This year’s Tour of Britain will begin on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh and finish in Cardiff city centre, organisers have announced.
It will be the first time since 2012 – and only the fourth time since the modern race began in 2004 – that Britain’s premier road race has finished outside of London.
The 2017 Tour, which now has OVO Energy as its title sponsor, will take place between Sunday Sept 3 to Sunday Sept 10.
In total, there will be nine new venues this year with first ever stages in North Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire, and an Essex time trial which local favourite Alex Dowsett (Movistar) is likely to target.
Mick Bennett, Race Director, said: “This year’s OVO Energy Tour of Britain route is a race of firsts, with nine new venues welcoming the race plus our first overall start in the city of Edinburgh. We will be bringing Britain’s biggest professional cycle race to new areas this September and look forward to our first finish in Wales and the chance to race into Cardiff.
“We introduced summit finishes for the first time in 2013, this year we are giving a chance to the sprinters and rouleurs in the OVO Energy Tour of Britain. Following the success of the Tatton Park finish last year we have introduced several finishing circuits, this will add a new dimension for both the sprinter’s teams, who will get to see the finish beforehand, and the fans as a whole who will enjoy the spectacle of the race twice.
“The addition of an individual time trial over a classic British 10-mile distance will be a great contest between our National Time Trial Champion Alex Dowsett, on his home roads in Essex, and the world’s best time trialists.”