Great Britain confirm line-up for the Aviva Women's Tour
Posted: Sat, 04 Jun 2016 07:00
Great Britain have announced their six rider line-up for the Derbyshire-bound Aviva Women's Tour, which will be led by Olympic Silver medalist and former World Time Trial Champion Emma Pooley.
Stage Three of this year's Aviva Women's Tour will journey from Ashbourne to Chesterfield on Friday June 17 and Stage Four will go through Erewash and South Derbyshire en route to Stoke from Nottingham on Saturday June 18.
Pooley will continue her comeback to cycling as she prepares for this summer's Rio Olympics, last racing in the Aviva Women's Tour in the 2014 edition.
Alongside her will be Mel Lowther and Jessie Walker, who will their third and second editions of the Aviva Women's Tour respectively.
The final three spaces in the team will be filled by debutants, starting with Annasley Park (pictured), who won the Redditch round of the Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series to lead the Series at the time of the announcement.
Abigail Dentus and Grace Garner, the younger sister of double Junior World Champion Lucy complete the line-up.
Great Britain Cycling Team coach, Julian Winn, said: "This year's Women's Tour promises to be a fantastic event.
"As one of the races on the new UCI Women's World Tour calendar, the Tour will give our riders the chance to gain valuable experience riding against high quality opposition in front of home crowds."
The Aviva Women's Tour gets underway from Southwold in Suffolk on Wednesday June 15, finishing five days later in Northamptonshire on Sunday June 19.
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