Fresh off the back of Olympic glory, Sir Bradley Wiggins and Owain Doull will return to home roads in September to lead WIGGINS at the 2016 Tour Of Britain.
The duo, along with fellow WIGGINS rider Steven Burke, stormed to the Gold medal in the Team Pursuit in Rio de Janeiro and will have the chance to bask in the adulation of the British public at the eight-stage race, which runs from September 4-11.
The UK's premier stage race holds special memories for both riders, with Wiggins having won the race in 2013 and Doull having taken victory in the points classification and third overall last year.
The 23-year-old Welshman, then 22, finished no lower than 11th across all eight stages, rubbing shoulders with some of the world's finest sprinters while also showing the versatility to be up there on the Hartside Fell summit finish to claim his place on the final podium. In a way, the team has Doull to thank for their place in this year's edition since his performance secured automatic qualification, while the other British Continental teams forced to battle it out for three spots over the course of the domestic calendar.
Wiggins himself is one of the nation's most adored athletes and this will be the fourth straight year in which he'll line up at the Tour Of Britain having collected a Gold medal the previous month.
The Tour Of Britain is one of the biggest and most important races of the entire season for WIGGINS - a chance to showcase our array of young British talent and test ourselves against some of the world's best riders.
Indeed, 10 World Tour teams will be joining us on the start line, and there will no doubt be a world-class field of sprinters with plenty of fast finishes on offer again this year and a flat UCI World Championships Road Race just around the corner in Qatar in October.
Aside from the bunch kicks, the now-customary summit finish and so-called ‘queen stage' comes on day 6, with Haytor in Dartmoor playing host to the key showdown in the general classification battle. It's the same hill that was used in 2013, where Wiggins finished seventh en route to the overall title.
That victory was built upon a storming time trial performance in Knowsley, and there's another race against the clock again this year, with the first part of a split stage in Bristol on day seven. Whereas the Knowsley course was largely flat, the Bristol course will be a much tougher challenge, with a steep climb leading up to the finish line on the Downs - the same finale that saw Michal Kwiatkowski take victory in 2014.
Those two days will be crucial in terms of the fight for the yellow jersey, with the race culminating the following day with a sprint on the streets of London.
Stage 1: Glasgow to Castle Douglas - 168km
The race kicks off in the Scottish city of Glasgow, revisiting a formula used in 2005 and 2006, with Castle Douglas once again hosting the finish. Nick Nuyens and Martin Pedersen won from breakaway moves on those occasions - both going on to win the race overall - though the lack of testing hills on this year's parcours should see the race open with a traditional bunch sprint.
Stage 2: Carlisle to Kendal - 195km
The race heads into the Lake District, and the roads will be familiar to WIGGINS, with a variation on the route between these two towns having been used in 2013. There's no Honister Pass this year but the Whinlatter Pass is on the menu, while a climb in Ambleside known as ‘The Struggle' could provide a late launchpad for attacks ahead of the steep uphill kick to the line at Beast Banks.
Stage 3: Congleton to Tatton Park, Knutsford - 182km
There could be a battle between breakaway hopefuls and the sprinters' teams on this finely balanced parcours in Cheshire East. Riders will pass through the finish line in Tatton Park before dipping into the Peak District to take on the long and draining Cat and Fiddle climb before looping back round to the finish.
Stage 4: Denbigh to Builth Wells - 217km
We should see another bunch sprint at the Royal Welsh Showground in Builth Wells, but this will be anything but a straightforward day in the saddle. At 217km, this is the longest stage of the race and approaching the distance of some of the big one-day Classics, while the undulating southerly roads should ensure many riders' legs will be well and truly sapped come the finish.
Stage 5: Aberdare to Bath - 205km
The race stays in Wales for the start of stage 6 and it's another 200km+ day that could well end in a sprint. The route heads through the Forest of Dean and around the Severn estuary before a fast and technical finale in the centre of Bath.
Stage 6: Sidmouth to Haytor, Dartmoor - 150km
The queen stage features the only summit finish of the race and should be the most decisive day for the general classification contenders. Haytor, just under six kilometres long and just under six per cent in average gradient, was used in the 2013 edition, and Wiggins will be able to hand down some advice to the rest of the team after he pretty much sewed up overall victory there with seventh.
Stage 7a: Bristol Stage Individual Time Trial - 15km
The seventh day of racing brings the novelty of a split stage, with a hilly Bristol circuit playing host to a time trial in the morning and a circuit race in the afternoon. The 15km time trial starts out on the Bristol Downs, passing over the Clifton Suspension Bridge before a sharp descent down towards the Harbourside. What goes down must come back up, and Bridge Valley Road will be where considerable differences are made as riders go from river level back up to the Downs.
Stage 7b: Bristol Stage Circuit Race - 76.5km
Pretty much the exact same loop will be used for the afternoon stage, which will take place across five laps and will no doubt be a difficult one for anyone to control. Michal Kwiatkowski won on this finish in 2014.
Stage 8: London Stage presented by TfL - 100km
The now-traditional London stage brings the curtain down on the Tour Of Britain, with this 100km criterium giving a final opportunity to the sprinters. The stage takes place over 16 laps of the same 6.2km city-centre circuit - passing sights such as Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus - that was used last year when Elia Viviani triumphed after André Greipel was relegated for an illegal sprint.