The 2019 OVO Energy Tour of Britain begins on Saturday with its third Scottish Grand Départ in four years.

As well as being the longest stage of this year’s race, the opening leg from Glasgow to the market town of Kirkcudbright also represents the first chance for the sprinters – the likes of Mark Cavendish and Dylan Groenewegen – to claim victory.

Stage one will be shown in full on ITV4, with three hours of the race live on the Eurosport Player online service. See below for timings.

Stage route and profile

Key timings

 George Street, Glasgow (stage start): 10:30

 Kilmarnock (Eisberg sprint): 11:47

 Lambdoughty Hill (SKODA King of the Mountains): 13:15

 Dalmellington (Eisberg sprint): 13:25

 Dalmellington (SKODA King of the Mountains): 13:35

 Carsphairn (Eisberg sprint): 13:48

 Bankhead (SKODA King of the Mountains): 15:14

 St Mary Street, Kirkcudbright (stage finish): 15:32

Click here to explore and download the full stage one timetable

UK TV schedule

ITV4 will show the stage in full, presented by Matt Barbet and Yanto Barker, with pre-race coverage beginning at 10:15. Hour-long highlights will be shown at 20:00 on Saturday.

Eurosport Player (subscription service) will show the race live from 12:30 until its conclusion, with highlights on Eurosport 2 at 21:00.

Click here for more information and worldwide TV coverage details.

Weather forecast

Start – Glasgow: 12°C (feels like 12°C), 3% chance of rain

Finish – Kirkcudbright: 15°C (feels like 15°C), 6% chance of rain.

Teams and riders

Click here for a full rider list ahead of stage one

Instant Expert

Scottish rider Brian Smith, 1992 British road race champion and now a regular expert on Eurosport’s cycling coverage, says of stage one:

“It will be a strong rider that wins stage one, for sure – the start of the stage is on some of my favoured old training roads and they are not as easy as they look!   

“The first things that comes to mind in regards to this stage being in Scotland are the weather and the road surface. There is often a south westerly wind that will not help the riders on their way to Kirkcudbright. Road surfaces in this area are predominantly heavy and that will take its toll over 201.5 kilometres. It’s the combination of the weather, road surface and distance that will make this stage seem harder than expected. The final is not easy along the coastal road as it can be narrow and twisting with many hidden undulations.

“It’s not a guaranteed sprint stage with the difficult final so I am predicting that it will come to a reduced bunch finish. In all honesty this is a stage that is going to be very hard to predict and the result will hinge on the weather and the strength of the break.”       

Downloads and links

Click here to visit the stage one hub | Click here to explore the stage one timetable