Former winner Dylan van Baarle and hotly-tipped Russian Pavel Sivakov headline Team INEOS’ 6-man squad for the OVO Energy Tour of Britain. The Tour will race through Rochdale on its final day and will arrive at approximately 12.45pm on Saturday, 14 September 2019 from the Oldham border.
The pair will be joined by Ireland’s Eddie Dunbar, Michal Golas and Gianni Moscon. Reigning British road race champion Ben Swift, whose participation in the race was confirmed last week, completes their line-up.
Van Baarle, the 2014 winner of the UK’s biggest cycle race, has since finished 5th (2016) and 8th overall (2015) since being crowned the champion 5 years ago. The Dutchman formed part of INEOS’ Tour de France team that helped Egan Bernal and Geraint Thomas finish 1st and 2nd overall in July 2019.
‘Watching the world’s top cyclists up close'
Now in his 2nd year as a professional, Sivakov, aged 22, finished 9th overall in the prestigious Giro d’Italia in May 2019. He also enjoyed overall success in the 5-day Tour of the Alps in May, as well as the 7-day Tour of Poland at the start of August 2019.
Irishman Dunbar, aged 22, finished 3rd in the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire, while Golas, aged 35, from Poland, placed 9th in the 2013 Tour of Britain and won the Eisberg sprints jersey 3 years earlier. A top-10 finisher in the prestigious Paris-Roubaix and Il Lombardia races, Moscon, aged 25, will make his race debut next week.
Spectators are encouraged to come out and line the route to cheer on the peloton as it makes its way through the borough.
Race day will be a chance for residents to spend some time at Rochdale Town Hall as well as watching the world’s top cyclists up close. At Rochdale Town Hall from 10am-2pm there will be a family friendly event with entertainment, food, music and cycling related activities. This includes Bicycle Boy – a bicycle-powered musical show for children aged 6-10 and their families, with songs, laughs and lots of interaction. Show times are 11.30am and 1.30pm.
Whatever level of cyclist you are, you’ll be able to try out a range of different bikes and ride them in a safe, traffic-free course around the town hall. Whether you’re just learning to ride, a regular cyclist, a wheelchair user or not confident about riding, there will be lots of bikes for you and your family to try including balance bikes, mountain bikes, 3-wheelers and accessible bikes. Link4Life will also be providing free cycling sessions and there’ll even be an outdoor spin class to try. Also, if you’ve got any basic repairs needed on your bike, bring it along and experts will fix it free of charge.
Whilst enjoying the entertainment and soaking up the race day atmosphere, there will be drinks and snacks on sale, while nearby restaurants, bars and cafes will be welcoming visitors for lunch and refreshments.
You’ll also be in prime position for a great view as the cyclists travel along The Esplanade and past Rochdale Town Hall.
Another great local viewpoint will be in Norden as the riders prepare for the climb up Edenfield Road. Spectators are very welcome to cheer the riders on in the village.
The OVO Energy Tour of Britain, which takes in 1,267 km from its Grand Depart on George Square in Glasgow on Saturday, 7 September 2019 through to the highly-anticipated Greater Manchester finale a week later, is British cycling’s premier road cycling event. Free for spectators to watch, it attracts a roadside audience in excess of one million people each year.
ITV4 will once again screen live free-to-air coverage flag-to-flag of each stage in the UK, along with a nightly highlights programme of the best of the action.