Wilmslow gears up to welcome the Tour of Britain again

Britain's biggest professional cycle race will return to Greater Manchester next month with the world's top teams and riders will be racing along local roads in the Tour of Britain.

The metropolitan area will stage the race's Grand Départ for the first time since the inaugural edition of the modern Tour in 2004 - showcasing 120 of the world's best cyclists across eight challenging stages.

This year's Tour of Britain will begin in the market town of Altrincham on Sunday 3rd September - marking the second time that Altrincham has welcomed the Tour of Britain, having previously hosted the start on the final day of the race in 2019.

The peloton will roll out from Market Street, close to Altrincham Market travelling through Ashley and Mobberley, before racing into Wilmslow via Burleyhurst Lane.

The riders will then make their way along Altrincham Road, Water Lane, Alderley Road, Station Road, Macclesfield Road, Adlington Road and Woodford Road before heading to Bramhall and Hazel Grove.

The opening stage will finish on Deansgate in the heart of Manchester city centre, where Dutchman Mathieu van der Poel took the honours in the final stage of the 2019 race.

Stage profile and timings will be available soon.



Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Steve Hughes
Thursday 3rd August 2023 at 9:01 pm
Would be good, from a journalist’s view, to have at least tell us ‘when’!?
Lisa Reeves
Friday 4th August 2023 at 7:09 am
Steve - the date is include in the article above - Sunday 3rd September and the timings have yet to be confirmed.