This year’s Tour of Britain will begin in the market town of Altrincham as the borough of Trafford hosts the start of the Greater Manchester stage on Sunday 3 September.

The metropolitan area will stage the race’s Grand Départ for the first time since the inaugural edition of the modern Tour in 2004.

This year’s curtain-raiser will mark the second time that Altrincham has welcomed the Tour of Britain, having previously hosted the start on the final day of the race in 2019. The peloton will roll out from Market Street, close to Altrincham Market, which is at the heart of the town’s re-invention as ‘the’ modern market town.  In 2018 Altrincham won the Great British High Street Award for England.

The opening stage will finish on Deansgate in the heart of Manchester city centre, where Dutchman Mathieu van der Poel took the honours in the final stage of the 2019 race.

On that occasion, an estimated 600,000 spectators – the biggest single-day crowd in race history – followed the day of racing in and around Greater Manchester.

Further details of the opening stage – including the full route and timetable – will be announced later in July.

This year’s Tour of Britain stage in the city will further add to Manchester’s connections with cycling. As well as being the home of British Cycling, the national governing body, the city hosted the finale of last year’s Tour Series, the fun, fast, and free circuit race series for the UK’s top domestic teams and riders.

Since its return in 2004, the Tour of Britain has become a cornerstone of the UK sporting calendar. Over 15 million people have watched the event in person, with the race generating over £330m for the UK economy.

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Councillor Tom Ross, Leader of Trafford Council, said: “Trafford is renowned for hosting world class sport so it is a pleasure and honour to have the Grand Départ here in Altrincham. Last time, thousands of people came to cheer on the cyclists and enjoy the delights of our award-winning market town and I’m confident even more people will want to come and experience the opening of this illustrious event.”

Mandy White, manager of Altrincham Business Improvement District, said: “We’re absolutely delighted that the Tour of Britain is returning to Altrincham for the Grand Depart on Sunday 3 September. It’s fantastic for the town to host such a high-profile, international sporting event and we look forward to welcoming thousands of visitors to Altrincham.”

Mick Bennett, Tour of Britain race director, said: “Altrincham hosted one of the greatest stage starts in Tour of Britain history back in 2019, so returning to this brilliant town on the opening day of this year’s race made perfect sense. I’m already looking forward to soaking up the pre-race atmosphere!”

About the Tour of Britain 2023

Following the Greater Manchester Grand Départ, the Tour will visit North Wales, East Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Suffolk, Essex, and South West England. This year’s champion will be crowned in historic Caerphilly following an undulating stage in South Wales.

Fans can enhance their race day experience by watching the start in Altrincham or the sprint to the finish line in Manchester by securing their place in the Sportsbreaks.com Terrace. Click here for more information.

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 the action unfold wherever they are. International coverage will be available in over 100 countries via Discovery Player and GCN+.