Second chance to see top women’s cyclists

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The route for the second day of the inaugural Women’s Tour, which will see some of the top names in women’s cycling competing against each other, including four Olympic champions, has been announced.

The route for the first day of the tour, which runs from May 7-11, will be entirely in Northamptonshire, starting in Oundle and finishing in Northampton.

Hannah Barnes, who lives in Towcester, will be competing in The Women's Tour

Hannah Barnes, who lives in Towcester, will be competing in The Women's Tour

Day two sees the riders cycling 74 miles from Hinckley to Bedford, passing through Narborough, Broughton Astley, Lutterworth, Husbands Bosworth, Naseby, Brixworth, Sywell and Wollaston on the way.

Eleven of the world’s top 14 professional women’s teams are taking part in the first Women’s Tour, including Olympic road race champion Marianne Vos as well as the British Olympians Laura Trott, Joanna Rowsell and Dani King.

Hannah Barnes, who lives in Towcester and rides for the UnitedHealthcare team, has also confirmed she will be taking part.

The Women’s Tour is being organised by SweetSpot, who also run the highly successful Tour of Britain for professional male cyclists.

Guy Elliott, of SweetSpot, said: “We are thrilled to be able to bring such a world-class field of teams to ride in the first ever Women’s Tour.

“The race has attracted a wonderful field of elite riders from all over the world, which will be one of the strongest fields ever assembled for an elite women’s international race, and a route which will feature some of the most beautiful roads, villages, towns and countryside in Great Britain.”

The tour then goes from Felixstowe to Clacton, Cheshunt to Welwyn Garden City and Harwich to the finish in Bury St Edmunds. Highlights of each day will be shown on ITV4.

The event has been given a 2.1 classification, the highest level of category awarded to any international women’s event.