Sprinters André Greipel and Mark Renshaw have been named as part of HTC-Columbia’s line-up for the Tour of Britain next month.
Although only a provisional team, those names suggest HTC expect the race to come down to a series of sprints, as it did last year when they won with Edvald Boasson Hagen, who now rides for Team Sky.
With 17 wins already this season, Greipel will start as one of the favourites especially with Mark Renshaw to lead him out. But like Boasson Hagen it could be one of his last races in the team’s colours as he moves to Omega Pharma Lotto next year.
Race Director Mick Bennett said; “we are delighted that Team HTC – Columbia are sending such a strong team to the race, which clearly speaks volumes about how importantly they regard The Tour of Britain.”
HTC-Columbia have been at the Tour of Britain every year since it re-launched in 2004, although then they were T-Mobile.
The full provisional line-up is Bert Grabsch, André Greipel, Tony Martin, MArco Pinotti, Mark Renshaw, Michael Rogers.
The line ups for both Skil-Shimano and Topsport Vlaanderen have also been announced:
Skil Shimano – Roy Curvers; Bert De Backer; Koen De Kort; Jin Long; Kenny Van Hummel; Robert Wagner
Topsport Vlaanderen – Pieter Jacobs; Stijn Joseph; Gert Steurs; Michael Van Staeyen; Kristof Vandewalle; Pieter Vanspeybrouck
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