Women’s Tour route through Northamptonshire unveiled

Lizzie Armitstead will be taking part in The Women's Tour Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.
Lizzie Armitstead will be taking part in The Women's Tour Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.
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The Women’s Tour has been launched in Northampton.

Guy Elliott, from the organisers SweetSpot, Northamptonshire County Council leader Jim Harker and professional cyclist Harriet Owen were at the launch.

The Women’s Tour will feature 96 top professional cyclists and starts in Oundle on Wednesday, May 7, finishing the first day outside the Guildhall in Northampton.

The cyclists will race for 57.5 miles from Oundle to Grafton Underwood, Rushton, Desborough, Harrington and on to Northampton.

The relatively short stage should see some exciting racing as the riders will attack from the start, according to Mr Elliott.

He said: “Oundle is a fantastic town to start in.

“Women cyclists are some of the top athletes in the world and as the race is less than 60 miles they will attack from the start, making for some very exciting racing.

“The tour will feature four Olympic champions and multiple national champions and local girl Hannah Barnes will be hoping to win her home stage.”

Harriet Owen cycles for the Matrix Fitness team and said: “I only became a full time cyclist three months ago so this is the biggest race I’ve been in.

“I’m excited but nervous and think the tour is great for women’s cycling.”