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.
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.