One of the most eagerly-anticipated stages in AJ Bell Tour of Britain history will take place on Wednesday, a day of racing that culminates atop the Great Orme in Llandudno.

The 210-kilometre (130.6-mile) stage will start in picturesque Aberaeron, run parallel to the coastline and venture into Snowdonia National Park, before ending with on the spectacular 1.9-kilometre, 9.8% average climb that runs parallel to the Great Orme’s famous tramway up to the finish.

Race leader Ethan Hayter (INEOS Grenadiers) takes a 16-second lead over stage one winner Wout van Aert (Team Jumbo-Visma) into stage four, with 2018 champion Julian Alaphilippe a further seven seconds in arrears.

Discover Aberaeron and the Great Orme, Llandudno, on our stage four hub page.

Stage map and profile

Tour of Britain stage four

ITV4 schedule

Join Matt Barbet, Pippa York, Ned Boulting and Adam Blythe for full live coverage of stage four on ITV4 from 10:15am on Wednesday. Alternatively, our highlights programme will air at 8pm.

ITV4 is available on Freeview (channel 25), Freesat (channel 117), Sky (channel 120), Virgin Media (channel 118) and the ITV Hub (online) in the UK.

Timetable and key spectator information

Full timings for stage four can be found here.

Spectator information for fans planning to watch the stage finish on the Great Orme is available here.

Please note that, following consultation with local stakeholders and the Welsh Government, no spectator access will be permitted at the stage start in Aberaeron

Old Road and Ty Gwyn Road (Great Orme) will be closed to vehicles from 5am on Wednesday 8 September until after the race has passed. Please access the climb on foot, by bike, or by using the Great Orme tramway or cable cars.

Race standings

Ethan Hayter goes into stage four as the AJ Bell Tour of Britain race leader after his INEOS Grenadiers squad won the Carmarthenshire team time trial on Tuesday.

Click here for full standings.

The jerseys

Want to know who will be wearing the race’s four leaders’ jerseys in Wales on Wednesday?

AJ Bell leader’s jersey: Ethan Hayter (INEOS Grenadiers)

Sportsbreaks.com points jersey: Rory Townsend (Canyon dhb SunGod, competition is led by Ethan Hayter)

SKODA King of the Mountains jersey: Jacob Scott (Canyon dhb SunGod)

 Eisberg sprints jersey: Robin Carpenter (Rally Cycling, competition is led by Jacob Scott)

Expert opinion

Andy Hawes, the AJ Bell Tour of Britain route director, gives us his take on stage four.

“What do this stage and 5 November have in common? Guaranteed fireworks! This should be a stunning day of racing, topped up by 10 kilometres of must-watch racing to finish.

“Similar to stage one, we’ll run parallel with the sea upon leaving the start, using roads that have never previously featured in the modern AJ Bell Tour of Britain. We pass through many scenic towns and villages, and the relatively flat terrain will allow the riders to soak in the views!

“But once we head into the Snowdonia National Park, the race gets a lot harder. Looking at the final 35 kilometres of the stage on the profile doesn’t do it justice: there’s an undulating road up the Conwy Valley before we take in a loop around the Great Orme.

“While that’s not easy, it’s merely the appetiser to the finishing climb: it may only be 1.8km long but the average gradient of 10% and sections of 20% will make for great racing. I hope the favourites for the victory have a 32-sprocket fitted!”

Previous visits

The race has visited Llandudno once previously, when Mark Renshaw won from a reduced bunch sprint in 2014. However, this is the first stage of the modern AJ Bell Tour of Britain to culminate atop the Great Orme.