Dates Confirmed for the 2022 AJ BELL Tour of Britain

**PRESS RELEASE**

The dates for the 2022 edition of the AJ Bell Tour of Britain have today been confirmed, with the 18th edition of Britain’s biggest professional cycle race scheduled for Sunday 4 to Sunday 11 September.

Already confirmed for the 2022 route is an overall start hosted by Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, following the success of the final stage of this year’s race, and a final stage on the Isle of Wight for the first time.

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “The Tour of Britain is a key part of EventScotland’s annual portfolio of world-class events and it is great to have it returning to Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire in 2022 after the success of this year’s final stage.

“Scotland is the perfect stage for events and our long-term partnership with the Tour of Britain is the ideal platform to showcase what Scotland has to offer as we build towards host the first-ever UCI Cycling World Championships in 2023.”

Aberdeen City Council leader Councillor Jenny Laing said: “As a city we look forward with great anticipation to providing the starting point for next year’s race. The excitement of this year’s event is still being felt across the region – and the economic and cultural benefits will carry long into the future. It was a thrilling experience to be present for this year’s finish on the Beach Esplanade, among thousands of cheering spectators, savouring world-class sporting competition up close. As a council we have been building our events offering and investing in supporting infrastructure, so we can expect next year’s Tour of Britain to enjoy a flying start in Aberdeen.”

Cllr Andy Kille is the leader of Aberdeenshire Council. He said: “Aberdeenshire got behind the riders at the 2021 event in huge numbers and the positivity that the Tour of Britain created will have had lasting impacts on cycling, wellbeing, and tourism for this area. It is great to see the momentum being maintained, with work already starting to make 2022 just as spectacular. We are all looking forward to welcoming the riders and the teams back here next year, and I feel sure they will also be looking forward to making a return.”

Isle of Wight Councillor Julie Jones-Evans, Member for regeneration and tourism, said;“This is a great opportunity to showcase the Island and everything we have to offer on live national and international TV through the power of sport. The Isle of Wight is well known for its sailing heritage and it’s also a brilliant place to ride a bike thanks to the unique and distinctive coastline and scenery. As well as providing a welcome boost to the local economy, the Tour of Britain is a fantastic sports event that inspires more people to get out on their own bikes, which is great for everyone’s health and wellbeing. We will be working closely with the Tour organisers and other partners over the coming months to prepare for the event.”

Nottinghamshire will also host a midweek stage of the race as the AJ Bell Tour of Britain returns to the county for the first time since 2018.  More details of the 2022 event will be announced in the coming weeks ahead of the launch of the route in spring next year.

Commenting on the news, Mick Bennett, Race Director of organisers SweetSpot said; “This year’s race will live long in the memory but work is already well underway on the 2022 Tour.  With the overall start in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire and our first ever Isle of Wight stage to conclude the race it will be another memorable edition of the AJ Bell Tour of Britain.”

British Cycling’s Head of Sport and Major Events, Jonathan Day, said: “This year’s AJ Bell Tour of Britain will be fondly remembered for many years to come, with its fantastic route, buoyant crowds and a nail-biting GC battle showing off the very best of our sport.

“We’re incredibly excited to work alongside the team at SweetSpot to make the 2022 race even better still, taking it to more of Britain’s communities, supporting our ambition to lead the sport and inspiring the next generation.”

You can watch a recap of the 2021 AJ Bell Tour of Britain, won by Wout van Aert, here.

AJ Bell Women’s Tour Returns – Official Start List

842 days after Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo) won the last edition of the race, the AJ Bell Women’s Tour returns tomorrow (Monday 4 October).

Two days after her historic victory in the first ever women’s Paris Roubaix Deignan heads the start list as the race gets underway in Oxfordshire with a 147.7-kilometre (91.8-mile) stage between Bicester and Banbury.

In total 16 different nationalities are represented on the start line in the 89-rider field.  Britain is the most represented nation with 24 riders in the peloton.

A trio of riders – Hannah Barnes (Canyon SRAM Racing), Leah Kirchmann (Team DSM), and Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo) – will be competing in their seventh edition of the AJ Bell Women’s Tour, having started and finished all six editions to date.

The youngest rider in the race is Alice Towers (Drops – Le Col s/b TEMPUR) at 18 years and 358 days, while Trek-Segafredo rider Trixi Worrack’s in one of the final races of her career at 40 years and 6 days.

This year’s AJ Bell Women’s Tour features its first-ever individual time trial, taking place in Atherstone on stage three (Wednesday 6 October), with the overall champion set to be crowned in Felixstowe on Saturday (9 October).

Double AJ Bell Women’s Tour stage winner Sarah Roy (Team BikeExchange) said; “VeloViewer has been great to see what the courses will be like this year. The stages look like it will be really fun and interesting racing across the whole week and the terrain really suits our team. 

“VeloViewer has been great to see what the courses will be like this year. The stages look like it will be really fun and interesting racing across the whole week and the terrain really suits our team.

“I like that there’s a ‘short’ time trial this year as well. It’ll really sort out the GC which can open the racing up a bit differently for non-time trial riders.  It’s also been a special year with the Olympics and the first time we’ve had a really popular, strong stage race after the World Championships. I expect to see some great racing though, our peloton is relentless.”

Sarah Roy

Rider, Team BikeExchange

Sofia Bertizzolo comes into the AJ Bell Women’s Tour fresh having missed Paris – Roubaix; “I don’t have a lot of experience in the Women’s Tour. It’s only the second time I’ve ridden it.

“I have studied the course and expect a very attacking race. The stage profiles don’t seem too difficult, so the attack might be worth it for those who are aiming for the general classification. The time trial could also be decisive for the general classification. I expect a fast race where everyone is sharp. The latter certainly applies to me. The last few weeks I have not ridden any races. But I’ve had good quality training sessions and I’m fresh and ready to go.”

Sofia Bertizzolo

Will ride the Women's Tour for the 2nd time, Team Liv Racing

About the AJ Bell Women’s Tour

Created by SweetSpot Group in 2014, the AJ Bell Women’s Tour is the UK’s first international stage race for women, bringing the world’s top riders to compete in Great Britain as a part of the UCI Women’s WorldTour.

The race, which has been won by the likes of Marianne Vos (2014), Lizzie Deignan (2016, 2019) and Coryn Rivera (2018), attracts an annual roadside audience of 300,000, as well as over three million fans through linear and online platforms. 

Stages

 

Stage One Monday 4 October Bicester to Banbury 147.6km
Stage Two Tuesday 5 October Walsall to Walsall 103km
Stage Three Wednesday 6 October Atherstone individual time trial 16.6km
Stage Four Thursday 7 October Shoeburyness to Southend-on-Sea 117.5km
Stage Five Friday 8 October Colchester to Clacton-on-Sea 95.3km
Stage Six Saturday 9 October Haverhill to Felixstowe 155km

Teams

Trek – Segafredo

1 Lizzie Deignan GBR
2 Audrey Cordon-Ragot FRA
3 Chloe Hosking AUS
4 Elisa Longo Borghini ITA
5
6 Trixi Worrack GER
Canyon SRAM Racing

11
12 Alice Barnes GBR
13 Hannah Barnes GBR
14 Elise Chabbey SUI
15 Ella Harris NZL
16
SD Worx

21 Amy Pieters NED
22 Chantal van den Broek-Blaak NED
23 Elena Cecchini ITA
24 Christine Majerus LUX
25 Anna Shackley GBR
26 Demi Vollering NED
Alé BTC Ljubljana

31 Marta Bastianelli ITA
32 Eugenia Bujak SLO
33 Maaike Boogaard NED
34
35
36 Sophie Wright GBR
Team Coop – Hitec Products

41 Josie Nelson GBR
42 Caroline Andersson SWE
43 Pernille Feldmann NOR
44 Ingvild Gåskjenn NOR
45 Emma Boogaard NED
46 Mari Mohr NOR
AWOL O’Shea

51 Hannah Bayes GBR
52 Olivia Bent GBR
53 Connie Hayes GBR
54 Alice Lethbridge GBR
55 Phoebe Martin GBR
56 Francesca Morgans-Slader GBR
FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope

61 Eugénie Duval FRA
62 Clara Copponi FRA
63 Maëlle Grossetete FRA
64 Victorie Guilman FRA
65 Evita Muzic FRA
66 Jade Wiel FRA
Parkhotel Valkenburg

71 Mischa Bredewold NED
72 Femke Gerritse NED
73 Pien Limpens NED
74 Femke Markus NED
75 Amber van der Hulst NED
76 Kirstie van Haaften NED
CAMS – Basso Bikes

81 Hayley Simmonds GBR
82 Emma Edwards USA
83 Jessica Finney GBR
84 Natalie Grinczer GBR
85 Katie Scott GBR
86 Becky Storrie GBR
Liv Racing

91
92 Sofia Bertizzolo ITA
93 Alison Jackson CAN
94 Jeanne Korevaar NED
95 Evy Kuijpers NED
96 Soraya Paladin ITA
Team TIBCO – Silicon Valley Bank

101 Lauren Stephens USA
102 Tanja Erath GER
103 Veronica Ewers USA
104 Nicole Frain AUS
105 Nina Kessler NED
106 Abi Smith GBR
Drops – Le Col s/b TEMPUR.

111 Joss Lowden GBR
112 Anna Christian GBR
113 Dani Christmas GBR
114 April Tacey GBR
115 Alice Towers GBR
116 Maria Van’t Geloof NED
Movistar Team

121 Sheyla Gutierrez ESP
122 Aude Biannic FRA
123 Alicia González ESP
124 Jelena Erić SRB
125 Lourdes Oyarbide ESP
126 Gloria Rodríguez ESP
Valcar Travel & Service

131 Elisa Balsamo ITA
132 Chiara Consonni ITA
133 Ilaria Sanguineti ITA
134 Elena Pirrone ITA
135
136 Margaux Vigie FRA
Team BikeExchange

141 Sarah Roy AUS
142 Teniel Campbell TTO
143 Jessica Allen AUS
144 Janneke Ensing NED
145 Ane Santesteban ESP
146 Lucy Kennedy AUS
Team DSM

151 Lorena Wiebes NED
152 Pfeiffer Georgi GBR
153 Megan Jastrab USA
154 Leah Kirchmann CAN
155 Juliette Labous FRA
156 Liane Lippert GER

Dolan Bikes – Announced as Official Bike Partner – Tour of Britain 2021

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Lancashire-based leading bike brand Dolan Bikes have been appointed the official bike partner of this year’s Tour of Britain, Women’s Tour and Tour Series, the UK’s biggest and most prestigious cycling events.

As part of the partnership, two lucky race fans will win a fully custom-built road bike worth £3,000 during this year’s Tour of Britain (5 – 12 September) and Women’s Tour (4 – 9 October). Choosing from a Dolan Ares or Dolan Tuono, the winners will be able to create the bike of their choice, including paint scheme overseen by Dolan Bikes’ in-house team.

The partnership got underway to coincide with the opening round of the Tour Series in Guisborough, with Wales Racing Academy rider Will Roberts winning Round Two in Sunderland on a Dolan Rebus.

Dolan Bikes specialise at offering bikes direct to customers – no two bikes are the same and each customer is able to specify every component on the build. Dolan Bikes’ heritage stretches back to 1966, when Terry Dolan began to build frames in Walton, Liverpool, before going on to establish his own shop. The brand then went on to supply international teams and professionals on both road and track. Terry’s history with the both Tour of Britain – in its Kellogg’s Tour guise – and the Milk Race dates to the mid-1980s when he made frames for ANC Halfords and Team Falcon Cycles, who won the events on six occasions.

We are delighted to partner with Dolan Bikes and are especially thankful that an iconic British company is supporting our ever-popular races. It has been a tough couple of years for the events industry, so to have the support of Dolan now is fantastic news.

Miles Rose

Commercial Director of Tour of Britain, SweetSpot,

Further details of the competition to win either a Dolan Ares or Dolan Tuono will be announced in the build up to the Tour of Britain, which gets underway in Cornwall on Sunday 5 September.

The Tour of Britain is shown live and in full on ITV4, as well as in over 150 countries around the world, and generates widespread media attention, making it the perfect opportunity for brands to reach a truly global audience. Partnership opportunities are available for the 2021 race, ranging from title sponsorship of the event through to jersey naming rights.

For more information visit: sweetspotgroup.co.uk/sponsorship-opportunities.

 

Being a leading British bike brand and having supported our greatest on the road to success, we felt that supporting the biggest bikes races would celebrate the success of cycling in Britain.

Terry Dolan

Director, Dolan Bikes

About the Tour of Britain

Relaunched in 2004 after a five-year absence from the calendar, the Tour of Britain is British Cycling’s premier road cycling event, held annually across eight days in September.

The free-to-watch sporting spectacular features Olympic, world and Tour de France champions, and attracts a roadside audience of over 1.5m spectators. Live coverage of the race is shown daily in the UK on ITV4, in addition to around the world. The Tour of Britain is part of the UCI ProSeries, making it one of the most prestigious sporting events in the sport’s global calendar.

Follow the Tour of Britain on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram or via the event’s official website at tourofbritain.co.uk.

 

About the Women’s Tour

Created by SweetSpot Group in 2014, the Women’s Tour is the UK’s first international stage race for women, bringing the world’s top riders to compete in Great Britain as a part of the UCI Women’s WorldTour.

The race, which has been won by the likes of Marianne Vos (2014), Lizzie Deignan (2016, 2019) and Coryn Rivera (2018), attracts an annual roadside audience of 300,000, as well as over three million fans through linear and online platforms.

Follow the Women’s Tour on Twitter (#WomensTour), Facebook, and Instagram or via the event’s official website at womenstour.co.uk.

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World’s Top Teams to star in 2021 Tour of Britain

The world’s top three teams will be among the 18 squads competing in this year’s Tour of Britain, the 17th edition of the UK’s leading bike race.

INEOS Grenadiers, Deceuninck – Quick-Step and Team Jumbo – Visma are among the seven UCI WorldTeams – along with Israel Start-Up Nation, Movistar Team, Team DSM and Team Qhubeka NextHash – who will take part in the eight-day event, which begins in Cornwall on Sunday 5 September. 

They will be joined by four UCI ProTeams, including the Belgian Alpecin – Fenix squad of reigning champion Mathieu van der Poel. 

The 18 teams competing in the 2021 Tour of Britain are:

  • Alpecin – Fenix (Belgium)
  • Caja Rural – Seguros RGA (Spain)
  • Canyon dhb SunGod (Great Britain)
  • Deceuninck – Quick-Step (Belgium)
  • Global 6 Cycling (New Zealand) – first appearance in 2021
  • Great Britain (Great Britain)
  • INEOS Grenadiers (Great Britain)
  • Israel Start-Up Nation (Israel)
  • Movistar Team (Spain)
  • Rally Cycling (USA) – first appearance in 2021
  • Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling (Great Britain) – first appearance in 2021
  • Saint Piran (Great Britain) – first appearance in 2021
  • SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling (Great Britain)
  • Team Arkéa – Samsic (France) – first appearance in 2021
  • Team DSM (Germany)
  • Team Jumbo – Visma (Netherlands)
  • Team Qhubeka NextHash (South Africa)
  • TRINITY Racing (Great Britain) – first appearance in 2021

Ever-present in their home Tour since their inaugural 2010 season, INEOS Grenadiers will return to the race looking to add to their illustrious record of one overall triumph, 17 stage wins and two jersey victories. With eight British riders – including Tour of Britain stage winner Luke Rowe and podium finisher Owain Doull – among their 32-rider squad, home interest is all-but guaranteed in their six-rider line-up for the race.

Deceuninck – Quick-Step are the most successful team in modern Tour history, having claimed 22 stages and two overall victories since the race returned to the calendar in 2004. Their most recent GC victory came with Frenchman and reigning world champion Julian Alaphilippe in 2018. The team have already claimed 40 victories in 2021, meaning their six-rider squad promises to be incredibly strong.

The Dutch Jumbo – Visma team will compete in their 10th Tour of Britain this September, during which time they have won the race twice (through Dutchman Lars Boom, in 2010 and 2017) and taken 10 stage victories. They will be among the favourites for victory in stage three’s Carmarthenshire team time trial having triumphed in the equivalent stage three years ago.

Among the five teams making their Tour of Britain debut in 2021 are the American Rally Cycling outfit, with their distinctive bright orange jerseys, and Team Arkéa – Samsic, for whom former British road race champion Connor Swift and compatriot Dan McLay could be selected to be compete.

The talented Spanish Caja Rural – Seguros team return for their first participation since 2016 while ambitious Kiwi outfit Global 6 Cycling will cap their debut season in the peloton with a ride in Britain’s biggest race.

Further home interest comes in the selection of all five of Britain’s UCI Continental teams: Canyon dhb SunGod, Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling, Saint Piran, SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling and TRINITY Racing. A Great Britain national team, likely to feature emerging talents, will also compete.

Further announcements about the provisional rider list for the Tour of Britain will be announced in the coming weeks.

What a race we have in store for us this September! Once again, we’ve attracted the world’s biggest teams to the Tour of Britain, and I know they’re going to put on a show for the home fans and our worldwide TV audience. Combined with those British domestic teams we’ve invited, who always ride fearlessly and get stuck in, I really cannot wait for the racing to begin now!

Mick Bennett

Race Director, Tour of Britain

2021 Tour of Britain Stages

 

Stage One Sunday 5 September Penzance to Bodmin 180.8km
Stage Two Monday 6 September Sherford to Exeter 184km
Stage Three Tuesday 7 September Carmarthenshire team time trial 18.1km
Stage Four Wednesday 8 September Aberaeron to Great Orme, Llandudno 209.7km
Stage Five Thursday 9 September Alderley Park to Warrington 152km
Stage Six Friday 10 September Carlisle to Gateshead 192.7km
Stage Seven Saturday 11 September Hawick to Edinburgh 194.7km
Stage Eight Sunday 12 September Stonehaven to Aberdeen 173km

 

 

About the 2021 Tour of Britain

Relaunched in 2004 after a five-year absence from the calendar, the Tour of Britain is British Cycling’s premier road cycling event, held annually across eight days in September.

The free-to-watch sporting spectacular features Olympic, world and Tour de France champions, and attracts a roadside audience of over 1.5m spectators. Live coverage of the race is shown daily in the UK on ITV4, in addition to around the world. The Tour of Britain is part of the UCI ProSeries, making it one of the most prestigious sporting events in the sport’s global calendar.

Follow the Tour of Britain on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram or via the their official website at tourofbritain.co.uk.

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Chris Maher

Photographer & Writer

Based in the North East of England; photographer Chris Maher specialises in sports photography with his main interests in Cycling and Super Bikes. Chris has covered sports events from local and national level right up to the Olympics for CyclingShorts.cc.
Website: www.ChrisMaher.co.uk

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Anna Magrath

Editor & Writer

Anna Magrath founded CyclingShorts.cc in 2008 and invited some of her cycling friends; coaches, photographers, writers and pro cyclists of different disciplines to join her, bringing you all things cycling related.

Over the years Anna has supported grass roots cycling events, riders and teams. Anna has a particular interest in Track, Road, womens cycling, recreational cycling and cycling related art. She has reported from the top cycle races on the world calendar including the Tour de France, Olympics, World Cups & World Championships.

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2019 OVO Energy Women’s Tour Preview

Ahead of the opening stage of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour on Monday (10 June) in Suffolk, four of the race’s previous five champions, Lizzie Deignan, Marianne Vos, Kasia Niewiadoma and Coryn Rivera, spoke at a pre-race media event in Ipswich, looking ahead to the six day race.

The quartet, along with 2015 winner Lisa Brennauer (WNT ROTOR Pro Cycling), feature in a 16-team, 96-rider start list for the sixth edition of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour, which concludes in Carmarthenshire on Saturday 15 June.

[on parcours] “I think like always we’re going to have to be very prepared for the unpredictability of the stages. The only thing we can be sure of is that the first stage is flat and from there on in we have to be prepared for anything because I think those Welsh stages will be really difficult.

“I think our team is really focused on having the opportunity every night on TV to showcase Women’s cycling; we’ll be aggressive and make the racing interesting, and normally that leads to victory.”

[on ambitions] “We’ll be aggressive and make the racing interesting and normally that leads to victories.”

[on her return to racing] “This race was my first idea of when I would return to racing so I’ve come back earlier than expected, and thank goodness because this would be a pretty brutal beginning. I’m going to take a rest after this race, so this is the last block of racing for me before I have a rest.”

[on Stage 2 at the Kent Cyclopark] “I think it’s going to be really painful! It’s been about 15 years since I’ve done a criterium, I might be in trouble. It’s going to be fast, technical and aggressive. There will be lots of accelerations and I think it’ll be a hard stage.”

[on winning the OVO Energy Women’s Tour in 2016] “I think winning overall for me was a huge deal. I’d never won a stage race before – I barely finish stage races normally, so to finish it and win it was very special. I think I probably had some of the strongest legs of my career at the Women’s Tour that year, and to race in front of a British crowd is always incredibly special for me.”

Lizzie Deignan

2016 winner, Trek Segafredo

[on parcours] “This race is always unpredictable so things can happen in every stage and when it’s flat it’s rolling and the weather can play a role as well, the first few can be decisive for the general already.”

[on form] “It’s exciting to be back racing, tomorrow I will feel the first race back again like Kasia [Niewiadoma] said.”

[on team and leadership] “It’s unpredictable and that’s also how we go into this race with an open strategy and see how it turns out and we’ll play that card and it’s better when you have more cards to play especially when it is this hard. Of course a stage victory is always great and we hope to do well in GC.”

Marianne Vos

2014 winner, CCC Liv

[on ambitions] “With my team, we are ready to do our best as everyone and of course it will be great to get some stage victories and GC at the end but it’s always easier said and done.”

[on parcours] “Somehow, I feel even tomorrow will be super difficult, even though it’s flat I know how I won this race was a stupid attack, so maybe tomorrow someone will do it as well.” 

[on solo win] “I do believe there are a lot of riders have the opportunity to win from just a solo attack.”

Kasia Niewiadoma

2017 winner, Canyon SRAM Racing

[on parcours] “Definitely the last two stages in Wales are pretty hard and then an interesting stage two with the circuit is different but will definitely be exciting, quite a bit harder than last year.”

[on form] “I’m confident in my form and also I my team, I think we’re here with a strong squad and we will do our best.”

Coryn Rivera

2018 winner, Team Sunweb

 

OVO Energy Womens Tour Pre Race Press Conference 2019 by Cycling Shorts

Sunday 9th June, all the teams and media assembled for a pre race press conference for the OVO Energy Women’s Tour 2019. All content ©Cyclingshorts.cc | www.chrismaher.co.uk

Once more the OVO Energy Women’s Tour offers prize money parity with the men’s Tour of Britain, thanks to award winning independent energy supplier OVO Energy, the title sponsors for a third edition of the race.

Stage One takes place in Suffolk, getting underway from Beccles at 10:30 and featuring a 157.9-kilometre / 98-mile that finishing in Stowmarket, with an expected finish of around 15:00 in the town centre.

Highlights of Stage One will be shown on ITV4 at 20:00 on Monday 10 June with a repeat at 06:25 on Tuesday 11 June on the same channel.  Programmes will be available on demand via the ITV Hub catch up service and via Eurosport in the UK and around the world.

Chris Maher

Chris Maher

Photographer & Writer

Based in the North East of England; photographer Chris Maher specialises in sports photography with his main interests in Cycling and Super Bikes. Chris has covered sports events from local and national level right up to the Olympics for CyclingShorts.cc.
Website: www.ChrisMaher.co.uk

Anna Magrath

Anna Magrath

Editor & Writer

Anna Magrath founded CyclingShorts.cc in 2008 and invited some of her cycling friends; coaches, photographers, writers and pro cyclists of different disciplines to join her, bringing you all things cycling related.

Over the years Anna has supported grass roots cycling events, riders and teams. Anna has a particular interest in Track, Road, womens cycling, recreational cycling and cycling related art. She has reported from the top cycle races on the world calendar including the Tour de France, Olympics, World Cups & World Championships.

Want to get involved? Why not get in touch.

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WNT ROTOR Pro Cycling’s 2020 Plans

Press Release

from WNT ROTOR Pro Cycling

On the eve of Liege-Bastogne-Liege, WNT ROTOR Pro Cycling are happy to announce they will apply for a UCI Women’s World Tour licence in 2020.

WNT ROTOR will put forward an application to be a part of the UCI Women’s World Tour. The new structure which will be introduced by the governing body will become a two-tier system from 2020 and as a team, we plan on being a part of the highest tier.

We are convinced the new system will make female cycling more professional and after having some positive meetings and discussions with UCI president David Lappartient and Morgane Gaultier, the women’s cycling co-ordinator, it looks to be a well thought-out concept and we are hopeful of gaining Women’s World Tour Status.

There are obligations which need to be met, including pay with a newly implemented minimum salary to our riders, as well as other insurances.

The feeling at WNT ROTOR Pro Cycling is that the sport and especially women’s cycling is moving in the right direction and this is another big step forward. We would relish the opportunity to be racing and representing women’s cycling at the top of an ever-changing future.

I think the UCI, David Lappartient and Morgane Gaultier have done a great job, to make an effective change to women’s cycling, we will be registering our interest with excitement to be a part of the 5 world tour teams in 2020.

Claude Sun

Team Manager & Managing Director, WNT ROTOR Pro Cycling & Cutting Tools Europe

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