Cornwall will host the modern Tour of Britain for the first time ever in September 2021, following the postponement of the 2020 race. The Grand Depart will see riders travel 180 kilometres through the Cornish countryside, starting in Penzance and ending in Bodmin.
The stage’s route also visits St Just, St Ives, Hayle, Camborne, Pool, Redruth, Falmouth, Penryn, Truro, Newquay and St Austell, before passing close to the Eden Project on its way to the finish in Bodmin.
Riders will encounter a challenging ending to the race’s first-ever stage in Cornwall, which culminates outside Bodmin General Station, the principal station on the Bodmin and Wenford Railway line, Bodmin Keep: Cornwall’s Army Museum and Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry War Memorial. After a fast run in to the town centre, riders will climb for 500 metres up Turf Street and St Nicholas Street; a section that begins with a 13% incline and averages a gradient of 5%.
The agreement to hold the race was confirmed at a special signing ceremony with the Tour of Britain organiser SweetSpot and Cornwall Council at Chy Trevail in Bodmin on Friday 22 March 2019.