2013 Tour of Britain stage one - Peebles to Drumlanrig

2013 Tour of Britain stage one - Peebles to Drumlanrig

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Stage one - Sunday 15 September
Peebles to Drumlanrig Castle 201km

2013 Tour of Britain route stage one

Scotland will welcome the return of The Tour of Britain when it hosts the Grand Depart of the tenth anniversary edition of Britain’s biggest professional cycle race in September.

Peebles and Drumlanrig Castle will host the start and finish of stage one of The Tour of Britain on Sunday 15 September. The Scottish Borders has hosted The Tour of Britain three times previously, from Peebles in 2009 and 2011 and from Jedburgh in 2012.

The Tour of Britain last visited Drumlanrig Castle in 2008, when Edvald Boasson Hagen won, while Dumfries has hosted stage finishes in the past two editions of the race, both won by Mark Cavendish.

Stage one will take in a 200-kilometre route passing through Selkirk, Hawick, Gretna and Dumfries before riders tackle a short finishing circuit based around Drumlanrig Castle.

There will also be an extra chance for fans in the south of Scotland to see The Tour, as after a sort trip over the border Carlisle will host the stage two start on Monday 16 September, ahead of a tough Lake District Stage.