British Cycling has today confirmed the six riders who will represent the Great Britain Cycling Team at the forthcoming Ovo Energy Tour of Britain which takes place from 3-10 September.
Under-23 British road race champion Chris Lawless, who won stage four of the prestigious Tour de l’Avenir last week will once again line up in Great Britain colours alongside James Knox who finished second on stage six and eighth overall.
British Cycling’s Podium programme rider Ollie Wood along with Senior Academy riders Jake Hennessy, who won the under-23 Gent-Wevelgem earlier this year, plus Ethan Hayter and Adam Hartley complete the team.
Chris Lawless said: “I’m looking forward to representing Great Britain again at this year’s Tour of Britain. My season is going well so far, so I’m hoping to carry this form into the race and see how I get on against the pros. The Tour of Britain is a race I always enjoy, racing in front of a home crowd in national kit is a great experience, so I’m looking forward to getting stuck in to the racing next week.”
British Cycling’s Senior Academy men’s road coach Keith Lambert, who will be the team’s directeur sportif for the event, said: “We are very fortunate to be able to enter a national team into a race of the Tour of Britain’s calibre, and year on year we see our young riders benefit from competing at this level.
“This year looks to be no different, with ten UCI World Tour teams confirmed to be on the start line. The experience of racing against some of the world’s best professional bike riders is invaluable to the development of our squad and I know they are looking forward to making the most of this opportunity.
“The race will be tough, in terms of both the route and the pace, but we’ve seen some impressive results from the riders so far this year, so it’ll be interesting to see how they get on over the eight days of racing.”
Great Britain Cycling Team for the 2017 Ovo Energy Tour of Britain