Rory Townsend sprinted to victory in Sunday’s East Cleveland Klondike GP to give his Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes team the perfect start in the team qualification process for this year’s OVO Energy Tour of Britain.

Britain’s leading six domestic teams will battle it out once again 2019 for the chance to earn one of four invites to September’s Tour of Britain. Having qualified for the past two editions, Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes took first blood in the hunt to secure their place in the country’s biggest bike race at the weekend. 

Standings after round one

It’s early doors, but Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes, Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother UK, Madison Genesis and Team WIGGINS Le Col are currently in the all important top four positions. 

Click here to download the standings after round one.

East Cleveland Klondike GP finish video

OVO Energy Tour of Britain team qualification process

The qualification process has been devised once again by SweetSpot Group, organisers of the Tour of Britain, and British Cycling, with full consultation of competing teams throughout.

First introduced in 2016, the process establishes a fair and transparent selection of eligible British teams into the race, as well as ensuring full support of the HSBC UK | National Road and Circuit Series, OVO Energy Tour Series, HSBC UK | National Road Championships and the country’s UCI-ranked events each year.

Click here for more information, competing teams, counting race details and scoring details.