Leader of Aberdeenshire Council Cllr Andy Kille said: “Last year we celebrated being the furthest north that the Tour has ever finished in its history, and this year we will be the furthest north that has ever hosted the ‘Grand Depart’.
"Whilst the detail of the exact route is still to be confirmed, the early plans would suggest it is going to be an absolutely spectacular finish in Aberdeenshire, something neither the riders nor the viewers will forget.
"I know the team are working to bring the Tour in 2022 into the heart of communities that didn’t get to experience the live action last year, thus
widening the popularity of the race as well as the knock-on appetite for cycling across all of our communities. The series of Tour of Britain races which have been hosted in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire are sure to leave a legacy for many years to come.”
Cllr Jenny Laing, Aberdeen City Council Leader said: “Aberdeen was immensely proud to host the finish of last year’s Tour on the beachfront, where thousands of residents and visitors witnessed the spectacular conclusion to a world-class sporting event.
"That the race will this year start in Aberdeen is testimony to the enthusiasm of fans, the partnership support on offer, and the City Region’s burgeoning reputation as a place to live, work, visit and do business. We have invested in the infrastructure needed to grow our events offering and are all winners on the back of that vision.
“The economic, environmental and social benefits from the Tour’s presence this year and last will be felt long into the future.”
Chris Foy, CEO VisitAberdeenshire said: “The return of this prestigious event underlines the region’s emerging status as a top cycling destination with extensive TV coverage shining a spotlight on our spectacular routes and dramatic scenery.
"As we look forward to extending a warm north-east welcome to some of the sports’ top names, we hope to build further on the momentum created by the event in 2021 as spectators come out in strength to watch and support local businesses along the way. “