The Tour of Britain organiser has announced that new Tour de France yellow jersey Romain Feillu and the CSC-Saxo Bank team will ride this year?s Tour of Britain in September.
Feillu won the 2007 Tour of Britain on the last stage in Glasgow thanks to snatching a vital time bonus. He took the yellow jersey in the Tour de France by a much bigger margin on Monday thanks to being part of the decisive four-rider break that stayed clear of the main peloton. He now leads Italy?s Paolo Longo Borghini (Barloworld) by 35 seconds in the general classification.
Feillu’s Agritubel squad will join other major teams such as Columbia, Barloworld and CSC-Saxo Bank at the British race.
Danish dream team CSC have always performed well in the Tour of Britain, with Martin Pedersen winning overall in 2006.
The provisional CSC-Saxo Bank line-up includes 2007 Paris-Roubaix winner Stuart O?Grady, fellow Aussie Bradley McGee and Matt Goss who won in Wolverhampton in 2007.
Commenting on the announcement, Tour of Britain spokesman Paul Rowlands said: ?We are very pleased to welcome Team CSC?Saxo Bank back to The Tour of Britain. The race is now five years old, and Team CSC?Saxo Bank have supported us right from the start, sending a strong and competitive squad every year to the race, and I?m sure 2008 will be no different.”
“Stuart O?Grady and Bradley McGee are both excellent, world-class bike riders, while everyone at the Tour of Britain knows what a great cyclist Matthew Goss is, and felt for him when he had to drop out of the 2006 race while wearing the yellow jersey.?
13 of the 16 teams scheduled to ride the Tour of Britain have now been announced. The final three teams will be revealed soon – ready for the opening stage in central London on September 7.
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