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Exact route unveiled for Tour of Britain cycle race through Cornwall

120 elite riders will be taking part in the Tour of Britain in Cornwall. Credit: PA

On 6 September 2020, Cornwall will host the Tour of Britain for the first time. The famous race will start in Penzance and It will see some of the world’s best cyclists racing more than 170km to a sprint finish in Bodmin.

The stage 1 route will also visit St Just, St Ives, Hayle, Camborne, Pool, Redruth, Falmouth, Penryn, Truro, Newquay and St Austell.

Stage 1 of the route starting in Penzance and finishing in Bodmin. Credit: Tour of Britain
  • Are you planning to line the route? You can find detailed maps of the locations on Stage 1 HERE

The event is expected to provide a huge economic boost for the area. Independent reports estimate that the race will generate more than £3m of extra spending within Cornwall over the stage. It is hoped that around 180,000 people will line the roads of Cornwall to watch.

Speaking at the community launch in December 2019, Emily Kent from Cornwall Council said she believed the race could have a far-reaching impact.

We are delighted to announce the confirmation of the Cornwall Tour of Britain Stage route which will showcase Cornwall not just for cycling fans, but for wider communities across the county as well.

Hosting the Grand Depart Stage of the Tour of Britain will bring visitors into Cornwall, not only along the Stage route, but across the rest of the county and it will also help to enhance our profile both at home and abroad.

We will also work to ensure we create a long-lasting legacy from the event by raising the profile of cycling in Cornwall and motivating more people to cycle and lead healthier, more active lives.

– Emily Kent, Cornwall Council
Well-wishers line the route of the Tour of Britain in Devon in 2014. Credit: PA

The Tour of Britain stage will be the biggest ever sporting event to be hosted in Cornwall and will put the county on the global map. The Tour of Britain is shown live on ITV4 and Eurosport and is broadcast in 190 countries worldwide.

A total of 120 riders take part in the Tour of Britain and by hosting the first stage of the race in 2020, it will give opportunity for the public in Cornwall to see the world’s best cyclists in action.