Cumbria 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 – 13).

The route will head through the Pennines before Gateshead plays host to its first stage finish since the 2009 Tour of Britain. Famed for its riverside setting and the Angel of the North statue, this will also mark back-to-back appearances in the race for the town, which hosted the start of stage four in 2019.

Details of the stage start location in Cumbria, the stage route (including SKODA King of the Mountains climbs and sprints locations) and full timetables will be available in due course.