The Tour of Britain will return to Devon next year, as Devon County Council and race organisers SweetSpot have confirmed that the county will host stage two of the UK’s premier cycle race in 2020.

Taking place on Monday 7 September, the Devon stage will start in the new community of Sherford in the South Hams and finish in the city of Exeter. The cathedral city last hosted a stage finish in 2014 when Austrian Matthias Brändle soloed to the victory.

Further details of the Devon stage will be announced alongside the full route for the 2020 Tour at its national launch in the spring.

The Tour of Britain has already unveiled Cornwall as the location of the Grand Depart on Sunday 6 September 2020.

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The county last hosted the Tour of Britain in 2018, when Australian rider Cameron Meyer (Mitchelton-SCOTT) triumphed at the end of a thrilling stage.

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Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member with responsibility for cycling, said: “We’re thrilled to be hosting another stage of The Tour. Crowds in Devon are among the most passionate and supportive in this race and I’m sure they’ll do us proud again in 2020. Devon made history as the first stage of The Tour of Britain to host a summit finish when the race celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2013, and we were the first stage to race through a building when the 2018 stage went through South Molton Pannier Market, and I’m sure we’ll have another exciting stage in prospect next year.

“With next year’s Tour starting in our neighbouring county of Cornwall, it should be another spectacular Tour for our county. To give the riders and spectators two days in our region by racing through Devon as well as Cornwall has the potential for a big economic boost for our region and it’s always a great opportunity to showcase Devon as a premier destination for cycling tourism.”

Tour of Britain Race Director Mick Bennett added: “We are delighted to confirm the return of Devon to the Tour of Britain route in September 2020. The early announcement of our South West stages will contribute to making next year’s race bigger and better than ever before and allow fans from across the UK to begin planning their trip to the opening weekend of the race.”

The 2020 edition of the Tour of Britain – the 17th edition of the UK’s biggest, best and most prestigious cycle race – takes place from Sunday 6 to Sunday 13 September next year. It will be the 11th time that Devon has featured in the Tour of Britain, with more than 1.7 million people having lined the routes in Devon to watch the stages, generating over £41 million in net economic impact for the local economy.

Earlier this month race organisers announced that they are looking for a new title partner for the Tour of Britain in 2020 onwards following the conclusion of the three-year partnership with OVO Energy.