Note: stage routes for the Tour of Britain 2022 are provisional and will be finalised in July

Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire will host the Tour of Britain Grand Départ for the first time ever on Sunday 4 September 2022.

While this will be the eighth Scottish Grand Départ in modern Tour history, this stage will mark the furthest north the race has ever started. Stage one will begin in Aberdeen city centre, where a full weekend of activities, including the Scottish Cycling Criterium Championships, is planned.

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. 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%.

Aberdeen previously welcomed the race for the first time last year when it was the finish venue for the eighth and final stage. Belgian star Wout Van Aert (Team Jumbo – Visma) triumphed en route to being crowned overall champion.

More details of stage one will be announced in Summer 2022.