Eighteen of the world’s leading teams, including home fan favourites INEOS Grenadiers, will compete in this year’s Tour of Britain.
They will be one of five UCI WorldTeams who will take the start in the 18th edition of the UK’s most prestigious race, which begins in Aberdeen on Sunday 4 September and culminates with what promises to be a spectacular finale on the Isle of Wight eight stages later.
BORA – Hansgrohe, Israel – Premier Tech, Movistar Team and Team DSM will join INEOS Grenadiers at the race six weeks after competing in the Tour de France, the world’s biggest cycle race.
The 18 teams competing in the Tour of Britain 2022 are:
- Bardiani CSF Faizanè (Italy)
- Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB (Belgium)
- BORA – hansgrohe (Germany)
- Caja Rural – Seguros RGA (Spain)
- Global 6 Cycling (New Zealand)
- Great Britain Cycling Team (Great Britain)
- Human Powered Health (USA)
- INEOS Grenadiers (Great Britain)
- Israel – Premier Tech (Israel)
- Movistar Team (Spain)
- Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling (Great Britain)
- Saint Piran (Great Britain)
- Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise (Belgium)
- Team DSM (Netherlands)
- Team Qhubeka (Italy)
- TRINITY Racing (Great Britain)
- Uno-X Pro Cycling Team (Norway)
- Wiv SunGod (Great Britain)
The second most successful team in modern race history, INEOS Grenadiers will look to go one better than the 2021 Tour, in which young British star Ethan Hayter placed second overall.
While Movistar (lining up for their ninth consecutive participation), Team DSM (who first competed in the race in 2006) and Israel – Premier Tech (third start in as many editions) are regulars at the Tour, BORA – Hansgrohe will return to the race for the first time since 2014.
Three months after their women’s team competed in their first edition of the Women’s Tour, the Tour of Britain’s sister race, Uno-X Pro Cycling Team will make their debut in the UK’s leading men’s cycling event. The event will also welcome the Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB team from Belgium for the first time.
Having impressed in 2021, most notably when Robin Carpenter became the first American to win a stage of the race, Human Powered Health will return to the Tour in September. They will be joined by Bardiani CSF Faizanè, competing in their 10th edition of the race; Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise, whose involvement with the Tour stretches back to the first modern edition in 2004; and Caja Rural – Seguros RGA, returning for their third start.
The participation of six teams – a Great British national squad, the country’s four leading domestic squads (Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling, Saint Piran, TRINITY Racing and Wiv SunGod) and Team Qhubeka – was previously announced.
“As ever we’re excited to welcome those teams competing in the Tour of Britain to the UK’s biggest bike race. It’s great to see plenty of familiar faces mixed with a couple of debutants. But, perhaps most interestingly, today’s announcement further hints at what awaits in potentially the most open and unpredictable, but certainly the hardest, edition of the race to date!”Mick Bennett, Tour of Britain race director
The 2022 race starts in Aberdeen city centre and finishes eight days later on the Isle of Wight. Along the way, riders will tackle stages in the Scottish Borders, North East England, North Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Gloucestershire and Dorset.
ITV4 will continue to broadcast live flag-to-flag coverage of every stage and nightly highlights show, allowing fans in the UK to watch wherever they are. The race will also be shown in over 150 countries worldwide, thanks to the event’s partnerships with Eurosport and the Global Cycling Network.
Last year’s star-studded race was won by Belgian rider Wout Van Aert (Team Jumbo – Visma), with reigning world road race champion Julian Alaphilippe finishing third overall. According to research by Frontline, a roadside crowd of over one million spectators resulted in the Tour of Britain generating £29.96m of net economic benefit for the UK economy.