Each year our Official Race Photographers take nearly 5,000 pictures during the eight days of racing that make up the OVO Energy Tour of Britain!

We’ve whittled 2018’s collection down to 32 to bring you the best photos from September’s race, won by Quick-Step Floors’ Julian Alaphilippe. Many of these have never been published here before!

Stage One: Pembrey Country Park to City of Newport

Geraint Thomas Chris Froome Tour of Britain 2018

Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome led the peloton away from Pembrey Country Park. Photo: SWPix

Nantgaredig Tour of Britain Wales

The race passes over the River Towy near Nantgaredig. Photo: SWPix

Pembrey Country Park Tour of Britain Fans

Excited fans get their photos of Team Sky as they sign on at the start. Photo: Above Air Media

Andre Greipel Tour of Britain Newport

Lotto-Soudal’s André Greipel won in the City of Newport as Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors, in blue) shows his frustration. Photo: SWPix

Stage Two: Cranbrook to Barnstaple

Tom Stewart Devon Tour of Britain photo crash

A big crash approaching Ottery St Mary neutralised the race early on during its visit to Devon. JLT-Condor’s Tom Stewart was among those brought down. Photo: SWPix

South Molton Tour of Britain

History made: the South Molton Pannier Market was the first building ever to be raced through during a Tour of Britain stage. Photo: SWPix

Challacombe Devon Tour of Britain photo

British champion Connor Swift (Madison Genesis, left) tackles the hideously steep climb of Challacombe. Photo: SWPix

Cameron Meyer Tour of Britain stage win Barnstaple

Mitchelton-SCOTT’s Cam Meyer held off a strong chasing group of GC favourites to win the stage in Barnstaple. Photo: Above Air Media

Stage Three: Bristol to Bristol

Bristol Tour of Britain

The peloton pass over the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Photo: SWPix

Cheddar Gorge Tour of Britain cycling photo

The stunning sight of Cheddar Gorge. Photo: SWPix

Bristol Tour of Britain Finish Photo

The sprint for victory in Bristol… Photo: Above Air Media

Julian Alaphilippe Bristol Tour of Britain finish

…which was won by Quick-Step Floors rider Julian Alaphilippe, seen here speaking to the press after the stage. Photo: Above Air Media

Stage Four: Nuneaton to Royal Leamington Spa

Team Sky Tour of Britain photo

We got exclusive access on board the Team Sky bus for their daily briefing ahead of the Warwickshire stage. Photo: Rhodri Williams

Kenilworth Castle Tour of Britain

Kenilworth Castle provides the backdrop here. Alaphilippe (in blue, left of centre) admires the view. Photo: SWPix

Strider Tour of Britain

Potential champions of the future took part in our Strider Bike finish line activities in Royal Leamington Spa. Photo: Chris Egan

Andre Greipel Tour of Britain Royal Leamington Spa

Catch me if you can: André Greipel celebrated another victory in the Georgian spa town. Photo: Above Air Media

Stage Five: Cockermouth to Whinlatter team time trial

Whinlatter Tour of Britain

Fans took advantage of the Go Ape adventure activities at Whinlatter to get a prime view of our first-ever team time trial. Photo: Above Air Media

Team Sunweb Tour of Britain photo

Team Sunweb posted the eighth best time on the challenging 14-kilometre course. Photo: Above Air Media

Cockermouth Tour of Britain photo

The race’s first stage start in Cockermouth since 2015 proved popular with the locals. Photo: SWPix

Lake District Whinlatter Tour of Britain

There wasn’t much time to admire the beautiful Lake District scenery during this gruelling uphill test. Photo: Rhodri Williams

Stage Six: Barrow-in-Furness to Whinlatter

Barrow Tour of Britain

The Great Britain team took to the balcony of Barrow Town Hall to sign on for the stage. Photo: Above Air Media

Cumbria Tour of Britain

The first hour of racing during our Queen stage in Cumbria was relentless! Photo: SWPix

Tour of Britain Loweswater

Team LottoNL-Jumbo lead the peloton as the race passes alongside Loweswater. Photo: SWPix

Julian Alaphilippe Tour of Britain

Alaphilippe’s face shows the effort he put into coming second atop Whinlatter – a performance that put him in the OVO Energy Green Jersey. Photo: Above Air Media

Stage Seven: West Bridgford to Mansfield

Nottinghamshire Robin Hood Hats Tour of Britain

Nottinghamshire County Council handed out thousands of Robin Hood hats for the race’s second visit to the country in as many years. Canyon Eisberg’s Alex Paton models one here during sign on. Photo: SWPix

Nottingham Tour of Britain memorial photo

2018 Tour of Britain field and Nottingham’s City War Memorial, located on the Victoria Embankment. Photo: SWPix

Tour of Britain fans photo

Race fans take advantage of our road closures to enjoy a traffic-free ride! Photo: Above Air Media

Ian Stannard Tour of Britain Mansfield

Was this the best stage win in the 2018 race? Team Sky’s Ian Stannard soloed to the line in Mansfield. Photo: Above Air Media

Stage Eight: The London Stage

Dave Rayner Fund Phil Jones James Golding Tour of Britain

Brother UK MD Phil Jones and James Golding celebrate the completion of their One Day Ahead challenge – they rode the entire 2018 race route to raise money for the Dave Rayner Fund. Photo: SWPix

Tour of Britain London crowds

London, fans, riders. Photo: Above Air Media

London Tour of Britain

Quick-Step Floors lead the peloton past the Old War Office Building, which served as Winston Churchill’s headquarters during World War II. Photo: Above Air Media

Caleb Ewan Tour of Britain London

Winner in London in 2016, winner in London in 2018: Australian Caleb Ewan claimed his final victory for Mitchelton-SCOTT in the capital. Photo: Above Air Media

Highlights of this year’s thrilling race, as well as exclusive behind the scenes content, can be found on our video page.

The 2019 race will take place from Sunday 8 to Sunday 15 September. Full details of the route will be revealed at our national launch in spring.

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