Mark Cavendish and Sir Bradley Wiggins are among those riding the Tour of Britain 2016

Olympic silver medallist Mark Cavendish says it will be "particularly special" to ride in front of a home crowd as the Tour of Britain begins this weekend.

Cavendish, who won a track cycling silver medal at the Rio Olympics in the omnium, is Britain's record Tour de France stage winner and will ride in Team Dimension Data as Britain's biggest professional cycle race starts in Glasgow's George Square on Sunday.

The first-leg of the seven-day race will see riders compete in the opening 100 mile route to Castle Douglas, with the full 797 mile race concluding in London on September 11.

The race will form part of Cavendish's preparations for the World Road Race Championships in Qatar in October.

Hundreds of cycling fans braved the rain on Saturday evening to watch a presentation in Glasgow's George Square of the 21 teams competing in the race.

Bradley Wiggins and  Mark Cavendish
(Tim Goode/PA)

Speaking at the event, Cavendish said he was "finally happy" at getting an Olympic medal which had proved so elusive.

He said: "I'm just looking at the next phase now. I want to win the world road championships as well - no one has ever won a track and road world championship in the same year, so I'd like to try to be a first for that and it starts here with the Tour of Britain.

"For me the tour of Britain is about coming and riding at home.

"It's not often we get to ride on home soil. Obviously I won the nationals here in Glasgow a few years ago and that was incredible how many people were out there, and I know that the same people will be out there again tomorrow.

"It's always great racing up here in Scotland especially in Glasgow seeing the people riding their bikes. The start is nice and to race all throughout Britain we don't get to do it all that often so to come here and ride in front of a home crowd is particularly special."

Bradley Wiggins
(David Davies/PA)

Sir Bradley Wiggins was also at the team presentation as part of Team Wiggins with the race being his last on home roads.

The 36-year-old added an eighth Olympic medal and fifth gold as part of the team pursuit squad in Rio last month and will end his professional career at the Ghent Six in November.

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