The OVO Energy Tour of Britain will head to Wirral this September as a part of the area’s celebrations as the Liverpool City Region’s Borough of Culture for 2019.

Details of the stage, one that will see the world’s top teams and riders heading to the peninsula, and the exact date for the race, will be announced as part of the full national launch in the spring.

While the stage will be the first time that Wirral has hosted the UK’s most prestigious cycle race, it marks the OVO Energy Tour of Britain’s return to Merseyside for the first time since 2014.

Cllr Phil Davies, leader of Wirral Council, said: “This is incredibly exciting news. We can’t wait to welcome the Tour of Britain to Wirral. To get the chance to play host to a global sporting event, in the middle of our Borough of Culture year, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity which we just could not miss. I am delighted we’ve been able to make it happen. 

“The Tour of Britain is broadcast around the world and to have Wirral and Birkenhead centre stage is a huge honour. I know Wirral residents will share my excitement and I am just thrilled they will have the chance to see this event for themselves and make memories with their families which will stay with them forever.”

Cycling fever will grip the peninsula twice this year, as Wirral will also host a round of the OVO Energy Tour Series in Birkenhead on Tuesday 21 May.

Both organised and promoted by SweetSpot Group, the OVO Energy Tour Series and OVO Energy Tour of Britain are broadcast on ITV4 and around the world, and will attract a six-figure spectator attendance across the two days of activities.