Hayter and Kwiatkowski lead Ineos Grenadiers at Tour of Britain

FOIA PORTUGAL MAY 06 Ethan Hayter of United Kingdom and Team INEOS Grenadiers celebrates at arrival during the 47th Volta Ao Algarve 2021 Stage 2 a 1828km stage from Sagres to Fia 890m VoltAlgarve VAlgarve2021 on May 06 2021 in Fia Portugal Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images
Ethan Hayter (Ineos Grenadiers) celebrates his stage win at the Volta ao Algarve (Image credit: Luc Claessen/Getty Images)

After a recent run of summer success, Ethan Hayter has been handed the chance to lead Ineos Grenadiers at the upcoming Tour of Britain, alongside former World Champion Michał Kwiatkowski

The British team are taking a star-studded squad to their home race, with Richie Porte and Rohan Dennis both in the six-man team, which is rounded out by Welshman Owain Doull and young Spaniard Carlos Rodríguez.

Hayter has enjoyed a strong second season as a professional, winning two stages at the Ruta del Sol and one at the Volta ao Algarve in May.

He then went to Tokyo for the Olympic Games and came away with a silver medal from the Madison, before dominating the Tour of Norway with two stage wins and the overall title. 

After leading home the chase group for fourth at Bretagne Classic on Sunday, Hayter was named as Ineos leader for the Tour of Britain, which starts on Sunday.

Hayter will share responsibilities with Kwiatkowski, who won a stage and finished second overall in 2014. The route lacks a long summit finish but instead features three shorter hill-top finishes that should suit both riders' punchy characteristics. 

The race will be heavily shaped by the team time trial in Carmarthenshire on stage 3, and the presence of Dennis in the quad will strengthen Ineos' hand. The Australian is a two-time former time trial world champion and makes his comeback after winning the bronze medal at the Olympics. 

Porte similarly makes his return to racing after Tokyo, and after enduring a rough Tour de France, while Rodríguez recently underlined his potential by finishing runner-up in the recent Tour de l'Avenir, the prestigious race for U23 riders.

Hayter, Kwiatkowski, and Ineos Grenadiers will be up against a strong field that includes Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma), and Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep), who will be honing their form for the World Championships in Belgium later in September. 

The 2021 Tour of Britain gets underway down in Cornwall on Sunday and finishes in Aberdeen, Scotland, the following Sunday.

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Patrick Fletcher

Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.