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How to watch the 2021 Tour of Britain – live TV and streaming

LLANDUDNO SEPTEMBER 08 LR Wout Van Aert of Belgium and Team Jumbo Visma sprints at finish line to win the stage ahead of Julian Alaphilippe of France and Team Deceuninck QuickStep during the 17th Tour of Britain 2021 Stage 4 a 210km stage from Aberaeron to Great Orme Llandudno 1306m TourofBritain TourofBritain on September 08 2021 in Llandudno United Kingdom Photo by Alex LiveseyGetty Images
Wout van Aert and Julian Alaphilippe battling for stage victory in Llandudno (Image credit: Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

The Tour of Britain has returned after a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, getting underway on September 5, as several star names hit the roads for the eight-day race through England, Wales and Scotland.

The race will be broadcast in select locations in Europe and the rest of the world. You can find out how to watch the race wherever you are with our handy guide and with ExpressVPN.

While reigning champion Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) isn't riding, his age-old rival Wout van Aert heads up the Jumbo-Visma selection as he returns to racing following the Tokyo Olympics.

Ineos Grenadiers' Ethan Hayter leads the race after six stages, having picked up a sprint stage win in Warrington. He leads triple stage winner Van Aert by four seconds with two days to go.

World champion Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) is also competing, with the Frenchman looking to add to his overall victory in 2018. His teammate, Tour de France green jersey winner Mark Cavendish, is also racing, as is Yves Lampaert.

Dan Martin, Michael Woods and André Greipel line up for Israel Start-Up Nation as one of the strongest teams in the race, while Ineos Grenadiers bring a top team with Hayter, Michał Kwiatkowski, Richie Porte, and Rohan Dennis.

Van Aert will be joined at Jumbo-Visma by George Bennett and Tony Martin, meanwhile. At Movistar, Marc Soler and Matteo Jorgenson lead the way.

Sprint competition for Cavendish and Greipel comes in the form of Giacomo Nizzolo (Qhubeka NextHash), Dan McLay (Arkéa-Samsic), and the DSM pair of Max Kanter and Nils Eekhoff.

The race takes in eight days running south to north from Cornwall to northern Scotland, with several challenging hilly stages along the way. The Carmarthenshire team time trial on stage 3 will be key, as will uphill finishes on stage 4 in Llandudno and stage 6 in Gateshead.

Check here for our comprehensive race preview, and read on for all the information on how to watch the 2021 Tour of Britain

Tour of Britain live stream

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The race will be aired in select countries around Europe on Eurosport and Eurosport Player. A subscription to Eurosport Player costs £6.99 for a single month, £4.99 for a year-long monthly pass, or £39.99 for a 12-month pass.

GCN+ will also air the race, with coverage available in the UK, the USA, Australia, Canada, and around Europe and numerous other countries around the world. Pricing runs the same as a Eurosport Player subscription.

In the UK, ITV4 will also be airing the race live and in full, as well as showing a highlights package at 8pm.

In France, live coverage will be provided by L'Equipe TV.

Be warned, though, geo-restrictions may apply if you're outside your home country or on holiday during the Tour of Britain.

You can get around that, however, by accessing the streams via a VPN, with ExpressVPN offering the ability to simulate being back in your home country, allowing you to watch the race live on various devices – including Smart TVs, Fire TV Stick, PC, Mac, iPhone, Android phone, iPads, tablets, etc.

Tour of Britain schedule

StageDateLocationStart - Finish (BST)
Stage 1September 5Penzance - Bodmin11:00 - 15:33
Stage 2September 6Sherford - Exeter11:00 - 15:37
Stage 3September 7Llandeilo - National Botanic Garden of Wales13:05 - 14:56
Stage 4September 8Aberaeron - Great Orme, Llandudno10:30 - 15:45
Stage 5September 9Alderley Park - Warrington11:30 - 15:22
Stage 6September 10Carlisle - Gateshead10:45 - 15:42
Stage 7September 11Hawick - Edinburgh10:45 - 15:38
Stage 8September 12Stonehaven - Aberdeen10:30 - 14:52