Adam Blythe and Tao Geoghegan Hart headline GB squad for Tour of Britain

Adam Blythe, Dan McLay, Tao Geoghegan Hart and three members of the British Cycling Academy are selected to ride the Tour of Britain

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National road race champion Adam Blythe will head up the Great Britain squad at next week's Tour of Britain, in a squad that features a host of the country's best young talents.

Blythe's inclusion means both the road race and time trial champions will be competing in their home tour, with Alex Dowsett lining up for Movistar.

>>> Tour of Britain 2016 route: stage by stage

Also in the GB team for the eight-stage race is new Team Sky signing Tao Geoghegan Hart, fresh off his sixth-place finish at the Tour de l'Avenir, and sprinter Dan McLay, who impressed at his first Tour de France this summer.

Gabriel Cullaigh will ride his second Tour of Britain, having signed a contract to ride for SEG Racing Academy in 2017, while his British Cycling Academy colleagues Oliver Wood and Mark Stewart are also in the squad.

>>> Tour of Britain 2016 start list

Keith Lambert, Great Britain Cycling Team academy coach, said: “We have been able to name an extremely strong team, with several of our riders having already excelled in various races over the summer. The blend of youth and experience is excellent, and will hopefully prove very effective in what will be an extremely high quality race.”

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.