CANYON EISBERG TOUR OF BRITAIN LINE-UP
Canyon Eisberg boss Tim Elverson has announced his six-man squad for the Tour of Britain.
Dexter Gardias, Alex Paton, Max Stedman, Andrew Tennant and Rory Townsend will be joined by Kiwi Ryan Christensen for the eight-day stage race, which begins on Sunday.
And Elverson hopes he has struck the right balance to ensure another impressive performance from his team.
Tim Elverson said: “I am excited to be on the run in to the Tour of Britain now.
“The guys have finished the British calendar well with Max producing a superb ride in the Ryedale Grand Prix.
“All that’s left is the Tour of Britain and we can’t wait to get started. We are really, really looking forward to it.
“I’ve picked a team with the balance to get the most out of the stages which best suit us and the most out of the race.
“Hopefully, that is what the selection reflects and we will see what we can do from there.”
Tennant, 31, is set to begin his ninth Tour of Britain, having made his debut in the race in 2006 - when he went on to finish 33rd overall.
He rode the next five editions, collecting six top-20 stage finishes and a best general classification result of 20th in 2010.
Tennant missed the event in 2012 but made an impressive return in 2013 when he sprinted to 11th spot behind Elia Viviani, then of Cannondale, at Drumlanrig Castle.
Gardias, 27, made his debut last season - starring in the breakaway on stage seven as the riders negotiated his home roads between Hemel Hempstead and Cheltenham.
Townsend also had his Tour of Britain bow in 2017. The 23-year-old dug deep to spend almost 190km up the road on stage two from Kielder Water & Forest Park to Blyth.
Paton, 28, and Stedman, 22, will be making their first appearances in the race. As will 21-year-old Christensen, who joined the team midway through the season from Australian outfit Oliver’s Real Food.