The Women’s Tour back in Chesterfield and Derbyshire this June
Posted: Wed, 15 Feb 2017 09:00
Derbyshire will host the penultimate stage of The Women's Tour on Saturday June 10, 2017 - building on the race's successful visit last year.
Stage Four of the UCI Women's World Tour event will both start and finishing in Chesterfield and also take in the likes of Wirksworth, Belper, Bolsover and Staveley.
The 130-kilometre stage is set to see the return of Lizzie Deignan (was Armistead, pictured right), who took the win on last year's Derbyshire stage, which finished next to the market place in Chesterfield.
It was a key moment in her overall victory in last year's Women's Tour, where she saw off the challenge of 2014 winner Marianne Vos and 2015 victor Lisa Brennauer.
The Women's Tour is the UK's first ever international stage-race for women, bringing the world's top riders to compete over five days in Great Britain as a part of the UCI Women's WorldTour.
Last year, crowds across the High Peak, Derbyshire Dales, Amber Valley and Chesterfield areas were among the hundreds of thousands of spectators who turned out at the roadside, with many more around the UK watching the ITV4 highlights every evening.
"The 2016 Women's Tour was a real inspiration to women and girls across the county to get out on their bikes and get active, which we're continually trying to encourage people to do as part of the Derbyshire Cycling Plan 2016-2030", said Hayley Lever, director of Derbyshire Sport.
"From the many schoolchildren who watched the race go by to those in clubs who cycled to take up a place at the side of the road, it was great to see so many people connecting with the race, and we hope it will prove just as popular in 2017."
Derbyshire County Council's cabinet member for highways, transport and infrastructure Councillor Dean Collins added: "We're delighted to welcome the Women's Tour back to Derbyshire this summer. Last year's event was brilliant and attracted lots of cycling enthusiasts and tourists alike.
"This year's tour is set to be even bigger and better as it's on a Saturday which should allow more people to come and experience our fantastic county for themselves."
And Mick Bennett, Race Director for The Women's Tour said: "We are delighted to be returning to Chesterfield and Derbyshire after the success of last year's stage.
"This year with the stage coming on a weekend and Chesterfield hosting both the start and finish, it will be a fantastic occasion and attract cycling fans from far and wide."
All of the world's top 15 teams will take part in the race, which is a part of the UCI Women's WorldTour, including the world's number one team, Deignan's Boels Dolmans,
In addition, the British-based Drops and WNT teams will complete the 17 team field.
Highlights of every stage will be broadcast on ITV4 and available on demand via the ITV Hub. The Women's Tour is a part of the UCI Women's WorldTour, comprising 20 events around the world in 10 different countries.
Further details of all of the stages of The Women's Tour will be announced over the coming weeks, including the locations of the SKODA Queen of the Mountain climbs and Eisberg Sprints for Stage Four.
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The full list of stage dates is:
Stage 1 – Wednesday 7 June – Daventry to Kettering
Stage 2 – Thursday 8 June – Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire
Stage 3 – Friday 9 June – Atherstone to Royal Leamington Spa
Stage 4 – Saturday 10 June – Chesterfield to Chesterfield
Stage 5 – Sunday 11 June – The London Stage
The full list of teams for The Women's Tour is:
- Ale Cipollini (Italy)
- BePink Cogeas (Italy)
- Boels Dolmans Cycling Team (Netherlands)
- Canyon//SRAM (Germany)
- Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling (Germany)
- Cylance Pro Cycling (USA)
- Drops (Great Britain)
- FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope (France)
- Hitec Products (Norway)
- Lares Waowdeals (Belgium)
- Lensworld Kuota (Belgium)
- Orica Scott (Australia)
- Team Sunweb (Netherlands)
- Team VeloCONCEPT Women (Denmark)
- Team WNT (Great Britain)
- Wiggle HIGH5 (Great Britain)
- WM3 Pro Cycling (Netherlands)