The 2019 Tour of Britain’s final stage in Greater Manchester has been nominated for a This Is Manchester award.

Marking the first stage of the modern Tour to be held solely in the metropolitan county, the spectacular day of racing and supporting community events has earned its nomination into the Leading Live Event Of The Year category.

The stage, which notably visited all 10 of Greater Manchester’s boroughs, saw Tour organiser SweetSpot team up with Manchester City Council, MCRative, and local stakeholders from Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan councils to deliver the event.

Dutchman Mathieu van der Poel sealed his 2019 Tour of Britain victory by claiming the stage win on Manchester’s iconic Deansgate at the end of a 166-kilometre day of racing which began in historic Altrincham.

An estimated 600,000 people attended the stage – believe to be the biggest crowd in the 16 editions of the modern Tour.

The nominees for the Leading Live Event Award, the winner of which will be announced on Monday 11 November, are:

  • OVO Energy Tour of Britain stage eight (Greater Manchester)
  • Burnout
  • DYSTOPIA987 – Manchester International Festival
  • India vs Pakistan ICC Cricket World Cup
  • Manchester City’s title celebration parade
  • The Sounds From The Other City Quindecennial
  • The Sound of Servants, The Musical – Herizons
  • Treble Reunion – Manchester United Foundation
  • Wythenshawe Games/Wythenshawe PRIDE – Wythenshawe Community Housing Group


The 2020 edition of the Tour of Britain – the 17th edition of the UK’s biggest, best and most prestigious cycle race – takes place from Sunday 6 to Sunday 13 September next year. This year’s edition generated over £20m net impact for the UK economy.

Earlier this month race organisers announced that they are looking for a new title partner for the Tour of Britain in 2020 onwards following the conclusion of the three-year partnership with OVO Energy.