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Derbyshire ready to welcome defending champion in Aviva Women's Tour

Posted: Fri, 27 May 2016 12:01

Derbyshire ready to welcome defending champion in  Aviva Women's Tour

Defending champion Lisa Brennauer will return to the Aviva Women's Tour leading the CANYON//SRAM Racing team and donning the number one placard.

The race starts on Wednesday June 15 and will arrive in Derbyshire for Stage Three between Ashbourne and Chesterfield, taking in some beautiful countryside and the likes of Buxton, Matlock and Chatsworth, on Friday June 17.

It will also pass through the county the following day, Saturday June 18, when the race will start in Nottingham and head for Stoke, but not before passing through parts of Erewash and South Derbyshire.

Watch a video of what it's like to ride the Stage Three route and more about the Derbyshire stages of the Aviva Tour.

Brennauer won a stage and the Chain Reaction Cycles Points Jersey on her way to the overall Aviva Yellow Jersey in last year's edition of the race.

The multiple World Champion has ridden in both editions of the Aviva Women's Tour to date, and recently finished on the podium of the Energiewacht Tour in Holland, winning the Points Classification.

"I'm looking forward to coming back to the UK for the Aviva Women's Tour," said the German rider. "It's been thrilling racing in front of big crowds and an amazing atmosphere last year.

"When I think back of all the fans along the course, at the finish and the award ceremonies I'm still having goose bumps. The Aviva Women's Tour quickly made her way to one of the biggest events in women's cycling."

Joining her in the CANYON//SRAM provisional line-up will be Northamptonshire's Hannah Barnes, winner of the final stage in 2015 and both the Best British and Best Young Rider jerseys.

She added: "I always love coming back home to race. You get a buzz being on roads you know and having friends and family there watching.

"I'm particularly excited about the final stage. Starting and finishing so close to home and on roads I know is special."

Italian National Champion Elena Cecchini returns, having finished 10th overall in the first edition of the race in 2014, with former Omloop Het Nieuwsblad winner Tiffany Cromwell the fourth rider in the squad.

Completing the line-up will be multiple Belarussian champion Alena Amialiuski and Italian Barbara Guarischi, who finished second on the stage to Kettering in 2015, and won the Prudential RideLondon and Sparkassen Giro events in 2015.

Aviva Women's Tour Race Director, Mick Bennett, said: "We look forward to welcoming Lisa Brennauer and her team back to the Aviva Women's Tour in 2016 as a part of what is going to be a fantastic line-up for this year's race.

"With Lisa, Hannah Barnes and the other riders in the squad, the CANYON//SRAM team have a very strong line-up for the Aviva Women's Tour who we are sure will take the race to the other teams."

Fans can look forward to highlights of each stage of the Aviva Women's Tour on ITV4 each evening, with repeats the following daytime and all programme's available on demand via the ITV Player.

Find out more about where you can cycle in Derbyshire.

Derbyshire ready to welcome defending champion in  Aviva Women's Tour

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