30th May, 2017

Lizzie Armitstead heads top female field for the Aviva Women's Tour

Steve Carpenter 5th Jun, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

WORLD Road Race champion Lizzie Armitstead and multiple World and Olympic Champion Marianne Vos will head the 96-rider provisional line-up for the Aviva Women’s Tour which comes to Warwickshire next week.

Top women cyclists from around the world will race the full length of the county on June 16 from Atherstone to Stratford-upon-Avon as part of the world leading race.

A total of 96 cyclists will make up the field, which will tackle the 140-kilometre stage through the heart of the county, passing through the likes of Kenilworth, Warwick, Shipston-on-Stour and Stratford-upon-Avon.

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 make up the provisional start list, with Great Britain and the Netherlands being the most dominant nations, with 19 and 18 riders respectively.

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

Stage One – June 15 Southwold to Norwich (138.5km)

Stage Two – June 16 Atherstone to Stratford-upon-Avon (140.6km)

Stage Three – June 17 Ashbourne to Chesterfield (109.6km)

Stage Four June 18 Nottingham to Stoke-on-Trent 9119.2km)

Stage Five June 19 Northampton to Kettering (113.2km)