Details of the 2019 Tour of Britain route, which runs from September 8 to 15

The Tour of Britain is back for 2019, with the race moving around the country between September 8 to 15.

During its eight day takeover, 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.

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.

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The 2019 Tour of Britain route is yet to be announced, we’ll update this page when it’s available.

Stage one Sunday, September 8 Start/Finish TBC Distances TBC
Stage two Monday, September 9
Stage three Tuesday, September 10
Stage four Wednesday, September 11
Stage five Thursday, September 12
Stage six Friday, September 13
Stage seven Saturday, September 14
Stage eight Sunday, September 15

Tour of Britain on TV

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

Stage Date Live Highlights
Stage 1 Sunday September 8 TBC TBC
Stage 2 Monday September 9
Stage 3 Tuesday September 10
Stage 4 Wednesday September 11
Stage 5 Thursday September 12
Stage 6 Friday September 13
Stage 7 Saturday September 14
Stage 8 Sunday September 15

Alternatively, you can also catch the racing on fuboTV – there’s a free trial and you can connect on any device.

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