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Women's Tour
« on: June 07, 2017, 06:44 »
“It’s going to be a tough race, but we’ve seen that women racers like courses which test them,” said Elliott. The race’s first two editions were relatively flat, but the 2016 event ventured into the Peak District for a stage through the hills which saw the then world champion Lizzie Deignan cement her overall victory. Deignan’s Boels Dolmans team will return along with the best 15 teams in the world and two UK squads, Drops and WNT. There is no place for a GB national team, unlike in previous years.

With only four stages before the London finish, the race does not venture far from the heart of England, with the first, rolling stage through Northamptonshire from Daventry to a technical uphill finish in Kettering, and stage two finishing in Stoke after a run through the Staffordshire Moorlands which is likely to include climbs such as the notorious Gun Hill. That stage will be dedicated to the memory of a legendary Stoke cycling family, the Swinnertons – “they included three great women’s racers, Bernadette, Margaret and Catherine, who never got the chance to ride an event like ours on home turf,” said Elliott.

Stage three takes the riders through Warwickshire to Royal Leamington Spa – “up and down all day through the edge of the North Cotswolds,” said Elliott, but the fourth day’s racing starting and finishing Chesterfield is likely to prove decisive, including climbs in the Peak District to set up the overall before the finale in London.

If there is one issue which is now bugging the organisers, however, it is the fact that they cannot extend the event beyond the current five days in spite of the fact that there appears to be more than enough interest from potential host towns to enable them to do so. “We did ask British Cycling if we could have seven days, and it’s not clear why we were turned down,” said Elliott, who is keen to extend the event’s geographical reach.

“It’s disappointing because we want to move on and develop the race, we are very ambitious for it and we want to keep it growing”. Sweetspot is not the only ambitious UK race organiser to have been stymied in recent months by the beleaguered governing body, as the Tour de Yorkshire’s application to move from three to four days was also turned down.
Via the Guardian


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Stage: 1 - 7 June : Daventry - Kettering 147.50 km
Stage: 2 - 8 June : Stoke-on-Trent 144.50 km
Stage: 3 - 9 June : Atherstone - Royal Leamington Spa 151.00 km
Stage: 4 - 10 June : Chesterfield 123.00 km
Stage: 5 - 11 June : London 88.20 km




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    Re: Women's Tour
    « Reply #2 on: June 07, 2017, 08:04 »
     Both ITV 4 and Eurosport are covering the race with a one hour highlights package, so presumably the same one.
    ITV 4 at 11pm BST, but Eurosport a day behind, straight after the Dauphine.

     And yes, BC have done both races in question no favours.
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    « Reply #8 on: June 08, 2017, 09:12 »
    Cordon made those mountain points look easy.
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    Stoke is always a great stage. :cool

    The parcours for the Women's Tour looks better than that for the Tour of Britain this year ... :P
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    « Reply #10 on: June 08, 2017, 15:44 »
    Just watched the highlights.
    Just like a men's race, but completely in reverse.
    Full chat at the start, go slow at the finish, only break goes at 47kms.............from the end and nobody chases.
     Wacky races.
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    Re: Women's Tour
    « Reply #12 on: June 10, 2017, 09:41 »
    Just watched ITV 4's highlights.
    That was a horrible crash inside the final half a km for Vos.
    From almost flat out to dead stop, as she body slammed the barrier.
    Surprised Longo Borghini finished in the front group.
    She looked as if she's done a collar bone, inside the first few kms.
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