Further big names added to Aviva Women’s Tour lineup
Further cycling royalty including Dame Sarah Storey, Lizzie Armistead and Laura Trott have confirmed their places for the upcoming Aviva Women’s Tour on Wednesday.
Twelve of the world’s top 13 teams make up the 16 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, will be competing in the event which commences on Angel Hill in Bury St Edmunds.
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 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 11 reigning national road race champions, led by British Champion and double Olympic Gold medallist 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 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.
Fans will have their first chance to see the teams in the Aviva Women’s Tour team presentation, which will take place at the Apex from 5pm tomorrow, (Tuesday) before the town hosts the opening stage start the following morning.
Stage One on Wednesday will finish at Aldeburgh on the Suffolk Coast, before the race again passes through Suffolk a day later between Braintree and Clacton in Essex.
Highlights of every stage will be shown on ITV4 at 8pm daily, with a repeat the following morning on the same channel.