Warrington will play host to a finish of the Tour of Britain for the first time this year when stage five culminates in the town on Thursday 9 September.

Warrington Borough Council and race organisers SweetSpot had previously announced an agreement to host the Tour of Britain for the first time, with today marking confirmation that residents and visitors can look forward to the excitement of a stage finish in September.

Famed for its Grade II Listed Golden Gates, which have stood proudly outside Bank Hall since 1895, Warrington lies on the banks of River Mersey and is home to a vibrant town centre where stage five will finish.

Although 2021 will mark the first time Warrington will be a host venue of the Tour, the race previously passed through the town during stage two in 2012 en route from Nottingham to nearby Knowsley Safari Park.

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Photo: Stage five of this year’s Tour of Britain will finish outside Warrington’s iconic Golden Gates and Bank Hall

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Warrington Borough Council Leader, Cllr Russ Bowden, said: “Being chosen as a host venue for the Tour of Britain is a huge honour for Warrington and it’s fantastic news that the event will be going ahead in September. It’s been a long wait, but I’m delighted that our town will finally have the chance to play its part in British cycling’s most high-profile, prestigious event.

 “The Tour of Britain 2021 will bring huge benefits to our town, boosting the local economy, bringing an influx of visitors and showcasing our sporting credentials to a global audience.

“We also want ensure being a host venue serves as a catalyst for inspiring many more local people to take up cycling, supporting our plans to build sustainable travel into our future. September is set to be a hugely significant and exciting month for Warrington”.

Mick Bennett, Tour of Britain race director, said: “There are few places finer than the Golden Gates to finish an international sporting event outside, so Warrington is going to be showcased to the world in all its glory come September. Based on the reception the Tour of Britain got when the 2012 race passed through, I have no doubt that the local residents will turn out en masse to watch the world’s best riders in action pass by – all for free, too!”

About the Tour of Britain

The Tour of Britain is scheduled to take place between Sunday 5 and Sunday 12 September 2021, starting at Penzance in Cornwall and finishing in the Scottish city of Aberdeen.

This year’s race is scheduled to take place following an absence of 722 days since the culmination of the 2019 Tour of Britain in Greater Manchester due to the cancellation of the 2020 event because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  It will be the first edition of the race to be a part of the UCI ProSeries.

Event organisers SweetSpot are working closely with British Cycling, the UCI and stakeholders across England, Wales and Scotland in order to monitor the 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.

There will be further announcements about the host venues for the Tour of Britain 2021 in the coming weeks with route details of the eight stages to be announced in the summer.

ITV4 will continue to broadcast live flag-to-flag coverage of every stage, allowing fans in the UK to watch wherever they are, as well as a nightly highlights show from the race.

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 of sponsorship opportunities with the Tour of Britain for brands looking be associated with Britain’s biggest professional cycling event.  Opportunities exist from title sponsors of the Tour of Britain to on a regional level to hosting stages.