The iconic Tour of Britain cycle race will be coming through Suffolk once again for the first time in six years. 

The fifth day of the UK's longest running international cycle race will pass through Babergh and Mid Suffolk, before culminating along the Suffolk coast at Felixstowe. 

This stage will mark Suffolk’s first appearance in the Tour of Britain since 2017, although it will be the fifth time in modern race history that the peloton will have raced through the county. Felixstowe has never previously welcomed the Tour of Britain, however its sister race – the Women’s Tour – dramatically culminated there in 2021.

Karen Chapman, Suffolk Growth partnership manager, said: “The return of the Tour to Suffolk, with a stage finish in Felixstowe, is an exceptional opportunity to showcase the county’s natural beauty and visitor experience to local, national, and international audiences. Suffolk Growth are proud to be a partner in this year’s Tour, working closely with race organisers, and local partners to deliver a world-class event, generating direct community and economic impact, and raising the profile of cycling for both elite and leisure participants.”

Full details of stage five - including the start location, route and timetable - will be announced soon. 

Mick Bennett, Tour of Britain race director, said: “It’s great that the Tour of Britain is returning to Suffolk after six years away.

"Of course, the whole county has been incredible in its support of the Women’s Tour, which has visited Suffolk four times in that time.

"The crowd – and their noise - for that race’s finale in Felixstowe in 2021 was unbelievable. I reckon we’re in for a repeat of that come September.

“Given the race’s links to Suffolk now date back nearly 15 years, on behalf of the race I must say how grateful I am to Suffolk Growth and all of our local stakeholders for their continued support of the Tour.”