The Tour of Britain will race between the capitals of Scotland and Wales in 2017, with organisers unveiling a new-look route linking Edinburgh and Cardiff on Tuesday.

There will be first ever stages in north Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire as the race heads down the east coast of the country before heading towards Wales.

Five-time national time trial champion and Essex native Alex Dowsett will no doubt be attracted by a race against the clock in his home county, with Tendring to host a 16km time trial – the classic British 10-mile distance – on stage five.

With organisers Sweetspot taking the Women’s Tour to London for the first time this summer, the capital has been left off the men’s route this time, but that has allowed the race to head in new directions.

“This year’s OVO Energy Tour of Britain route is a race of firsts, with nine new venues welcoming the race plus our first overall start in the city of Edinburgh,” said race director Mick Bennett.

“We will be bringing Britain’s biggest professional cycle race to new areas this September and look forward to our first finish in Wales and the chance to race in Cardiff.”

After an opening stage from Edinburgh to Kelso in the Scottish borders, the race will head to Northumberland, with the 211km stage from Kielder Water & Forest Park to Blyth the longest of the eight-day race.

North Lincolnshire will host its first stage on day three when the peloton tackle a 172km route from Normanby Hall to Scunthorpe before heading to Nottinghamshire a day later to go between Mansfield and Newark-on-Trent.

A day later is the Essex time trial before stage six links Newmarket and Aldeburgh. The race then heads west with stage seven going between Hemel Hempstead and Cheltenham, before the race concludes with a final 180km stage from Worcester to Cardiff.

Team Dimension Data’s Steve Cummings took overall victory in 2016, but the profile this time around is expected to suit a different sort of rider.

Although far from flat in many places, the 1,310km route takes the emphasis off climbing – there is not a single summit finish along the way – to offer plenty of chances for the sprinters.

“We introduced summit finishes for the first time in 2013,” Bennett added. “This year we are giving a chance to the sprinters and rouleurs. Following the success of the Tatton Park finish last year, we have introduced several finishing circuits. This will add a new dimension for both the sprinter’s teams, who will get to see the finish beforehand, and the fans as a whole who will enjoy the spectacle of the race twice.

“The addition of an individual time trial over a classic British 10-mile distance will be a great contest between our national time trial champion Alex Dowsett, on his home roads of Essex, and the world’s best time trialists.”

The 2017 Tour will start on Sunday September 3 and finish eight days later on September 10.