Lizzie Armitstead heads provisional line-up for the Aviva Women’s Tour

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The start of the Womens Tour beings in Bury St Edmunds at Abbeygate Angel Hill.
Crowds gather to watch the start of the race. ANL-150617-143938001
Mark Westley Photography The start of the Womens Tour beings in Bury St Edmunds at Abbeygate Angel Hill. Crowds gather to watch the start of the race. ANL-150617-143938001
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World Road Race champion Lizzie Armitstead heads the 96-rider provisional line-up for the Aviva Women’s Tour.

The international stage race for women, which goes through Suffolk and Norfolk, starts next Wednesday in Southwold and finishes in Kettering on Sunday.

Armitstead is due to be joined in the Boels Dolmans line-up by former stage winner Christine Majerus and compatriot Nikkie Harris.

Multiple world and Olympic champion Marianne Vos lines-up in the Rabo Liv team, which is scheduled to include Dutch national champion Lucinda Brand and Anna van der Breggen.

Defending champion Lisa Brennauer of the CANYON/SRAM team, world number one Emma Johansson and top sprinter Kirsten Wild will also be in action, with 15 of the world’s top 20 riders in the UCI rankings down to start.

The youngest rider is due to be Great Britain’s Grace Garner, who makes her debut in the race and will turn 19 on the final day of the Women’s Tour in Northamptonshire.

The final line-up of riders will be confirmed on Tuesday afternoon ahead of the race starting the next day.