Team Davitamon-Lotto has been announced as joining Quick.Step, T-Mobile and last year's overall winners Chocolade-Jacques T-Interim in this year's Tour of Britain, which starts in Glasgow on August 30.
Davitamon-Lotto is currently riding high in the Tour de France thanks to its haul of three stage victories, more than any other team. The team's latest win came yesterday when Australian Robbie McEwen sprinted home ahead of the rest of the peloton, inching closer to a third green jersey. Belgian rivals Quick.Step are also faring well in France with two stage wins.
Tony Doyle, Race Director for the Tour of Britain, welcomed the addition of the two ProTour squads. "The Tour of Britain is proud to confirm that two top teams in Davitamon-Lotto and Quick.Step will ride this year's race," he said. "Both teams are in the elite division of cycling and have already shown this through their stage winning performances in this years Tour de France. The inclusion of two top teams is a just another sign that they see the Tour of Britain as a major event in the cycling calendar."
Further announcements regarding the participation of pro teams will be made closer to the start of the race. National teams from Great Britain, Ireland, Scotland and Wales will also line out for the six-day, 2.1 ranked event.