Following the success of the Tour Series rounds in the city since 2017, the Tour of Britain will head to Aberdeen in 2020 and 2021.

Next year’s edition of the UK’s biggest and most prestigious cycle race will finish in the Granite City on Sunday 13 September, before the 2021 Tour begins in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

Not only will the 2020 stage mark the first time the Tour of Britain has visited the region, it will also be the furthest point north the modern edition of the race has ever reached.

Aberdeen has hosted three Tour Series rounds; a combined total of 30,000 spectators attended the three race days, with over 85% of them describing the free-to-watch event as “very enjoyable”.

Mick Bennett, race director for the Tour of Britain, said: “Following the success of the Tour Series’ visits there since 2017, we’re delighted that the final stage of next year’s Tour of Britain will be heading to Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. 

“With its mix of stunning landscapes, historic architecture, passionate fans and gruelling terrain it promises to be a spectacular finale to the UK’s biggest bike race. 

“It’s going to be a historic stage: the modern edition of the Tour has never been so far north before, so I’d like to thank everybody who has made it possible. Roll on September!”

Today’s announcement means the Tour Series will not head to Aberdeen in May 2020. Details of next year’s host venues and dates will be announced in due course.