Over 100 of the world’s best cyclists will grace the streets of Cornwall when the 2020 Tour of Britain Grand Départ starts in Penzance on Sunday 6 September.

The date of the stage has now been confirmed by the UCI, cycling’s governing body, and will see riders travelling on a 170km route through the Cornish countryside, ending in Bodmin.

The stage will also visit St Just, St Ives, Hayle, Camborne, Pool, Redruth, Falmouth, Penryn, Truro, Newquay, St Austell and the Eden Project (subject to final route approval in November).

The world-class sporting event is coming to Cornwall for the first time after a successful bid by Cornwall Council.

Cornwall 2020 launch

OVO Energy Tour of Britain race director Mick Bennett looks ahead to the 2020 Grand Départ at March’s ceremonial launch

There will be a community launch day in November to promote the delivery of the event and to showcase the community engagement programme surrounding the event.

The race will give a massive boost to Cornwall’s economy. Independent economic reports estimate that the race will generate over £3million of extra spending within Cornwall over the stage, and it is hoped that around 180,000 people will line the roads of Cornwall to watch.

It will also present an opportunity for national and local businesses to sponsor the event.

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Councillor, Bob Egerton, Cornwall Council’s portfolio holder for culture, planning and economy, said: “We are so honoured and excited that Cornwall is hosting the first stage of Britain’s biggest cycling event on 6th September 2020.

“It will bring visitors into Cornwall, not only along the stage route, but also across the rest of the county, and it will also help to enhance our profile both at home and abroad.

“We will also work to ensure we create a long term legacy from the event by raising the profile of cycling in Cornwall and motivating more people to cycle and lead healthier and active lives.”

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