An exciting mix of youth and experience from across Europe will contest the 2016 Velothon Wales UCI sanctioned professional race.
Sunday’s 194km race takes place shortly after 12,000 amateur cyclists set off for a 140km sportive around a stunning close-road route throughout South Wales.
A number of cyclists who competed in the inaugural Velothon Wales pro race in 2015 return for another crack at the challenging course, including Wales’ Yanto Barker.
The 36-year-old from Carmarthen rides for ONE Pro Cycling, one of three Pro Continental teams confirmed for this week’s Velothon Wales.
Barker won the overall British Cycling Elite Road Series in 2014 and his latest victory came at the Perfs Pedal Race in 2015.
He represented Wales at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and joined ONE Pro Cycling, the team co-founded by former England international cricketer Matt Prior, in 2015.
The Stolting Service Group team, founded in Germany in 2011, are another of the Pro Continental teams competing and bring an impressive selection of riders from Germany, France and Denmark.
Poland’s Verva Activejet are the third Pro Continental team and include Pawel Bernas in their line-up, who won three races in Europe in 2015.
There are several British riders among the remaining 15 teams taking part. The full list of teams confirmed is; SSG Stolting Service Group, Verva Activejet Pro Cycling Team, ONE Pro Cycling, Hrinkow Advarics Cycleang, Parkhotel Valkenburg, Rietumu-Delfin, Team Giant-Scatto, Madison Genesis, Team 3M, Pedal Heaven, Stradalli-bike AID, Dare Gobik, National Team Estonia, NFTO, Team Raleigh GAC, JLT Condor, AC Sparta Praha and Alpha Baltic – Maratoni.
Two-time Wales National Road Race Champion Dale Appleby, from Pontypridd, rides for NFTO Pro Cycling alongside Porthcawl’s Rhys Lloyd, who represented Wales at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in India. Current Welsh Road Race Champion Stephen Williams rides for JLT Condor, whilst Aberystwyth's Gruffudd Lewis rides for Madison Genesis.
Last year’s race was won by Martin Mortensen from Cult Energy Pro Cycling in a time of 4:26:25, with Ignatas Konovalovas and Gregory Habeaux completing the other two places on the podium.
This year’s professional race starts at 12.40pm from the St Mary’s Street in Cardiff city centre and follows the same route as the 140km sportive for amateur cyclists with the addition of two extra loops of the famous Tumble and Caerphilly Mountain climbs.
For more information please visit www.velothon-wales.co.uk
How to follow
- Reports for Velothon Wales and the Maindy Flyers British Cycling Youth Circuit Series race will appear on the British Cycling website.
- Velothon Wales TV highlights will be shown Saturday 28 May at 6:15am on Channel 4.