Tour of Britain: 10 riders to watch (video)

With the Tour of Britain about to start, we take a look at this riders who could light up this year's race

The 2015 Tour of Britain runs from September 6 to 13, taking in a challenging route across the eight stages.

The race is host to some big names as well as British domestic riders, so the varying approaches and aims should make for some lively racing.

We will likely see domestic teams such as Madison-Genesis and JLT-Condor regularly represented in breakaways, and they may also push for classification jerseys by picking up intermediate points along the way.

>>> Tour of Britain: Stage by Stage

Former winner Sir Bradley Wiggins will line up with his eponymous new team but the man himself may take a backseat as riders such as Owain Doull come to the fore.

Off the back of a very successful Tour de France, including every sprinter's dream win on the Champs Elysées, Andre Greipel will resume his battle with home favourite Mark Cavendish. Despite the hilly terrain of many of the stages, these sprinters should have their chance to shine, particularly on the final stage in London.

Defending champion Dylan van Baarle (Cannondale-Garmin) is taking the start and will aim to be the first rider of the modern era to take back-to-back wins. However, as was the case when he won last year, it could be another unexpected champion who takes the top step after the final stage.

Whatever happens, it should make for an exciting eight days' racing.

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Jack Elton-Walters hails from the Isle of Wight, and would be quick to tell anyone that it's his favourite place to ride. He has covered a varied range of topics for Cycling Weekly, producing articles focusing on tech, professional racing and cycling culture. He moved on to work for Cyclist Magazine in 2017 where he stayed for four years until going freelance. He now returns to Cycling Weekly from time-to-time to cover racing, review cycling gear and write longer features for print and online. He is not responsible for misspelled titles on box outs, and he lost the argument about using UK spellings