Katie Archibald and WNT team check out Women’s Tour stage

Katie Archibald and her WNT team-mates took in a recce of the second stage of the OVO Energy Women’s tour as the countdown continues to the event.

The world’s top cyclists will descend on Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire when it hosts the second round of the UCI Women’s WorldTour on Thursday June 8 when Stage Two starts and finishes in the city.

The Olympic Gold medallist said: “The parts we’ve seen so far have been really nice, there’s lots of really narrow twisting roads, and I think that’s going to be one of the hardest things to manoeuvre so I’m glad we’ve been able to see it.

“There’s lots of rolling roads around it so I think in terms of marking things for where’s it going to go, the Queen of the Mountains are certainly important, but I think there’s going to be some other key moments for attacks throughout.”

Irish Champion Lydia Boylan, who will make her OVO Energy Women’s Tour debut added, “It’s pretty relentless so far what we’ve seen. I think it’s quite difficult, it’s up and down most of the time, and there’s usually one or two punchy climbs throughout, and that will really test the field out so I think it’s going to be a hard stage, just like every day on the Tour so I’m looking forward to it.”

WNT teammate Gaby Shaw, highlighted the stage as key to the entire five-day OVO Energy Women’s Tour event.

She said: “It’s very lumpy, some quite significant climbs, I think it’s going to be really tough day out for the whole peloton, and I think it will be quite a decisive stage.

“This Gun Hill one, I think fireworks will be going off up there- it’s quite a long one with some steep gradients, so it will be really hard.”

Pictured: Katie Archibald, Lydia Boylan, Gaby Shaw, Eileen Roe, Hannah Walker; the team on Gun Hill and Katie Archibald and Lydia Moylan