The 20 squads of elite cyclists taking part in this year’s Tour of Britain have been revealed, suggesting Hemel Hempstead could welcome a sporting legend next month.
The final list of teams for the sporting event – which is the country’s largest cycle race – includes 10 teams who raced in last month’s Tour de France.
Team Sky is again competing, and their winner last year Sir Bradley Wiggins is in contention to defend his title this September, according to his team.
The Friends Life Tour of Britain runs for eight days from Sunday, September 7, with the sixth stage finish taking place in Hemel Hempstead’s Gadebridge Park on Friday, September 12.
The event will be recorded live on ITV4, with additional coverage on British Eurosport.
Also riding for the yellow jersey are a further seven UCI Pro Teams from the sport’s top level, including the team currently ranked number one in the world, Movistar.
In total, six of the world’s top 10 teams will participate, with four of the top five ranked squads competing.
The national Great Britain team is also taking part.
Three further teams will be making their debuts – NFTO Pro Cycling, who won the Ride London single-day event last weekend with Adam Blythe, UCI Pro Team BMC Racing and UCI Pro Continental squad Team Novo Nordisk, which is a global all-diabetic professional cycling team.
Race director Mick Bennett said: “Every year we get a very positive response from teams wishing to ride the Friends Life Tour of Britain and this year that has been even more so the case.
“Not only do we have a very strong line-up of teams, half of whom raced in the Tour de France, we are confident that they will be bringing their best possible squads, meaning fans can look forward to seeing the world’s top riders, some exciting racing and maybe a few surprises this September.”