More names revealed as part of the Women’s Tour coming to Northamptonshire

James Walters took this picture at last year's Women's Tour near Oundle
James Walters took this picture at last year's Women's Tour near Oundle

The Bigla Pro Cycling team will travel to Britain for the first time this month to make their debut at the Aviva Women’s Tour.

They will be led by reigning Strava Queen of the Mountains Sharon Laws as they battle for supremacy at the event, which will be coming through the county on June 19.

2012 British national champion Laws rode in the inaugural race last May, taking the Strava Queen of the Mountains jersey on the opening stage and holding it for all five days.

The six rider line-up will also include current Dutch and Finnish national champions Iris Slappendel and Lotta Lepistö respectively.

A UCI World Cup race winner on the road, off the bike Slappendel is also the designer of the leader jerseys or the UCI Women’s Road World Cup, while Lepistö is a triple Finnish National Champion.

Joining them will be former junior track world champion Vera Koedooder and Swiss duo Emilie Aubry and Caroline Baur.

Team manager Thomas Campana said: “The Aviva Women’s Tour is a race we are very much looking forward to.

“Since the inception of the race, what they have added to the growth of women’s cycling has been impressive.

“Growing women’s cycling is a focus for us so we’re really excited to be invited to the race and will look to make an impact and respect this invite.”

Bigla join UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling in announcing their Aviva Women’s Tour provisional line-ups, with the American team confirming Northamptonshire’s Hannah Barnes and Commonwealth champion Linda Villumsen will be among their six rider line-up.

Fans will have their first chance to see the teams in the Aviva Women’s Tour team presentation, which will take place in Bury St Edmunds from 5pm on Tuesday, June 16, before the town hosts the opening stage start the following morning.

Stage One on June 17 will finish at Aldeburgh on the Suffolk Coast, before the race again passes through Suffolk a day later between Braintree and Clacton in Essex.

The third stage comes in Northamptonshire, starting from Oundle before ending in Kettering.

Riders will race through the ancient streets before heading out in the direction of King’s Cliffe.

The route then runs westerly passing through Corby, Desborough and Naseby, through Cottesbrooke and back on itself for the final run-in to the finish in Kettering Market Place.

Stage four is taking place on Saturday, June 20, from Waltham Cross to Stevenage in Hertfordshire, and then the final leg through Buckinghamshire, the Chiltern Hills and Dacorum is on June 21.

Highlights of each stage will be shown on ITV4 every evening during the race at 8pm.