The race to succeed Wout van Aert as AJ Bell Tour of Britain champion begins on Sunday when Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire host the Grand Départ for the first time.

Presented by TotalEnergies, the eighth Scottish Grand Départ in modern Tour history will mark the furthest north the race has ever started.

Not only will this stage feature an entirely new route compared to last year’s finale in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, it will also include the first-ever opening day summit finish in modern race history, which takes place at Glenshee Ski Centre.

The Old Military Road climb from Auchallater to Glenshee Ski Centre measures 9.1 kilometres long, with the final five kilometres averaging a gradient of 4.8%.

Stage map and profile

Distance: 181.3km Elevation: 2,516m

Timetable and key spectator information

 Aberdeen – Union Street 11am

 Aberdeen Esplanade 11:15am

 Inverurie 11:54am

Bennachie Forest (cat 3) 12:16pm

Lord’s Throat (cat 3) 12:33pm

Suie Hill (cat 2) 1:13pm

Alford 1:25pm

Ballater 2:34pm

Glenshee Ski Centre (cat 1) 3:34pm

Click here for the full stage timetable.

Click here to view the Aberdeen spectator guide | Click here to view the Glenshee Ski Centre spectator guide

Spectators wishing to drive and park at Glenshee Ski Centre MUST pre-book their passes before 11am on Friday 2 September. Overnight camping passes are also available. NO parking passes will be available for purchase on race day. Click here for more information

TV schedule

Join Matt Barbet, Pippa York, Ned Boulting and David Millar for full live coverage of stage one on ITV4 from 10:45am, followed by highlights at 8pm.

The race will be shown worldwide, principally via Eurosport and GCN +. Click here for international broadcast details.

Leaders’ jerseys

Who will claim the first jerseys and awards of this year’s AJ Bell Tour of Britain ?

  AJ Bell leaders’ jersey This will be awarded to the stage one winner at Glenshee Ski Centre

Dodl by AJ Bell points jersey This will be awarded to the stage one winner at Glenshee Ski Centre

ŠKODA King of the Mountains jersey This will be awarded to the rider who collects the most points at stage one’s four ŠKODA King of the Mountains climbs

Sportsbreaks.com sprints jersey This will be awarded to the rider who collects the most points at stage one’s three Sportsbreaks.com sprints

Hospitality

While spectators can watch all the action by the roadside for free, race day hospitality packages offering guaranteed prime views of the stage one start and finish, 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