Team Sky have today confirmed their full OVO Energy Tour of Britain team, with Vasil Kiryienka, Ian Stannard and Lukasz Wisniowski lining up for the race which begins in Wales on Sunday (2 September).

The trio will join Wout Poels, Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas on the start line at Pembrey Country Park on Sunday for the eight-stage test which ends in London on September 9.

Kiryienka returns to the Tour of Britain after enjoying a third-placed finish in the Tendring time trial in 2017, and the Belarusian National time trial champion will be using the race as preparation for the World Championships.

Stannard will bring a wealth of experience in this race, having finished third overall in 2008 and winning a memorable stage in 2016 at Tatton Park, Knutsford, while Wisniowski is making his second Tour of Britain appearance.

Thomas has been blow away by the reaction to his Tour win in the UK and can’t wait to race in front of British support.

He said: “As soon as I’d finished the Tour I knew I wanted to ride the Tour of Britain and race on home roads. It starts in Wales which will be special, and then I get to go and race across the whole of the UK. I can’t wait.

“I want to go to the race in the shape to compete and enjoy it. We’ll have to see how the next few weeks go but I’m looking forward to it and I know we will have a strong team there. Wout is looking really good at the moment too.”

Froome last raced the Tour of Britain in 2009 and is relishing the prospect of returning.

He said: “It’s been a long time since I’ve raced the Tour of Britain. The Vuelta a Espana has always been such a big goal and sadly coincided with the Tour of Britain, but not doing La Vuelta this year gives me the chance to come back to the UK and race on what looks like a great parcours.

“I’m really looking forward to riding. I always remember there being a great atmosphere at the Tour of Britain and the race has only got bigger over the years. I’m really looking forward to coming back.”