THE legendary four-time Tour de France stage winner Dylan Groenewegen is set to return to the OVO Energy Tour of Britain this September.

Heading to Wirral for Stage Five of the UK's biggest professional cycle race on Wednesday, September 11, this will be the 26-year-old Dutchman's third appearance at the OVO Energy Tour of Britain.

In 2016 he was crowned champion in Builth Wells and Cheltenham in 2017 and even taking the Cetaphil Points classification on his first appearance.

Joining him this year will be two previous OVO Energy Tour of Britain stage winners Matteo Trentin and Cameron Meyer of Mitchelton-Scott.

Groenewegen won stage seven of the Tour de France this summer, as well as helping his Jumbo – Visma squad to victory in the race’s team time trial.

The remaining five members of the Jumbo - Visma team for the OVO Energy Tour of Britain will be confirmed closer to the race, but rumours suggest the likes of Laurens De Plus, who claimed his maiden stage race victory at the weekend by winning the Binck Bank Tour in Belgium and the Netherlands.

Another rider clinching stage race success at the weekend ahead of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain was Ben Hermans (Israel Cycling Academy) who won two stages and the overall of the Tour of Utah.

The 33-year-old Belgian comes to the race on a strong run of form that saw him win the Tour of Austria in July for the second successive year, and finish runner-up in the Adriatica Ionica Race in Italy in early August.

Former European champion Trentin won Stage Six of the 2015 in Nottingham, while Australian rider Meyer took Stage Two in Barnstaple last September.

Already confirmed for the OVO Energy Tour of Britain is multi-talented Dutch rider Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon – Circus Cycling Team), who continued his stellar 2019 season by winning the opening stage of the Arctic Race of Norway last week.

Stage five will start and finish at Birkenhead Park and the route will also pass through the finish line within the park before competing a lap of Birkenhead and Wallasey.

The 108 mile stage will leave Wirral passing through Port Sunlight before racing through Cheshire West and Chester - including passing the Airbus UK manufacturing facility at Broughton.

Then, the route will return, racing through Heswall, Caldy and Hoylake before passing through the Birkenhead Park finish line and taking in a loop through Seacombe, Wallasey and New Brighton.