FriendsLife Women’s Tour – Riders, Stages & Info


Sweetspot’s FriendsLife Women’s Tour kicks off on Wednesday (May 7) with the worlds best female cyclists – here is the info on the race

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FriendsLife Women’s Tour – Riders, Stages & Info

Held over five stages from 7-11 May,the races boasts the World Champion Marrianne Vos and World Cup leader, Britain’s own Lizzie Armitstead

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The Jerseys


Friends Life Yellow Jersey – Awarded each day to the rider with the lowest cumulative time – the overall leader of the race.

The Points Jersey – Awarded each day for intermediate sprints and stage finishing position. The top 15 riders at each stage finish score.

The Strava Queen of the Mountains Jersey – Each stage has two Queen of the Mountains locations, with points awarded differing depending on the severity of each climb.

The Matrix Fitness Best Young Rider Jersey – Awarded each day to the best under 23 rider on the overall classification.

The Best British Rider Jersey – Awarded to the best British rider on general classification each day, with the aim of creating a sub-competition for British riders.



Stage 1 – Wednesday 7 May – Oundle to Northampton – 92.4km


Grand Depart is in the picturesque town of Oundle, which will have a street festival the day before the event, with the first stage finishing right in the centre of the county town of Northampton. The stage has two intermediate sprints at Rushton and Hunsbury and two Queen of the Mountains (QoM) points at Harrington and Spratton.


Stage 2 – Thursday 8 May – Hinckley to Bedford – 118.5km

The second stage starts in Hinckley, Leicestershire and finishes on the river embankment of historic Bedford – a town which has produced so many female Olympic legends and is regarded as the home of women’s racing in Great Britain. It has two intermediate sprints at Lutterworth and Turvey, while the Queen of the Mountains points are at Kilworth and Naseby.


Stage 3 – Friday 9 May – Felixstowe to Clacton-on-Sea – 90.5km

Stage Three takes us from the port of Felixstowe which has such a strong affinity with the Netherlands and passes through the counties of Suffolk and Essex to finish in Clacton, which is incredibly excited to be hosting the stage finish. The route heads inland to pass through Ipswich city centre before making its way back to the coast for the finish at the seaside resort of Clacton-on-Sea. On the way there are two sprints at Little Bealings and Thorpe le Soken and two QoMs at Freston and Holbrook.


Stage 4 – Saturday 10 May – Cheshunt to Welwyn Garden City – 87.8km

The penultimate stage starts in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, the home town of two of the races participants, Laura and Emma Trott, where a sports centre will be named in Laura’s honour, and finishes in Welwyn Garden City, a town which has produced many top cyclists and has a wonderful cycling youth development programme. Two sprints punctuate the route at Baldock and Codicote, with the day’s QoMs are at Hertford and Digswell Hill.


Stage 5 – Sunday 11 May – Harwich to Bury St. Edmunds – 108.3km


Finally the last stage starts in Harwich where our athletes will be joined by several thousand cyclists enjoying a mass participation cycle ride and we see the Grand Arrivée right outside the cathedral in the beautiful market town of Bury St Edmunds which has hosted The Tour of Britain in the recent past. The final two sprints are a Mistley and Long Melford while the last chance to grab QoM points comes at Long Melford and Brettenham.


The organisers Sweetspot
SweetSpot has been organising The Tour of Britain for ten years now and from modest and challenging beginnings, they have grown that race to a “Hors Categorie” status on the men’s international calendar. Their aim now is to replicate everything that they do on the men’s Tour of Britain and create a wonderful new event on the elite women’s global calendar:

• Daily one-hour TV coverage on free-to-air terrestrial national TV. In addition, the race will be televised in other countries across the world, which we hope will help teams, riders and events attract more
long-term sponsors to the sport
• The race will boast nearly seventy motorcycle escorts, professional podium presentations at both start and finish, excellent hotels specifically focussed on the needs of the teams and athletes and a prize list of 30,000 Euros.

The riders
It is the best of the best in Britain with Marianne Vos, Lizzie Armitstead, Lucy Garner and so many more world stars. The rider list will be revised over the following days as teams confirm their final line-ups for the first ever Friends Life Women’s Tour. The final start list will be confirmed and distributed late afternoon on Tuesday 6th May following the Team Manager’s meeting, although organisers SweetSpot expect minimal changes to the provisional list.

Rabo Liv

1 Marianne Vos
2 Annemiek van Vleuten
3 Anna Knauer
4 Roxane Knetemann
5 Iris Slappendel
6 Sabrina Stultiens

Astana BePink
11 Alena Amialiuski
12 Dalia Muccioli
13 Silvia Valsecchi
14 Susanna Zorzi
15 Michela Maltese
16 Alice Algisi

Boels Dolmans
21 Lizzie Armitstead
22 Ellen Van Dijk
23 Romy Kasper
24 Christine Majerus
25 Emma Trott
26 Kasia Pawlowska

Estado de Mexico Faren
31 Uenia de Souza Fernandes
32 Lucy Martin
33 Fabiana Luperini
34 Rossella Ratto
35 Erika Leticia Yepez Fernandes
36 Elena Cecchini

Great Britain
41 Lucy Garner
42 Hayley Jones
43 Ciara Horne
44 Emily Kay
45 Katie Archibald
46 Amy Hill

Hitec Products
51 Thea Thorsen
52 Ashleigh Moolman Pasio
53 Elisa Longo Borghini
54 Miriam Bjørnsrud
55 Chloe Hosking
56 Audrey Cordon

61 Aude Biannic
62 Belen Lopez
63 Lucia Gonzalez
64 Sheyla Gutierrez
65 Fanny Riberot
66 Aurore Verhoeven

Lotto Belisol Ladies
71 Emma Pooley
72 Amy Cure
73 Isabelle Beckers
74 Liesbet De Vocht
75 Anisha Vekemans
76 Chantal Hoffmann

Matrix Fitness – Vulpine
81 Helen Wyman
82 Sigrid Jochems
83 Harriet Owen
84 Jessie Walker
85 Jo Tindley
86 Louise Borthwick

91 Amy Pieters
92 Anouska Koster
93 Henriette Woering
94 Ashlynn van Baarle
95 Mascha Pijnenborg
96 Janine van de Meer

Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
101 Lauren Hall
102 Janel Holcomb
103 Leah Kirchmann
104 Joelle Numainville
105 Denise Ramsden
106 Jade Wilcoxson

Orica AIS
111 Emma Johansson
112 Loes Gunnewijk
113 Shara Gillow
114 Annette Edmondson
115 Valentina Scandolara
116 Gracie Elvin

Specialized Lululemon
121 Chantal Blaak
122 Lisa Brennauer
123 Karol Ann Canual
124 Tiffany Cromwell
125 Elise Delzenne
126 Trixi Worrack

131 Jolanda Neff
132 Linda Indergrand
133 Katrin Leumann
134 Ramona Forchini
135 Caroline Bauer
136 Jutta Stienen

UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
141 Hannah Barnes
142 Kate Hall
143 Cari Higgins
144 Sharon Laws
145 Lauren Tamayo
146 Ruth Winder

Wiggle Honda
151 Laura Trott
152 Dani King
153 Elinor Barker
154 Giorgia Bronzini
155 Joanna Rowsell
156 Linda Villumsen

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