Tour of Britain stage finish
SUNDERLAND TO WELCOME THE 2022 TOUR OF BRITAIN
Sunderland will play a starring role when the Tour of Britain, the UK's most prestigious cycle race, heads there for the first time in 2022.
The historic North East city will host the finish of stage three on Tuesday 6 September, as the eight-day event works its way down from Aberdeenshire to the Isle of Wight.
Over 100 of the world's best riders will compete in the 18th edition of the race, with a large crowd comprising both local residents and cycling fans expected to turn out for this unforgettable, free-to-watch spectacle.
While it may be the modern race's first visit to Sunderland, the city welcomed the Milk Race - a semi-professional forerunner of the Tour of Britain - on multiple occasions during its 35-year history. It also hosted a round of the Tour Series, Britain's leading domestic cycle race series, in August 2021 on a circuit centered around the historic Mowbray Park.
The full route for stage three, including the start venue and finish location, will be revealed in due course.
This year's Tour of Britain will visit the following regions:
Stage one Sunday 4 September Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire
Stage two Monday 5 September South of Scotland
Stage three Tuesday 6 September North East of England and Sunderland
Stage four Wednesday 7 September Redcar & Cleveland and North Yorkshire
Stage five Thursday 8 September Nottinghamshire
Stage six Friday 9 September Gloucestershire
Stage seven Saturday 10 September Dorset
Stage eight Sunday 11 September Isle of Wight
While spectators can watch all the action by the roadside for free, race day hospitality packages offer guaranteed prime views of stage starts and finishes, complete with fine dining experiences. Visit sportsbreaks.com/Cyclingfor more information.
ITV4 will continue to broadcast live flag-to-flag coverage of every stage, as well as a nightly highlights show, allowing fans in the UK to watch wherever they are. The race will also be shown in over 150 countries worldwide, in part thanks to the event's partnerships with Eurosport and the Global Cycling Network.
Last year's star-studded race was won by Belgian rider Wout van Aert (Team Jumbo - Visma), with reigning world road race champion Julian Alaphilippe finishing third overall.
A roadside crowd of over one million spectators resulted in the Tour of Britain generating £29.96m of net economic benefit for the UK economy, according to research by Frontline. The race is a finalist in the Sporting Event of the Year category at the Event Production Awards, which takes place in London next Thursday (17 February).