Councillors and dignitaries have marked the year countdown until the Tour of Britain gets under way in West Cornwall by confirming more details of the route. It will be the race’s first visit to Cornwall.

Cornwall will now host the Tour of Britain on Sunday, 5th September, 2021, with a 183 kilometre (113.5 mile) opening stage from Penzance to Bodmin, taking in St Ives.

The stage will feature three Skoda King of the Mountains climbs, the first two of these coming on the coast road at Zennor and then Rosewall Hill, just before St Ives.

Tim Dwelly, Cornwall Council’s portfolio holder for culture, economy, and planning, said: “Having the Tour of Britain in Cornwall offers us a chance to show our wonderful corner of the world off to a global audience and will provide even more reasons for visitors to come here and add a much-needed boost for our towns and our tourist industry next year.

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

The Tour of Britain stage will be the largest free national sporting event ever hosted by the Duchy, with live television coverage of the whole stage broadcast in the UK and around the world, and an estimated economic impact of more than £3 million for the Cornish economy.

Malcolm Bell, chief executive of Visit Cornwall, said: “It is fantastic news, not just for those of us lucky enough to live in Cornwall, but it will also attract visitors to come down to celebrate the start with us and provide an economic boost at the start of the late summer season.”

Hugh Roberts, managing director of organiser, SweetSpot, added: “This is, without a doubt, the most highly anticipated Grand Depart of all for the Tour of Britain.

“It is special to be able to mark the countdown with our colleagues from Cornwall Council, Penzance Council, and all of the other partner organisations working towards what we are sure will be a memorable occasion, not just for Cornwall, but for cycling in Britain, and of course help to shine a light on the fantastic cycling routes and facilities that there are in Cornwall.”