The Tour of Britain today announced that Barloworld is the latest squad to sign up to participate in the 2008 race. The British registered team will join Team High Road, which announced its participation earlier. The Barloworld team plans to bring sprinter Robbie Hunter as well as Welshman Geraint Thomas and Stephen Cummings, as well as Australian Baden Cooke.
Coming hot on the heels of the Beijing Olympic games, the British riders will have to quickly switch back from national loyalties to those of their employers for the September event. Thomas and Cummings will return to their day jobs of ensuring riders like Cooke and Hunter are delivered to the finish line in the best possible position to win, bringing them into direct competition with British team-mates Wiggins and Cavendish who will fulfil similar roles for Team High Road on the race.
Further announcements will be made about the line-up for the 2008 Tour of Britain in future weeks, but to date, the teams confirmed to participate in the race are: Pinarello RT (Great Britain) Plowman Craven (Great Britain) Rapha Condor (Great Britain) South Australia.com-AIS (Australia) Topsport Vlaanderen (Belgium) Team High Road (USA) AN Post – M.Donnelly – Grant Thornton – Sean Kelly Team (Ireland) Palmeiras Resort/ Tavira (Portugal) Team MTN (South Africa) Barloword (Great Britain)