Gateshead will return to the Tour of Britain route in 2021, race organisers SweetSpot and British Cycling have today announced, hosting the finish of stage six on Friday 10 September.

It will mark the fourth time that Gateshead has featured on the route of Britain’s biggest professional cycle race and the first time that the town has held a finish of the race since 2009, when Dutchman Kai Reus soloed to a memorable victory.

A stage of the 2019 Tour of Britain – the most recent edition of the race to take place owing to the COVID-19 pandemic – began in Gateshead before crossing the Pennines to finish in Kendal.

Stage six will begin in Cumbria; details of the start town, the stage route – including SKODA King of the Mountains climbs and sprints – and the finish location in Gateshead will be announced in the summer.

Gateshead Tour of Britain

Photos: The 2019 Tour of Britain peloton pass the Angel of the North statute in Gateshead

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Councillor Angela Douglas, Gateshead Council’s Cabinet member for Culture, Sport and Leisure, said: “Gateshead has a strong reputation for hosting major international sporting events and we are thrilled to welcome the return of this premier cycling event.  It was fantastic to see thousands of residents and schoolchildren line the streets to show their support in 2019.

“Gateshead’s iconic Angel of the North and our beautiful countryside will once again provide the riders and spectators with a spectacular backdrop to this stage of the race.

 “Events of a national scale like the Tour of Britain help inspire spectators of all ages as well as providing a welcome boost to the local economy.

 “It is also a fitting way to celebrate a great sporting weekend as it coincides with the start of the weekend celebration of the Great North Run.”

COVID-19 update

Event organisers SweetSpot are working closely with British Cycling, the UCI and stakeholders in Gateshead in order to monitor the public health situation in the UK and to meet any requirements in place for outdoor sports events in September to ensure that the Tour of Britain can take place safely.

About the 2021 Tour of Britain

The Tour of Britain, the UK’s biggest bike race, returns for the 17th edition of the modern race in 2021 (Sunday 5-12 September). Over 100 of the world’s best riders will compete in the event, which begins in Cornwall and ends in Aberdeen.

With cycling enjoying a boom in the UK, and hundreds of thousands of new and returning cyclists taking to two wheels, there are a range sponsorship opportunities with the Tour of Britain for brands looking be associated with Britain’s biggest professional cycling event.  Opportunities exist from race and jersey sponsorships to on a regional level to hosting stages of the race.