UAE Team Emirates’ Ben Swift and Tom Pidock of Team Wiggins will lead Great Britain’s team at next week’s Tour de Yorkshire.
The pairing is one of experience and youth, with the 30-year-old Swift joined by 18-year-old Pidcock.
The former is an accomplished professional with wins in the tours of California, Romandie and Poland and the Tour Down Under, while the latter won last year’s Paris-Roubaix and is also a European and World junior cyclo-cross champion as well as the reigning junior time trial world champion.
"One of the key principles of the Tour de Yorkshire is that it allows young British talent to compete alongside the best riders in the world. That is no better personified by having Tom and Ben in our race," said Welcome to Yorkshire Chief Executive Sir Gary Verity.
"Tom is a true rising star, while Ben is one of the most experienced riders in the peloton," Verity added. "Ben has competed at the very highest level for the last 10 years, and it is tremendous that young, British riders get to ride alongside the likes of him, Greg Van Avermaet and Mark Cavendish at the Tour de Yorkshire."
This year's Tour de Yorkshire begins next Thursday, May 3, with a 182km road stage from Beverly to Doncaster and concludes Sunday, May 6, with a 189.5km stage from Halifax to Leeds.