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Tour of Britain 2022: Route, teams and all you need to know

Robyn Davidson
6 Apr 2022

All the ongoing details for the 2022 Tour of Britain, which runs from Sunday 4th to Sunday 11th September 2022

2021 Tour of Britain

The Tour of Britain returned to the racing calendar in 2021 after the previous year edition's cancellation due to you know what. The race finally took to the planned Cornwall Grand Depart 722 days after Mathieu van der Poel claimed the overall win in Manchester in 2019.

Running from Sunday 5th to Sunday 12th September, the route was the closest the race has come to a full LEJOG odyssey across the country and includes several firsts for the modern version of the event.

It had been the first time the modern Tour of Britain travelled to Kernow, with the race taking in the county's delights from Penzance to Bodmin in Stage 1 then heading next door to Devon and Dartmoor the following day with a finish in Exeter.

Wales hosted the entirety of both Stage 3 and Stage 4 as the race headed back east for Stage 5's journey from South Cheshire to Warrington's Golden Gates.

The race travelled from Cumbria to Gateshead on Stage 6 and from Hawick on the Scottish border to Edinburgh on Saturday 11th.

The final stage took place in Aberdeenshire with riders heading from the coast at Stonehaven over the famous Cairn o'Mount before the winner was crowned in Aberdeen - the furthest north the modern race has ever been.

Tour of Britain 2021: Key information

Dates: Sunday 5th September to Sunday 12th September  
Grand Départ: Penzance, Cornwall  
Finale: Aberdeen, Scotland  
UK nations visited: England, Scotland, Wales
UK television coverage: ITV, Eurosport

Tour of Britain 2021 route: Stage by stage guide

Stage 1, Sunday 5th September: Penzance to Bodmin, 180.8km

This will be Cornwall's first time hosting the modern Tour of Britain, with the 2021 Grand Depart starting at the Penzance Promenade in the south before riders make their way through the Cornish countryside to the finish outside Bodmin Keep.

It'll be one for the TV cameras to bask in as the race passes by a wealth of Cornish landmarks, including St Ives, Truro Cathedral and the Eden Project.

Expect Saint Piran riders to make their mark and fireworks to conclude Stage 1 as riders will hit a 500m climb that starts at 13% and averages 5% before flattening off in the final 250m of the stage.

Stage winner: Wout van Aert (Team Jumbo-Visma); GC leaderWout van Aert (Team Jumbo-Visma)

Stage 2, Monday 6th September: Sherford to Exeter, 184km

The real climbing starts on day two, with the Devon stage starting in Sherford and crossing Dartmoor to get to the finish line in Exeter.

While the day's first KOM comes in the form of a two-kilometre climb on the coast, the race goes on past Tavistock to take on an 8.7km climb at Rundlestone before climbing to Warren House Inn, which at 434m is the highest inn in southern England.

Israel Start-Up Nation's Matthias Brändle won the last Exeter finish in 2014.

Stage winner: Robin Carpenter (Rally Cycling); GC leader Robin Carpenter (Rally Cycling)

Stage 3, Tuesday 7th September: Carmarthenshire, 27.5km, TTT

The 2021 race will have two whole stages in Wales for the first time, and the first of those will be the Tour of Britain's second-ever team time-trial through Carmarthenshire.

With Van Aert in attendance, Jumbo-Visma will be the team to watch. They have a wealth of time-trialling talent, and the Belgian is capable of winning every single stage on offer here.

TTT start times (BST)

1305 Saint Piran
1310 SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling
1315 Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling
1320 Global 6 Cycling
1325 Great Britain
1330 Caja Rural-Seguros
1335 Team Jumbo-Visma
1340 Trinity Racing
1345 Israel Start-Up Nation
1350 Deceuninck-QuickStep
1355 Qhubeka-NextHash
1400 Canyon dhb SunGod
1405 Team Arkéa Samsic
1410 Alpecin-Fenix
1415 Team DSM
1420 Movistar
1425 Ineos Grenadiers
1430 Rally Cycling

Stage winner: Ineos Grenadiers; GC leader: Ethan Hayter (Ineos Grenadiers)

Stage 4, Wednesday 8th September: Aberaeron to Great Orme, Llandudno, 209.7km

Undoubtedly the Queen Stage of the 2021 Tour, Stage 4 heads up the Welsh west coast, taking on some savage climbs through Snowdonia National Park towards the summit finish up Great Orme. Did somebody say GC?

With the huge climb of Eidda's Well with around 65km to go, the peloton will be shaken up going into the final stages, but the main battle will take place at the grandstand finish.

Stage winner: Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma); GC leader: Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma)

Stage 5, Thursday 9th September: Alderley Park to Warrington, 152km

The fifth stage will roll out from Alderley Park's biotech campus and traverse through Cheshire, flirting with the Peak District before heading north to Warrington.

Warrington will host the finish of a Tour of Britain stage for the first time this year, though it did feature in 2012 when the peloton passed through en route to Knowsley Safari Park from Nottingham.

The stage will finish at the city's Grade II Listed Golden Gates outside Warrington Town Hall (formerly Bank Hall), which have statues of Nike, the Greek goddess of victory, on the four columns.

After the chaos of the Stage 4 finale, this should – on paper – go down to a sprint and with bonus seconds available, you can be sure the top GC riders won't sit this one out.

Stage winner: Ethan Hayter (Ineos Grenadiers); GC leader: Ethan Hayter (Ineos Grenadiers)

Stage 6, Friday 10th September: Carlisle to Gateshead, 192.7km

Stage 6 will be born in Carlisle, but it will be made in the North Pennines.

It will be the third consecutive year that the race has gone through Cumbria. The peloton essentially rides the Coast to Coast route across northern England and passes the Angel of the North before finishing in Gateshead, which also hosted a start in the last edition.

There's likely to be another reduced bunch as a trio of Category 1 climbs await the riders with plenty of undulation besides and an uncategorised uphill finish.

Stage winner: Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma); GC leader: Ethan Hayter (Ineos Grenadiers)

Stage 7, Saturday 11th September: Hawick to Edinburgh, 194.7km

The first of two stages in Scotland, Stage 7 starts for the first time in Hawick in the Scottish Borders area.

It will see the peloton continue to head north to its first stage finish in Edinburgh, and if there's action on cobbles and punchy climbs, the stage could act as a warm-up for riders heading to the World Championships in Flanders later in the month and Paris-Roubaix at the start of October. Honestly, just write Van Aert's name on the trophy already.

Stage winner: Yves Lampaert (Deceuninck-QuickStep); GC leader: Ethan Hayter (Ineos Grenadiers)

Stage 8, Sunday 12th September: Stonehaven to Aberdeen, 173km

While the exact route is yet to be announced, the final stage of the 2021 Tour will take in the delights of Aberdeenshire, including a climb up Cairn o'Mount.

It will be the furthest north the modern incarnation of the race has gone and about 700 miles from the starting point in Penzance, although it's still around 200 miles south of John o'Groats.

Stage winner: Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma); GC winner: Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma)

Tour of Britain 2021: Live TV Guide

You can watch every second of the 2021 Tour of Britain on ITV4 as they’ll be broadcasting each stage live from start to finish. A one-hour highlights show will also be shown each evening. Eurosport will also be covering every stage of the race with its schedule yet to be confirmed.

Stage 1: Sunday 5th September

10:45-16:00 Stage 1 live coverage, ITV4
20:00-21:00 Stage 1 highlights, ITV4

Stage 2: Monday 6th September

10:45-16:00 Stage 2 live coverage, ITV4
20:00-21:00 Stage 2 highlights, ITV4

Stage 3: Tuesday 7th September

12:45-15:15 Stage 3 live coverage, ITV4
20:00-21:00 Stage 3 highlights, ITV4

Stage 4: Wednesday 8th September

10:45-16:00 Stage 4 live coverage, ITV4
20:00-21:00 Stage 4 highlights, ITV4

Stage 5: Thursday 9th September

11:15-16:00 Stage 5 live coverage, ITV4
20:00-21:00 Stage 5 highlights, ITV4

Stage 6: Friday 10th September

10:30-16:00 Stage 6 live coverage, ITV4
20:00-21:00 Stage 6 highlights, ITV4

Stage 7: Saturday 11th September

10:30-16:00 Stage 7 live coverage, ITV4
20:00-21:00 Stage 7 highlights, ITV4

Stage 8: Sunday 12th September

10:15-16:00 Stage 8 live coverage, ITV4
20:00-21:00 Stage 8 highlights, ITV4

Tour of Britian 2021: Start list

The Tour of Britain always attracts a great field regardless, and this year there will be an absolute wealth of British talent on display.

While only six teams have been officially announced, so far they're all British, with all five British UCI Continental teams as well as a Great Britain national squad set to light up lanes up and down the country.

WorldTour teams

Deceuninck – Quick-Step

Julian Alaphilippe
Davide Ballerini
Mark Cavendish
Tim Declercq
Mikkel Honoré
Yves Lampaert

Ineos Grenadiers

Rohan Dennis
Owain Doull
Ethan Hayter
Michal Kwiatowski
Richie Porte
Carlos Rodriguez

Israel Start-Up Nation

Patrick Bevin
Matthias Brändle
Alessandro De Marchi
Alex Dowsett
Dan Martin
Michael Woods

Movistar Team

Jorge Arcas
Gabriel Cullaigh
Matteo Jorgenson
Gregor Mühlberger
Marc Soler
Final rider TBC

Team DSM

Romain Combaud
Mark Donovan
Nils Eekhoff
Max Kanter
Tim Naberman
Nicholas Roche

Team Jumbo – Visma

Wout van Aert
George Bennett
Pascal Eenkhoorn
Tobias Foss
Chris Harper
Tony Martin

Team Qhubeka NextHash

Carlos Barbero
Sean Bennett
Simon Clarke
Nic Dlamini
Mauro Schmid
Lukasz Wisniowski

UCI Continental and ProContinental teams

Alpecin – Fenix

Silvan Dillier
Jimmy Janssens
Xandro Meurisse
Alexandar Richardson
Kristian Sbaragli
Ben Tulett

Caja Rural – Seguros RGA

Jon Barrenetxea
Josu Etxeberria
David González
Jokin Murguialday
Joel Nicolau
Sergio Roman Martín

Canyon dhb SunGod

Matt Bostock
Ryan Christensen
Thomas Mein
Jacob Scott
Max Stedman
Rory Townsend

Global 6 Cycling

Hans Becking
Antoine Berlin
Dan Erik Hansen
James Mitri
Michal Paluta
Nicolas Sessler

Great Britain

Rhys Britton
Alfie George
Max Rushby
William Tidball
Ethan Vernon
Sam Watson

Rally Cycling

Robin Carpenter
Colin Joyce
Gavin Mannion
Kyle Murphy
Joey Rosskopf
Nickolas Zukowsky

Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling

Dan Bingham
Matt Gibson
Gruff Lewis
Charles Page
James Shaw
Simon Wilson

Saint Piran Pro Cycling

Ross Holland
Steve Lampier
Oliver Maxwell
Tom Mazzone
Bradley Symonds
Jenson Young

SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling

Will Bjergfelt
Ross Lamb
Chris Latham
Darragh O’Mahony
Oliver Peckover
Alex Peters

Team Arkéa – Samsic

Maxime Bouet
Miguel Eduardo Flórez
Dan McLay
Lukasz Owsian
Connor Swift
Bram Welten

Trinity Racing

Sam Culverwell
Thomas Gloag
Ben Healy
Luke Lamperti
Ben Turner
Max Walker

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