Will Strickson

20 Jul 2021

More start and finish towns and stage routes have now been revealed with highlights in Wales on Stages 3 and 4. Photo: SWPix

New details have been released for the 2021 Tour of Britain including the routes for its two Welsh stages, with one a team time-trial and the other a summit finish.

Having been cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic, the race returns on Sunday 5th September nearly two years after Mathieu van der Poel took the overall title.

In that period the Dutchman has gone on to win another race or two and now the Tour of Britain is back and the route promises fireworks.

With the opening two stages in the south west of England already announced, the routes for the most of the other days of the eight-stage race have now been revealed.

Wales will host the next two days, with Stage 3 a team time-trial in Carmarthenshire – only the second ever TTT at the race – and Stage 4’s 215km Queen Stage heading through Snowdonia National Park before a summit finish at Great Orme.

Stage 5 is still yet to be announced, though it will be an anti-clockwise route through Cheshire and finish in Warrington. 

A coast to coast follows with Stage 6 heading from Carlisle to Gateshead over 3,000m of climbing including Harside in the Lake District and Killhope Cross and Burtree Fell in the North Pennines.

Although the final two stages in Scotland had already been announced, the routes have now been released with some tough climbs included in both, setting the stage for a grandstand finish for the GC.

Race director Mick Bennett said, ‘This year’s Tour of Britain route is truly spectacular, covering a greater geographical area than we’ve ever done before while also ticking off several things we’ve wanted to do for a long time.

‘Be it visiting Cornwall and Aberdeenshire, hosting stage finishes on the summit of Great Orme and in the shadow of the Angel of the North, reintroducing a team time-trial and visiting noteworthy history host venues new and old, I have a feeling that this year’s race will be one for the ages.’

For more information, visit tourofbritain.co.uk

Source: Cycling – Cyclist