Great Britain team announced for Tour of Britain

Simon Yates, Under-23 men's road race, Road World Championships 2011

British Cycling has today announced a six-strong Great Britian Cycling Team to take part in the Tour of Britain which starts in Ipswich on Sunday. 

The squad is composed of riders on the U23 British Cycling Olympic Academy Programme, including former Tour de l'Avenir stage winner Simon Yates, and will be directed by Academy coach and manager Keith Lambert.

"It's a massive opportunity for them [the riders] and it will be really difficult," Lambert explained. "If we could do equally as well as some of the UK-based teams, that'll be good."

Yates, along with George Atkins, Josh Edmonson and first year Academy rider Ali Slater, has also been included on the long list for the U23 Great Britain team at the World Championships in Limburg, Netherlands, later this month.

"It's difficult to put pressure on one lad with the way the race shapes up," Lambert added when discussing leadership roles for the race. "If we can get a few top tens [in stages], I'll be delighted.

"We can't be comparing ourselves to the likes of Sky or Liquigas but we've got nothing to lose."

The Great Britain team for the Tour of Britain was not initially included on the provisional list of starters released earlier today, September 5, and Cycling Weekly understands that the inclusion of a national team was not a simple decision. 

The International Cycling Union (UCI) normally restricts teams from entering races if there are links between different squads which might encourage co-operation and inhibit fair racing.

For example, a feeder team such as the Leopard-Trek development squad would not be permitted to race in the same event as the Radioshack-Nissan-Trek WorldTour squad.

Due to Sky's sponsorship agreement with British Cycling, there had been worries that the Great Britain national squad could be seen as a feeder team for, or associated with, the Team Sky WorldTour squad. 

Lambert, however, asked the UCI to allow a Great Britain team following the success of British riders at the Tour de France and Olympic Games and, with additional lobbying from British Cycling, the UCI permitted the Academy team to ride.

The move brings the number of teams taking part in the Tour of Britain up to 17, totalling 102 riders.

Great Britain Cycling Team, Tour of Britain 2012

Simon Yates

Joshua Edmondson

George Atkins

Thomas Moses

Owain Doull

Alistair Slater

Replacement riders

Daniel McLay

Adam Yates

Related links

Tour of Britain 2012: Start list

Long list for British World Champs team announced

Tour of Britain 2012: Coverage index


Thank you for reading 5 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

Founded in 1891, Cycling Weekly and its team of expert journalists brings cyclists in-depth reviews, extensive coverage of both professional and domestic racing, as well as fitness advice and 'brew a cuppa and put your feet up' features. Cycling Weekly serves its audience across a range of platforms, from good old-fashioned print to online journalism, and video.