News: Women’s Tour 2018

Challenging five-day route for the 2018 Women’s Tour (13-17 June) announced at event launch in London

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News: Women’s Tour 2018

Challenging five-day route for the 2018 Women’s Tour (13-17 June) announced at event launch in London

Present at the launch was former Women’s Tour winner Lizzie Deignan, former professional cyclist Emma Pooley, Olympic Gold medallist Elinor Barker and British riders Hannah Payton (Trek-Drops), Hayley Simmonds (WNT-Rotor) and Joscelin Lowdon (Storey Racing).

Lizzie Deignan, former Road World Champion and Women’s Tour 2016 winner, said: “I’m so excited about the 2018 OVO Energy Women’s Tour; the race is the pinnacle of women’s professional road cycling in the UK, and it’s an important step to offer equal prize money to the comparative men’s race. To be honest, I wish gender parity wasn’t an issue in cycling; I think I speak on behalf of most women in the peloton when I say I just want to get on and compete and be recognised fairly for what we do. So this support from OVO Energy means we can now focus on playing our part in an amazing race.”
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The 2018 Women’s Tour, which forms part of the UCI Women’s WorldTour, will begin in East Anglia, with five stages taking the race to Suffolk, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire, before a final day’s stage through the Snowdonia National Park and a first overall finish in Wales.

The prize money structure for the Women’s Tour is now identical to that of the Tour of Britain. Stage by stage, jersey by jersey, the Women’s Tour riders will receive exactly the same prize money as the men’s Tour of Britain. The overall General Classification winner of the Women’s Tour will receive as much as the winner of the Tour of Britain. In short, every placing is matched pound for pound. The prize fund will be a total of 90,000 Euros – up from 35,000 Euros, previously.

Both stage prize money and overall GC will pay down to 20th place. There are four race jerseys up for grabs in the Tour of Britain and five in the Women’s Tour. Each will command a €150 prize for the daily holder, and a €1,000 prize for the overall winner. Both the Women’s Tour and Tour of Britain have a general classification prize fund of €36,220.



Suffolk will welcome the return of the Women’s Tour after a year’s absence, with Framlingham hosting the opening stage start, with the finish on the coast in Southwold, home of brewers Adnams, the partners of the race’s Best British Rider Jersey.

The second stage will see the race visit Northamptonshire for the fifth year in succession, with a double ascent of the tough Newnham Hill climb set to provide a thrilling finale to the Daventry stage finish.

Day three will see a repeat of the Warwickshire stage won in 2017 by Chloe Hosking between Atherstone and Royal Leamington Spa before the fourth stage in Worcestershire. The fifth edition of the race will travel outside of England for the first time, with the Welsh Government hosting the final stage in Gwynedd and Conwy in North Wales. A tough final stage from Dolgellau to Colwyn Bay will take the peloton through the Snowdonia National Park with a route including tough climbs and world-class scenery.

In total 17 teams will compete in the 2018 OVO Energy Women’s Tour, including four British squads, Wiggle HIGH5, Trek-Drops, WNT-Rotor and Storey Racing, with the riders set to compete in the race and battle to succeed Kasia Niewiadoma as the OVO Energy Green Jersey being announced during the early summer.

· Stage One, Wednesday 13 June, Framlingham to Southwold, 130km

· Stage Two, Thursday 14 June, Rushden to Daventry, 145km
· Stage Three, Friday 15 June, Atherstone to Royal Leamington Spa, 151km

· Stage Four, Saturday 16 June, Wychavon District to Worcester, 130km

· Stage Five, Sunday 17 June, Dolgellau to Colwyn Bay, 122km

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The full list of teams for the 2018 OVO Energy Women’s Tour is:
· Boels Dolmans Cycling Team (Ned)
· Mitchelton Scott (Aus)
· Team Sunweb (Ned)
· Cervélo Bigla Pro Cycling (Den)
· Canyon//SRAM (Ger)
· Wiggle HIGH5 (GBr)
· WaowDeals Pro Cycling (Ned)
· Cylance Pro Cycling (USA)
· Alé Cipollini (Ita)
· FDJ Nouvelle – Aquitaine Futuroscope (Fra)
· BTC City Ljubliana (Slo)
· Team Hitec Products- Birk Sport (Nor)
· Team Virtu Cycling (Den)
· Valcar PBM (Ita)
· Trek – Drops (GBr)
· WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling (GBr)
· Storey Racing (GBr)





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