Tom Boonen and Niki Terpstra are just two of the WorldTour stars set to race in the European Games in Baku on a testing course

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Tom Boonen and Niki Terpstra will race at the European Games (Watson)

Great Britain haven’t sent a cycling team to the European Games, but luckily a lot of other countries haven’t followed in our ambivalence.

A host of well known WorldTour riders are set to start the race in Baku’s Freedom Square on Sunday, heading out for a few laps of a 13.9km circuit.

And it’s not just a jaunt around the flat streets of the capital of Azerbaijan, it even includes a cobbled climb – something that will suit the Classics specialists down to the ground.

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And there’s a fair few of them there. Tom Boonen, Stijn Vandenbergh and Jens Keukeleire are present for the Belgians, while Niki Terpstra lines up for the Netherlands.

Etixx-Quick-Step‘s Frenchmen Julian Alaphilippe and Maxime Bouet will pull on their national colours and the Italians count Elia Viviani, Giacomo Nizzolo, Dario Cataldo and Filippo Pozzato in their squad.

Then there’s the Irish contingent, which features young NFTO rider Eddy Dunbar, voted most aggressive rider on stage one of the Tour de Yorkshire and Ryan Mullen, who finished in the top-10 of the time trial on Thursday.

Take a look at the full start list on the European Games website.

  • Brendan Power

    Shame we haven’t entered a team; what an ideal opportunity for some of our up and coming riders to taste the atmosphere of a multi sport event, not to mention the possibility of a few brownie points for Rio.

  • dale

    GO Ireland!