The Manxman will face his long-time sprint rival André Greipel during the eight-stage event, which begins in Glasgow on 4 September and finishes in London.
The lineup also includes Cavendish’s Dimension Data team-mate Steve Cummings, winner of stage seven in this year’s Tour de France and twice runner-up in the Tour of Britain. The former world hour record holder Rohan Dennis of Australia will make his debut in the race, which was won last year by Norway’s Edvald Boasson Hagen.
“In Mark Cavendish and André Greipel we have two of the world’s top sprinters,” said the race director, Mick Bennett, “who are both already multiple Tour of Britain stage winners, while we are delighted that BMC Racing Team will be bringing two outstanding time-triallists in Rohan Dennis and Taylor Phinney to the race.”
Tour of Britain 2016
Stage one Sunday 4 September Glasgow to Castle Douglas
Stage two Monday 5 September Carlisle to Kendal
Stage three Tuesday 6 September Congleton to Tatton Park, Knutsford
Stage four Wednesday 7 September Denbigh to Builth Wells
Stage five Thursday 8 September Aberdare to Bath
Stage six Friday 9 September Sidmouth to Haytor, Dartmoor
Stage seven Saturday 10 September Bristol, individual time trial & circuit race
Stage eight Sunday 11 September London
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