Capital cyclist Evan Oliphant will be the only Scot in action at the Tour of Britain, which starts in Ipswich on Sunday.
Oliphant has been a regular in the race over recent seasons. His highlight being pipped for a stage win at Nottingham in 2005, with a young Mark Cavendish more than ten minutes down in sixth spot.
The 30-year-old races in the Team Raleigh squad, and will again face Cavendish as well as Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins – both in Team Sky.
While Oliphant is the only Scotsman in the race, the West Lothian outfit Endura Racing will be looking to make an impression with a line-up that features Spaniard Iker Camano, Australian Zak Dempster, German Paul Voss, and the English trio, Russell Downing, Ian Bibby and Jonathan Tiernan-Locke, last year’s king of the mountains winner.
The race will make a fleeting visit north of the border next Tuesday for the 153 kilometre stage from Jedburgh to Dumfries, and concludes in Guildford on Sunday September 16.