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Last Updated: Tuesday, 9 August 2005, 14:01 GMT 15:01 UK
Tour of Britain geared for start
Michael Rogers
World champion Rogers is one of the biggest names in the event
Britain's premier cycling event, the six-stage Tour of Britain, gears into life on 30 August in Glasgow, climaxing in a race around the streets of London.

Some of the top teams will compete, including Jan Ullrich's T-Mobile team.

But the German, who was third in the Tour de France, will not be attending. His team will instead be led out by Tobias Steinhauser.

World time-trial champion Michael Rogers heads the field along with a host of Britain's Olympic medallists.

Three-time medallist Bradley Wiggins, who competed in the event two years ago, is absent from the start list.

The supporters went crazy - it was unbelievable but that's typical of how the race was all week
Bradley Wiggins on last year's Tour of Britain
But Rob Hayles, with whom Wiggins won madison bronze in Athens, will line up alongside fellow 2004 medallists Chris Newton and Paul Manning.

Former Tour de France winner Bjarne Riis is expected on British soil for the race but has rested many of his CSC team's big names, including this year's Tour de France runner-up Ivan Basso.

CSC will, however, have some of their leading riders, including Australian Luke Roberts and Norway's Kurt-Alse Arvesen.

And Riis said: "I strongly believe that we have the correct balance to make a serious impact on this year's race. We have some great riders who will provide us with a whole host of talents."

The race itself, which is approximately 800kms long, weaves through a host of British towns and cities, including Carlisle, Blackpool, Leeds, Sheffield, Nottingham and Birmingham.

But the climax of the race is likely to be the 60km final stage through London's streets.

Wiggins said of last year's similar finale: "The supporters went crazy. It was unbelievable but that's typical of how the race was all week."

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