Dutch sprinter Wild gearing for Aviva Women's Tour
Posted: Mon, 30 May 2016 08:53
Top Dutch sprinter Kirsten Wild will make her Aviva Women's Tour debut this June, with the race passing through Derbyshire on June 17 and 18.
Stage Three of this year's Aviva Women's Tour will journey from Ashbourne to Chesterfield and Stage Four will go through Erewash and South Derbyshire en route to Stoke from Nottingham.
Wild, the four-time winner of the Ladies Tour of Qatar, recently won the final stage of the Amgen Tour of California and also won on her appearance at the Women's Tour de Yorkshire in April.
She is a World Champion on the track in the Scratch Race and will lead the Hitec Products team, who return to the race after a year's absence, which also includes 2009 World Champion Tatiana Guderzo, Simona Frapporti, sixth overall in the 2015 Aviva Women's Tour, and 2015's Oceanic Road Race Champion Lauren Kitchen.
Ale Cipollini will be led by 2007 World Champion Marta Bastianelli and reigning Polish Road Race Champion Malgorzata Jasinska, along with Giro Rosa stage winner Annalisa Cucinotta and multiple Swedish champion Emilia Fahlin.
The Parkhotel Valkenberg team will replace the Astana squad in the Aviva Women's Tour line-up, bringing an all-Dutch roster to the race led by promising youngster Jip van den Bos, who has recently won the Best Young Rider classification at the Tour of Chongming Island UCI Women's WorldTour event and the Euskal Emakumeen Bira race in Spain.
Ale Cipollini provisional rider line-up: Marta Bastianelli (Ita); Annalisa Cucinotta (Ita); Emilia Fahlin (Swe); Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol); Marta Tagliaferro (Ita); Anna Trevisi (Ita)
Hitec Products provisional rider line-up: Kirsten Wild (Ned); Simona Frapporti (Ita); Tatiana Guderzo (Ita); Lauren Kitchen (Aus); Julie Leth (Den); Emilie Moberg (Nor)
Parkhotel Valkenburg provisional rider line-up: Eva Buurman (Ned); Janneke Ensing (Ned); Ilona Hoeksma (Ned); Jermaine Post (Ned); Esra Tromp (Ned); Jip van den Bos (Ned)
The Aviva Women's Tour begins in Southwold, Suffolk on Wednesday June 15, finishing five stages later in Kettering on Sunday 19 June.
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.
Bringing the Aviva Women's Tour to Derbyshire is part of the long-term push to make Derbyshire the most connected an integrated county for cycling in England by 2030, as outlined in the Derbyshire Cycling Plan.
The county wants to be recognised as a world class cycling destination for all, with more people of all ages and abilities on two wheels on a regular basis for leisure, active travel, commuting and sport.
For more information on the two Derbyshire stages of the Aviva Women's Tour, go to: www.derbyshiresport.co.uk/aviva-womens-tour-2016