Mark Cavendish, Britain’s most successful rider of all time, and his team-mate Steve Cummings have today been named in Team Dimension Data’s six-man line-up for the OVO Energy Tour of Britain.

The South African team’s roster notably features three stage winners in the race: Cavendish, his long-standing team-mate Mark Renshaw and Julien Vermote, who previously triumphed on the Banks Banks climb in Kendal that will host this year’s fourth stage finish.

Cavendish holds the record for the most stage victories in home Tour: 10, including three apiece in the 2012 and 2013 editions of the race. The Manxman’s return to the Tour of Britain, which starts in Glasgow on Saturday (7 September) comes after he missed the 2018 race through illness. It will be Cavendish’s 10th participation in his home Tour.

Cummings, 38, became only the second – and most recent – home winner of the race when he won the 2016 edition. Twice a runner-up in the event, the Merseysider will race on home soil when the Tour hosts its first-ever stage in Wirral on day five (Wednesday 11 September).

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Cummings celebrates his 2016 Tour victory, having beaten Tom Dumoulin (left) and Rohan Dennis (right) to the title.

Renshaw, who will retire as a professional at the end of 2019 following a 17-year career, has been one of Cavendish’s key aides for nearly a decade. The 36-year-old won stages in the 2011 and 2014 race; after the second of those, which in Llandudno, Wales, he led the Tour overall for one day.

Belgian rider Vermote finished ninth overall in 2016 after pipping current team-mate Cummings to victory at the end of the aforementioned grueling stage in Cumbria. Two years earlier he soloed to a memorable win along Brighton’s famous Madeira Drive after riding away from his rivals on the iconic Ditchling Beacon climb.

Additional experience comes in the form of Austrian Bernie Eisel (38) who, like Renshaw, is a fan favourite in Britain after years of being a team-mate of Cavendish. Former Swiss road race champion Danilo Wyss (34) completes the line-up.

What they said…

Cavendish said:September always has me looking forward to the OVO Energy Tour of Britain. Having witnessed first-hand the rise of cycling in Great Britain, racing in front of a home crowd holds a special importance to me on a very personal level.

“What makes the 2019 edition especially significant is the finish in Manchester. I remember as an amateur watching the finish there in 2004, the first edition of the race in its current format, and so I’m really looking forward to now racing in what is such an important city for British cycling 15 years on.”

Two-time Tour de France stage winner Cummings added: Birkenhead Park is a special place for me because I did my first race there when I was 13. To have the opportunity to go back there 25 years on to start a professional race will no doubt be very special to me. I hope to have family, friends and club mates who have always supported me there on the day.

“We also pass through West Kirby, which is where I live now when I’m in the UK, and the big loop through Cheshire and Chester takes in familiar training roads from the past. I think it will be a great day for the local community and I’m really looking forward to going home.”

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