Strong line-up for British tour

The organisers of the Tour of Britain have announced the final team line-up for next month's race, a

The organisers of the Tour of Britain have announced the final team line-up for next month’s race, a

PICTURE BY TIM DE WAELE The resurrected Tour of Britain, a five-day stage race which will finish in Westminster, London, welcomes a host of international cycling stars when it begins in Manchester on September 1. The race has also been boosted with news that T-Mobile will also come on board as a major sponsor. The mobile communications company, a division of telecommunications giant Deutsche Telekom, has signed a three-year agreement with the Tour of Britain organisers, which will include sponsoring the sprints competition and providing WiFi in the pressrooms. “We are delighted to have a leading international brand like T-Mobile as sponsor of this event,” Michael Heal, communications director of the race, said. “The Tour of Britain will be one of the most prestigious sporting events that Britain will stage every year for the foreseeable future. It can count upon a huge residue of goodwill and support and, as a sporting spectacle that tours the country, it has the capacity to reach and influence huge numbers of people on their own doorstep.” “As sponsor of the world’s most successful cycling team and as a well known brand on the UK market, it is a logical step for us to support British cycling through our involvement with the Tour of Britain”, T-Mobile UK marketing director Sandy Munro added. “General interest in cycling is increasing in the UK, as a leisure pursuit, but also as an environmental, health and fitness issue.” The German T-Mobile squad – team of former Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich and Andreas Kloeden, runner-up in this year’s race – is the only one of the 16 teams not yet to have announced its roster for the Tour of Britain. Other teams who will attend are US Postal, which will include Tour de France stars Jos Azevedo, Benjamin Noval and Jos Luis Rubiera; Quick Step, with Tom Boonen and Stefano Zanini; Lotto-Domo, with Axel Merckx – son of Eddy – riding, and CSC, who will bring Classics star Michele Bartoli and recent Tour of Denmark winner Kurt-Asle Arvesen. Tour of Britain teams (and principal riders): Barloworld (Stefan Adamsson) Bodysol-Brustor (Nico Mattan) Ceramiche Panaria (Julio Alberto Perez Cuapio, Graeme Brown) Chocolade Jacques (Geert Verheyen) Crdit Agricole (Julian Dean, Bradley Wiggins) CSC (Michele Bartoli, Kurt-Asle Arvesen) Lotto-Domo (Axel Merckx) (Roger Hammond, Jeremy Hunt) Navigators Insurance (Ciaran Power, Jeff Louder) Quick Step-Davitamon (Tom Boonen, Stefano Zanini) T-Mobile (to be announced) US Postal (Jos Azevedo, Ben Nozal, Jos Luis Rubiera) Wales (Julian Winn, Yanto Barker) Scotland (Alex Coutts) Ireland (Philip Deignan, Tommy Evans) Great Britain (Charly Wegelius, Tom Southam)