Having previously welcomed world and Olympic champions such as Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell Shand, the tenth edition of the Tour Series will feature 2018 Commonwealth Games heroes aplenty when it returns to Britain's streets on Thursday (May 10).
Long established as the leading televised series of city centre criterium races, the 2018 Tour Series campaign, sponsored by eco-friendly power company OVO Energy, begins in Redditch, and will feature a host of Gold Coast medalists, including Charlie Tanfield (Canyon Eisberg) and Jon Mould (JLT Condor).
While no Vitus Pro Cycling Team's riders were called for international duty at the recent 'Commies', many suffered the gruelling demands of last week's Tour de Yorkshire, the fourth edition of the legacy race spawned by the 2014 Grand Départ of the Tour de France.
However, Cherie Pridham, the team's owner and manager, has revitalised her squad by calling up riders rested for last week's four-stage epic in the White Rose county, and the men in red will travel to Worcestershire with fresh legs among their number.
“I am aiming to bring in a couple of the squad to freshen things up from our time in Yorkshire," Pridham said. "After such a fantastic event, and a full-on Monday decamping all of our kit, it will be good to get our legs spinning again. We are aiming to build on our growing performances as a team, so it should be an interesting first round.”
Full squad lists for the eight men’s and ten women’s teams competing at every round of the 2018 OVO Energy Tour Series are available from www.tourseries.co.uk.
OVO Energy Tour Series 2018 schedule
Thursday 10 May - Redditch, Worcestershire
Tuesday 15 May - Motherwell, North Lanarkshire
Thursday 17 May - Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire
Tuesday 22 May - Durham, County Durham
Saturday 26 May - Aberystwyth, Ceredigion
Monday 28 May - Stevenage, Hertfordshire
Tuesday 29 May - Wembley Park, London
Thursday 31 May - Salisbury, Wiltshire
OVO Energy Tour Series 2018 teams
Holdsworth Pro Racing
ONE Pro Cycling
Vitus Pro Cycling
Admiral Liv AWOL
Boompods EDCO NRG
Jadan-Weldtite Vive Le Velo
YRDP Cycling Team
About The OVO Energy Tour Series
The OVO Energy Tour Series celebrates its tenth season of televised town and city centre racing in May 2018. Organised by SweetSpot Group, the company behind the organisation and promotion of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain and the OVO Energy Women’s Tour, the OVO Energy Tour Series brings together the very best in British professional teams and male and female riders, competing in a unique, team-based format, on town and city centre circuits in front of packed crowds, as part of a full day of cycling activities.
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