Tour of Britain 2019: Route, TV guide, start list and everything you need to know

The race kicks off in Scotland on September 7

The Tour of Britain (September 7 to 14) is back for 2019, with the race kicking off in Scotland with a conclusion in Manchester’s Deansgate.

This year’s race covers approximately 1250 kilometres, with uphill finishes in Newcastle-upon-Tyne city centre, Kendal in Cumbria and Burton Dassett Country Park in Warwickshire – plus several stages concluding with spectator friendly finishing circuits.

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Stage six will be a time trial based in Worcestershire, starting and finishing in Pershore. The route will pass through Little Comberton and Bricklehampton over the course of an anti-clockwise loop, and is said to suit reigning British Time Trial champion Alex Dowsett (Katusha-Alpecin).

“This year’s race is a quintessentially British affair, combining the short and sharp climbs we’re famed for with finishes for the world’s best sprinters and hopefully a few surprises along the way,” said race director Mick Bennett.

“But more than ever this year’s OVO Energy Tour of Britain route has been designed with spectators in mind. From visiting three iconic cities and including uphill finishes that are guaranteed to create drama to using finishing circuits, this year’s race will play a big role in helping Britain become a great cycling nation.”

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.

Read on for a breakdown of the stages, route information, TV guides and a rider start list.

Tour of Britain 2019 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.

tour of britain 2019 route

Stage one

The race kicks off in Glasgow city centre, with the 201.5km stage on Saturday September 7 concluding in Dumfries and Galloway. A couple of category two climbs split the stage midway, with another category three climb featuring as part of a hilly finale to the stage.

Route profile map of stage one of the Tour of Britain 2019

Stage two

Following the longest stage of the race, day two stays in Scotland, with the Scottish Borders route starting and finishing on the cobbled Market Square in Kelso on Sunday September 8, punctuated once again by a number of category two climbs.

Stage three travels from Berwick-upon-Tweed to Newcastle-upon-Tyne, covering 182.2km. Despite the relatively flat parcours, the stage concludes with an uphill finish in the city centre.

Route profile map of stage three of the Tour of Britain 2019

Stage four

Then the race heads to Gateshead, for a lumpy route over the Pennines, and through the Yorkshire Dales National Park. This Queen stage covers 171km, accumulating 3,000 metres of climbing, with a finish on the 11 per cent climb of Beast Banks in Kendal.

Route profile map of stage four of the Tour of Britain 2019

Stage five

The following stage, on Wednesday September 11, will be another race with a shared start/finish, this time in Birkenhead Park – where fans can enjoy witnessing riders complete laps of a finishing circuit.

Route profile map of stage five of the Tour of Britain 2019

Stage six

Stage six is an individual time trial taking place in Pershore near Stratford-upon-Avon. The 14.4km race against the clock is flat and will provide another test for those hoping for overall victory.

Route profile map of stage six of the Tour of Britain 2019

Stage seven

The race heads into Warwickshire for a 188.7km route, starting in Warwick and concluding with two finishing circuit laps, including three ascents of the 1.4km Burton Dassett climb.

Route profile map of stage seven of the Tour of Britain 2019

Stage eight

The final day of racing will begin in Altrincham, and the 165km route will add up to 2,000 metres of climbing, including an ascent of the Rake at Ramsbottom. Passing through all ten of Greater Manchester’s boroughs, the race will end in Deansgate.

Route profile map of stage eight of the Tour of Britain 2019

Tour of Britain on TV

You’ll be able to see the race live or catch up via highlights on ITV4 – the daily timings are yet to be announced, but we’ll update this page with details when they become available.

Stage Date Live Highlights
Stage 1 Saturday September 7 10.15am – 3.50pm 8.00 – 9.00pm
Stage 2 Sunday September 8 10.45am – 3.35pm 8.00 – 9.00pm
Stage 3 Monday September 9 10.45am – 4.00pm 8.00 – 9.00pm
Stage 4 Tuesday September 10 10.45am – 3.45pm 8.00 – 9.00pm
Stage 5 Wednesday September 11 10.45am – 3.45pm 8.00 – 9.00pm
Stage 6 Thursday September 12 10.45am – 3.45pm 8.00 – 9.00pm
Stage 7 Friday September 13 10.45am – 3.45pm 8.00 – 9.00pm
Stage 8 Saturday September 14 10.45am – 3.45pm 8.00 – 9.00pm

Tour of Britain start list

Team Ineos

1 SWIFT Ben
2 VAN BAARLE Dylan
3 GOŁAŚ Michał
4 MOSCON Gianni
5 DUNBAR Eddie
6 SIVAKOV Pavel

Jumbo-Visma

11 GROENEWEGEN Dylan
12 BOUWMAN Koen
13 EENKHOORN Pascal
14 JANSEN Amund Grøndahl
15 TEUNISSEN Mike
16 VAN EMDEN Jos

Movistar Team

21 LANDA Mikel
22 AMADOR Andrey
23 CARRETERO Héctor
24 BARBERO Carlos
25 SEPÚLVEDA Eduardo
26 VERONA Carlos

Katusha-Alpecin

31 DOWSETT Alex
32 POLITT Nils
33 DEBUSSCHERE Jens
34 HOLLMANN Juri
35 WÜRTZ SCHMIDT Mads
36 TANFIELD Harry

Mitchelton-Scott

41 TRENTIN Matteo
42 AFFINI Edoardo
43 BAUER Jack
44 DURBRIDGE Luke
45 EDMONDSON Alex
46 MEYER Cameron

Wanty – Gobert Cycling Team

51 MEURISSE Xandro
52 OFFREDO Yoann
53 KREDER Wesley
54 TRONDSEN Trond
55 VALLÉE Boris
56 VLIEGEN Loïc

Team Dimension Data

61 CAVENDISH Mark
62 CUMMINGS Steve
63 WYSS Danilo
64 EISEL Bernhard
65 RENSHAW Mark
66 VERMOTE Julien

AG2R La Mondiale

71 GALLOPIN Tony
72 CHEREL Mickaël
73 DOMONT Axel
74 GASTAUER Ben
75 BAGDONAS Gediminas
76 WARBASSE Larry

Corendon – Circus

81 VAN DER POEL Mathieu
82 DE BONDT Dries
83 HANSEN Lasse Norman
84 JANSSENS Jimmy
85 VERGAERDE Otto
86 WALSLEBEN Philipp

Great Britain

91 SWIFT Connor
92 BRITTON Rhys
93 BROWN Jim
94 STEWART Jake
95 VERNON Ethan
96 WALLS Matthew

EF Education First

101 CLARKE Simon
102 MODOLO Sacha
103 HOFLAND Moreno
104 KANGERT Tanel
105 LANGEVELD Sebastian
106 VILLALOBOS Luis

Israel Cycling Academy

111 BRÄNDLE Matthias
112 CIMOLAI Davide
113 DUNNE Conor
114 HERMANS Ben
115 SAGIV Guy
116 VAN ASBROECK Tom

Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes

121 TENNANT Andrew
122 BOSTOCK Matthew
123 COLMAN Alex
124 STEWART Thomas
125 TOWNSEND Rory
126 CHRISTENSEN Ryan

Lotto-Soudal

131 BENOOT Tiesj
132 DE BUYST Jasper
133 IVERSEN Rasmus
134 FRISON Frederik
135 MERTZ Rémy
136 VAN MOER Brent

Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise

141 DECLERCQ Benjamin
142 NOPPE Christophe
143 SPRENGERS Thomas
144 VAN GESTEL Dries
145 VERWILST Aaron
146 WILLEMS Thimo

Madison Genesis

151 HOLMES Matthew
152 CUMING Michael
153 DIBBEN Jonathan
154 MCEVOY Jonathan
155 ROWSELL Erick
156 WALKER Joey

Team Sunweb

161 BOL Cees
162 CURVERS Roy
163 HAGA Chad
164 HAMILTON Chris
165 STORK Florian
166 EEKHOFF Nils

Riwal Readynez Cycling Team

171 KAMP Alexander
172 ERIKSSON Lucas
173 LUNKE Sindre
174 VINJEBO Emil
175 STOKBRO Andreas
176 VEYHE Torkil

SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling

181 SHAW James
182 HARDY Ben
183 LAVERACK Edward
184 ROBBINS Tristan
185 SCOTT Jacob
186 WILLIAMS Peter

Team Wiggins Le Col

191 DONOVAN Mark
192 CHRISTIAN Mark
193 CULLAIGH Gabriel
194 FOUCHÉ James
195 JENNER Samuel
196 SCOTT Robert


Who sponsors the Tour of Britain?

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

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

Tour of Britain jerseys

The top prize at the Tour of Britain is the green jersey, this goes to the leader of the General Classification. In the last edition of the race, this went to Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors). He won by 17 seconds over Wout Poels (Team Sky), with Primož Roglič LottoNL-Jumbo) in third at 33s.

Julian Alaphilippe in the leader’s 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 2018, this went to Paddy Bevin (BMC Racing Team).

Closely related is the Sprints jersey, donned by the rider who picks up the most points in intermediate sprints – this was awarded to Alex Paton (Canyon Eisberg) last year.

The King of the Mountains Jersey goes to the rider who claims the best results on designated ascents. In 2018, Nic Dlamini (Team Dimension Data) took the honours.

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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
  • 2018 – Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step Floors

Tour of Britain 2020 route

The Ovo Energy Tour of Britain will begin in Penzance in 2020, marking the event’s first visit to Cornwall.

Around 120 riders will cover 170 kilometres from the country’s tip to Bodim, with the provisional route travelling through the likes of St Ives and Newquay.

Other towns included in the route include St Just, Hayle, Camborne, Pool, Redruth, Falmouth, Penryn, Truro, St Austell and the riders should pass the Eden Project.

The agreement was confirmed with Cornwall Council on Friday and it’s expected that the race’s visit will boost Cornwall’s economy by around £3 million with 180,000 people due to spectate.

It’ll be the biggest sporting event ever hosted in Cornwall, and will be broadcast on ITV4 and Eurosport.

Mick Bennett, Tour of Britain race director, said: “A lot of hard work over a sustained period has gone into today’s news, which we know will excite sports fans in Cornwall and across Britain.”

Cornishman and former pro Chris Opie said: “I am a lifelong athlete who grew up in Cornwall, but had to look further afield for inspiration from world class athletes… The chance to witness the world’s top athletes competing in one of the world’s toughest events right on their doorstep, enabling a generation to dream and to aim for large, exciting, ambitious goals could be genuinely life changing.

“Very few individuals have the belief they can do something extraordinary in life, the Tour of Britain is the perfect vehicle to showcase that life can be special.”

Former pro and now sports director of the EF Education First team Tom Southam hails from Penzance and said: “They are roads that I grew up riding on and absolutely love.  It’s a great part of the world and to showcase it by hosting the opening stage of the 2020 Tour of Britain is going to be an incredible event for everyone in Cornwall to get involved with.”

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