By Nigel Wynn
Organisers of the Tour of Britain have reveled the provisional line-up for four more teams taking part in the 2011 edition of the race, which runs from September 11 to September 19.
Ever-popular German Jens Voigt spearheads Leopard-Trek's assault on the eight-day race and will be joined by a strong team that also includes fellow German Linus Gerdemann.
Rabobank look to have a solid sprint team in attendance, with Theo Bos and Lars Boom named in its six-man squad.
Brits Andrew Fenn and Mark McNally are on the roster for An Post's squad along with Irishmen Sam Bennett and Ronan McLaughlin.
French squad Europcar will bring along 2010 King of the Mountains Anthony Charteau which also includes Japanese rider Yukiya Arashiro.
"This year's Tour of Britain is building up to have our best field yet," said Tour of Britain race director Mick Bennett.
"The fact that UCI World Tour teams like Rabobank and Leopard Trek are sending such strong line-ups speaks volumes about The Tour of Britain and how the race is continuing to go from strength-to-strength.
"With riders like Theo Bos, Thor Hushovd and other top sprinters contesting the sprints, I am sure that both the Yodel Sprints and Prostate Cancer Charity Points Jerseys will be hotly contested."
All team line-ups will be confirmed nearer the start of the race.
The 2011 Tour of Britain starts on Sunday September 11 in Peebles, and finishes in Westminster, London, on Sunday September 18. Stage details can be found in our 2011 Tour of Britain coverage index.
AN Post-Sean Kelly
Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu); Sam Bennett (Irl); Andrew Fenn (GBr); Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel); Ronan McLaughlin (Irl); Mark McNally (GBr)
Reserves: Mark Cassidy (Irl); Niko Eeckhout (Bel); Philip Lavery (Irl); Connor McConvey (Irl); Kenny Terwduwe (Bel)
Will Clarke (Aus); Linus Gerdemann (Ger); Dominic Klemme (Ger); Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita); Martin Pedersen (Den); Jens Voigt (Ger)
Lars Boom (Ned); Theo Bos (Ned); Rick Flens (Ned); Michael Matthews (Aus); Bram Tankink (Ned); Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned)
Reserves: Matti Breschel (Den); Graeme Brown (Aus); Sebastian Langeveld (Ned); Maarten Tjallingii (Ned)
Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn); Franck Bouyer (Fra); Anthony Charteau (Fra); Damien Gaudin (Fra); Yohann Gene (Fra); Alexandre Pichot (Fra)
Reserves: Mathieu Claude (Fra); Christophe Kern (Fra); Guillaume Le Floch (Fra); Kevin Reza (Fra)
Tour of Britain 2011: Related links
Tour of Britain 2011: Cycling Weekly's coverage index
Tour of Britain 2011: Provisional start list
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