World champion Julian Alaphilippe returning to the Tour of Britain

Julian Alaphilippe crossing the winning line in Bristol Picture by Simon Wilkinson/SWpix.com – 04/09/2018 – Cycling – OVO Energy Tour of Britain 2018 – Stage 3 Bristol to Bristol – julian Alaphilippe wins in Bristol

Posted on: 27 August 2021

French star and reigning UCI road world champion Julian Alaphilippe will return to the Tour of Britain next month for the first time since winning the UK’s leading race in 2018.

Alaphilippe will lead the Belgian Deceuninck – Quick-Step team in the Tour of Britain alongside home favourite Mark Cavendish, whose participation in the eight-day race (Sunday 5-12 September) was announced earlier this month.

One of the most loved riders in the peloton today, Alaphilippe has a perfect record in the Tour, having claimed the race’s overall title in his sole participation in the event to date. He also won stage three of the 2018 Tour in Bristol, a victory that sits alongside six Tour de France stage victories and successes in prestigious one-day races such as Milan – Sanremo, Flèche Wallonne and Strade Bianche. By virtue of his victory in the UCI World Championships in Imola last year, Alaphilippe will be easily recognisable to the many spectators who line the route owing to the historic rainbow jersey that he is entitled to wear.

“I am really looking forward to racing the Tour of Britain, which will be my last in the rainbow jersey, that I have been so proud to wear for the last 12 months,” said Alaphilippe. “I had a successful race in Britain the last time I was there in 2018, and I know it will be a hard-fought race this time. It will be the perfect race for me to take on, ahead of the world championships. We come here with a strong team and will look to race hard, as we always do.”

Alaphilippe’s famed attacking prowess will automatically make him one of the favourites for the 2021 Tour of Britain, which begins in Cornwall on Sunday 5 September and includes a hill-top finish on the Great Orme, Llandudno (stage four). The 2021 champion will be crowned in Aberdeen on Sunday 12 September. Live coverage will be available on ITV4 in the UK, as well as in over 150 countries worldwide.

About the 2021 Tour of Britain


Stage One Sunday 5 September Penzance to Bodmin 180.8km
Stage Two Monday 6 September Sherford to Exeter 183.9km
Stage Three Tuesday 7 September Carmarthenshire team time trial 18.2km
Stage Four Wednesday 8 September Aberaeron to Great Orme, Llandudno 210km
Stage Five Thursday 9 September Alderley Park to Warrington 152.2km
Stage Six Friday 10 September Carlisle to Gateshead 198km
Stage Seven Saturday 11 September Hawick to Edinburgh 194.8km
Stage Eight Sunday 12 September Stonehaven to Aberdeen 173km


Media Accreditation

Media accreditation applications for this year’s race can be made online at tourofbritain.co.uk/about/press


About the Tour of Britain

Relaunched in 2004 after a five-year absence from the calendar, the Tour of Britain is British Cycling’s premier road cycling event, held annually across eight days in September.

The free-to-watch sporting spectacular features Olympic, world and Tour de France champions, and attracts a roadside audience of over 1.5m spectators. Live coverage of the race is shown daily in the UK on ITV4, in addition to around the world. The Tour of Britain is part of the UCI ProSeries, making it one of the most prestigious sporting events in the sport’s global calendar.

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