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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

The 2019 Tour of Britain will take place from Saturday 7th to Saturday 14th September 2019. The race returns to Manchester for the first time in 15 years as London misses out on a stage for the second time in three years.

The city centre of Manchester will host the final stage of this year's race with Burton Dassett Country Park, Kendal and Newcastle-upon-Tyne all hosting tough uphill stage finishes.

The eight-stage race will start on Saturday 7th September in the Scottish city of Glasgow before concluding eight stages later on Saturday 14th September, with the final stage starting in Altrincham.

The 1,250km route will focus largely on the north of England and Scotland with the most southernly stage being the individual time trial on Stage 6 in Worcestershire.

It comes only a week before the UCI World Championships hosted in Yorkshire, too, so will be one of the final chances for riders to ready their legs before battling it out for the rainbow jersey.

Star attraction will be cyclocross World Champion Mathieu van der Poel, who leads his Corendon-Circus team. Other riders to watch will be Dutch sprinter Dylan Groenewegen and former European Champion Matteo Trentin.

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Tour of Britain 2019 route: Stage by stage guide  
Tour of Britain 2019: Live TV guide  
Tour of Britain 2019: Start list  

Tour of Britain 2019: Key information

Dates: Saturday 7th September to Saturday 14th September
Grand Départ: Glasgow, Scotland  
Finale: Manchester  
Countries visited: Scotland, England
UK television coverage: ITV, Eurosport

Talking about the route, race director Mick Bennett hopes that the mixture of UK cities and tough countryside will repeat the high level of racing the Tour of Britain has seen in recent years.

'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,' 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.'

In terms of the racing, it will be the usual mix of short, sharp climbs and tough, attritional roads.

Stage 4 from Gateshead to Kendal sees the peloton climb 3,000m of vertical elevation before finishing the stage on the 500m, 11% climb of Beast Banks.

Stage 7 will centre around Burton Dassett Country Park and feature an uphill finish with the race finishing with the 1.5km, 4.9% climb of Burton Dassett.

Last year's race was won by Deceuninck-QuickStep puncheur Julian Alaphilippe who beat Wout Poels (Team Ineos) and Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) to the crown.

This year's star attraction will undoubtedly be Mathieu van der Poel, who will ride for the Dutch ProContinental team Corendon-Circus. The multi-discipline champion will use the Tour of Britain as a final tapering race before the World Championships in Yorkshire a week later.

One of the world's best sprinters, Groenewegen will also be in attendance for Jumbo-Visma as he hunts stage wins to add to his haul of two Tour of Britain stage wins taken in 2016 and 2017.

Challenging him will be Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data), whose attendance has now been confirmed. Joining Cavendish on the start line will be his long-term chief lieutenant Mark Renshaw who is due to retire at the end of this season.

The 2019 Tour of Britain could be the final outing for a duo who gave us breathtaking moments such as this:

Tour of Britain 2019 route: Stage by stage guide

Stage 1, Saturday 7th September: Glasgow to Kirkcudbright, 201.5km

Departing the city of Glasgow, the first day of the Tour of Britain tackles a mighty day of climbing across Scotland's beautiful countryside before finishing in Kirkcudbright on the Scottish south coast.

If the terrain doesn't get you, the changeable weather might. Something the women's peloton found out on the cancelled Stage 1 of the inaugural Women's Tour of Scotland in early August.

Stage 1 report: Dylan Groenewegen sprints to yellow jersey in opening stage win

Stage 2, Sunday 8th September: The Scottish Borders Stage, 166.4km

Interesting fact about the finishing town of Kelso. For a 21 year period in the 1800s, all ale, beer and porters were subject to a 2 pence tax in order to raise money for a replacement bridge across the River Tweed that had been destroyed in flooding.

Another interesting thing of note, Kelso also has a cobbled town centre, giving it that true Belgian racing vibe, too.

With that in mind, expect a frantic sprint finish won by a hardy fast man willing to take risks.

Stage 2 report:Trentin takes a reduced sprint to break Dowsett's heart

Stage 3, Monday 9th September: Berwick-upon-Tweed to Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 182.2km

Stage 3 will see Paul Gascoigne hand over his ownership of the Tyneside fog to whoever races to stage victory with the day finishing in Newcastle city centre.

Despite it being a day of constant up and downs, the quick men should be able to reach the finish to contest the day. It'll likely be a messy sprint but a sprint nonetheless.

Stage 3 report: Groenewegen's power too much for Van der Poel on Stage 3

Stage 4, Tuesday 10th September: Gateshead to Kendal, 171.5km

If the 3,000m of elevation throughout the stage was not tough enough, race organisers have decided to finish Stage 4 to Kendal at the top of Beast Banks.

Beast Banks is a 500m kicker that averages 11% all the way until the finish and will favour only the very strongest riders who have had their fill of the local mint cake.

It's unlikely to decide the race overall but will show us who is in top form for the remainder of the race and the upcoming World Championships in Yorkshire.

Stage 4 report: Mathieu van der Poel in a league of his own on Stage 4

Stage 5, Wednesday 11th September: The Wirral Stage, 174km

Every year at the Tour of Britain, one stage will be taken by a breakaway usually consisting of Continental pros and the odd Team Ineos rider. We suspect Stage 5 maybe that day.

Why? Well, it comes a day after the tough finish to Kendal and a day before the potentially-decisive Worcestershire time trial meaning a lot of the top riders could be after a day of rest.

Stage 5 report: Van der Poel loses race lead as Groenewegen takes Stage 5 win

Stage 6, Thursday 12th September: Pershore to Pershore, 14.5km (ITT)

A sporting course time trial that's around 10 miles in length and is largely flat. This is a quintessentially British stage. 

Time gaps between the favourites should not be too large but it could have a say on the final GC standings. Watch out for the supremely powerful riders to clock good times here.

Being almost the same distance as a 10m TT, keep an eye on the times the riders clock around the course and how much quicker it is compared to your personal best at the local club 10, too. It will be a good reminder of how mortal you are.

Stage 6 report: Edoardo Affini wins Stage 6 time-trial as Mathieu van der Poel regains the overall lead

Stage 7, Friday 13th September: Warwick to Burton Dassett Country Park, 186.5km

This will likely decide the race's General Classification fight considering the stage's summit finish.

The climb of Burton Dassett is only 4.9% and 1.5km in length, measly compared to the giant climbs faced in the Grand Tours, but is likely hard enough to create gaps and promote attacks for anybody who fancy their chances. 

It will also be the third occasion to which the peloton climbs Burton Dassett meaning the best riders will likely know the best point of attack.

Mathieu van der Poel could conceivably win every stage of this year's Tour of Britain but we think this could be the only day in which we see a chink in his armour.

Stage 7 report: Mathieu van der Poel wins again

Stage 8, Saturday 14th September: Altrincham to Manchester, 165km

Slip on your bucket hats and twist those melons, after a long week of racing, the Tour of Britain reaches its climax in Manchester city centre.

A flat finish, this should suit the fastest riders in the peloton and we expect the race to be kept under tabs by the sprinters' teams considering the lack of opportunities earlier in the week.

It's also the first time the Tour of Britain has returned to Manchester since the opening stage of the 2004 race, the first edition of this modern tour. That stage was won by Stefano Zanini of Quickstep-Davitamon.

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Tour of Britain 2019 route: Stage by stage guide  
Tour of Britain 2019: Live TV guide  
Tour of Britain 2019: Start list  

Tour of Britain 2019: Live TV guide

Stage 1: Saturday 7th September

10:15-15:50 Stage 1 live coverage, ITV4
20:00-21:00 Stage 1 highlights, ITV4

21:00-22:00 Stage 1 highlights, Eurosport 2

Stage 2: Sunday 8th September

10:45-15:35 Stage 2 live coverage, ITV4
20:00-21:00 Stage 2 highlights, ITV4

17:30-18:30 Stage 2 highlights, Eurosport 1

Stage 3: Monday 9th September

10:45-16:00 Stage 3 live coverage, ITV4
20:00-21:00 Stage 3 highlights, ITV4

21:45-23:15 Stage 3 highlights, Eurosport 1

Stage 4: Tuesday 10th September

10:45-15:45 Stage 4 live coverage, ITV4
20:00-21:00 Stage 4 highlights, ITV4

20:00-21:30 Stage 4 highlights, Eurosport 1

Stage 5: Wednesday 11th September

10:45-15:45 Stage 5 live coverage, ITV4
20:00-21:00 Stage 5 highlights, ITV4

21:45-23:00 Stage 5 highlights, Eurosport 1

Stage 6: Thursday 12th September

12:45-15:45 Stage 6 live coverage, ITV4
20:00-21:00 Stage 6 highlights, ITV4

21:45-23:00 Stage 6 highlights, Eurosport 1

Stage 7: Friday 13th September

10:45-16:05 Stage 7 live coverage, ITV4
20:00-21:00 Stage 7 highlights, ITV4

21:45-23:00 Stage 7 highlights, Eurosport 1

Stage 8: Saturday 14th September

10:45-15:45 Stage 8 live coverage, ITV4
20:00-21:00 Stage 8 highlights, ITV4

21:40-22:40 Stage 7 highlights, Eurosport 1

Tour of Britain 2019: Start list

The Tour of Britain always attracts a great field, regardless, but with the World Championships taking place in Yorkshire only a week later, the 2019 edition could tempt some of the world's best riders across to Blighty for a week of preparation.

So far, the only rider to be 100% confirmed is Dutch superstar Mathieu van der Poel. Chances are he will win GC, a couple of stages, and then the rainbow jersey a week later.

Jumbo-Visma's Dylan Groenewegen will fancy his chances on the sprint days as he makes his third appearance at the week-long race.

WorldTour teams

AG2R La Mondiale (FRA)

Tony Gallopin
Mickaël Cherel
Axel Domont
Ben Gastauer
Matteo Jorgenson
Larry Warbasse

Dimension Data (RSA)

Mark Cavendish
Steve Cummings
Mark Renshaw
Bernhard Eisel
Julien Vermote
Danilo Wyss

Education First (USA)

Simon Clarke
Jonathan Klever Caicedo
Moreno Hofland
Tanel Kangert
Sebastian Langeveld
Julius van den Berg

Jumbo-Visma (NED)

Dylan Groenewegen
Koen Bouwman
Pascal Eenkhoorn
Amund Grøndahl Jansen
Mike Teunissen
Jos van Emden

Katusha Alpecin (GER)

Alex Dowsett
Harry Tanfield

Lotto-Soudal (BEL)

Tiesj Benoot
Jasper De Buyst
Rasmus Iversen
Frederik Frison
Rémy Mertz
Brent Van Moer

Mitchelton-Scott (AUS)

Matteo Trentin
Edoardo Affini
Jack Bauer
Luke Durbridge
Alex Edmondson
Cameron Meyer

Movistar (ESP)

Team Ineos (GBR)

Ben Swift
Eddie Dunbar
Pavel Sivakov
Dylan van Baarle
Gianni Moscon
Michal Golas

Team Sunweb (GER)

Cees Bol
Roy Curvers
Chad Haga
Chris Hamilton
Florian Stork
Nils Eekhoff

UCI Continental and ProCotinetal teams

Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes (GBR)

Alex Paton
Matthew Bostock
Alex Colman
Thomas Stewart
Rory Townsend
Ryan Christensen

Corendon-Circus (BEL)

Mathieu van der Poel
Dries De Bondt
Lasse Norman Hansen
Jimmy Janssens
Otto Vergaerde
Philipp Walsleben

Great Britain (GBR)

Connor Swift
Rhys Britton
Jim Brown
Jake Stewart
Ethan Vernon
Matthew Walls

Israel Cycling Academy (ISR)

Matthias Brändle
Davide Cimolai
Conor Dunne
Ben Hermans
Guy Sagiv
Tom Van Asbroeck

Madison Genesis (GBR)

Matthew Holmes
Michael Cuming
Jonathan Dibben
Jonathan Mcevoy
Erick Rowsell
Joey Walker

Riwal Readynez (DEN)

Alexander Kamp
Lucas Eriksson
Sindre Lunke
Emil Vinjebo
Andreas Stokbro
Torkil Veyhe

Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise (BEL)

Benjamin Declercq
Milan Menten
Thomas Sprengers
Dries Van Gestel
Aaron Verwilst
Thimo Willems

SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling (GBR)

James Shaw
Ben Hardy
Edward Laverack
Tristan Robbins
Jacob Scott
Peter Williams

Team Wiggins-Le Col (GBR)

Mark Donovan
Mark Christian
Gabriel Cullaigh
James Fouché
Samuel Jenner
Robert Scott

Wanty-Gobert (BEL)

Boris Vallée
Wesley Kreder
Yoann Offredo
Xandro Meurisse
Trond Trondsen

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Tour of Britain 2019 route: Stage by stage guide  
Tour of Britain 2019: Live TV guide  
Tour of Britain 2019: Start list  

Tour of Britain previous winners

2018 - Julian Alaphilippe (FRA), Quickstep Floors
2017 - Lars Boom (NED), LottoNL-Jumbo
2016 - Steve Cummings (GBR), Dimension Data
2015 - Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR), Dimension Data
2014 - Dylan van Baarle (NED), Garmin-Sharp
2013 - Bradley Wiggins (GBR), Team Sky
2012 - Nathan Haas (AUS), Garmin-Sharp
2011 - Lars Boom (NED), Rabobank
2010 - Michael Albasini (SUI), Team Colombia-HTC
2009 - Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR), Team Colombia-HTC

Tour of Britain 2018 Top 10

1 - Julian Alaphilippe (FRA), Quickstep Floors, 26:25:58
2 - Wout Poels (NED), Team Sky, at 17 seconds
3 - Primoz Roglic (SLO), LottoNL-Jumbo, at 0:33
4 - Patrick Bevin (AUS), BMC Racing, at 0:42
5 - Bob Jungels (LUX), Quickstep Floors, at 0:51
6 - Jasha Sutterlin (GER), Movistar, at 0:58
7 - Neilson Powless (USA), LottoNL-Jumbo, at 1:10
8 - Dmitry Strakov (RUS), Katusha-Alpecin,  at 1:21
9 - Chris Hamilton (AUS), Team Swunweb, at 1:28
10 - Pascal Eenkhoorn (NED), LottoNL-Jumbo, at 1:34

Race photos: SWpix

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