Now we go climbing: the OVO Energy Tour of Britain’s fourth stage on Tuesday will take the riders from east to west in what promises to be a crucial day in the battle to become the 2019 champion.

Nearly 3,000m of elevation gain separate Gateshead, hosting the race for the first time in a decade, and the finish in Kendal. The Cumbrian town already holds its place in race history as its fearsome Beast Banks climb – the very one on which Tuesday’s stage finish – has previously hosted the race in 2007, 2013 and 2016.

Will we see Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-SCOTT) hold on to his OVO Energy green jersey? And will the many noted climbers in the race – the likes of four-time Grand Tour stage winner Mikel Landa or Team INEOS’ Pavel Sivakov, for example – challenge for the stage victory?

Stage route and profile

Key timings

 South Shore Road, Gateshead (stage start): 11:00

 Whickham (Eisberg sprint): 11:32

 Snods Edge (SKODA King of the Mountains): 12:08

 Bollihope Common (SKODA King of the Mountains): 12:37

 Kirkby Stephen (Eisberg sprint): 13:46

 Sedbergh (Eisberg sprint): 14:17

 Gawthorp (SKODA King of the Mountains): 14:32

 Beast Banks, Kendal (stage finish): 15:22

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UK TV schedule

ITV4 will show the stage in full, presented by Matt Barbet and Yanto Barker, with pre-race coverage beginning at 10:45. Hour-long highlights will be shown at 20:00 on Monday. Eurosport Player (subscription service) will show the race live from 12:30 until its conclusion, with highlights on Eurosport 1 at 20:00.

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Weather forecast

Start – Gateshead: 14°C (feels like 14°C), 4% chance of rain

Finish – Kendal: 15°C (feels like 16°C), 4% chance of rain

Jersey standings

Tour of Britain stage four

OVO Energy green jersey: Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-SCOTT)

Cetaphil points jersey: Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-SCOTT) to be worn by Davide Cimolai (Israel Cycling Academy) on stage four

SKODA King of the Mountains jersey: Jake Scott (SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling)

Eisberg sprints jersey: Rory Townsend (Canyon dhb p/b Bloor HomeS)

Instant Expert

Team Dimension Data rider Julien Vermote, now in his ninth year as a pro, has won OVO Energy Tour of Britain stages in Brighton (2014) and Kendal (2016).

“I remember the 2016 stage into Kendal very well because I was in the breakaway for the whole day. It certainly wasn’t an easy stage: the roads were up and down all day!

“I actually knew how hard the climb of Beast Banks was because I’d raced up it before in the 2013 Tour of Britain. I think I finished quite well that day [he placed 10th]. Saying that, while I knew what the finish was like, it didn’t make it an easier sprint that time around!

“I followed Steve [Cummings, 2016 OVO Energy Tour of Britain winner and now his Dimension Data team-mate] when he attacked – it was a good situation for me. I was really happy that I could take the victory there: it’s always special to win a race, especially for someone who doesn’t win a lot! I cherish that moment; it was very special.”      

Downloads and links

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