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by Mark Zalewski
February 16, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Hermans wins Tour of Oman, stage 2; Valderde wins Ruta Del Sol opener; Gaviria wins first stage of Volta ao Algarve; Riders’ association protests disc brake usage without further safety measures; After a shining Tour performance, Pantano nurturing a big long-term goal; 2017 Paris-Roubaix to feature more cobbles than in 2016; No Cauberg finish for Amstel Gold Race in 2017; 2017 Women’s Tour to finish in London; Inga Thompson returning to cycling to advocate for the women’s peloton; Shane Perkins to race with Russia in bid for Tokyo 2020; Successful surgery for Chris Butler; Abu Dhabi Tour announces provisional start list; ‘One More Brew’ Garburn Winter Cyclocross.
London will host the final stage of The Women’s Tour on Sunday 11 June. The fourth edition of the series will also include stages in Northamptonshire, Warwickshire, Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire and Derbyshire. The London event will take place over 14-laps of the same iconic six kilometre circuit as used by the men’s Tour of Britain, starting and finishing on Regent Street St James and featuring iconic landmarks such as Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and Whitehall.
“I’m really excited that the most prestigious women’s cycling race in the world is coming to the streets of central London for the first time,” said London’s mayor Sadiq Khan. “Londoners will be able to see their Olympic heroes and the world’s top riders competing up close, reviving the excitement we all felt during the Olympics. The race shows our continuing commitment to London hosting the very best sporting events in world. ”
“The race being hosted by London is a fantastic opportunity for women’s cycling and shows how far the sport has grown over the past couple of years,” said Team WNT’s Kate Archibald who was on hand for the unveiling. “Riding for Team WNT I hope to make an impact on the road scene after a change of focus from an enjoyable track season in 2016.”
“Having the Mayor of London invite us to London for the final stage of The Women’s Tour shows the status of the event, that just three years on from its creation it can be a part of the UCI Women’s WorldTour and feature all of the world’s top 15 teams,” said race director Mick Bennett. “This year’s route will combine testing climbs and beautiful scenery in the heart of England with the London finish, which will be an undoubted highlight of the sporting calendar.”
Further details of the stages of The Women’s Tour will be announced over the coming weeks, including the locations of the Queen of the Mountain climbs and Eisberg Sprints for each day.