The battle to crowned 2019 OVO Energy Tour of Britain champion intensifies on Monday as the race heads to the North of Tyne for stage three.

The historic town of Berwick-upon-Tweed hosts the start of a scenic day of racing through Northumberland and North Tyneside, before the short but steep finish into the heart of Newcastle city centre creates a shakedown of this year’s general classification favourites.

The finish should suit Sunday’s winner and OVO Energy green jersey wearer Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-SCOTT), but watch out for Mathieu van der Poel, the pre-stage favourite.

Stage route and profile

Key timings

 Marygate, Berwick-upon-Tweed (stage start): 11:00

 Ford Common (SKODA King of the Mountains): 11:45

 Weetwood Bank (SKODA King of the Mountains): 12:13

 Lyham Hill (SKODA King of the Mountains): 12:22

 Seahouses (Eisberg sprint): 12:51

 Warkworth (Eisberg sprint): 13:45

 Seaton Delaval (Eisberg sprint): 14:56

 Grey Street, Newcastle (stage finish): 15:36

Click here to explore and download the full stage three timetable

UK TV schedule

ITV4 will show the stage in full, presented by Matt Barbet and Yanto Barker, with pre-race coverage beginning at 10:45.

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 21:45.

Click here for more information and worldwide TV coverage details.

Weather forecast

Start – Berwick-upon-Tweed: 11°C (feels like 11°C), 47% chance of rain

Finish – Newcastle-upon-Tyne: 13°C (feels like 13°C), 26% chance of rain.

Jersey standings

Tour of Britain stage three

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 three

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

Eisberg sprints jersey: Gediminas Bagdonas (AG2R La Mondiale)

Instant Expert

Allan Peiper, former professional rider and Team UAE Emirates sports director, won the opening stage of the 1987 Kellogg’s Tour that finished on Newcastle’ Grey Street.

“Racing in Britain was always a little bit like being home for me when I raced. Everyone spoke English and the British crowds were a great support. The 1987 Kellogg’s Tour started with a stage from Edinburgh to Newcastle and I got away in the breakaway early in the stage. I attacked from the break late on and I held off the bunch on the memorable uphill finish straight.

“This year the finishing straight cannot be underestimated and timing for an eventual sprint will be critical with only one passage across the line. My win in Newcastle was no doubt one of my favourite wins as a professional. I was honoured to pull on the leader’s jersey in Newcastle and although I didn’t keep the jersey until the final day it was a memory I look back on fondly. I’m curious to see who gets this stage win in 2019!”

Downloads and links

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