2017 Tour of Britain Preview

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Updated Tuesday 12th September 2017, 03:54 PM


The 2017 edition of the Tour of Britain gets underway in Edinburgh this Sunday 3 September, and will reach its conclusion in Cardiff on Sunday 10 September. The multi-stage cycling race will see twenty teams compete over eight stages, and will visit several towns and cities for the first time. Steve Cummings won the event for Team Dimension Data in 2016, becoming the first British rider to triumph since the 2013 success of Bradley Wiggins, so it will be interesting to see how Brits fare in this year’s tour.

Form

  • Quick–Step Floors is currently first in the World Tour rankings thanks to superb performances by Daniel Martin and Philippe Gilbert, who have earned 2040 and 1873 points, respectively.
  • Team Sky, which won the Tour of Britain in 2013, is currently ranked second in the world, with Michal Kwiatkowski (who finished in second place in 2014) and Chris Froome having contributed the most points.
  • BMC Racing Team are a close third in the rankings, and Greg Van Avermaet and Richie Porte are the best-performing riders for that team by a long way.
  • Team Sunweb are fourth, thanks in large part to the impressive performances of Tom Dumoulin and Michael Matthews. Dumoulin achieved third place in the Tour of Britain in 2016.
  • Cannondale Drapac are ranked 11th, with Rigoberto Uran and Sep Vanmarcke the two riders with the most points at the time of writing. The third best-performing rider is Dylan Van Baarle, who won the Tour of Britain in 2014.
  • Team Dimension Data will be competing once again this year, but are currently only 18th in the WorldTour rankings. The top riders here are 2012 Tour of Britain winner Nathan Haas and 2015 winner, Edvald Boasson Hagen.

Sports.net’s View

Not all of the teams have confirmed their riders for the Tour of Britain, and so it is difficult to speculate too much about individual competitors at this stage. What we do know is that Team Sky won this event in 2013, and their best performing rider right now, Michal Kwiatowski, finished second in 2014. Given their second place status in the World Tour rankings, we will side with Team Sky to dominate the Tour of Britain in 2017, whilst keeping a close eye on team Dimension Data, who will be hoping to defy their current ranking to achieve back-to-back wins.

  • Sports.net’s Top Tip: Team Sky to win the 2017 Tour of Britain

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