Northamptonshire’s Hannah Barnes returns to home county for third time for Aviva Women’s Tour

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Northamptonshire rider Hannah Barnes says she is thrilled to be competing in the Aviva Women’s Tour, which is returning to the county for the third time next month.

Hannah, whose family lives in Burton Latimer, is in the provisional line-up for the CANYON//SRAM Racing team, while her sister Alice is also set to ride in the race this year.

Hannah said: “I always love coming back home to race. You get a buzz being on roads you know and having friends and family there watching.

“I’m particularly excited about the final stage. Starting and finishing so close to home and on roads I know is special.”

The Aviva Women’s Tour is returning to Northamptonshire on Sunday 19th June for the final stage of the five-day event, which attracts some of the best female cyclists in the world.

Last year, the race was watched by 67,500 people who lined the streets from Oundle to Kettering and it brought £1million into the local economy.

This year the Northamptonshire stage of the event will start in Northampton and finish again in Kettering.

Joining Hannah on the CANYON//SRAM Racing team is defending champion Lisa Brennauer, who will be donning the number one placard.

Aviva Women’s Tour race director Mick Bennett said, “We look forward to welcoming Lisa Brennauer and her team back to the Aviva Women’s Tour in 2016 as a part of what is going to be a fantastic line-up for this year’s race.

“With Lisa, Hannah and the other riders in the squad, the CANYON//SRAM team have a very strong line-up for the Aviva Women’s Tour who we are sure will take the race to the other teams.”

The Aviva Women’s Tour begins in Suffolk on Wednesday 15th June, finishing five stages later in Kettering on Sunday 19th June.

Fans can look forward to highlights of each stage on ITV4 each evening, with repeats the following daytime and all programme’s available on demand via the ITV Player.

Amateur cyclists can also ride part of the Aviva Women’s Tour route this year in the Tour Ride Northamptonshire, the official sportive of the Aviva Women’s Tour.

Taking place one month after the final stage, on Sunday 17th July, 40 and 80-mile routes starting and finishing from Delapre Abbey in Northampton will take place using sections of the Stage Five route, while there is also a fun, off-road 10-mile route for families.

To sign-up head to www.tourride.co.uk.