Having previously welcomed Olympic and world champions such as Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell Shand, the 10th edition of the OVO Energy Tour Series will feature 2018 Commonwealth Games heroes aplenty during its rounds in England, Wales and Scotland this May.

Long established as Britain’s leading televised cycle race Series for the country’s leading men’s and women’s teams, the 2018 edition of the OVO Energy Tour Series gets underway in Redditch, Worcestershire, on Thursday (10 May).

Defending men’s Series champions JLT Condor will be led by Welshman Jon Mould, who took silver in the Commonwealth Games road race on 14 April. “I’ll be looking for success there after representing Wales in the Commonwealth Games,” said Mould, winner of the most individual rounds in OVO Energy Tour Series history. “I think the title defence will be tough; everyone’s gunning to win it so we’ll have to give it everything, just like we’ve done in the past.”

Newport-born Mould added: “The Aberystwyth round [taking place on Saturday 26 May] is the only race in Wales, so it’s sort of a home round for me. It has a great atmosphere and the town puts on loads of events around it.”

The Canyon Eisberg men’s team will feature siblings Charlie and Harry Tanfield, who came away from the Games with three medals combined. “It’s good to be back in the UK and hopefully we brought the sun with us,” said Harry, who took silver for England in the men’s individual time trial.

“It should be a good craic, being back with the lads again. I’m looking forward to the team time trial in Stevenage [on Bank Holiday Monday 28 May] in particular. There should be some really exciting racing and I’m interested to see how the new teams go. I think it is going to be really hard and really tight between JLT Condor, Madison Genesis, ONE Pro Cycling and us for the title.”

Canyon Eisberg’s Charlie Tanfield won individual pursuit gold for England at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Picture: Anthony Au-Yeung / www.photosport.nz /SWpix.com

Other English medallists scheduled to compete during the Series are ONE Pro Cycling’s Chris Latham and Emily Kay (Torelli-Brother), who took bronze in the men’s and women’s scratch races respectively.

Scotland will host two rounds of the Series, with Motherwell (Tuesday 15 May) and Aberdeen (Thursday 17 May) welcoming the event once again. Storey Racing’s Neah Evans won scratch race silver and bronze in the point’s race for her country on the Gold Coast, as well as finishing eighth in the women’s road race. “Since returning home from a successful Commonwealth Games for myself and also Scotland, I’m really looking forward to racing on home soil in Scotland. I’m especially excited about competing in the first-ever women’s round of the Series in Aberdeen – it’s very close to my family home so I will have plenty of support.”

Further Scottish interest comes in the shape of John Archibald, brother of Olympic champion Katie, and silver medallist in the Commonwealth Games individual pursuit, who will represent guest team Ribble Pro Cycling at the Redditch, Durham and Aberystwyth rounds. Mark Stewart, gold medallist in the point’s race, could race for the Spokes team in the Motherwell, Aberdeen and Durham events.

Although he didn’t win a medal on the Gold Coast, Tobyn Horton’s seventh-place finish in the men’s road race suggests the Guernsey rider will play a key role in Madison Genesis’ quest to claim a first OVO Energy Tour Series title since 2015.

He said:The Commonwealth Games came at a good time of year; it gets you going well early in the season. I’m looking forward to getting stuck in with everyone and hopefully getting the Series win. 

“There are a few races I’m looking forward to. I’ve got a love hate relationship with Durham [Tuesday 22 May] – I’ve done well there previously and I’m in good shape for it, but it’s one of those very hard races. On the day, just five per cent can make the difference in deciding the winner. 

“I like the finish at Redditch too; that little kick up to the finish line is good for me. Getting the Series off to a winning start would be great. Finally, I’m looking forward to Aberystwyth, as the course is technical and the location reminds me of Guernsey, because I can see the sea!”