelton-SCOTT rider Jack Bauer.

In an exclusive interview with the OVO Energy Tour of Britain race programme – on sale at our stage starts, SKODA King of the Mountains climbs, and finishes – Swift spoke of his excitement ahead of the race.

“I can’t wait. It’s the biggest race in Britain,” he said. “It’ll be an interesting race; there are a few sprint stages, a few lumpy days.

“But maybe a breakaway or two will stay clear; it would be good to see some of the guys I race with on a weekly basis getting in the mix at some of the finishes and maybe even claiming a big win.”

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