Van Bikeradar: Tour of Britain 2022 teams | What teams are competing?

The Tour of Britain is ranked 2.Pro on the UCI calendar. The ‘2’ relates to it being a stage race, while the ‘Pro’ means it’s one level below the top-level WorldTour.

There are 18 teams in the men’s WorldTour and, while teams aren’t obliged to ride races at the Tour of Britain’s level, up to 70 per cent of such a race’s start list can consist of WorldTour teams.

Whether a WorldTour team enters depends on several factors, including how relevant the race is to its sponsors and competing events.

This year sees five WorldTour teams, including Ineos Grenadiers and Movistar, taking on the undulating 2022 Tour of Britain route.

The remaining 30 per cent or so is made up of ProTeams, Continental and, sometimes, a GB national team. There are a host of ProTeams such as Bardiani-CSF-Faizone and UNO-X and Continental Teams including WiV SunGod and Ribble Weldtite.

WorldTour Teams

Ineos Grenadiers

Great Britain

Ineos Grenadiers has claimed the most stage wins at the Tour of Britain.
JEROEN ANNAERT

  • ToB starts: 11
  • ToB stage wins: 19
  • Founded: 2010
  • Bike: Pinarello
  • Headline sponsor: Chemicals
  • Star rider: Tom Pidcock
  • In five words: Still the team to beat

Movistar

Spain

Movistar has started the Tour of Britain eight times but is yet to win a stage.
JEROEN ANNAERT

  • ToB starts: 8
  • ToB stage wins: 0
  • Founded: 1980
  • Bike: Canyon
  • Headline sponsor: Telecommunications
  • Star rider: Iñigo Elosegui
  • In five words: Doyenne of the pro peloton

Team DSM

Netherlands

Team DSM has two Tour of Britain stage wins to its name.
JEROEN ANNAERT

  • ToB starts: 5
  • ToB stage wins: 2
  • Founded: 2005
  • Bike: Scott
  • Headline sponsor: Nutrition and health
  • Star rider: Cees Bol
  • In five words: Often punching above their weight

Israel-Premier Tech

Israel

Israel-Premier Tech has started the Tour of Britain twice since it was founded in 2015.
JEROEN ANNAERT

  • ToB starts: 2
  • ToB stage wins: 0
  • Founded: 2015
  • Bike: Factor
  • Headline sponsor: Nation of Israel
  • Star rider: Dylan Tuens
  • In five words: Always capable of big win

Bora-Hansgrohe

Germany

Nils Politt heads up the Bora-Hansgrohe team.
JEROEN ANNAERT

  • ToB starts: 4
  • ToB stage wins: 1
  • Founded: 2010
  • Bike: Specialized
  • Headline sponsor: Cooking systems
  • Star rider: Nils Politt
  • In five words: Big hitter in WorldTour peloton

ProTeams

Bardiani-CSF-Faizone

Italy

Bardiani-CSF-Faizone has been in operation since 1982.
JEROEN ANNAERT

  • ToB starts: 8
  • ToB stage wins: 1
  • Founded: 1982
  • Bike: Cipollini
  • Headline sponsor: Valve company
  • Star rider: Enrico Battaglin
  • In five words: Still battling after many years

UNO-X

Norway

UNO-X start the Tour of Britain for the first time this year.
JEROEN ANNAERT

  • ToB starts: 0
  • ToB stage wins: 0
  • Founded: 2010
  • Bike: Dare
  • Headline sponsor: N/A
  • Star rider: Anthon Charmig
  • In five words: Stepping it up a level

Caja Rural

Spain

Caja-Rural hasn’t won a stage at the Tour of Britain, but it does have three top 10 stage finishes.
JEROEN ANNAERT

  • ToB starts: 2
  • ToB stage wins: 0
  • Founded: 2000
  • Bike: MMR
  • Headline: sponsor Bank
  • Star rider: Eduard Prades
  • In five words: Long-running Basque pro team

Human Powered Health

USA

Human Powered Health animated last year’s race under its previous moniker, Rally Cycling.
JEROEN ANNAERT

  • ToB starts: 1
  • ToB stage wins: 1
  • Founded: 2007
  • Bike: Felt
  • Headline sponsor: Wellness platform
  • Star rider: Matt Gibson
  • In five words: Stage winner on 2021 debut

Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise

Belgium

Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise won the Tour of Britain way back in 2004.
JEROEN ANNAERT

  • ToB starts: 9
  • ToB stage wins: 3
  • Founded: 1994
  • Bike: Eddy Merckx
  • Headline sponsor: Insurance
  • Star rider: Kamiel Bonneu
  • In five words: Star riders of the future

Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB

This is Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB’s debut at the race.

  • ToB starts: 0
  • ToB stage wins: 0
  • Founded: 2011
  • Bike: De Rosa
  • Headline sponsor: Sports betting and casino games
  • Star rider: Stanislaw Aniolkowski
  • In five words: First participation at the race

Continental Teams

WiV SunGod

Great Britain

WiV SunGod has won the sprints jersey every year since 2018.
JEROEN ANNAERT

  • ToB starts: 4
  • ToB stage wins: 0
  • Founded: 2017
  • Bike: Canyon
  • Headline sponsor: NFTs/Sunglasses
  • Star rider: Jacob Scott
  • In five words: Sprint jersey winner in 2021

Ribble Weldtite

Great Britain

Ribble Weldtite recorded four top-10 stage finishes at the 2021 Tour of Britain.
JEROEN ANNAERT

  • ToB starts: 1
  • ToB stage wins: 0
  • Founded: 2019
  • Bike: Ribble
  • Headline sponsor: Bike manufacturer
  • Star rider: Harry Tanfield
  • In five words: Northern powerhouse on British scene

Trinity Racing

Great Britain

Trinity Racing is home to British rider Thomas Gloag.
JEROEN ANNAERT

  • ToB starts: 1
  • ToB stage wins: 0
  • Founded: 2019
  • Bike: Specialized
  • Headline sponsor: Sports management
  • Star rider: Thomas Gloag
  • In five words: Breeding ground for young talent

Saint Piran Pro Cycling

Great Britain

Saint Piran Pro Cycling is Cornwall’s first elite cycling team.
JEROEN ANNAERT

  • ToB starts: 1
  • ToB stage wins: 0
  • Founded: 2018
  • Bike: Lapierre
  • Headline sponsor: N/A
  • Star rider: Gabriel Cullaigh
  • In five words: Multi-level team with grassroots base

Global 6 Cycling

New Zealand

Global 6 Cycling first came to the Tour of Britain in 2021
JEROEN ANNAERT

  • ToB starts: 1
  • ToB stage wins: 0
  • Founded: 2021
  • Bike: Pinarello
  • Headline sponsor: N/A
  • Star rider: Kiaan Watts
  • In five words: New Zealand team with global roster

Team Qhubeka

South Africa

Team Qhubeka will start the Tour of Britain for the tenth time this year.
JEROEN ANNAERT

  • ToB starts: 9
  • ToB stage wins: 2
  • Founded: 207
  • Bike: BMC
  • Headline sponsor: Charity
  • Star rider: Negasu Abreha
  • In five words: Not the force they were

NATIONAL TEAM

Great Britain

The Great Britain team has, maybe unsurprisingly, the most Tour of Britain starts.
JEROEN ANNAERT

  • ToB starts: 13
  • ToB stage wins: 4
  • Founded: N/A
  • Bike: Cervélo
  • Headline sponsor: National team
  • Star rider: Conor Swift
  • In five words: A glimpse at tomorrow’s stars

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