Wout van Aert holds his right arm aloft as he wins the opening stage of the 2021 Tour of Britain.
Wout van Aert wins the opening stage of the 2021 Tour of Britain (Credit SWpix.com)

Belgian star Wout van Aert is set to lead Jumbo–Visma at the Tour of Britain, two years on from claiming a memorable overall victory in the race.

Van Aert made Tour history when he won four stages enroute to being crowned the 2021 champion in what was the most successful debut for any rider in the UK’s leading cycle event.

The 28-year-old, who finished second in the UCI world championships road race in Glasgow earlier this month, has won nine Tour de France stages during his illustrious career to date.

Competing in the Tour for the 11th time, Jumbo – Visma are one of the most successful teams in race history. The Dutch team have claimed 14 stage victories to date and, in addition to van Aert’s overall win, Lars Boom was also. crowned the race’s champion in 2011 and 2017.

The remainder of the Jumbo – Visma line-up for the Tour of Britain will be announced in due course.

The Tour of Britain has an illustrious list of former winners, including two-time world champion Julian Alaphillipe (2018) and newly-crowned world champion Mathieu van der Poel (2019). Since 2016, the race has been watched by an average of 1.3m roadside spectators and has generated £27.6m of yearly net economic benefit for the UK economy, according to research by Frontline.

ITV4 will continue to broadcast live flag-to-flag coverage of every stage and nightly highlights show, allowing fans in the UK to watch wherever they are.