The list of riders taking part in the 2012 Tour of Britain over September 9-16 has been published, and it boasts a host of international and British racing stars.

Tour de France champion and Olympic time trial gold medallist Bradley Wiggins and road race world champion Mark Cavendish are named in Sky’s line-up. Wiggins wears the number one plate and will undoubtedly we welcomed by loud cheers wherever he goes on his unofficial ‘lap of honour’ after such an incredible season.

It will be Cavendish’s final race in the rainbow jersey before the 2012 World Championships in the Netherlands later in the month.

Ivan Basso leads Italian outfit Liquigas-Cannondale, with American sprinter Tyler Farrar heading up Garmin-Sharp’s squad.

Spanish 2008 Olympic road race champion Samuel Sanchez leads Euskaltel-Euskadi and Australian team Orica-GreenEdge makes its debut at the race with a strong line-up that includes Jack Bobridge, Michael Hepburn and Leigh Howard.

The domestic teams are no less well represented, and many people will be watching how Endura fares against the WorldTour outfits on home turf. Jonathan Tiernan-Locke spearheads the team’s overall aspirations, with Russell Downing aiming for stage wins.

Magnus Backstedt and Yanto Barker are part of UK Youth’s roster, and they’ll be rubbing shoulders with the likes of Kristian House (Rapha Condor), Daniel Lloyd (IG-Sigma Sport), Marcin Bialoblocki (Node4), Russell Hampton (Raleigh-GAC) and Graham Briggs (Raleigh-GAC).

A Great Britain under-23 development team was also allowed to ride at the last minute.

The eight-stage 2012 Tour of Britain starts in Ipswich on Sunday, September 9.

Sky

1 Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain)

2 Mark Cavendish (Great Britain)

3 Bernhard Eisel (Austria)

4 Jeremy Hunt (Great Britain)

5 Christian Knees (Germany)

6 Luke Rowe (Great Britain)

Endura Racing

11 Jonathan Tiernan-Locke (Great Britain)

12 Jonny McEvoy (Great Britain)

13 Russell Downing (Great Britain)

14 Ian Bibby (Great Britain)

15 Zak Dempster (Australia)

16 Paul Voss (Germany)

Node4-Giordana

21 Marcin Bialoblocki (Poland)

22 Dave Clarke (Great Britain)

23 Matt Cronshaw (Great Britain)

24 Philip Lavery (Ireland)

25 Mike Northey (New Zealand)

26 Pete Williams (Great Britain)

UnitedHealthcare

31 Jonny Clarke (Australia)

32 Robert Forster (Germany)

33 Christopher Jones (USA)

34 Marc de Maar (Curacao)

35 Kai Reus (Netherlands)

36 Boy Van Poppel (Netherlands)

Euskaltel-Euskadi

41 Samuel Sanchez (Spain)

42 Victor Cabedo (Spain)

43 Pierre Cazaux (France)

44 Ricardo Garcia (Spain)

45 Adrian Saez de Arregui (Spain)

46 Pablo Urtasun (Spain)

Orica-GreenEdge

51 Jack Bobridge (Australia)

52 Brett Lancaster (Australia)

53 Michael Hepburn (Australia)

54 Leigh Howard (Australia)

55 Aidis Kroupis (Lithuania)

Liquigas-Cannondale

61 Ivan Basso (Italy)

62 Marco Beneffato (Italy)

63 Federico Canui (Italy)

64 Damiano Caruso (Italy)

65 Matthias Krizek (Austria)

66 Paolo Longo Borghini (Italy)

Saur-Sojasun

71 Jerome Coppel (France)

72 Jeremie Galland (France)

73 David Le Lay (France)

74 Fabrice Jeandesboz (France)

75 Yannock Talabardon (France)

76 Rony Martias (France)

Vacansoleil-DCM

82 Matteo Carrara (Italy)

83 Wesley Kreder (Netherlands)

84 Barry Markus (Netherlands)

85 Jacek Morajko (Poland)

86 Willem Wauters (Belgium)

IG-Sigma Sport

91 Dan Craven (Namibia)

92 Peter Hawkins (Ireland)

93 Tom Last (Great Britain)

94 Daniel Lloyd (Great Britain)

95 Simon Richardson (Great Britain)

96 Wouter Sybrandy (Netherlands)

NetApp

101 Jan Barta (Czech Republic)

102 Cesare Benedetti (Italy)

103 Bartosz Huzarski (Poland)

104 Blaz Jarc (Slovenia)

105 Leopold Konig (Czech Republic)

106 Daniel Schorn (Austria)

Rapha Condor

111 Kristian House (Great Britain)

112 Mike Cuming (Great Britain)

113 Ben Grenda (Australia)

114 Richard Handley (Great Britain)

115 Christopher Jennings (RSA)

116 Richard Lang (Australia)

AN Post Sean Kelly

121 Gediminas Bagdonas (Lithuania)

122 Sam Bennett (Ireland)

123 Mark Christian (Great Britain)

124 Niels Wytinck (Belgium)

125 Pieter Ghyllebert (Belgium)

126 Ronan McLaughlin (Ireland)

Raleigh-GAC

131 Graham Briggs (Great Britain)

132 Russell Hampton (Great Britain)

133 Liam Holohan (Great Britain)

134 Evan Oliphant (Great Britain)

135 Jamie Sparling (Canada)

136 Bernard Sulzberger (Australia)

Garmin-Sharp

141 Tyler Farrar (USA)

142 Nathan Haas (Australia)

143 Jacob Rathe (USA)

144 Lachlan Morton (Australia)

145 Sep Vanmarcke (Belgium)

146 Steele Vonhoff (Australia)

UK Youth

151 Yanto Barker (Great Britain)

152 Magnus Backstedt (Sweden)

153 Niklas Gustavsson (Sweden)

154 Chris Opie (Great Britain)

155 Christofer Stevenson (Sweden)

156 David McGowan (Great Britain)

Great Britain Cycling Team

161 George Atkins (Great Britain)

162 Owain Doull (Great Britain)

163 Joshua Edmonson (Great Britain)

164 Thomas Moses (Great Britain)

165 Alistair Slater (Great Britain)

166 Simon Yates (Great Britain)

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  • Sam

    Dan Martin’s in Canada this week for the GP Quebec and Montreal races – the Montreal one’s on Sunday.

    I’d have no problem with seeing Cav and JTL both in gold!

  • Mark Jones

    Team Sky appear to have the strongest line-up in terms of household names (not that big names have ever guaranteed exciting racing at this level of race). I fancy Endura’s chances and they have a good mix of experienced riders who’ve impressed in the Tour of Britain and other big races. In fact all the domestic teams look impressive at least for the break aways.

    It’s a pity that Garmin haven’t selected Dan Martin as he was one of the highlights two years ago and yet again missed opportunities by the organisers with the NW stage (Kirkstone pass would have been iconic instead of the easy way up Shap and worse still missing the climb from Quernmore up to Jubilee Tower which would still have left time for any breakaways to be caught if they want a Cav win in Blackpool).

    My prediction: Cav for the gold jersey leader until stage 5/6 when JTL will take over to become the first British winner of the new Tour of Britain.