Sprint focus for the 2017 OVO Energy Tour of Britain

Proven fast-man Brenton Jones leads a six man team in Britain’s biggest stage race (3-10th September 2017). He is supported in the leadouts by Russell Downing, Ali Slater and Graham Briggs. Ian Bibby and James Gullen complete the line-up.
James Gullen, a bronze medallist at the National Time Trial Championships, is targeting the time-trial on stage five, it will be the first time the 27-year old has been selected to ride the prestigious race.
The first will be the first time both Brenton Jones and James Gullen have ridden the Tour of Britain.
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Bibby the all-rounder

Ever the opportunist Ian Bibby has also proven his sprint credentials taking the yellow jersey at the Bay Crits earlier this year.

“Ian’s ability to attack and climb over rolling terrain and finish well from a breakaway will help provide the team with options especially if a breakway move cannot be drawn in by the sprinters,” explained John Herety,

“Brenton has taken stage wins this year in the Tour of Taiwan, Korea, HSBC UK Spring Cup and in various criterium events. He and Russell work well together in leadout scenarios, everyone is motivated to cap off the team’s most successful year with a bang.”


Finishing circuits add a new dimension

Performance manager, Tim Kennaugh explained that cycling fans would be able to get closer to the action.

“Finishing circuits feature on several stages this year. This will add a new dimension for both the sprinter’s teams, who will get to see the finish beforehand, and the fans as a whole who will enjoy the spectacle of the race twice.”
“There are ten World Tour teams attending the race this year, though despite the stiff competition, we’ve ridden well in big sprint stages and in races with rolling terrain. The riders are working well as a unit and I hope we’ll cause some upset in the results against the big names that Team Sky, Quick-Step and Time Dimension Data will bring.”
Team Line Up
Ian Bibby
Russ Downing
Brenton Jones
Ali Slater
Graham Briggs
James Gullen

The Route


Bookened by the capitals of Scotland and Wales. Opening two days of the race are feature an undulating parcours and as the race heads from Edinburgh along the coast, where crosswinds could affect tactics on the demanding terrain.
The 1300km, route includes a 16km fast and flat time trial, and at least four stages that will entice sprinters to come out to play.
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Watch the stages live from start to finish

Cycling fans will be able to watch every moment of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain live this September as UK Channel, ITV4 screen all eight stages from Start to Finish in their entirety for the first time. The racing will be live every day from 10.15 (UK) – 15.45 (UK).
Eurosport will also be showing live coverage of the race in the UK for the final 3 hours of every stage.
A 1 hour highlights package will be shown every evening at 20.00 (UK) on ITV4 and British Eurosport.  All the highlights will also be available on catch-up via the ITV Player for 30-days after broadcast, so if you’re out at the roadside you can still tune in at a later date.
The Tour of Britain will also be broadcast on a number of channels across Europe and around the world which you can find below:
inCycle – YouTube
Eurosport – Pan-Europe, Asia-Pacific and Australasia
L’Equipe – France
SuperSport- South Africa & sub-Saharan Africa
Sky New Zealand – New Zealand
Fubo.tv – USA & Canada
Perform – Japan
ESPN – Brazil
Sport Channel – Israel

6 Comments Add yours

  1. GRAEME says:

    Isn’t James Gullen entered in the National 10 TT on Sunday, won’t he get a ban?

    1. Claire Beaumont says:

      Thanks for your concerns.
      In this case we have followed rule 11(g) of the handbook and have permission:

      “Notwithstanding the above, a competitor may apply to the National Secretary, no later than 72 hours before the event, for permission to compete in a second event:

            (i)  when riding for a National Team or Team of a similar standard in an international event

           (ii)   at the request of the National Team Manager”

      Make sure your watching on stage 5 when he tackles the Tour of Britain TT.

      1. Graeme says:

        He might be work a few quid on him for winning the TT. 🤔

  2. Liz sanders says:

    Think you’ve missed a trick leaving your best sprinter at home. As you saw in France his road form is top drawer and the final lap against world tour riders in Copenhagen was the performance of the year. Russell was perfect over 5 years ago so not sure what this is about, yes he gives 100 percent but you have several stronger riders at home. Good luck

    1. Claire Beaumont says:

      Thanks, Ed hasn’t been focusing on stage race fitness and doesn’t wish to ride in a stage race this year. He himself admits he is still transitioning back to longer road events following his back injury and the Olympics. And it was the 2015 Tour of Britain that caused the back issue. And our other sprinter Alex Frame is currently ill after returning from the Tour of Portugal with a bug.
      We’ll pass on your message to Ed the Red and you’ll no doubt see him in action next season.
      Thanks for the best wishes, hopefully see you out along the route!

  3. Liz sanders says:

    Yes, last year was not a course for ed. I’ve ridden with ed in both years and this year he’s ready. Hope the project works out.

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