One year on from becoming the race’s first-ever Spanish champion, Gonzalo Serrano will return to the Tour of Britain in September.
The Madrid-born rider will lead the Movistar Team at this year’s race, which begins in Greater Manchester on Sunday 3 September.
Serrano won stage four at Duncombe Park, North Yorkshire, en route to taking overall glory in last year’s shortened race. He beat home favourite Tom Pidcock and Spaniard Omar Fraile by three and seven seconds respectively after nearly 21 hours of racing.
While the modern incarnation of the Tour has had two riders – Edvald Boasson Hagen (2009 and 2015) and Lars Boom (2011 and 2017) – claim multiple titles, no rider has ever won back-to-back editions of the race.
Serrano said: “I am very excited to compete in the Tour of Britain again because it is a race that I have always liked. Unfortunately, last year it was a different edition and I hope that this year it can be held without setbacks. I arrive with the intention of retaining my title.”
The remainder of the Movistar Team line-up for the Tour of Britain will be announced in due course.