(Reuters) C Grand Tour winners Bob Froome and Geraint Thomas have been branded in the Team Sky team for the Tour of Britain together with a strong six-rider lineup that also incorporates Wout Poels, Vasil Kiryienka, Ian Stannard and Lukasz Wisniowski.
Tour de France champ Thomas and defending safe bet Froome skipped the ongoing Vuelta a Espana — the final Grand Tour of year – to race in the Tour of Britain, which starts off on Sunday.
Four-time Tour environnant les France winner Froome is set to be able to race in the Tour of england for first time since 2009, when the first stage begins at Pembrey Country Park in Wales.
“I’m definitely looking forward to riding. I always take into account there being a great environment at the Tour of Britain as well as the race has only got even bigger over the years.”
Double Olympic gold winner as well as three-time world track champion Thomas, the first Welshman to win any Tour de France, is usually relishing the prospect of racing in her home country.
“As soon mainly because I’d finished the Trip, I knew I wanted to ride the Tour of england and race on your home roads. It starts inside Wales which will be special, and then I get to go and race throughout the whole of the UK. I am unable to wait,” Thomas claimed.
Stannard, 31, finished third total in the 2008 Tour of Britain, seventh in 2013, plus won the third stage throughout last year’s race, despite the fact that Wisniowski will appear in the event for a subsequent time.
Belarusian national time tryout champion Kiryienka returns to the Trip of Britain after securing your third-placed finish in the time test last year and is keen to use the Tour to prepare for your World Championships in October.