Tour of Britain route revealed with challenging course from Penzance to Aberdeen

Stages for the 18th edition of the Tour of Britain have been revealed as the final three routes are confirmed. 

The 2020 race was cancelled due to the coronavirus global pandemic, but this year will take place between September 5th and 12th, starting in Cornwall. 

The Grand Depart will take place in Penzance and run to Bodmin, with the second stage starting in Sherford in Devon and finishing in Exeter via some brutal hills in Dartmoor.

Wales will then host the third and fourth stages and, whilst being featured as part of routes before, it will be the first time the country have held full stages. More details of the Welsh routes will be expected in the summer.

Stage five will start in south Cheshire, following a flat route to Warrington which will also be a host venue for the first time.

It will then be a tough graft in the Lake District hills for a stage from Cumbria to Gateshead before making a trip across the Scottish Border, as stage seven will start in Hawick and finish in Edinburgh.

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The final stage will see riders tackle a route from Stonehaven to Aberdeen where the race’s overall winner will be crowned.

This will be the first time the Tour of Britain has used Penzance, Bodmin, Sherford, Warrington, and Hawick as start/finish locations.

The race will see a peloton of over 120 riders, who will be hoping to take the crown off of reigning champion Mathieu van der Poel.

Towns on the route may include St Ives, Newquay, Camborne, Poole, Falmonth, Penryn, Truro, and the riders should also pass the Eden Project.

It will be the biggest sporting event Cornwall has ever hosted, and is due to be broadcast on ITV4 and Eurosport.

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