Two-time Giro d'Italia champion will lead Liquigas-Cannondale as it makes its first appearance in the race...

Organisers of the Tour of Britain have confirmed that two-time Giro d’Italia champion Ivan Basso will lead Liquigas-Cannondale when it takes part in the race for the first time this September, with this year’s edition billed as the “hardest yet.”

Basso, aged 34, won the Giro in 2006 when he was riding with Team CSC and in 2010 with Liquigas.

He also a former winner of the young rider classification of the Tour de France, which he topped in 2002, and three years later he finished second overall in that race behind Lance Armstrong as the American took his seventh and final title.

Basso is currently riding in the Tour de France where his team, ranked third overall in the UCI World Tour ranking prior to the start of the race, has achieved three stage victories through Peter Sagan, with Vincenzo Nibali lying third overall after yesterday’s Stage 11.

Mick Bennett, Tour of Britain Race Director commented: “We are delighted to have the Liquigas – Cannondale team participate in The Tour of Britain for the first time. The inclusion of such a high-profile team led by two-time winner of Giro d’Italia, Ivan Basso, underlines the growing status of The Tour of Britain and its importance to pro cycling teams.”

This year’s Tour of Britain starts in Ipswich on Sunday 9 September and will also visit Scotland and Wales before ending on Sunday 16 September in Guildford.

The full route is shown below, while the routes of some stages also feature in this year’s Tour Ride programme, further details of which can be found here.                                 

The Tour of Britain 2012

Stage 1        
Sunday 9th September       
Ipswich to Norfolk Showground

Stage 2        
Monday 10th September  
Nottingham to Knowsley Safari Park

Stage 3      
Tuesday11th September

Jedburgh to Dumfries

Stage 4       
Wednesday 12th September  
Carlisle to Blackpool

Stage 5        
Thursday 13th September  
The Stoke-on-Trent Stage

Stage 6         
Friday 14th September 
Welshpool to Caerphilly

Stage 7     
Saturday 15th September
Barnstaple to Dartmouth

Stage 8      
Sunday 16th September 
Reigate to Guildford

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.