New qualification system means two domestic teams will not ride 2016 Tour of Britain

A qualification ranking system will decide which of the British-based UCI Continental teams will ride in the 2016 Tour of Britain

(Photo: Andy Jones)

(Image credit: Andy Jones)

Being a British UCI Continental team will no longer guarantee you a place in the Tour of Britain as of 2016 as organiser Sweetspot brings in a new qualification system for the domestic squads.

With six Continental teams on these shores, two are set to miss out on the September race in a decision that seems to have been met positively.

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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.