Team Sky, BMC and Katusha among WorldTour teams for Tour de Yorkshire

Seven WorldTour teams will line up for the men's race at the 2016 Tour de Yorkshire, with six international squads in the women's race

Podium, Tour de Yorkshire stage three
Podium, Tour de Yorkshire stage three
(Image credit: Andy Jones)

Seven WorldTour teams will take part in the second edition of the Tour de Yorkshire, starting on April 29, including Team Sky and BMC.

Many of the teams who took part in the inaugural event, won by Sky's Lars Petter Nordhaug, will return to the start line this year, with Orica-GreenEdge, Katusha and Dimension Data the WorldTour additions.

LottoNL-Jumbo, who took their first win of the year in Yorkshire last year, return, as do Giant-Alpecin.

Five UCI Pro Continental teams will attend the event, led by British squad One Pro Cycling and Direct Energie (formerly Europcar), while five domestic British teams and the Great Britain national team make up the peloton.

In the women's race, which takes place on the same route as stage two, ahead of the men's race, Lizzie Armitstead will ride for Great Britain - one of six British-based teams in the peloton.

Wiggle-High5 and Podium Ambition head up the British teams, with Liv Plantur and Ale Cippolini among the international teams in the peloton.

Teams for 2016 Tour de Yorkshire

Mens: BMC, Dimension Data, Orica-GreenEdge, Giant-Alpecin, Katusha, LottoNL-Jumbo, Team Sky, One Pro Cycling, Cofidis, Roompot-Oranje Peloton, Direct Energie, Topsport Vlaanderen, Raleigh GAC, NFTO, Team Wiggins, JLT Condor, Madison Genesis, Great Britain

Womens: Wiggle-High5, Podium Ambition, Drops Cycling Team, Great Britian, Breeze, Team WNT, Boot Out Breast Cancer, Fusion RT Fierlan, Hitec Products, Cyclance Pro Cycling, Ale Cippolini, Liv-Plantur, Lares Waowdeals, Footon Velosport.