The countdown to the Tour of Britain’s first-ever visit to Durham and Sunderland for what promises to a thrilling day of cycle racing has officially begun.

Today (Saturday 6 August) marks one month until the UK’s leading cycling event heads to the North East and promotes the two cities to an international audience.

Over 100 of the world’s best riders will tackle a 163.6km (101.7m) stage that begins at St Mary’s College in Durham (11:15am) and culminates outside Sunderland’s new City Hall (approximately 3pm) on Tuesday 6 September. The route will pass through Tow Law, Wolsingham, Stanhope, Chapel Fell, Middleton-in-Teesdale, Barnard Castle, Bishop Auckland, Ferryhill and Hetton-le-Hole. A large crowd is expected to turn out to watch this free-to-attend sporting spectacle.

While the two cities have never previously welcomed the Tour of Britain, they have both hosted the Tour Series, the UK’s leading domestic racing event.

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Cllr Elizabeth Scott, Durham County Council’s Cabinet member for economy and partnership, said: “Excitement is building now ahead of the Tour of Britain coming to County Durham. “We can’t wait to welcome the riders and their teams for such a prestigious event. “We also hope that many of our residents take the opportunity to watch the stage as it travels through our communities. “I’m sure it will be a fantastic and memorable occasion.”

Leader of Sunderland City Council, Councillor Graeme Miller, said: “The countdown is on for an exciting spectacle as we welcome top riders into Sunderland for this premier race. A great opportunity for everyone to cheer on this big event and we can expect a thrilling finish in the heart of our city outside City Hall and Keel Square.”

Wiv SunGod rider Thomas Mein, who is the reigning British cyclo-cross champion and hails from the North East, said: “It’s great that the Tour of Britain is returning to the North East again this September for what should be another rapid day of racing! It looks like we’ll be on for a sprint finish in Sunderland, which will suit a lot of riders in the team. Having experienced what the race is like for the first time in 2021, I’d love to get the opportunity to race it again, but I know that whoever gets selected for the team will do the business!”

Information for fans

Full stage details are available online at tourofbritain.co.uk/stages/stage-three.

Stage three will be shown live and in full on ITV4 from 11am on race day, with highlights following that evening at 10pm.

While fans can watch all the action by the roadside for free, race day hospitality packages offering guaranteed prime views of stage starts and finishes, as well as unforgettable experiences featuring Tour de France stage winner Dan Martin are now available. Visit sportsbreaks.com and destinationsportexperiences.com for more information.

Tour of Britain hospitality