Next year’s Tour of Britain will start in Scotland, the race’s organisers announced on Wednesday.

The Scottish Borders and Dumfires and Galloway will host the 2011 Tour of Britain’s opening stage. The Tour last visited in Scotland in 2009, when stage three took place in Peebles.

“The Tour of Britain is a highlight on the cycling calendar for top international cyclists and enthusiasts from around the world,” said Paul Bush, CEO of EventScotland.

“EventScotland are delighted to announce that this world class event will return to Scotland next year and we are already in the planning stages to ensure that our stage will one of the best of The Tour for everyone involved.”

Precise details of the Scottish stage will be released early in 2011. A mass participation ride for 1,500 cyclists is also being planned to coincide with the stage.

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  • Mark Jones

    It’s pleasing to see plans for next year’s race already given the removal of funding from RDA’s that has affected the Cicle classic. This should please the Scottish fans and who knows perhaps Endura could be a Pro-Continental team this time next year.