Blues debut in Tour of Britain
12 September 2013


Nairo Quintana and local Alex Dowsett start as Movistar Team's main attractions in eight-day event, including a time trial, a hilltop finish and plenty of technical, difficult routes

Despite Beñat Intxausti and Alex Dowsett’s appearance at the IG London Nocturne criterium back in mid-June, and while some Movistar Team riders took part with their national squads in the Olympic races of London 2012, never have the telephone squad taken part with their colours as a full team in a pro event in the United Kingdom. That will change as the Blues line up in Peebles, in southwest Scotland, for the start of the 10th Tour of Britain on Sunday.

Full of small climbs, narrow roads and permanent pressure on the riders, the British stagerace focuses its attention on three crucial days: the 16.1-kilometer individual time trial on Tuesday 17th in Knowsley; the finish in Caerphilly (Thursday 19th), after two Cat-1 côtes in the last 16km; and the mountain-top finish in Haytor (Friday 20th), just two days before the end of the event with a circuit race in London. All route timetables and profiles are available in our Race hub.

José Luis Jaimerena will direct a six-man roster led by Nairo Quintana, back into racing after a month of preparations for the World Championships in his home Colombia, and Alex Dowsett, who will wear his British ITT champion jersey in front of his local crowd. Giovanni Visconti, José Joaquín Rojas, Enrique Sanz and Ángel Madrazo complete the lineup.