Team Sky have confirmed that Geraint Thomas and Owain Doull are set to be part of their line-up for the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, which finishes in their home city of Cardiff on Sunday 10 September.
Thomas, who won the opening stage of the Tour de France in Dusseldorf this July, will make his return from injury at the race, which gets underway in Edinburgh on Sunday 3 September, making his first appearance in Britain’s national Tour since 2011, when he won the Points Classification.
Commenting on the news, Geraint Thomas said; "It's always great to be able to race in front of home fans, so I’m really looking forward to the Tour of Britain. I haven't had the chance to race at home much in recent years, but the atmosphere at London 2012, then at the home stages of the Tour de France and Commonwealth Games in 2014, has always stayed with me.
"The support from British fans is always fantastic when we race abroad - especially from the Welsh fans! There aren't many races now where I don't see the flag at the side of the road, and it just gives you such a boost.
"Obviously it was the first thing the Welsh guys spoke about when we saw that the finish was going to be in Cardiff. I'm sure the fans will do us proud – that’s going to be a great day.”
Owain Doull finished third overall and won the Points Classification in the 2015 Tour of Britain, and like Thomas is excited by the prospect of racing into his home city in Britain’s biggest professional race.
“'I can't wait to be back racing in the UK, especially with the race finishing in my hometown of Cardiff.
“This will be my fifth time racing the Tour of Britain and my first time racing with Team Sky so it will be an even bigger event for me. The crowds just seem to get bigger every year, so it’s a race I really look forward to.”
Geraint added “Coming back to Cardiff is going to be special and it’s something the Welsh guys have been talking about since the route was announced. I’m sure the fans will do us proud”.
This year’s OVO Energy Tour of Britain final will take place in Cardiff, as the first Welsh venue to host the overall finish of the race.
Stage Eight on Sunday 10 September will begin in the city of Worcester, and pass through Pershore in Worcestershire, Ledbury in Herefordshire and Newport in south Wales before riders tackle three laps of a city centre circuit in Cardiff, with the finish on King Edward VII Avenue by City Hall.
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