Details of the 2018 Tour of Britain route, which runs from September 2 to 9

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The Tour of Britain will return in 2018, with the race moving around the country between September 2 to 9.

The Ovo Energy sponsored race will visit a selection of towns and cities with plenty of opportunities for UK fans to pitch up and spectate.

The race dates right back to 1945, though there have been some gaps in its history. In this time, it’s carried the names of the ‘Milk Race’, ‘Kellogg’s Tour of Britain’ and the ‘Pru Tour’. The existing set-up arrived in 2004 and the race is currently organised by the Sweet Spot Group.

Tour of Britain 2018 route: where can I watch?

Crowds will gather at the start and finish towns, as well as lining the route – specifically congregating at key climbs for a chance to see fireworks as riders try to split the race or take control of the peloton.

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The 2018 Tour of Britain route will be announced during the event’s National launch, in Spring – we’ll provide details of the stage starts, finishes and route as soon as we have them.

Stage one – Sun September 2
Stage two – Mon September 3
Stage three – Tues Septmber 4
Stage four – Weds September 5
Stage five – Thurs September 6
Stage six – Fri September 7
Stage seven – Sa September 8
Stage eight – Sun September 9

Who sponsors the Tour of Britain?

British independent energy supplier OVO Energy was unveiled as the race’s title sponsor in 2017, and this continues into 2018.

The race is organised by the Sweet Spot Group, who also organise the OVO Energy Women’s Tour. 

Tour of Britain 2018 jerseys

The top prize at the Tour of Britain is the green jersey, this goes to the leader of the General Classification, in 2017 this took the name of the title sponsor, Ovo and it’s expected that will continue into 2018.

Elia Viviani (Team Skiy) in the OVO Energy Green Jersey. Picture by Simon Wilkinson/SWpix.com

There’s also a Points jersey up for grabs, for the rider who claims the best results in stage winning sprints – in 2017 this was sponsored by Wiggle. Points are awarded to the top 15 riders.

Closely related is the Sprints jersey, sponsored by Eisberg in 2017 – donned by the rider who picks up the most points in intermediate sprints.

The King of the Mountains Jersey goes to the rider who claims the best results on designated ascents – in 2017 the sponsor was Skoda.

Who won the 2017 Tour of Britain?

Victory of the 2017 race went to Lars Boom (LottoNL-Jumbo), though the win was almost taken from him by Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) who attacked solo on the final stage.

Lars Boom of Lotto Jumbo wins Stage 5. Picture by Simon Wilkinson/SWpix.com Tour of Britain

Lars Boom of Lotto Jumbo wins Stage 5 of the Tour of Britain. Picture by Simon Wilkinson/SWpix.com

Boasson Hagen took the win on stage eight, but finished the race 8 seconds behind Boom on the GC.

It was Norwegian rider’s third GC win at the Tour of Britain, in 2017 it was the stage five time trial that moved him into the lead, having won by six seconds.

Stages six and seven were bunch sprint affairs, meaning Boom was able to finish in the pack and maintain his grasp in the leader’s jersey. Though Boasson Hagen’s attack almost stole the honour away from him, chasers hoping for a bunch sprint finish were able to claw back the majority of the time difference.

Final overall classification for 2017

1. Steve Cummings (GBr) Dimension Data at 31-30-45
2. Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing at 26 secs
3. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Giant-Alpecin at 38 secs
4. Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto-Soudal at 1-02
5. Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac at 1-21
6. Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sky at 1-26
7. Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert at 1-48
8. Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky at 1-52
9. Julien Vermote (Bel) Etixx-QuickStep at 2-12
10. Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Trek-Segafredo at 2-32

Reports from the 2017 race

Past winners of the Tour of Britain

2004 – Mauricio Ardila (COL) Chocolade Jacques-Wincor Nixdorf
2005 – Nick Nuyens (BEL) Quick-Step–Innergetic
2006 – Martin Pedersen (DEN) Team CSC
2007 – Romain Feillu (FRA) Agritubel
2008 – Geoffroy Lequatre (FRA) Agritubel
2009 – Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR) Team Columbia–HTC
2010 – Michael Albasini (SUI) Team HTC–Columbia
2011 – Lars Boom (NED) Rabobank
2012 – Nathan Haas (AUS) Garmin–Sharp
2013 – Bradley Wiggins (GBR) Team Sky
2014 – Dylan van Baarle (NED) Garmin–Sharp
2015 – Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR) MTN–Qhubeka
2016 – Steve Cummings (GBR) Team Dimension Data
2017 – Lars Boom (NED) LottoNL–Jumbo

Key info: Iconic ToB photos