15 February 2017
| THE HEARTBEAT OF WOMEN'S SPORT

Cycling: Spectacular Sunday London finale for The Women’s Tour in 2017

February 15, 2017
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London will host the final stage of The Women’s Tour on Sunday 11 June, as the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan helped Olympic Champion Katie Archibald unveil the route for the 2017 race, which takes place from 7 to 11 June.

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The fourth edition of the world leading race will also include stages in Northamptonshire, Warwickshire, Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire and Derbyshire. In addition, a major new charity partnership with Breast Cancer Care has been announced to celebrate 25 years of the pink ribbon.

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 final stage of The Women’s Tour 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.

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Photo from: WNTTeam twitter feed

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, said: “I’m really excited that the most prestigious women’s cycling race in the world is coming to the streets of central London for the first time.

“Londoners will be able to see their Olympic heroes and the world’s top riders competing up close, reviving the excitement we all felt during the Olympics. The race shows our continuing commitment to London hosting the very best sporting events in world.

“One of my key priorities is making cycling safer and easier for Londoners of all backgrounds, and I hope that having the Women’s Tour here will inspire thousands more Londoners to take up cycling as part of their everyday lives.”

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.

Samia al Qadhi, Chief Executive of Breast Cancer Care, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be the Official Charity Partner of The Women’s Tour.

“We only have 1,000 places in the Pink Ribbon Tour. Register now to turn London pink and cycle 25km through the capital’s iconic streets to show solidarity to women affected by breast cancer.”

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.

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Warwickshire will welcome a leg of the race for the second successive year, with Atherstone and Royal Leamington Spa the host venues, before the penultimate stage starts and finishes in Chesterfield, where Lizzie Deignan won Stage Three in 2016, and includes extensive climbing for the riders.

Speaking about the race, Team WNT’s Katie Archibald, who won Gold in the Team Pursuit in Rio de Janeiro said; “The race being hosted by London is a fantastic opportunity for women’s cycling and shows how far the sport has grown over the past couple of years.

“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”

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.

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

Team List:

  • 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)

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