East Riding of Yorkshire will host a full stage of the Tour of Britain, the UK’s leading cycle race, for the first time ever in September.

The coastal county will welcome over 100 of the world’s best riders for stage three of the race, which will take place from Goole to Beverley, on Tuesday 5 September. Neither venue has previously hosted a stage start or finish of the Tour.

This stage will take place almost 15 years to the day since the prestigious event last passed through the county during a stage from Hull to Dalby Forest.

Located on the River Ouse, the port town of Goole has today been confirmed as the location for the stage start. From there, the peloton will head north to Howden, Market Weighton and Driffield. Riders will then get a taste of British seaside life when they race through Bridlington, before they head inland towards the finish line upon reaching Hornsea.

Race organisers unveiled Beverley as the finish location for stage three in April. While this will mark the town’s first appearance as a Tour of Britain host venue, it previously featured as a Tour de Yorkshire stage start location in 2016 and 2018.

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 to date. Former winners include Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe (2018), the two-time world champion, and Belgian star Wout van Aert (2021), while British sporting hero Mark Cavendish holds the record for the most stage victories (10).

Full details of stage three – including the full stage route and timetable – will be announced in due course.

Tour of Britain Beverley

Photo: the Tour last raced through Beverley – the finish location for stage three – in 2008


Councillor Anne Handley, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “I am absolutely delighted to be able to announce that the East Riding will be hosting a full stage of the Tour of Britain and really excited that Goole has been selected as a start location.

“It will be fabulous, not just for the people of Goole to get involved with such a prestigious race but for people across the East Riding and what a fantastic opportunity to show not just the UK, but the world, what a beautiful place we live.”

Mick Bennett, Tour of Britain race director, said: “Having seen the excitement created following the unveiling of Beverley as the finish location of stage three back in April, I’m thrilled that we can add to that today by revealing that the full route will fall entirely in East Riding of Yorkshire!

“People have asked me for many years when the Tour of Britain would head to this part of England so I’m delighted we can finally give them a date: Tuesday 5 September 2023! This wouldn’t be possible without the support of East Riding of Yorkshire Council and our stakeholders – I know a lot of work has already taken place behind the scenes to make this a truly unforgettable day!”

About the Tour of Britain 2023

This year’s Tour of Britain will begin in Greater Manchester on Sunday 3 September and culminate eight stages later in South Wales (Sunday 10 September).Along the way the riders will race through Wrexham, Nottinghamshire, Suffolk and Essex, creating an unforgettable sporting spectacle that is free for all to watch.

Over one million spectators are expected to line the route of this unforgettable event, which also celebrates community pride, inspires future generations through a comprehensive school engagement programme, and promotes healthy living for all.

A revamped points competition will be sponsored by cottages.com, the UK’s leading provider of holiday cottages and luxury homes. More details of this year’s race, including full stage routes and competing teams, will be announced in the coming weeks.

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+.