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Derbyshire's Harris set to ride home stages of Aviva Women's Tour

Posted: Tue, 07 Jun 2016 11:02

Derbyshire's Harris set to ride home stages of Aviva Women's Tour

Derbyshire is set to have a 'home' rider when the eagerly-awaited Aviva Women's Tour passes through the county Next Friday (June 17) and next Saturday (June 18) – in the shape of Nikki Harris.

The 29 year-old, from Draycott, is part of the Boels Dolmans squad featuring World Road Race Champion Lizzie Armitstead, it has been confirmed.

Harris, who rides cyclo-cross as well as on the road, is poised to have the honour of riding through her home village during Stage Four, which passes through Erewash and South Derbyshire en route to Stoke from its start in Nottingham.

It will follow Stage Three, which will be contested entirely in Derbyshire, starting in Derbyshire and finishing in Chesterfield, via of Buxton (sprint venue), Chelmorton, Flagg, Monyash, Youlgreave, Alport (Queen of the Mountains venue), Winster, Darley Dale (sprint venue), Matlock (Queen of the Mountains venue), Beeley, Chatsworth and Baslow.

Harris and Armistead will be joined in the Boels Dolmans line-up by former stage winner Christine Majerus in a field that has 15 of the world's top 20 riders in the UCI rankings.

That list is head up by multiple World and Olympic Champion Marianne Vos of the Rabo Liv team, who is among a 96-rider provisional line-up for the race which begins on next Wednesday (June 15).

Names previously confirmed include Lisa Brennauer of the CANYON//SRAM team, world number one Emma Johansson of Wiggle HIGH5 and top sprinter Kirsten Wild.

The provisional rider list includes 14 current National Road Race Champions from around the world, including the champions of Australia (Amanda Spratt), Italy (Elena Cecchini) and Belgium (Jolien D'Hoore).

Riders from 22 different countries are included, with Great Britain and the Netherlands being the most dominant nations, with 19 and 18 riders respectively.

The list also features both former winners of the Aviva Women's Tour in Brennauer (2015) and Vos (2014) and six riders who have won stages in the race.

The youngest rider is due to be Great Britain's Grace Garner, who makes her debut in the race and will turn 19 on the final day of the Aviva Women's Tour in Northamptonshire.

Garner was due to be joined in the race by her elder sister Lucy, although the Wiggle HIGH5 rider is now expected to miss the Aviva Women's Tour with broken ribs sustained at the weekend.

One other pair of sisters are scheduled to ride, with 2015's Best Young Rider and final stage winner Hannah Barnes of the CANYON//SRAM team being joined by younger sister Alice, who makes her debut in the race with the Drops Cycling Team.

The final line-up of riders will be confirmed on the afternoon of Tuesday 14 June ahead of Stage One the following day from Southwold to Norwich.

Highlights of the Aviva Women's Tour will be shown each evening on ITV4 with a repeat the following morning on the same channel. The highlights will also be available on demand for 30-days via the ITV Hub catch-up service.

The Aviva Women's Tour begins in Southwold, Suffolk on Wednesday 15 June, finishing five stages later in Kettering on Sunday 19 June.

For more information on the two Derbyshire stages of the Aviva Women's Tour, go to: www.derbyshiresport.co.uk/aviva-womens-tour-2016

Tags: Active Derbyshire, Aviva Women's Tour, Compete, Cycle Derbyshire, Derbyshire Sport, Lizzie Armistead, Nikki Harris, Sport system, cycling