Four cities, climbs including the Rake and the Bwlch, and landmarks ranging from Southend-on-Sea’s famous pier to Tewkesbury Abbey will all feature along the route of this year’s Tour of Britain.

Further details of the eight stages that comprise the 2023 edition (Sunday 3 – Sunday 10 September) have today been released to coincide with the one-month-to-go countdown to the race’s Grand Départ.

Set to take place over 1271.1 kilometres and featuring nine new start and finish locations, the 19th edition of the modern Tour will offer numerous opportunities for combative and unpredictable racing.

Stage one: Altrincham > Manchester


Sunday 3 SeptemberDistance: 163.6km | Total elevation: 2,387m

The first Tour of Britain Grand Départ in Greater Manchester since 2004, stage one will largely retrace the route that featured on the final day of the 2019 edition. The stage start will take place adjacent to Altrincham Market, a thriving hub for independent street food vendors. King of the Mountains climbs include the legendary Rake in Ramsbottom and Grains Bar. Stage one will culminate on the world-famous Deansgate, the scene of a memorable Mathieu van der Poel victory four years ago.

Stage two: Wrexham > Wrexham


Monday 4 September | Distance: 109.9km | Total elevation: 1,002m

One of two stages in the 2023 race that will start and finish in the same place, this marks the Tour’s return to the Northern Welsh city of Wrexham for the first time in eight years. The route comprises a clockwise loop that passes across the border into Cheshire, before returning to Welsh soil after Threapwood. Riders will pass Brother UK’s recycling and remanufacturing plant in Ruabon: a pioneering zero-carbon and zero-waste to-landfill facility. Stage two will be the second shortest point-to-point road stage in Tour history to date, beaten only the finale of the 2006 race (which ran from Greenwich to The Mall in London, clocking in at 82 kilometres).

Stage three: Goole > Beverley


Tuesday 5 September | Distance: 154.7km | Total elevation: 953m

East Riding of Yorkshire’s first stage in Tour of Britain history is one for the sprinters. Following a start in the port town of Goole, 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. The expected sprint finish will take place at Beverley Westwood, a popular green space for families.

Stage four: Sherwood Forest > Newark-on-Trent


Wednesday 6 September | Distance: 166.6km | Total elevation: 1,221m

The Tour’s fourth visit to Nottinghamshire in seven years represents another chance for the sprinters. Despite being the third longest stage of the race, the route between the Sherwood Forest visitor centre near Edwinstowe and Newark-on-Trent features a little over 1,200 metres of climbing. The National Trust site of Clumber Park, Worksop, Harworth, Retford, Southwell, Tuxford, and Collingham will feature along the route. Colombian Fernando Gaviria took the win the last time the race finished by Newark-on-Trent’s Sconce and Devon Park six years ago.

Stage five: Felixstowe > Felixstowe


Thursday 7 September | Distance: 192.4km | Total elevation: 1,326m

Stage five combines a start and finish in Felixstowe, one of Suffolk’s most recognisable seaside towns, and a clockwise loop through the county’s quintessentially British villages. Kesgrave, Ipswich, Hadleigh, Needham Market, Stowmarket, Framlingham, Leiston, and Woodbridge will all feature. The final six kilometres replicate the final stage of the Women’s Tour in 2021, a stage that saw a memorable victory by the then world champion Elisa Balsamo in front of 10,000 spectators.

Stage six: Southend-on-Sea > Harlow


Friday 8 September | Distance: 146.2km | Total elevation: 1,046m

Looping around the Essex countryside, stage six between Southend-on-Sea and Harlow offers fans the chance to catch multiple viewings of the race. After rolling out in the shadows of Southend’s historic pier, the first 65 kilometres loop around the towns of Rochford, South Woodham Ferrers, and Burnham-on-Crouch, before finally commencing its westerly path towards Harlow. Stage six finishes on Third Avenue, where Lorena Wiebes triumphed on day two of last year’s Women’s Tour.

Stage seven: Tewkesbury > Gloucester


Saturday 9 September | Distance: 170.9km | Total elevation: 2,208m

Stage seven’s route is unchanged from the course that was set to feature in last year’s edition prior to its cancellation. Neither Tewkesbury nor Gloucester has hosted the Tour previously, although a stage of the Women’s Tour in 2022 (that was also won by Wiebes) ran between the two venues. Rolling terrain in the final 30 kilometres – including the ascents of Crawley Hill (2.3km, 6.4% average) and an uncategorised, 2.5-kilometre climb at Pitchcombe – make it tough to call how the finish on Southgate Street near Gloucester Docks will play out.

Stage eight: Margam Country Park > Caerphilly


Sunday 10 September | Distance: 166.8km | Total elevation: 2,827m

The toughest final stage in modern Tour history features the popular local climbs of the Bwlch (3.2km, 6.1% average), Rhigos (9.2km, 3.8%), Bryn Du (5.4km, 5%), and Blaenllechau (3km, 6%), all of which will make their debut in the race, before a double ascent of Caerphilly Mountain (1.3km, 10.1%) in the closing kilometres. Stage eight starts at Margam Country Park, a stunning estate in Neath Port Talbot that comprises around 850 acres, and the route will pass through the boroughs of Vale of Glamorgan, Bridgend, and Rhondda Cynon Taff. After tackling Caerphilly Mountain for the second time, riders will descend towards the finish line in the town centre, where this year’s champion will be crowned a short distance away from Caerphilly’s distinctive castle.

To help the expected roadside audience of over one million spectators with their race day planning, comprehensive stage timetables are available here.

About the Tour of Britain 2023

This year’s Tour marks the 19th edition of the modern race, further extending its status as the longest-running incarnation of the event. Previous winners include all-time greats of the sport such as Wout van Aert (2021), Mathieu van der Poel (2019) and Julian Alaphilippe (2018).

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.

Fans can get closer to the action in 2023 with our range of hospitality packages and unforgettable race day experiences. Click here for more information.

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+.