The Tour of Britain starts in Anglesey and ends in London, with a summit finish atop Hartside Pass in Cumbria.

Buoyed by what was dubbed the best edition of the modern Tour of Britain to date in 2014, race organisers have opted for more of the same for this year’s edition.

From its start on the island on Anglesey on September 6 to a new circuit race finish in London, the 2015 Tour will be one for the rouleurs of the peloton once again.

>>> Tour of Britain final stage route change due to Cycle Superhighway construction

This 2015 edition’s route was unveiled at Wembley Stadium tonight; the Queen stage of the race, which culminates atop Hartside Pass in Cumbria, came on day five.

“One team said last year’s race was like riding a classic every day,” said race director Mick Bennett, “although I’m not sure if that was a compliment or an insult!”

According to Bennett, this year’s route design was inspired by the end-of-season success enjoyed by those who rode the 2014 race.

He said: “We were encouraged by Michal Kwiatkowski’s, Bradley Wiggins’s and Ryan Mullen’s performances at last year’s world championships, and Matthias Brändle breaking the Hour Record, all off the back of the race.

“I think it’s become a go-to event for riders who want to be competitive at the World Championships.”

Tour of Britain 2015 map

Last year’s race went no futher north than Liverpool, something this year’s race rectifies. Stage two from Clitheroe and Colne comes in the form of a Belgian-inspired route, as riders twist and turn through the Ribble Valley and Pendle.

Scotland welcomes the finish on stage three – which takes place inside the grounds of the 17th century Floors Castle – before Edinburgh hosts the modern Tour for the first time when it hosts the following day’s start.

The likely-decisive stage to Harside Pass begins in Prudhoe, near Durham, and runs alongside Hadrian’s Wall before tackling the eight-kilometre long climb, which averages a five per cent gradient and tops out at 575m in height.

Stoke-on-Trent and Nottingham return to the race for the first time since 2013 and 2012 respectively, while a new 6.2-kilometre circuit has been designed for the London finale as the race’s traditional route along the Victoria Embankment will not be possible because of the construction of capital’s Cycle Superhighway.

However, perhaps the biggest surprise with the route is the lack of a time trial, particularly since the incumbent rainbow jersey wearer Wiggins is expected to compete, and that two of the last four editions have featured one as part of a split stage in London.

Tour of Britain 2015: stages
Stage one, Sunday September 6  

Beaumaris, Anglesey to Wrexham, 177km

Stage two, Monday September 7  
Clitheroe to Colne, 162km

Stage three, Tuesday September 8           
Cockermouth to Floors Castle, Kelso, 216km

Stage four Wednesday September 8  
Edinburgh to Blyth, 218km

Stage five, Thursday September 10   
Prudhoe to Hartside Pass, 171km

Stage six, Friday September 11 
Stoke-on-Trent to Nottingham, 189km

Stage seven, Saturday September 12  
Fakenham to Ipswich, 225km

Stage eight, Saturday September 12            
London criterium, 93km

  • Mark Jones

    I think he would struggle to make the team if he was to drop the road altogether and just look at the Team Pursuit from 2012. Thomas was still on the road until May 2012, having ridden the whole of the Giro and Kennaugh withdrew from the Giro on stage 15. I cannot understand why Team GB would want the team to withdraw from the road so soon, when the winning formula from the 2012 Olympics was a combination of road and track until a couple months beforehand.

  • Edvid

    He can still wear the stripes after joining his new team, but that’s probably moot because Rio 2016 will be just 11 months away during the ToB and Wiggins cannot afford to still be on the road at that time if he truly wants to earn selection for the Olympic/WCh team pursuit. His motivation has always been highest for Olympic-year goals, and I doubt that’ll change.

  • Mark Jones

    He will be riding for Team Wiggins and is down to ride the Tour de Yorkshire. I would have thought he would ride the Tour of Britain too, so wouldn’t he still be eligible to wear his jersey even though will be riding for a continental team?

  • Edvid

    Said world champion will have brought his road cycling career to an end a few months prior anyway.

  • Mark Jones

    Great looking route and nice to see some new stages, but it is a pity there will not be a time trial for the world champion to show off his jersey for one final time in his own country. That is the only gripe and only a minor one at that. This should produce some really good racing.