The provisional line-up for the second edition of the Aviva Women’s Tour, which begins in Suffolk on Wednesday 17 June, has now been published.
Twelve of the world’s top thirteen teams make up the sixteen team roster, with the rider list containing seven of the world’s top ten ranked riders, headlined by World Road Race Champion Pauline Ferrand-Prevot, who will lead the Rabo Liv team subject to passing a fitness test after a recent spell out injured.
The current first and second placed riders in the UCI Women’s World Cup will also take part, with first overall and Commonwealth Games Road Race Champion Lizzie Armitstead leading the Boels Dolmans team, and second placed rider Elisa Longo Borghini part of the six-rider Wiggle Honda team that also includes double World Champion Giorgia Bronzini.
The provisional list includes eleven reigning national road race champions, led by British Champion and double Olympic Gold medallist Laura Trott of the Matrix Fitness team.
Trott’s fellow London 2012 Team Pursuit Champions Dani King (Wiggle Honda) and Joanna Rowsell (Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International) will also ride, with the latter’s team including former World Track Champion Katie Archibald and Britain’s most successful Paralympic athlete Dame Sarah Storey.
Among the national champions racing are Lisa Brennauer of Germany (also World Time Trial Champion), recently crowned American champion Megan Guarnier and Emma Johansson of Sweden who won the first ever stage of the Women’s Tour in 2014.
The final start list will be published after 5pm on Tuesday coinciding with the team presentation event.
Fans will have their first chance to see the teams in the Aviva Women’s Tour team presentation, which will take place in Bury St Edmunds from 5pm tomorrow, Tuesday 16 June, before the town hosts the opening stage start the following morning.
Stage One on Wednesday 17 June will finish at Aldeburgh on the Suffolk Coast, before the race again passes through Suffolk a day later between Braintree and Clacton in Essex.
The third stage comes in Northamptonshire, from Oundle to Kettering before Stage Four on Saturday 20th June from Waltham Cross to Stevenage in Hertfordshire, and then the final leg through Buckinghamshire, the Chiltern Hills and Dacorum on Sunday 21st June.
Highlights of every stage will be shown on ITV4 at 8pm daily, with a repeat the following morning on the same channel.