Details of the 2017 Tour of Britain route, which runs from September 3 to 10
Edinburgh will host the opening stage on Sunday, September 3, for the first time, with Cardiff hosting the finish of the eighth and final stage on Sunday, September 10, for a conclusion in Wales. Not since 2012 has the race has finished outside London.
Stage one kicks off in the prestigious surroundings of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, heading south to Kelso in the Scottish Borders for a crowd-friendly finishing loop.
Stage two is hosted by Northumberland, with the stage starting near the picturesque Kielder Water and Forest Park before heading to Blyth on the race’s longest stage.
The it’s further south to North Lincolnshire for stage three, which plays host the race for the first time since 2009. The day kicks off in the Normanby Hall country estate and finishes in Scunthorpe.
Stage four on Wednesday, September 6, is again hosted in its entirety by one county – this time, Nottinghamshire. Mansfield hosts the stage start with the finish taking place in Newark-on-Trent. It’s the first time that the race has visited both venues.
A 10-mile (16km) time trial stage takes place the following day in Tendring, Essex, which will undoubtedly help to shape the general classification. It’s the longest test against the clock in the race since 2013.
Then it’s west to the undulating roads of the Cotswolds for stage seven from Hemel Hempstead to Cheltenham.
The race concludes on Sunday, September 10, with a stage starting in Worcester and tackling the roads of Worcestershire and Herefordshire before finishing in the Welsh capital of Cardiff.
British independent energy supplier OVO Energy has been unveiled as the race’s title sponsor.
“This year’s OVO Energy Tour of Britain route is a race of firsts, with nine new venues welcoming the race plus our first overall start in the city of Edinburgh,” said race director Mike Bennett. “We will be bringing Britain’s biggest professional cycle race to new areas this September and look forward to our first finish in Wales and the chance to race into Cardiff.
“We introduced summit finishes for the first time in 2013, this year we are giving a chance to the sprinters and rouleurs in the OVO Energy Tour of Britain. Following the success of the Tatton Park finish last year we have introduced several finishing circuits, this will add a new dimension for both the sprinter’s teams, who will get to see the finish beforehand, and the fans as a whole who will enjoy the spectacle of the race twice.
“The addition of an individual time trial over a classic British 10-mile distance will be a great contest between our National Time Trial Champion Alex Dowsett, on his home roads in Essex, and the world’s best time trialists.”
ITV4 will be broadcasting live television coverage of the race, with three hours of live coverage each day plus a one-hour highlights package.
Twenty teams will line up for the race, with an announcement of the squads taking part due in the summer.
British rider Steve Cummings (Dimension Data) won the 2016 edition of the race.