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

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.

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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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Tour of Flanders – Stay in the Loop

TOUR OF FLANDERS

Stay up to date with the Tour of Flanders

Anna Magrath, Editor, UK

06 April 2019

For the first time you can follow the live tracking data from a selection of 40 of the top female riders in the Tour of Flanders for Women’s. This UCI Women’s WorldTour race will be collaborating with Proximus and their online tracking, with the support of all the teams, riders and partner; In The Race.

The Flanders Classic organisation has chosen 40 riders who will wear the tracker during the race on Sunday 7th April. The tracker will record 5 parameters; Speed, location, heart rate, cadence and power output. All the data collated will be integrated in to an online format by Proximus on the following website: rondevanvlaanderen.proximus-sports.be

Fans will be able to follow the data from every rider equipped with a tracker. From this group you have the option to select a number of riders to follow and choose your favourite amongst them. In addition your favourite rider will be highlighted in relation to the other selected riders, allowing you to constantly monitor their progress through the race.

On the 7th April at 3:15 CET, we will find out who will succeed Anna van der Breggen in Oudenaarde.

Racing up the Kwaremont

Photograph by © Patrick Verhoest

Flanders Classics supports the Belgian National Lottery in the GP Stig Broeckx

During the men’s Tour of Flanders the riders will be riding a race within a race to compete in the ‘Grote Prijs Stig Broeckx”. The winner will receive Eur, 5,000 from the Belgian National Lottery to donate to a charity of their choice, Stig Broeckx will also get Eur, 5,000 to donate to a charity close to his heart.

Almost three years have past since Stig; who was riding for Lotto Soudal was involved in a serious crash and ended up in a coma.His long and courageous journey on the way to recovery inspired the Belgian National Lottery to crown the bravest Flandrien and thereby also pay tribute to Stig Broeckx.

The starting point for the Grote Prijs Stig Broeckx will be in Kluisbergen. There, Van de Broecktestraat will be renamed Broeckxstraat for the day of the race. Broeckxstraat is 4km from the finish line of the Grote Prijs Stig Broeckx – the top of the Oude Kwaremont, the first rider to reach the top will win the prize (around 1:30pm CET).

 

Peter Sagan on the Kwaremont

Photograph by © Patrick Verhoest.

Watch Tour of Flanders Presentation Live

If you can’t make it to the presentations in Antwerp on Sunday morning (7th April), Proximus will be streaming the ceremony live via the official Proximus Sports Facebook page, broadcasting live from 9am.

Studio Brussel will shake awake the Grand Place of Antwerp with a DJ-set by Jeroen De Lodder from 9:00am. The riders will be welcomed on to the stage to be welcomed by the crowds.

A total of 25 teams will be presented between 9;00am and 10;15am, you will be able to watch interviews with the race favourites.

 

Yorkshire 2019 UCI Road World Championships Routes and Race Schedule Announced

 

In October 2016 Yorkshire was awarded the right to host the 2019 Road Cycling World Championships. The winning bid was made jointly by British Cycling, Welcome to Yorkshire, UK Sport and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).
We have been waiting patiently to hear the details of the event.
The full routes and race schedule for the Yorkshire 2019 UCI Road World Championships have been officially unveiled in Innsbruck
(Austria).
The racing starts on Saturday 21st September with Para-cycling events before the first UCI World Champions are crowned the following day with the maiden Team Time Trial Mixed Relay. This event will replace the separate men’s and women’s trade team time trials, and will be contested by national teams consisting of three male riders and three female riders.
The male athletes will ride first and the women will replace them on the road as soon as the second male rider has crossed the finish line. Final timings will be taken when the second female rider crosses the finish line, with the fastest team declared the winner.
The Yorkshire 2019 programme will continue through until Sunday 29th September with Individual Time Trials and Road Races for Junior (Under 18), Under 23 and Elite male and female riders.
Harrogate will serve as the destination town for every race, with start locations across the county to ensure the Championships reach as many people as possible.
It is a great honour to be hosting the 2019 UCI Road World Championships. This will be the most inclusive and diverse Championships ever held and cement Yorkshire’s place as a world – class cycling destination.
The countdown is now well and truly on and there will be many people in Yorkshire and across Britain who are looking forward to this iconic event. We can promise huge, passionate crowds, stunning scenery and epic racing.
We have worked hard with the UCI to design a challenging and spectacular range of routes which take in all four corners of the county. We are thrilled to be able to share these routes and are sure they will make for exciting racing
Sir Gary Verity

Chief Executive, Welcome to Yorkshire

After the Tour de France Grand Départ in 2014 and the consequent creation of the legacy Tour de Yorkshire, this magnificent region has left us in no doubt that the 2019 UCI Road World Championships will be a memorable occasion.
The competitions in Yorkshire will open with the new Team Time Trial Mixed Relay, a UCI initiative that will replace the trade team time trial and will see men and women competing together for their nation.
I cannot wait to witness this first-ever Team Time Trial Mixed Relay, which is part of the UCI’s drive to further increase the attractiveness of our Road World Championships, encourage gender equality, and showcase National Federations and their riders.
In addition, the 2019 UCI Road World Championships will be taking place less than a year out from the Olympic Games, with riders seeking to earn precious qualification points for Tokyo 2020. This will add to the excitement of the racing on the roads of Yorkshire.
David Lappartient

President David Lappartient, UCI

The 2018 Championships are currently taking place in Innsbruck – Tirol and Welcome to Yorkshire Chief Executive Sir Gary Verity DL led a packed presentation of the Yorkshire 2019 event on Wednesday evening.
He was joined on stage by UCI President David Lappartient, British Cycling CEO Julie Harrington, and Great Brita in riders Alex Dowsett and Hayley Simmonds. Prime Minister Theresa May concluded the presentation via video message, lending the UK Government’s full support.
The Championships are receiving unprecedented financial backing with the UK Government and UK Sport committing £12 million to deliver a truly world – class event. A further £15 million has been allocated to develop entry – level cycling facilities across England. This commitment means that the 2019 UCI Road World Championships will deliver a legacy that will transform the sporting fabric of the country.
The full race programme is as follows:
Day 1: Saturday 21 September: Beverley – Tadcaster – Wetherby – Harrogate Circuit 
Para-cycling Road Races (C1 Event)
Day 2:
Sunday 22 September: Harrogate Circuit – Team Time Trial Mixed Rela– 28km (two circuits)
Day 3:
Monday 23 September: Harrogate Circuit – Women Junior Individual Time Trial – 14km (one circuit) and Men Junior Individual Time Trial – 28km (two circuits)
Day 4:
Tuesday 24 September: Ripon to Harrogate – Men Under 23 Indivi dual Time Trial – 32.5km (route plus one circuit) and Women Elite Individual Time Trial – 32.5km (route plus one circuit)
Day 5:
Wednesday 25 September: Northallerton to Harrogate – Men Elite Individual Time Trial – 54km (route only)
Day 6:
Thursday 26 September: Richmond to Harrogate – Men Junior Road Race – 144.5km (route plus three circuits)
Day 7:
Friday 27 September: Doncaster to Harrogate – Women Junior Road Race – 91.5km (route only) and Men Under 23 Road Race – 192.5km (route plus three circuits)
Day 8:
Saturday 28 September: Bradford to Harrogate – Women Elite Road Race – 149.5km (route plus three circuits)
Day 9:
Sunday 29 September: Leeds to Harrogate – Men Elite Road Race – 284.5km (route plus seven circuits)
Day 1: Saturday 21 September: Beverley – Tadcaster – Wetherby – Harrogate Circuit – Para – cycling Road Races (C1 Event)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Full details on the Yorkshire 2019 UCI Road World Championships can be found at: http://Yorkshire2019.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.

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Dame Sarah Storey hails Stoke-on-Trent’s ahead of Women’s Tour

Dame Sarah Storey hails Stoke-on-Trent’s sporting prowess as they get set to welcome Women’s Tour

Paralympian legend Dame Sarah Storey heaped praise on Stoke-on-Trent’s positive attitude towards sport – as she helped to officially launch Stage 2 of the 2017 Women’s Tour which will start and finish in the city.

Great Britain’s most decorated female Paralympian was speaking at an event where full details were revealed for the The Women’s Tour and The Tour Series.

Sarah, who will have her own team in the Tour Series event and has competed in the city in the past.

Stoke-on-Trent is a fantastic city for hosting cycling events. Having cities like this which are up for it make a huge difference to cycling and sport in general, and people here should be very excited about the events which are coming.

Dame Sarah Storey

Cyclist & Team Manager, Storey Cycling Team

Stoke-on-Trent will welcome the world’s top female cyclists on Thursday, June 8 when the city hosts a stage of The Women’s Tour. Stage Two of the UK’s biggest professional women’s race will start and finish in the city centre, giving people the chance to get up close to the action as elite cyclists battle it out on the roads of the city.

All of the world’s top 15 teams will take part in the race, which will start on Upper Market Square, next to the statue of Sir Stanley Matthews, and finish 144.5km later back in the city with riders sprinting for the finish line outside Hanley Town Hall.

The stage will take riders on an anti-clockwise route through Joiners Square, Bucknall, Bentilee, Adderley Green, Park Hall and Meir. The riders will then head out into Staffordshire before returning to the city centre through Baddeley Green and Abbey Hulton, giving residents plenty of opportunities to catch a glimpse of the action for free.

The Women’s Tour will be the second major cycling event to be held in the city this year, following on from Round Two of The Tour Series circuit race which takes place in the city centre on Thursday, May 11.

The Tour Series, which is coming to the city for the ninth time, will feature seven professional men’s teams (8pm), as well as the women’s Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series (6pm), battling it out on a closed road, city centre circuit which starts and finishes on Town Road. Before the races, the day will feature school activities and a corporate grand prix which local businesses and organisations can take part in. There will also be street entertainment around a promotional zone.

Marianne Vos, Women's Tour Stage 4 2016 - ©www.chrismaher.co.uk

2014 winner Marianne Vos – ©www.chrismaher.co.uk / Cyclingshorts.cc

We’re delighted to be bringing these high quality sporting events to the city this year.

We have a long and successful association with hosting top cycling events in Stoke-on-Trent but this will be the first time we have held a stage start and finish of the Women’s Tour, which is fantastic news. It will give people the chance to see top class cyclists in front of their own eyes for free.

Combined with the Tour Series, these two events – which will both be televised on TV – will show off our city to a national and international audience as being a lively visitor and leisure destination, further supporting our bid to become UK City of Culture 2021. The races will also draw crowds into the city, which is great news for our businesses and economy, and will hopefully inspire more people to take up cycling and get active.

Councillor Terry Follows

Cabinet member for Greener City, Development and Leisure

The Women’s Tour will begin in Northamptonshire on Wednesday, June 7, with the opening stage between Daventry and Kettering and also include stages in Warwickshire and Derbyshire, finishing in central London on Sunday 11 June. A one-hour highlights programme of every stage will be broadcast daily on ITV4 and available on demand via the ITV Hub.

We’re delighted to be bringing our events back to Stoke-on-Trent. We have a brilliant relationship with the council who have an unparalleled ambition for bringing sporting events to the area and we are looking forward to being a part of their plans for 2017.

Mick Bennett

Race Director

The three editions to date, won by Marianne Vos in 2014, Lisa Brennauer in 2015 and Lizzie Armitstead in 2016, have seen hundreds of thousands of spectators turn out at the roadside with many more around the UK watching the ITV4 highlights every evening.

 

Stage 1 – Wednesday 7 June – Daventry to Kettering
Stage 2 – Thursday 8 June – The Stoke-on-Trent Stage
Stage 3 – Friday 9 June – Atherstone to Royal Leamington Spa
Stage 4 – Saturday 10 June – Chesterfield to Chesterfield
Stage 5 – Sunday 11 June – The London Stage

The full list of teams for The Women’s Tour is:

  • Ale Cipollini (Italy)
  • BePink Cogeas (Italy)
  • Boels Dolmans Cycling Team (Netherlands)
  • Canyon//SRAM (Germany)
  • Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling (Germany)
  • Cylance Pro Cycling (USA)
  • Drops (Great Britain)
  • FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope (France)
  • Hitec Products (Norway)
  • Lares Waowdeals (Belgium)
  • Lensworld Kuota (Belgium)
  • Orica Scott (Australia)
  • Team Sunweb (Netherlands)
  • Team VeloCONCEPT Women (Denmark)
  • Team WNT (Great Britain)
  • Wiggle HIGH5 (Great Britain)
  • WM3 Pro Cycling (Netherlands)
2016 Aviva Women's Tour winner Lizzie Armitstead - ©www.chrismaher.co.uk / Cyclingshorts.cc

2016 Aviva Women’s Tour winner Lizzie Armitstead – ©www.chrismaher.co.uk / Cyclingshorts.cc

 

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