Tour de France podium finisher Richie Porte will bring the curtain down on his glittering 13-year career at this year’s AJ Bell Tour of Britain.

The 37-year-old, who made his debut at the Tour of Britain in 2010 when he finished fourth overall, will be part of home fan favourites INEOS Grenadiers’ line-up at the race when it begins in Aberdeen on Sunday 4 September.

Porte finished third overall at the Tour de France in 2020, and has claimed numerous victories in week long stage races such as Paris-Nice and the Santos Tour Down Under (twice apiece), the Tour de Suisse, and the Critérium du Dauphiné.

He announced earlier this year that the 2022 season would be his last as a professional.

“My goal is to be there and and enjoy my last race,” Porte told Cycling Tips. “I had plans to go in good shape and have a real good go at it, but life has sort of got in the way a little bit – one thing or another.”

The identity of Porte’s five INEOS Grenadiers team-mates will be announced later this month as the team – the second most successful squad in modern race history – look to go one better than last year’s race, where British star Ethan Hayter placed second overall.

About the AJ Bell Tour of Britain

The 2022 race starts in Aberdeen on Sunday 4 September and culminates with what promises to be a spectacular finale on the Isle of Wight eight stages later on Sunday 11 September. Along the way riders will tackle stages in the Scottish Borders, North East England, North Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Gloucestershire and Dorset.

ITV4 will continue to broadcast live flag-to-flag coverage of every stage and nightly highlights show, allowing fans in the UK to watch wherever they are. The race will also be shown in over 150 countries worldwide, thanks to the event’s partnerships with Eurosport and the Global Cycling Network.

According to research by Frontline, last year’s race drew a roadside crowd of over one million spectators resulted in the Tour of Britain generating £29.96m of net economic benefit for the UK economy.

Race hospitality

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