Seven new host venues will make their debut on the Tour of Britain route in 2021, race organisers SweetSpot and British Cycling have today announced.

Details of stages five, six and seven have been added to those previously confirmed for Cornwall, Devon and Aberdeenshire.

This year’s Tour of Britain is scheduled to take place between Sunday 5 and Sunday 12 September, starting in Penzance, Cornwall, and finishing in the Scottish city of Aberdeen as previously announced.

2021 Tour of Britain stages

Stage one, Sunday 5 September Penzance*, Cornwall –> Bodmin*, Cornwall

Stage two, Monday 6 September Sherford*, Devon –> Exeter, Devon

Stage three, Tuesday 7 September TBA, Wales

Stage four, Wednesday 8 September TBA, Wales

Stage five, Thursday 9 September TBA, South Cheshire –> Warrington*

Stage six, Friday 10 September TBA, Cumbria –> Gateshead

Stage seven, Saturday 11 September Hawick*, Scottish Borders –> Edinburgh

Stage eight, Sunday 12 September Stonehaven*, Aberdeenshire –> Aberdeen*

(*indicates new venue for the Tour of Britain)

Tour of Britain Edinburgh 2021

Photo: Edinburgh’s famous Lawnmarket welcomed the world’s best riders when it hosted a stage start in the 2017 race. The historic city will stage its first-ever Tour of Britain finish in 2021. 

COVID-19 update

This year’s race is scheduled to take place following an absence of 722 days since the culmination of the 2019 Tour of Britain in Greater Manchester due to the cancellation of the 2020 event because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  It will be the first edition of the race to be a part of the UCI ProSeries.

Event organisers SweetSpot are working closely with British Cycling, the UCI and stakeholders across England, Wales and Scotland in order to monitor the public health situation in the UK and to meet any requirements in place for outdoor sports events in September to ensure that the Tour of Britain can take place safely.

About the 2021 Tour of Britain

Tour of Britain 2021 Exeter

Photo: Austrian rider Matthias Brändle wins in Exeter during the 2014 Tour of Britain – the race will return to the Devon city on stage two.

Cornwall will welcome the Tour of Britain for the first time in history when it hosts the Grand Départ on Sunday 5 September. Stage one, which starts in Penzance, will end with a tricky uphill finish in Bodmin some 180 kilometres later.

The race will visit Devon for the 11th time in modern tour history on stage two (Monday 6 September). Sherford and Exeter will host the start and finish respectively, with a packed day of racing combing some of the county’s spectacular coastline with a challenging finale through Dartmoor National Park.

It is hoped that details of the two Welsh stages will be announced in the summer, if conditions allow, marking the first time that Wales has held two entire stages of the modern Tour of Britain.

North West England will play host to stage five, a day of racing that begins in south Cheshire and culminates in Warrington, which will make its event debut as a host venue, for a finish outside the town’s famous Golden Gates.

As previously announced Cumbria will welcome the return of the Tour of Britain for a third consecutive year when it hosts the start of a stage that will finish across the Pennines in Gateshead. This will be the first stage finish in the town since 2009.

The Tour of Britain will finish in Scotland for the first time since 2007 with the overall finish in Aberdeen, the final venue on the 2021 route to welcome the Tour for the first time.  Scotland is due to host two stages of the race with Hawick hosting the Tour of Britain for the first time and the city of Edinburgh hosting its first ever stage finish of the race before the final stage begins in Stonehaven.

Full routes of all eight stages of the Tour of Britain stages – including ŠKODA King of the Mountains and intermediate sprints locations, and full timetables and maps – will be announced in the summer.

ITV4 will continue to broadcast live flag-to-flag coverage of every stage, as well as a nightly highlights show, allowing fans in the UK to watch wherever they are.

Ride for Heroes

Together British Cycling and organisers SweetSpot will use each stage of the Tour of Britain this September to celebrate and show their thanks to Britain’s key workers and community heroes.  Each day will play host to a special cycle ride at the start and finish giving the chance to show our appreciation to the unsung members of Britain’s cycling community.