Tour of Britain plan moves into top gear

Professional cycling’s Tour of Britain is set to come to the North-east after winning local authority support.

Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council will work in partnership to host the final stage of the Tour of Britain in 2020 and the event’s Grand Depart in 2021.

Final negotiations are to take place with organising company SweetSpot.

Featuring more than 120 of the world’s top cyclists, the annual Tour of Britain is the country’s biggest road cycling event.

Aberdeen City Council has hosted the spin-off Tour Series for the past three years.

Councillor Jenny Laing, Co-Leader of Aberdeen City Council, said: “This is another important milestone in the Aberdeen 365 event strategy, which not only enhances the cultural and sporting offering for the residents we serve but importantly to attract visitors.”

Cllr Jim Gifford, Leader of Aberdeenshire Council, said: “We welcome the support from committees of both authorities in our bid to bring this professional race to the region, along with all the benefits that hosting this exciting event brings.”

Photograph shows Tour Series in Aberdeen.

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