Top female cyclists racing across Northamptonshire in Women’s Tour today

The Women's Tour is racing through Northamptonshire today
The Women's Tour is racing through Northamptonshire today

Crowds lined the streets as the Aviva Women’s Tour set off for the fifth and final stage of the cycling event through the county.

There was cheering and clapping as the cyclists set off in glorious sunshine from the Guildhall in Northampton at 10.45am today (Sunday).

The route saw them cycling 113km from the centre of Northampton to Kettering town centre, where they arrived at about 2pm.

The peloton passed through numerous locations during it’s visit to the county, including south Northamptonshire, Daventry, Guilsborough, Naseby, Desborough and Rothwell.

Today was the final stage of the five-day event, which attracts some of the best female cyclists in the world.

Cyclist Lotta Lepisto won today’s stage, but the overall tour winner was British cycling star Lizzie Armitstead.

Large crowds gathered in Kettering Market Place for the podium presentation.

This is the third time the Women’s Tour has been to Northamptonshire.

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

For more information about the Aviva Women’s Tour, visit www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/womenstour.