Get ready for stage two of the AJ Bell Tour of Britain, taking place between Sherford and Exeter in Devon, with our preview guide.

Following his victory in Bodmin on Sunday afternoon, all eyes will be on Team Jumbo – Visma’s Wout van Aert. Can he retain the race lead after a stage that packs in 3,499 metres of climbing?

The route features three intermediate sprints, the first of which comes at Torcross, where the route crosses the road along the narrow shingle bar that separates Slapton Ley from the sea. The remaining sprints will come in Kingsbridge and Tavistock.

Three ŠKODA King of the Mountains climbs will also feature. These begin near the coast at Strete at the end of a two-kilometre hill that begins in Blackpool Sands. The second and third climbs both come in the Dartmoor National Park, starting with the 8.7-kilometre climb of Rundlestone above Tavistock, which has been used by the Tour of Britain twice before (2010 and 2012).

The final categorised climb will be between Postbridge and the famous Warren House Inn, one of the most famous locations on Dartmoor. Sitting 434m (1,425ft) above sea level, it is home to the highest inn in southern England, where the pub’s fire has famously been burning since 1845.

Discover Sherford and Exeter on our stage two hub page.

Stage map and profile

Tour of Britain stage two

ITV4 schedule

Join Matt Barbet, Pippa York, Ned Boulting and Adam Blythe for full live coverage of stage two on ITV4 from 10:45am on Monday. 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 two can be found here.

Spectator information for fans planning to watch the stage start in Sherford is available here; access information for Exeter can be found here.

Race standings

Wout van Aert goes into stage two as the AJ Bell Tour of Britain race leader after his fantastic win in Bodmin, Cornwall, on Sunday.

Click here for full standings.

The jerseys

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

AJ Bell leader’s jersey: Wout van Aert (Team Jumbo – Visma) points jersey: Nils Eekhoff (Team DSM, competition is led by Wout van Aert).

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

 Eisberg sprints jersey: Max Walker (TRINITY Racing, competition is led by Jacob Scott)

Expert opinion

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

“With 3,482 metres of climbing in this stage, expect to see the first GC shake-up of the race taking place on the roads of Devon. That said, it’s a stage of two halves, and the riders shouldn’t be fooled by our foray along the coast to Torcross early on, which will look truly spectacular on the ITV4 live coverage!

“The start in Sherford continues our trend of taking the race to lesser-known parts of the county. We’ll go past the Britannia Royal Naval College into picturesque Dartmouth and pass alongside the historic clapper bridge at Postbridge. If the opening 100 kilometres seem relatively easy, the final 85 kilometres are anything but.

“Our final ŠKODA King of the Mountains climb at Warren House Inn is a great place to attack. Nonetheless, there are other places where a race-winning move could go: in particular, the uncategorised climbs coming out of Moretonhampstead and Dunsford. If somebody goes clear on either of those, we could see another solo winner in Exeter, just like when Matthias Brändle triumphed in the city seven years ago.”

Previous visits

The race has visited Devon on multiple occasions; the last being in 2018 when Australian rider Cameron Meyer won in Barnstaple. Exeter last welcomed the race when it hosted the finish of stage five seven years.