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The Women's Tour returns to Warwickshire!

Published on Wednesday, 15th February 2017

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The cyclists line up at the start in Atherstone's Market Square

Women's Tour Stage 3 to start in Atherstone

Atherstone and Leamington Spa announced as Warwickshire's host venues for the Women's Tour

The UK stages of the Women's Tour, the cycling extravaganza which sped through Warwickshire last June, have been announced with the county again hosting a leg of the race after the success of 2016's leg which saw 75,000 spectators line its roads.

Warwickshire County Council in partnership with the University of Warwick will welcome a stage of the race for the second successive year on Friday 9 June, with Atherstone and Royal Leamington Spa hosting the start and finish of the Warwickshire stage, before the penultimate stage starts and finishes in Chesterfield, where Lizzie Deignan won Stage Three in 2016, and which includes extensive climbing for the riders.

Warwickshire County Council portfolio holder for economic development, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, said: “Playing host to Stage 2 of this high profile cycling tour offered a chance to showcase our county at its best. The huge numbers of visitors meant that many local businesses were able to benefit from the boost it gave to the region and we are looking forward already to the race returning to Warwickshire.”

Cllr Philip Johnson, Chair of the Communities and Scrutiny Committee said: "I am delighted that the details of the stages for the Women's Tour have been announced. It’s important that we continue to secure events of this calibre into the future to build on last year's success."

All of the world’s top 15 teams will take part in the race, which is a part of the UCI Women’s WorldTour, including the world’s number one team Boels Dolmans, of defending race champion Lizzie Deignan, and Wiggle HIGH5, ensuring British fans can again look forward to cheering on the world’s best riders.  In addition the British-based Drops and WNT teams will complete the 17 team field.

The Women’s Tour will begin in Northamptonshire on Wednesday 7 June, with the opening stage between Daventry and Kettering before the second stage includes Staffordshire and the city of Stoke-on-Trent prior to the racers coming to Warwickshire and proceeding to Chesterfield and Derbyshire.

London will then host the final stage on Sunday 11 June, as the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan helped Olympic Champion Katie Archibald and rising British star Alice Barnes unveil the route for the 2017 race.  The route will take place over 14 laps of the same iconic 6 kilometre circuit as used by the men’s Tour of Britain, starting and finishing on Regent Street, St James and featuring the likes of Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and Whitehall on every lap.

The fourth edition of the world leading race also has a major new charity partnership with Breast Cancer Care to celebrate 25 years of the pink ribbon.

Breast Cancer Care is the Official Charity Partner of The Women’s Tour. This specialist support charity has 1,000 places for women to cycle their Pink Ribbon Tour, completing 25km on the circuit whilst raising money for women facing breast cancer. Everyone will come together in support of the most common cancer affecting women in the UK and to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the pink ribbon.

Speaking about the race, Team WNT’s Katie Archibald, who won Gold in the Team Pursuit in Rio de Janeiro said: “I'm excited but also nervous about the opportunity to ride The Women's Tour since it's one of the most competitive stage races on the women's UCI calendar. Riding for Team WNT I hope to make an impact on the road scene after a change of focus from an enjoyable track season in 2016”

Commenting on the route, Women’s Tour Race Director Mick Bennett said: “This year’s route will combine testing climbs and beautiful scenery in the heart of England with the London finish, which will be an undoubted highlight of the sporting calendar.

“Counties such as Northamptonshire, Warwickshire and Derbyshire have embraced The Women’s Tour, so this year’s edition will see yet more of the huge roadside crowds cheering on the world’s best.”

Commenting on the launch of the 2017 edition of The Women’s Tour, Hugh Roberts, Chief Executive of race organisers SweetSpot Group said: “We have a fantastic field of the world’s best teams, a testing route with an iconic finale in the heart of the world’s foremost city and a very important and entirely fitting partnership with Breast Cancer Care. After three editions The Women’s Tour continues to grow and go from strength-to-strength, but to take the event on to the next level we are seeking a title partner to cement our position as the world’s leading women’s race.”

While the Yellow Jersey currently remains unsponsored, SKODA will be the new sponsors of the Queen of the Mountains competition, with leading non-alcoholic wine brand Eisberg sponsor of the intermediate sprints.  Wiggle will proudly add to their support of women’s pro cycling with riders fighting for the Wiggle Points Jersey, awarded to the race’s most consistent finisher, while Adnams will continue as sponsors of the Best British Rider Jersey.

A one-hour highlights programme of every stage will be broadcast daily on ITV4 and available on demand via the ITV Hub. The Women’s Tour is a part of the UCI Women’s WorldTour, comprising 20 events around the world in 10 different countries.

Further details of the route, venues and stages of The Women’s Tour will be announced over the coming weeks, including the locations of the SKODA Queen of the Mountain climbs and Eisberg Sprints for each day.

Tour details:

Stage 1 – Wednesday 7 June – Daventry to Kettering
Stage 2 – Thursday 8 June – Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire
Stage 3 – Friday 9 June – Atherstone to Royal Leamington Spa
Stage 4 – Saturday 10 June – Chesterfield and Derbyshire
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)

It's back!  North Warwickshire welcomes back the professional cycle race on 9th June

Stage 3 starts in Atherstone's Market Square at 11am on Friday 9th June. Keep an eye on our website for events running up to the big race day including the Moonlight Cycle Ride on 5th March at 6.30pm, a family cycle around Kingsbury Water Park and cycling competitions at the Leisure Centres  Lots of opportunities for schools and businesses to get involved!

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