Women’s Tour of Britain kicks off in Oundle this week

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The inaugural Women’s Tour of Britain starts in Oundle on Wednesday.

The Women’s Tour is Britain’s first international level stage race for women in the UK. A total of 102 of the best female riders, including past and current Olympic medallists and world champions, from across the world will be representing 17 trade and national teams.

The racers will leave from Oundle Golf Club just after 11am, travelling to Northampton.

The event is ranked at the 2.1 level by the UCI, the sport’s governing body, putting it alongside the Ladies Tour of Qatar, Giro Rosa and La Route de France, as one of the world’s top ranked multi-day races for women.

A Great Britain team including double junior world champion Lucy Garner and recently crowned team pursuit world champion Katie Archibald will race.

British team Wiggle-Honda Pro Cycling – featuring Laura Trott, Joanna Rowsell, Dani King and Elinor Barker – have also confirmed their participation.

London Olympic road medallist Lizzie Armitstead is also likely to feature with her Dutch squad Boels-Dolmans.

The event will be televised with a one hour highlights programme being shown at the end of each day on ITV4.

The other stages are: May 8 - Hinckley to Bedford; May 9 - Felixstowe to Clacton; May 10 - Cheshunt to Welwyn Garden City; May 11 - Harwichb to Bury St Edmunds.