World’s Top Cycling Teams Line up for Aviva Tour of BritainPublished Thursday, 13 August 2015
The world’s top cycling teams will power through Ribble Valley and Pendle on 7 September, when the two boroughs host Stage 2 of the 2015 Aviva Tour of Britain.
The event, which starts in Clitheroe town centre at 11am, will feature the biggest line-up of UCI world teams to race in the UK this year, including Cannondale Garmin, which won the 2014 Tour of Britain, and the Etixx Quick-Step team of Mark Cavendish.
Other UCI world teams who have confirmed they are taking part include Team Sky (Great Britain), BMC Racing (USA), IAM Cycling (Switzerland), Movistar (Spain) and Tinkoff-Saxo (Russia), who between them won 13 of the 21 Tour de France stages.
Tour of Britain race director Mick Bennett said: “This is the strongest line-up of teams to have appeared in the Tour of Britain so far and presents a fantastic opportunity for spectators to see the best line-up of cycling teams and riders to race in the UK this year.”
All six of the UK’s UCI continental teams will be taking part, including 2015 Pearl Izumi Tour Series champions Madison Genesis and last year’s Elite Road Series winning squad Team Raleigh GAC.
Three squads: ONE Pro Cycling, co-owned by former England cricketer Matt Prior; Team WIGGINS, the personal team of Sir Bradley Wiggins, and Cult Energy will also make their Aviva Tour of Britain debuts.
Ribble Valley Borough Council leader Stuart Hirst said: “The Tour of Britain is a world-leading event that sets a high standard for cycling in the UK.
“Cycling enthusiasts in Ribble Valley and Pendle and across Lancashire can look forward to seeing some of the best teams in the world on their local roads as the Tour of Britain powers through the two boroughs for a fantastic finale to the British sporting summer.
“We are delighted to be hosting this fantastic event and look forward to giving the elite cyclists, their teams and tens of thousands of spectators a warm Ribble Valley welcome.”
Details of the provisional six rider line-ups for each team will be announced over the coming weeks.
Stage Two of the 2015 Aviva Tour of Britain will start in Clitheroe town centre, completing a clockwise route via the Nick o’ Pendle, Whalley, Longride, Dunsop Bridge and Slaidburn in the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, before heading into Pendle via Barnoldswick and Earby, then briefly returning to Clitheroe and then on to Whalley for a second time, Nelson and the finish in Colne.
The event will be broadcast internationally by 16 television channels across 139 territories in Europe, Australia and the USA. ITV will screen three hours of live coverage every day and a one-hour highlights programme at night.
Further details, including route maps, timings, spectator zones, road closures and parking restrictions, is available at tourofbritainstage2.co.uk.