In 2020, the Tour of Britain road cycling event will begin with a 105-mile opening stage in Cornwall.
Britain’s biggest professional cycle race will see 120 professional riders start on Penzance promenade and finish in Bodmin after visits to St Ives, Redruth, Falmouth, Truro, and the Eden Project at St Austell.
Organisers are hoping for 180,000 spectators and independent economic reports estimate that the event will generate more than £3 million of additional spending in the Duchy.
Adam Paynter, leader of Cornwall Council, said:”This is fantastic news for Cornwall. It will help to enhance our profile both at home and abroad.
“We will also work to ensure we create a long-lasting legacy from the event by raising the profile of cycling in Cornwall and motivating more people to get on two wheels and lead healthier, more active lives.”
Ex-professional cyclist Chris Opie, from Truro, said: “The chance to witness the world’s top athletes competing in one of the world’s toughest events right on their doorstep, enabling a generation to dream and to aim for exciting, ambitious goals, could be genuinely life changing.”
Mick Bennett, Tour of Britain Race Director, said: “A lot of hard work over a sustained period has gone into today’s news, which we know will excite sports fans in Cornwall and across Britain.”
The Tour of Britain is British Cycling’s premier road cycling event and the most prestigious race in Britain, and is shown live on ITV4 and Eurosport as well as being broadcast in 190 countries worldwide.
Details of the route for the 2019 OVO Energy Tour of Britain in September will be announced in the late spring at the event’s National Launch and further details of the Cornish stage of the 2020 race will be announced this autumn.