Tour of Britain: Mark Cavendish and Nairo Quintana confirmed on start list
Last Updated: 15/09/13 5:16pm
Mark Cavendish will lead Omega Pharma - Quick-Step at the Tour of Britain
Mark Cavendish and Tour de France runner-up Nairo Quintana have been confirmed on the start list for the Tour of Britain, which starts in Scotland next weekend.
Cavendish will lead Omega Pharma - Quick-Step at the eight-day race and target the sprint stages, while Colombian climber Quintana is set to spearhead Movistar's challenge.
He will be joined in the Spanish squad's line-up by British national time trial champion Alex Dowsett, and Ireland's Dan Martin is also set to figure as leader of Garmin-Sharp.
The provisional teams were announced by race organisers SweetSpot on Friday morning, with Milan-Sanremo winner Gerald Ciolek also among the big names set to take part.
The news comes a day after Sir Bradley Wiggins was confirmed as leader of a Team Sky squad also containing fellow Englishmen Ian Stannard and Josh Edmondson.
Tour of Britain race director Mick Bennett said: "Every year the rider list for The Tour of Britain has grown more and more impressive, with this year being no exception to that.
"We have world-class sprinters like Mark Cavendish and Gerald Ciolek, the very best time triallists in Sir Bradley Wiggins and Alex Dowsett, and exceptional climbing talents in Nairo Quintana and Dan Martin, plus many others who I could mention.
"I, like all cycling fans in Britain, look forward to seeing how this year's race develops over the eight stages."
The race starts in Scotland on September 15 and ends on Whitehall in London on September 22 having visited the Lake District, Snowdonia and Dartmoor on its journey south.
This year's event has attracted a record field, with 114 riders from 19 six-man teams taking part.
Other marquee names set to figure include sprint legend Alessandro Petacchi, double 2013 Giro d'Italia stage-winner Giovanni Visconti and Giro king of the mountains Stefano Pirazzi.
There will also be a strong British presence, with a selection of home teams taking part, including a Great Britain squad containing world track cycling points race champion Simon Yates.