Tour of Britain 2019: Race to start in Scotland for the first time

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This year’s edition of the Tour of Britain is set to start in Glasgow on Saturday, 7 September, for the first time in history.

It will take seven days later when the racers will arrive in Manchester to cross the finish line.

The Tour of Britain is the biggest professional cycling race taking place in all of Britain.

In the opening stage of the race, the racers will have a total of 201.5km race all the way to Kirkcudbright, which also makes it the longest stage in the race.

Manchester will also be part of the route for the first time in 15 years with it set to host the finishing stage at Deansgate on 14 September.

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Last year’s winner of the Tour of Britain was French cyclist Julian Alaphillippe.

“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,” said race director Mick Bennett.

“This year’s route has been designed with spectators in mind, visiting three iconic cities and including uphill finishes that are guaranteed to create drama.”

The race, in total, is around 1,250km long and is split into eight stages, with the beginning of it specified to be George Square in Glasgow.

Stage two takes place within the Scottish Borders, starting and finishing on the cobbles in Kelso, before the 182.2km third stage from Berwick to Newcastle.

Stage four embarks from Gateshead, travelling across the Pennines and through the Yorkshire Dales in a 171km stage containing almost 3,000m of climbing before ending on Beast Banks in Kendal.

Stage five moves over to Merseyside and a spectator-friendly circuit that starts and finishes in Birkenhead Park.

Worcestershire hosts stage six before the race moves to its penultimate 186.5km stage starting in Warwick and ending with three ascents of the Burton Dassett climb.

The final day of racing begins in Altrincham with the 165km route passing through all 10 Greater Manchester’s boroughs before reaching the centre of Manchester.

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