Carlisle and Gateshead will return to the Tour of Britain in 2021 to play host to stage six on Friday 10 September.

As previously announced, Cumbria will welcome the race for a third consecutive year when it hosts the start of this stage, marking its 11th appearance in the UK’s biggest cycling event (only London has welcomed the Tour of Britain on more occasions). This will also be Carlisle’s fifth appearance in the UK’s biggest cycle race, all of which have been as a start location.

The route will head through the Pennines, including a SKODA King of the Mountains climb at Hartside, before Gateshead plays host to its first stage finish since the 2009 Tour of Britain. In what promises to be a spectacular finale, stage six will culminate outside Sir Antony Gormley’s iconic Angel of the North sculpture.

 Junction 66 of the A1 (Gateshead South) will be closed to all traffic on race day. Vehicles should use junction 67 to access the finish