The AJ Bell Tour of Britain’s first foray into England comes on stage three, which takes place between Durham and Sunderland.

History will be made when riders roll out in the shadow of the city’s famous cathedral: Durham has never previously hosted a stage start or finish in a professional edition of the AJ Bell Tour of Britain. Stage three’s route will initially head west, taking the peloton through the North Pennines AONB, before heading back through County Durham and into Sunderland.

The route will weave past some of the city’s beautiful green spaces and through communities on its approach to the finish line outside of Sunderland’s new City Hall, which forms part of a £500m development in the city.

While it may be the modern race’s first visit to the city, Sunderland welcomed the Milk Race – a semi-professional forerunner of the AJ Bell Tour of Britain – on multiple occasions during its 35-year history.

Stage map and profile

Distance: 163.6km Elevation: 2,478m

Timetable and key spectator information

Durham – St Mary’s College 11:15am

B6302 Durham Road – Ushaw Moor 11:30am

Stanhope 12:12pm

Chapel Fell (cat 1) 12:35pm

Billy Lane (cat 2) 1:33pm

Bishop Auckland 2:01pm

Ferryhill 2:15pm

High Moorsley (cat 3) 2:55pm

Sunderland – Keel Square 3:23pm

Click here for the full stage timetable.

Click here to view the Durham spectator guide | Click here to view the Sunderland spectator guide

TV schedule

Join Matt Barbet, Pippa York, Ned Boulting and David Millar for full live coverage of stage three on ITV4 from 11am, followed by highlights at 10pm.

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

Leaders’ jerseys

The following riders will wear the race’s leaders’ jerseys on stage three.

  AJ Bell leaders’ jersey Corbin Strong (Israel – Premier Tech)

Dodl by AJ Bell points jersey Tom Pidcock (INEOS Grenadiers) – competition led by Corbin Strong

ŠKODA King of the Mountains jersey Jacob Scott (Wiv SunGod)

Sportsbreaks.com sprints jersey Matthew Teggart (Wiv SunGod)

Hospitality

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