By Thomas Dodd
The Tour of Normandy has been a happy hunting ground for British cycling in recent years and this year's race sees three teams from the United Kingdom competing in the week-long race in northern France.
The event has been kind to British racers in the past and with 14 riders from these shores heading over to France there are high hopes of more success this time around.
Two years ago, British amateur Dan McLay won stage three of the race and ultimately went on to claim the green sprint jersey.
Last year’s Tour de Normandie also handed a professional debut to Team Wiggins, where Owain Doull finished third on stage four.
Check out the essential guide to this weekend's main race
In 2012, Erick Rowsell finished second in the young rider category, thanks in part to a runner-up finish on stage two.
Rowsell (Madison-Genesis) will this year be riding alongside Tom Stewart, who wore the climber’s jersey for three stages of last year’s Tour of Britain before ultimately finishing second in the classification.
George Pym (Raleigh-GAC) will compete in his first UCI WorldTour race outside of Great Britain and a youthful Raleigh line-up will also feature 18-year-old Jack Escritt.
JLT-Condor will be led by Thomas Moses and Chris Lawless, the latter having been part of Team Wiggins’s first pro race 12 months ago.
Often characterised by the rain and wind, this year's race comprises of six road stages preceded by a prologue, starting in Carentan and ending in Caen the following Sunday.
The man who pipped Peters to the top step of the podium last year, Dimitri Claeys, will not defend his title, but his team Verendas Willems return to the race led by Timothy Dupont, who won the Nokere Koerse in his native Belgium this week.
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.
Tech of the Month December: Tacx Neo Bike Plus vs Wahoo Kickr Bike V2 and how wide will road wheels go?
We discuss the direction of road wheel design and which is best out of the two most recently updated smart trainers
By Luke Friend • Published
Drama on final night of Track Champions League as Richardson just pips Lavreysen
There were three British wins in London, but Katie Archibald was unable to overturn Jennifer Valente's lead in the endurance competition
By Chris Marshall-Bell • Published
Why Sunday’s stage of the Tour de Yorkshire might be the hardest ever on British soil
Yorkshire is known for its testing roads and demanding climbs, but stage four of this year’s Tour de Yorkshire could well be the hardest ever laid out on British soil. We previewed part of the course with Madison-Genesis to see what lies ahead on Sunday - Photos by Luke Webber/Madison
By Paul Knott • Published
'I don’t know how we’ve done it': Tom Stewart becomes first Brit to win Tour de Normandie since 1985
JLT Condor celebrate successful Tour de Normandie, with overall victory, stage win and points classification
By Nigel Wynn • Pub