Aberdeen added to 2020 Tour of Britain route

The race kicks off in Cornwall on Sunday September 6, with a stage in Devon on Monday

The Tour of Britain (September 6 to 13) is back for 2020, kicking off with a Cornish stage which will begin in Penzance and end in Bodmin.

Stage two, on Monday September 7, will see riders tackle the bergs of Devon, in the race’s 11th visit to the county.

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The second day of racing will kick off in the new community of Sherford in the South Hams, and finish in the city of Exeter.

The eighth and final stage will be held in Aberdeenshire, with the finish line located in Aberdeen city centre where the race’s overall winner will be crowned.

This will be the first time the Tour of Britain has visited the region, and the deal that has been signed will see Aberdeenshire also host the race’s 2021 Grand Depart.

The race will see a peloton of around 120 riders seek to take the title from reigning champion, Mathieu van der Poel.

It will face stiff competition for star riders to take the start line, the first stage overlapping with the final stages of both the Vuelta a España and BinckBank Tour. Towards the end of the week, it will also clash with the GP de Quebéc and Montréal.

This calendar reshuffle is in order to accommodate for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics which are being held in late July.

The provisional route for the opening stage travels through the likes of St Ives and Newquay.

Other towns likely to be in on the action include St Just, Hayle, Camborne, Pool, Redruth, Falmouth, Penryn, Truro, St Austell and the riders should pass the Eden Project.

It is 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.

Devon has played host to the race ten times previously, the last instance was in 2018. Australian Cameron Meyer won the stage, whilst a group of farmers from South Molton won the first ever ‘National Land Art’ competition for their depiction of a bicycle made from hay bales and tractors.

It’s estimated that 1.7 million people have lined the route in the county so far, bringing in £41 million to the local economy.

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Tour of Britain 2020 route and TV schedule

The full announcement of the 2020 route is expected early next year – we’ll update this page as information becomes available.

Stage Date Start/finish Distance
Stage 1 Sunday September 6 Penzance to Bodmin, Cornwall 170km
Stage 2 Monday September 7 Sherford to Exeter TBC
Stage 3 Tuesday September 8
Stage 4 Wednesday September 9
Stage 5 Thursday September 10
Stage 6 Friday September 11
Stage 7 Saturday September 12
Stage 8 Sunday September 13  Aberdeenshire  Aberdeen

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Tour of Britain 2020 TV schedule

As per previous years, it’s likely you’ll be able to see the race live or catch up via highlights on ITV4.

The daily timings are yet to be announced.

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

Who sponsors the Tour of Britain?

British independent energy supplier OVO Energy was unveiled as the race’s title sponsor in 2017, but the Tour of Britain as well as the Women’s Tour are on the hunt for a new backer after OVO decided to bring their sponsorship to an end after three years.

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 Mathieu Van der Peol (Corendon-Circus).

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 2019 Matteo Trentin (Mitchalton Scott).

Closely related is the Sprints jersey, donned by the rider who picks up the most points in intermediate sprints – this was awarded to Rory Townsend (Canyon-dhb).

The King of the Mountains Jersey goes to the rider who claims the best results on designated ascents. In 2019, Jacob Scott (Swiftcarbon Pro Cycling) 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
  • 2019 – Mathieu Van der Peol (Ned) Corendon-Circus