Wednesday, 31 August 2011

E3 becomes a World Tour race

UCI WorldTour Licence granted to the Belgian race
E3 Prijs Vlaanderen- Harelbeke

After examining all aspects of the candidacy file submitted by the organiser of the race E3 Prijs Vlaanderen-Harelbeke – with the support of the UCI Professional Cycling Council – the Licence Commission has awarded a UCI WorldTour licence to the Belgian event for a period of four years (2012 – 2015).

A traditional cycling event which has been organised for many years in the Flanders, the classic E3 Prijs Vlaanderen – Harelbeke (E3 Harelbeke) was until now part of the UCI Europe Tour calendar.

By integrating this race on the UCI WorldTour calendar, the UCI confirms its determination to ensure the durability of European cycling – in parallel with its commitment to the globalisation of cycling, which takes a step forward this season with the first edition of the Tour of Beijing – within the global development of the sport.

The UCI President Mr Pat McQuaid welcomed the Licence Commission’s decision, commenting, “The granting of this licence recognises the importance of this race in a region that has a strong cycling tradition. The Flanders area has a remarkable heritage and remains a landmark for cyclists around the world.”

In 2012, the E3 Harelbeke event will be moved to the Friday preceding the Gent-Wevelgem race and will open the season of Belgian Classics on the UCI WorldTour.

Angkor Wat Bike Race opens for registration

Phnom Penh, (August 2011) – Cyclists from all over the world are invited to sign up to the Angkor Wat Bike Race & Ride presented by CIMB Bank. Entering its sixth year, the annual charity fundraising event, organised by Village Focus International, will take place on Saturday 3rd December in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
The Angkor Wat Bike Race & Ride encourages participants of all ages and fitness levels to cycle through the beautiful temples of the UNESCO World Heritage Angkor Wat temple complex to help raise funds for Village Focus International’s the life changing work supporting vulnerable children and sex trafficked victims.

Since the event began in 2006, it has grown each year and raised a total of US$100,000 towards empowering young people and communities break out of poverty. Village Focus International implements three human-rights based programs throughout Laos and Cambodia.
Rick Reece, Director at Village Focus International said “the Angkor Wat Bike Race & Ride offers bikers from around the world to join in solidarity to ride on the Angkor roads (car free) through forest, rice fields and the magnificent ancient temple complex. We encourage friends and families to cycle together and unite for a special cause.”

Village Focus International and CIMB Bank hopes the Angkor Wat Bike Race & Ride 2011 will be its biggest yet this year and is aiming to raise over US$50,000 (net proceeds) and beat previous participation figures.

To sign up for the Angkor Wat Bike Race & Ride or for more information please visit You can also follow the Angkor Wat Bike Race & Ride on twitter or via facebook. Village Focus International is currently in the process of registering as a charity in the United Kingdom. 

Crazy Asian Rides - The KL Tower!

Another oldie, but we goldie...

Determined to spend Christmas his way Steve Thomas becomes the first biker ever to ride down the Kuala Lumpur Telecom Tower, one of the tallest buildings on the planet.

“Why?” they ask, again and again. Well, at least some do, others just say “Wow!” Me, well, I’ve never been one of the “why” community, they tend to be the conservative sort that just do not see the point in doing things differently. So what exactly am I talking about? My recent “ride” down the Telekom Tower in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
It was Christmas Eve and heading in to dusk – and I had a late plane to catch. Yet there I was, with a bike, on top of one of the world’s tallest buildings (4th tallest telecom tower). To be honest I hadn’t really given the whole thing any serious thought, I never do – but it was at this point that I really ought to of at least considered the three letter why question, and maybe even of answered it to myself, but no.
Things were not quite as anticipated you see. For a whole two years I’d eyed this project, and dearly wanted to become the first biker to ride down this most impressive of buildings, and now here I was some 400 odd meters high in the sky and facing the ride on my life. I’d tried every possible link in order to track down someone who may just be confused enough to allow me to attempt the feat, and had all but given up. Then one fated afternoon, at a travel show in London, I was introduced to the towers manager. This was an opportunity too good to miss, so within seconds I’d hit him with my plan; “Bicycle, down?” Came the disbelieving response. He all but dismissed the idea on the spot as some life threateningly deadly and silly idea. But with a few weeks worth of follow up e mails the no melted into a maybe, and then in to an agreement to meet in KL with the towers insurers and safety guys for a possible attempt on the ride.
Before that evening all I knew was that there were going to be a whole load of steps, though from the stair plan document I’d seen they looked to be wide and fairly shallow, a piece of cake I figured. Huh, the plans they’d shown me were for the turns, not the steps, and the first I knew of that was when I was presented in front of an assembled crowd and pointed down towards one of the hairiest and longest staircases in the world!

“Okay, you go now?” Grinned the staff. But from where I stood the task looked more or less impossible. Not only were the concrete steps incredibly steep, they were real shallow, and the whole stairwell was only just over a bars width wide, it was like facing one huge great drainpipe to hell, or potentially a concrete coffin. How could I explain to the crowd that it was just too steep – and that my short travel full suss trail bike was simply not the tool for the job, well I couldn’t really, could I?
With a huge gulp and a sweaty brow I launched myself into the abyss of the tower, rattling down the steps like a pinball. This was steep, insanely steep, though with the short flights of stairs their wasn’t really much room to hang back, so it became a case of hold on tight and hope for the best. It was fast becoming clear that the steps were not the only problem. Every 20 or so bumps I was faced with a 180 degree turn, which was so narrow that the bike couldn’t even fit long ways into the gap. After a while I perfected the stair hop jam turn, riding up against the wall and flipping my wheel round as I dropped on to the first step of the next rung, dicey, but the only way around things.
By the half way mark I’d taken a couple of near endos, a back drop or two, and my arms were shaking like crazy with the constant rattling around. I was also sweating like a pig, as there was simply no air in the great concrete box. Even so the only way out was down, and so the show went on.

Some 2058 steps, and an amazing 421 meters later, with a flat rear tyre, and I burst through the main exit doors of the tower to the applause and congratulation of the staff and assembled tourists. Two years after first seeing the tower and now I’d finally ridden down it, and without a single “why?” all day!


Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Ahh, dignity


Rapha and Sky teams for Tour of Britain

Olympic Gold medalist Geraint Thomas will lead Team Sky in this September's Tour of Britain, alongside former Tour stage winner and King of the Mountains Ben Swift.

Thomas will be joined in The Tour of Britain by fellow Olympic Gold Medalist Ed Clancy, who leads the Rapha Condor Sharp team, which was also revealed today.

The Team Sky provisional line-up includes a strong British focus for their home Tour, with Thomas and Swift joined by rising stars Peter Kennaugh and Alex Dowsett, the latter of whom last week took his first professional victory at the Tour du Poitou in France.

2011 will be Thomas' sixth Tour of Britain, with the Welsh rider having finished sixth and twelfth in the last two editions, while Swift secured his first professional win the last time he rode The Tour in 2009, winning the stage from Hatherleigh to Yeovil.

The quartet will be joined by double Tour of Britain top ten finisher Michael Rogers, and fellow Australian Mathew Hayman.

"The announcement of such a strong Team Sky line-up clearly sends a message that the team is serious about winning The Tour of Britain and pulling on the IG Markets Gold Jersey," said Race Director Mick Bennett.

"In Geraint, Ben, Alex and Peter they have four of the finest British cyclists currently racing, all of whom are more than capable of winning The Tour of Britain.

"Rapha Condor Sharp also look to have a strong line-up, with which they will be hoping to become the first domestic British trade team to win a stage of The Tour of Britain."

In addition to World and Olympic Champion Clancy, Great Britain teammate Andy Tennant, himself a 2012 Olympics hopeful, will also ride for Rapha Condor Sharp, alongside former British Champion Kristian House.

Australian Zak Dempster and Namibian Dan Craven add international flavour to the line-up, which is completed by Devon cyclist Jonathan Tiernan-Locke, who will be looking forward to Stage Five of The Tour of Britain, which takes in many of the Devonian's training roads.

Sky Procycling provisional Tour of Britain line-up:
Alex Dowsett (GBr); Mathew Hayman (Aus); Peter Kennaugh (GBr); Michael Rogers (Aus); Ben Swift (GBr); Geraint Thomas (GBr);
Reserves: Steve Cummings (GBr); Greg Henderson (NZl); Jeremy Hunt (GBr)

Rapha Condor Sharp provisional Tour of Britain line-up:
Ed Clancy (GBr); Dan Craven (Nam); Zak Dempster (Aus); Kristian House (GBr); Jonathan Tiernan-Locke (GBr); Andy Tennant (GBr)
Reserves: Graham Briggs (GBr); Dean Downing (GBr); Ben Greenwood (GBr); Casey Munro (Aus); Dean Windsor (Aus);

Kuala Kangsar MTB jamboree 2011

Ojavee slates up another oictory

Ojavee strikes again!

By Steve Thomas/

Continuing to ride the leather off his winning streak Team Champion System rider Mart Ojavee took yet another victory at the weekend, when he rode solo to an impressive series ending win in the Estonian national road cup.
Showing off his recently earned national champions jersey in the 103-km race at Tabassalu, Ojavee left the field behind with just 9-km of the race remaining, and was not to be seen again. Behind team-mate Jaan Kirsipuu completed a good day out for CS by taking 4th place.
Having taken victory in earlier rounds of the 6 race series Mart looked set to contend for the overall title, but through other racing commitments he missed 2 of the counting races and was deemed ineligible for the final series standings, but clearly made the best of things with this commanding victory.
His season’s toil did not go unnoticed in Estonia; following the race he was confirmed as selected for Estonia’s national team for the World Road Race Championships in Denmark next month. Mart will hold one of the 3 starting slots allotted to Estonia, and will line up with Tour de France sensation Rein Taaramae, who finished behind him in the national title bout.
This will be his second world championship selection, having competed in the 2007 championships in Salzburg, and is a great first for Team Champion System in their maiden season on the road. 

Monday, 29 August 2011

Tour de France 2011: last anti-doping tests all negative

The Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF) has received the complete and final results of the tests carried out at the Tour de France 2011. The last samples received from the Châtenay-Malabry, Lausanne and Cologne laboratories all showed a negative result.

UCI President Pat McQuaid stated that «this excellent news further highlights the quality of the various anti-doping measures brought in by the UCI in recent years, especially the introduction of the biological passport. It also indicates that there has been a change of mentality and behaviour within the peloton. Our sport is on the right track and we will continue to use all means available to protect it».

Dr. Francesca Rossi, CADF Director, pointed out that there had been «an excellent cooperation between the French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD) and the laboratories which analyzed the samples. From a purely technical point of view, the outcome of the anti-doping activities at the Tour de France is very satisfying».

The Racer, Matthias Friedemann of Team Champion System

Der Rennfaher (The racer)

By Steve Thomas/

Broken, but not stirred, and holed up in a far-flung Chinese hospital at the foot of the Tibetan Plateau; it was just about the last place on earth that Team Champion System rider Matthias Friedemann wanted to be spending a few days in July, especially when his name was on the roster for the Tour of Qinghai Lake, which was taking place just a short ride away from his morphine jaded bed.
A dose of good form and an informed approach had lead him to the race with high hopes of a stage victory in Qinghai, but on the eve of the race his plans were thwarted when he suffered a nasty crash in a pre race critirium, which served as a prologue for the tour its self.
The German rider had been in good shape all year, and had his a sub-peak high just before Qinghai, which was a major focus for his season. A series of top notch finishes on a team sortie to the USA had lead him towards the high-rise and prestigious Chinese race, and as if to demonstrate his good form he was in the thick of the ill fated pre-tour critirium action.
The field was heading into the final showdown when a rider came down directly in front of him. There was nowhere else to go, and he hit the deck at full on sprint speed. The result? An implosion that separated his shoulder, tearing the tissues around his clavicle; his Qinghai quest and good form were strapped and up and sent home with a dose of uncertainty.

Surgery revealed shredded tissue, but no broken bones. The shoulder is a traditional weak-spot for cyclists, and a collarbone fracture is something few racers avoid during their career. But, tissue damage can be even more painful than broken bones, and often takes much longer to heal, which has put his season on pause for the moment.
Within days of the crash he was back in action, all be it on an ergo trainer at his home, now six weeks on and he’s still sweating at walls; “I’m in the gym 4-5 days a week, working on maintaining my power and strength with weights, but I cannot hold the bars out on the road so my riding is confined to the trainer at home or in the gym.”
These static torture machines are instruments that many of us loath, but being miss-season Matthias has little choice but to face the wraths of its humming; “I try and do 4 hours a day in the gym and on the trainer; it’s not easy. On the road 4,5, or 6 hours is no problem, but for the moment I have to do this.”
As a full time bike racer regular gym sessions can seem a little unusual during the race season; “Normally I work in the gym from the end of the race season (October) until February. During the summer there’s no real time between racing, and if you leave it for two weeks or more the muscle pain can be a problem, which interferes with the essential road training.”
During the race season a rider such as Matthias spends many long hours on the road; “In the season I spend between 4-6 hours a day training.” It’s a fairly structured annual cycle; “Normally the season ends in late October, and then I take 3 weeks off. After that it’s gym and base road training. Come January I head to the mountains and focus on strength training and then spend a couple of pre season weeks in Majorca where I up the intensity before I start racing.”
But this year his season has been spiked a little with the inclusion of a number of Asian races; “There can be races in January, and right through to November, so you have to schedule and work around this. As long as you know that you need to be in form during these periods it’s not a problem – a couple of months of intensity is needed to sharpen up.”
Asian racing and an Asian team are all new to him; how did he find his first oriental season? “I’ve ridden in Qinghai Lake twice before, but everything else was all new to me. You can have extreme climate changes – but the heat suits me. It’s a very different style of racing when compared to Europe; the teams and tactical side are not so organised, so there are lost of seemingly pointless attacks, which would just not happen in Europe. I think you need a full year in Asia before you become accustomed to the racing style and can get good results.”
Back in early March Matthias scored the first major result for the team when he took the sprints title and 4th place in the OCBC Singapore critirium, against a field of top level World Tour and Pro Continental riders; “The atmosphere and the racing was fantastic, it was definitely one of my best rides of the year.”
During the mid-season the team took on a spell of racing in the USA, which was a first for many of the riders, and they rose to the challenge by taking 2 victories and several podium finishes during the 3 weeks of racing, with Matthias scoring one of these victories; “It was great; everything in America is big. They were not the biggest races in America, although Philadelphia (The TD Bank International Championship, UCI ranked 1.1HC) was right up there, and that was probably my best result of the year (7th). The morale within the team was great.”
Having had an enforced break from competition Matthias is looking to the second Asian assault by the team with hungry eyes; “Hopefully I’ll be back for the Tour of Hainan (October). Things are going in the right direction. I think it’s important to end the season racing and with some results to build on.”
The end of season calendar is yet to be finalized, but there are a number of races out there that are almost tailor made for the fast finishing German, the enforced time out could be just what the doctor ordered, lets hope so.

Sam Pilgrim - tricks

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Haute Route final stage

27th August 2011
The first ever edition of the Haute Route finished today on the Promenade des Anglais, Nice, in front of hundreds of spectators and families and friends of the 300 riders.
The 730km ride from Geneva to Nice, staged over seven days, has proven itself to be the hardest and highest cyclosportive in Europe. The riders bravely took on 15 cols and climbed a total of 17,000m – for many it has taken blood, sweat and tears to arrive in Nice, but it has been worth all the effort.
They were joined on the final stage by Tour de France and triple crown winner, Stephen Roche: “It’s great to see so many people having a go at the Haute Route,” said Roche. “To get over 17,000m climbing in seven days takes a lot of training and a lot of suffering.”

The riders departed from St Etienne de Tinée at 8.00am and finished on the Promenade des Anglais near the Théâtre de Verdure. The 140km leg was split into a neutralised section and then a timed section, before riders regrouped and cycled into Nice in a convoy with the assistance of the Gendarmerie and motorcycle escorts.
At the front of the event in the men’s and women’s solo categories, riders battled day upon day to get ahead in the overall standings. In the Men’s Solo classification, Michel Roux (FRA) finally got the better of Benjamin Blaugrund (USA) once and for all. In the women’s solo, Stephanie Gros showed a continuous dominance over her rivals to take the overall win. As part of the Haute Route, riders took part in timed sections where they would compete for a variety of jerseys. Full Solo, Duo, Team and Stage results are available on
But for a lot of riders, just getting around the Haute Route was a fantastic achievement, and the ride into Nice was a memory they wouldn’t forget. “It was really good coming into Nice with the escort, to have all the traffic stopped, we could never have that in England,” said Tim Palmer, London. “It’s phenomenal they’ve been able to pull it off. I’m going to put the bike down now and hop straight into the sea!”
The last stage caused no major problems for most of the riders and the climb of the Col Saint-Martin at 1500m high could be considered as tame compared to what the riders have endured over the past week. The finish in Nice, like the start in Geneva, is iconic but the true difficulties of the mid-week stages are what have made the Haute Route the event it is.
“It was quite tough. Riding into Nice with the tailwind on the sea front was great, but the climb in the middle of it was a surprise for me,” explained 1987 Tour de France winner, Stephen Roche. “I got over everything alright, but I suffered a lot.”
Over the past seven days, the Haute Route entrants have experienced some of the most varied and legendary climbs that cycling has to offer.
Even from the off, the riders had to tackle the Col de la Colmbiere and Col des Aravis on the first stage. Stage two covered three Cols including the Col du Cormet de Roselend (1967m) and, without much of a break, came the killer leg of stage three incorporating the Col de la Madeleine, Col du Telegraphe and the Col du Galibier, all in extreme heat. It was the only Haute Route stage to be given a 5-star rating by the organisers.
Stage four acted as a rest of sorts, with a 12km individual time trial up the Col du Granon in closed road conditions, finishing at an altitude of 2413m. Stage five presentedthe infamous Col d’Izoard and Col de Vars, testing the riders limits and taking its toll on some, one rider admitted to stopping to be sick before carrying on to the finish at altitude in Pra Loup.
The riders found their reserve energy in their legs for stages six and seven with the knowledge that the finish in Nice was not far away, stepping up their game as they crossed Europe’s highest road, the Cime de la Bonette. Today’s stage finished in a secured convoy to a flurry of emotion on the promenade.

“It was fabulous,” said Joanne Green, one of the winners of the women’s duo competition. “The sun’s been out every day but the Cols have been a little hard. It’s been windy which has been difficult, especially on the highest road in Europe. But I’m here in Nice today which has been my favourite part because I didn’t know if I’d make it, and I did. It’s been a brilliant achievement.”
The first edition of the Haute Route includes 300 riders competing as Solo, Duo or Team entries. In total, riders travelled 730km, over 15 Cols and took on 17,000m of climbing; equivalent to climbing Everest twice. Starting in Geneva and ending in Nice, now that riders have completed the event, they know they have finished the highest and hardest cyclosportive in Europe.
Final Results: Solo Men
1/ Roux Michel 
2/ Blaugrund Benjamin 
3/ Trauchessec Jean Baptiste
Final Results: Solo Women
1/ Gros Stephanie 
2/ Fedyna Marg 
3/ Laurendon Amélie
Final Results: Duo Men
1/ Scales Richard - Broudeur Jean
2/ Gilly Hervé - Roux Jean Pascal
3/ Chavanne Joris - Tamanini Marc
Final Results: Duo Women
1/ Girdwood Lynn - Green Joanne (UK)
Final Results: Duo Mixed
1/ Pouly Peter - Saysset Karine
2/ Greco Paolo Nicola - Vaccaroni Dorina
3/ Scharrrer Andrea - Rembold Mario
Final Results: Team
1/ Team Thames Professional 
2/ Team Cyclosailors 
3/ Team Yo Basta Projecto

Unwell - how familliar

Great Ocean Road Classic

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Wheel Talk - BMX

Haute Route, the penultimate stage

The Haute Route Earns Its Name Ahead of Final Stage Tomorrow

26th August 2011

The Haute Route today truly earned its name today as it visited the highest road in Europe, the Cime de la Bonette at 2,802m. With just one more stage to go to the finish in Nice tomorrow, the riders felt on top of the world in more ways than one.

The 78km leg made the sixth and penultimate stage the shortest point-to-point stage of the Haute Route. But with 24km of ascent on the Cime de la Bonette, it wasn’t going to be an easy day.

At 2,802m, the temperature dropped from low twenties to just 8 degrees Celsius at the summit. "It was high, long, cold, bleak and windy," said Matt Harper, from Devon. "It was quite a stunning spot to be in but I didn’t want to hang around too long that’s for sure."

Assisted by the Gendarmerie and the Haute Route’s motorbike escorts, riders left Pra Loup at 8.30am as a group and rode the first 18km neutralised . The Cime de la Bonette passage includes two separate Cols - the Col de Restefond and Col de la Bonette. Timing started as they hit the Restefond and, predictably, the group quickly divided.

"It was really hard, but we had a good group of guys and sat together and no one got blown off the top," said Mark O’Brien, from London. "The views are absolutely incredible, the landscape is phenomenal when you look up from the tarmac, which I didn’t do too frequently!"

Peter Pouly, who has been at the forefront of most of the racing action of the Haute Route, was again, at the front. His consistent riding up the climb and excellent descending skills meant that the former French mountain biking champion would be quickest on the stage in 02:09:23.

While Pouly didn’t have time to spare to stop at the refreshment point, most riders did and had a brief chance to take in the scenery before taking on one of the most technical descents the Haute Route has seen this week.

"The summit reminded me of science fiction films," continued Matt Harper. "It was certainly pretty cold and the descent was quite hairy too. There was a lot of wind and the cambers were all wrong; it was quite an experience today." 

The riders then completed the final ascent up to the finish at the resort of Auron, which was tame in comparison to what had gone on before. There’s now just one stage remaining before the finish in Nice.

Tomorrow, the riders will depart from St Etienne de Tinée at 8.00am and finish on the Promenade des Anglais near the Théâtre de Verdure in Nice. The 140km leg is fairly long but only includes one climb of the Col Saint-Martin. At 1500m high, it shouldn’t cause any of the riders too many problems. It’s then almost downhill all the way to the finish of the Haute Route 2011.

With the event coming to a close, the overall standings are hotting up and the final stage provides the perfect opportunity for riders to give it all they have left.

Individual Stage Standings Step 6: Pra Loup - Auron 
1 / Peter Pouly (FRA) 
2 / Benjamin Blaugrund (United States) 
3 / Michel Roux (FRA) 
1 / Andrea Scharrer (GER) 
2 / Saysset Karine (FRA) 

Snow racing

Friday, 26 August 2011

Tour of Britain teams update

Jens Voigt and Theo Bos to Tour of Britain

UCI World Tour teams Leopard Trek and Rabobank announce Tour line-ups

Treble Tour de France stage winner Jens Voigt will lead the Leopard Trek team in this September’s Tour of Britain, in a six rider line which also includes 2006 Tour of Britain winner Martin Pedersen.

Riding alongside Leopard Trek in the 96 rider peloton will be fellow UCI World Tour team Rabobank, whose star studded line-up includes Olympic Silver medalist and five time World Track Champion Theo Bos, plus current Under-23 Road Race World Champion Michael Matthews, and Team Europcar, who will be led by 2010 Tour de France King of the Mountains Anthony Charteau.

The Irish AN Post Sean Kelly Cycling Team also return to The Tour of Britain, with a duo of Brits, Andrew Fenn and Mark McNally amongst their six rider provisional line-up.

“This year’s Tour of Britain is building up to have our best field yet,” said Race Director Mick Bennett.

“The fact that UCI World Tour teams like Rabobank and Leopard Trek are sending such strong line-ups speaks volumes about The Tour of Britain and how the race is continuing to go from strength-to-strength.

“With riders like Theo Bos, Thor Hushovd and other top sprinters contesting the sprints, I am sure that both the Yodel Sprints and Prostate Cancer Charity Points Jerseys will be hotly contested.”

In addition to Voigt and Pedersen, Leopard Trek’s six rider team also includes 2007 Tour de France stage winner Linus Gerdemann, while the addition of Australian Michael Matthews to The Tour of Britain’s provisional line-up means that both the 2010 Senior and Under-23 Road Race World Champions will be racing on British roads this September, following the announcement of Thor Hushovd’s participation with Garmin Cervelo.

AN Post Sean Kelly Cycling Team provisional Tour of Britain line-up:
Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu); Sam Bennett (Irl); Andrew Fenn (GBr); Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel); Ronan McLaughlin (Irl); Mark McNally (GBr)
Reserves: Mark Cassidy (Irl); Niko Eeckhout (Bel); Philip Lavery (Irl); Connor McConvey (Irl); Kenny Terwduwe (Bel)

Leopard Trek provisional Tour of Britain line-up:
Will Clarke (Aus); Linus Gerdemann (Ger); Dominic Klemme (Ger); Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita); Martin Pedersen (Den); Jens Voigt (Ger)

Rabobank provisional Tour of Britain line-up:
Lars Boom (Ned); Theo Bos (Ned); Rick Flens (Ned); Michael Matthews (Aus); Bram Tankink (Ned); Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned)
Reserves: Matti Breschel (Den); Graeme Brown (Aus); Sebastian Langeveld (Ned); Maarten Tjallingii (Ned)

Team Europcar provisional Tour of Britain line-up:
Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn); Franck Bouyer (Fra); Anthony Charteau (Fra); Damien Gaudin (Fra); Yohann Gene (Fra); Alexandre Pichot (Fra)
Reserves: Mathieu Claude (Fra); Christophe Kern (Fra); Guillaume Le Floch (Fra); Kevin Reza (Fra)