North West England will play host to stage five of the 2021 AJ Bell Tour of Britain, a day of racing that begins at the world-leading biotech campus Alderley Park and culminates in Warrington for a finish outside the town’s famous Golden Gates.

Departing from outside Alderley Park’s Glasshouse, riders will take in a route through the grounds before arriving at kilometre zero. And while the route through Cheshire includes three ŠKODA King of the Mountains climbs – located at Blacky Bank, Bottom-of-the-Oven and Bakestonedale Road – stage five could see the first traditional sprint finish of the 2021 race.

Discover Alderley Park and Warrington on our stage five hub page.

Stage map and profile

Tour of Britain stage five

ITV4 schedule

Join Matt Barbet, Pippa York, Ned Boulting and Adam Blythe for full live coverage of stage five on ITV4 from 11:15am on Thursday. 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 five can be found here.

Spectator information for fans planning to watch the stage start in Alderley Park is available here; our finish information pack for Warrington is available here.

Spectators attending the stage start at Alderley Park by car must pre-book parking. Click here to register for a free parking ticket. Spectators with any mobility or disability requirements for this event should email events@alderleypark.co.uk.

Race standings

Wout van Aert goes into stage five as the AJ Bell Tour of Britain race leader after winning the Queen stage of the race atop the Great Orme in Llandudno on Wednesday.

Click here for full standings.

The jerseys

Want to know who will be wearing the race’s four leaders’ jerseys in the North West on Thursday?

AJ Bell leader’s jersey: Wout van Aert (Team Jumbo – Visma)

Sportsbreaks.com points jersey: Ethan Hayter (INEOS Grenadiers)

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 five.

“This is a traditional sprint stage: not only are our three ŠKODA King of the Mountains climbs tackled in the first 80 kilometres of the stage, the second half of the route is virtually pan flat for its entirety. Many of the roads included in the stage will be familiar to a lot of British professionals and amateurs alike.

“The descent of the ŠKODA King of the Mountains climb at Bottom-of-the-Oven will be known to anybody who has tackled the Cat and Fiddle, while we’ve been through places such as Wilmslow and Knutsford in recent editions of the race.

“There will a 650-metre drag race from the final corner to the line, which could allow anybody out of position approaching the turning onto the finishing straight to make up lost ground.

“We’ve had some fantastic locations for sprint finishes in race history: having the line outside of Warrington’s historic Golden Gates is certainly up there with the best of them. And, dare we say it: this is a perfect day for a rider with the surname Cavendish!”

Previous visits

Both start and finish locations are new to the race.