Madison Genesis are proud to announce a six-man squad for their final ever race – the 2019 Tour of Britain.
Roger Hammond has selected Mike Cuming, Jon Dibben, Matt Holmes, Johnny McEvoy, Erick Rowsell and Joey Walker.
The six riders will have the honour of competing in the team’s seventh and final edition of the Tour of Britain, taking in home roads and racing in front of a passionate and plentiful crowd.
The team qualified their place to compete after a 14-round season-long points-scoring contest, battled out between the six British UCI Continental-registered teams.
Qualifying second, the team showed their quality throughout the season with wins at the Lancaster GP and Manx International.
They will now have their chance to compete against World Tour opposition, including Team Ineos, Jumbo Visma and Movistar.
Britain’s longest stage race begins on Saturday 7 September from Glasgow and travels south to finish in Manchester on Saturday 14 September.
The 1250km of racing takes on a classic undulating profile to keep the 2019 edition of the Tour of Britain an open contest.
The race travels south from Glasgow, through the borders and into the midlands, before concluding in Manchester.
A first glance suggests stage six’s 14.4km individual time trial will play a critical role in deciding the overall finishing positions, however a closer look reveals three uphill finishes.
Stage three features an uphill drag to the line which the sprinters may survive, but stages four and seven are far more clear-cut, with short, but significant closing climbs.
Add in autumnal British weather and grippy, narrow roads, and a predictable race for the sprinters becomes a less likely proposition.
Expect a race-long battle between the sprinters and breakaway artists going for individual glory, and the time trialists and the punchy climbers fighting for general classification supremacy.