SCOTS cyclist Katie Archibald has hailed the boost to The Women’s Tour which is to make a high-profile finish in London in June as the event goes from strength to strength.
The tour, created by Sweetspot in 2014 brings the world’s top riders to the UK for the five-day event which has attracted hundreds of thousands of fans over the last three years.
Rio gold medallist Archibald, who has been signed up to ride for Team WNT, 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.”
All of the world’s top 15 teams will take part in the race, which is a part of the UCI Women’s WorldTour comprising 20 events around the world in 10 different countries, including the world’s number one team Boels Dolmans, of defending race champion Lizzie Deignan, and Wiggle HIGH5. In addition the British-based Drops and WNT teams will complete the 17-team field.
The final stage will take place over 14 laps of the same iconic 6-km circuit 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.
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.”
The hunt is still on for sponsor for the Yellow Jersey, but riders will battle it out fo the Wiggle Points Jersey, awarded to the race’s most consistent finisher, while Adnams will continue as sponsors of the Best British Rider Jersey. Leading alcohol-free wine brand Eisberg will be sponsor of the intermediate sprints while a new sponsor for the Queen of the Mountains classification is to be announced soon.
Breast Cancer Care is the Official Charity Partner of The Women’s Tour andhas 1,000 places for women to cycle their Pink Ribbon Tour, completing 25km on the circuit whilst raising money for women facing breast cancer. Rides will help battle the most common cancer affecting women in the UK and celebrate the 25th anniversary of the pink ribbon. To register for the Pink Ribbon Tour visit: www.breastcancercare.org.uk/pinkribbontour
A one-hour highlights programme of every stage will be broadcast daily on ITV4 and available on demand via the ITV Hub.
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)
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