Women's Tour 2017
Women's Tour 2017 - Derbyshire stage launch with Team WNT
Riders from Team WNT join local schoolchildren and councillors to launch the Derbyshire stage of the 2017 Women's Tour, which will be raced on Saturday June 10. It will start and finish in Chesterfield and visit the likes of Wirksworth, Belper, Bolsover and Staveley.
The Women's Tour returns to Derbyshire
2016 Women's Tour overall winner Lizzie Deignan (was Armistead) celebrates winning stage three from Ashbourne to Chesterfield.
Derbyshire will host the penultimate stage of The Women's Tour on Saturday June 10, 2017 - building on the race's successful visit last year.
Stage Four of the UCI Women's World Tour event will both start and finishing in Chesterfield and also take in the likes of Wirksworth, Belper, Bolsover and Staveley.
The 130-kilometre stage is set to see the return of all the world's top performers who starred during last year's Derbyshire stage, which finished next to the market place in Chesterfield.
Reigning champion Deignan relishing county's terrain
The return to Derbyshire of the Women's Tour has earned a stamp of approval from the 2016 edition's winner Lizze Deignan (née Armistead).
She won last year's Stage Three from Ashbourne to Chesterfield (pictured above), via Buxton and Matlock, that was pivotal in her overall success, where she saw off the challenge of 2014 winner Marianne Vos and 2015 victor Lisa Brennauer.
"As reigning champion of the Women's Tour, I obviously have fantastic memories of last year where I won the stage running into Chesterfield," she said in a video at this year's Stage Four launch (see video above).
"I hope that this year is as spectacular and the support on the side of the road is as good as it was again.
"It's a beautiful to race and I'm really excited about it – I hope to see you all there."
VIDEO: Women's Tour 2017
Watch a promotional video of the 2017 Women's Tour, which comes to Derbyshire on Saturday June 10.
The UK's first international stage race
The Women's Tour is the UK's first ever international stage-race for women, bringing the world's top riders to compete over five days in Great Britain as a part of the UCI Women's WorldTour.
Last year, crowds across the High Peak, Derbyshire Dales, Amber Valley and Chesterfield areas were among the hundreds of thousands of spectators who turned out at the roadside, with many more around the UK watching the ITV4 highlights every evening.
Confirmed stage four route
The Tour's toughest stage will take in a wide mix of rural and urban areas, starting and finishing in Chesterfield and passing through some of the county's best-known market towns including Belper, Bolsover and Wirksworth.
On March 24, organisers named the locations of some of the race's most exciting elements - the sprints and Queen of the Mountains sections.
Sprints will take place in Belper and Staveley, while the Queen of the Mountains will be in Crich and Middleton Top. Final details are due to be confirmed in May.
Women's Tour 2017 route through Derbyshire confirmed (Stage Four)
Councillor Dean Collins, of Derbyshire County Council, Jay Stocks, of Bolsover and District Cycling Club, talk about the Women's Tour 2017.
'A real inspiration to women and girls'
"The 2016 Women's Tour was a real inspiration to women and girls across the county to get out on their bikes and get active, which we're continually trying to encourage people to do as part of the Derbyshire Cycling Plan 2016-2030", said Hayley Lever, director of Derbyshire Sport.
"From the many schoolchildren who watched the race go by to those in clubs who cycled to take up a place at the side of the road, it was great to see so many people connecting with the race, and we hope it will prove just as popular in 2017."
"This year's tour set to be even bigger and better'
Derbyshire County Council's cabinet member for highways, transport and infrastructure Councillor Dean Collins added: "We're delighted to welcome the Women's Tour back to Derbyshire this summer. Last year's event was brilliant and attracted lots of cycling enthusiasts and tourists alike.
"This year's tour is set to be even bigger and better as it's on a Saturday which should allow more people to come and experience our fantastic county for themselves."
Women's Tour Stage Three through Derbyshire, June 17 2016
Relive last year's action from the Ashbourne to Chesterfield stage, won by Lizze Armistead (now Deignan).
Delighted to be returning to Chesterfield and Derbyshire
Mick Bennett, Race Director for The Women's Tour said: "We are delighted to be returning to Chesterfield and Derbyshire after the success of last year's stage.
"This year with the stage coming on a weekend and Chesterfield hosting both the start and finish, it will be a fantastic occasion and attract cycling fans from far and wide."
The world's top 15 teams
All of the world's top 15 teams will take part in the race, which is a part of the UCI Women's WorldTour, including the world's number one team, Deignan's Boels Dolmans,
In addition, the British-based Drops and WNT teams will complete the 17 team field.
Highlights of every stage will be broadcast on ITV4 and available on demand via the ITV Hub. The Women's Tour is a part of the UCI Women's WorldTour, comprising 20 events around the world in 10 different countries.
Derbyshire rider Nikki Harris (now Brammeier) on Stage Three of the Aviva Women's Tour
The Draycott cyclist reflects on travelling through her home county during the 2016 edition of the race.
Get involved in cycling
Further details of all of the stages of The Women's Tour will be announced over the coming weeks, including the locations of the SKODA Queen of the Mountain climbs and Eisberg Sprints for Stage Four.
Want to to get into cycling in Derbyshire? Check out the Derbyshire Sport website cycling pages here.
Full list of Women's Tour stage dates
Stage 1 – Wednesday 7 June – Daventry to Kettering
Stage 2 – Thursday 8 June – Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire
Stage 3 – Friday 9 June – Atherstone to Royal Leamington Spa
Stage 4 – Saturday 10 June – Chesterfield to Chesterfield
Stage 5 – Sunday 11 June – The London Stage
Full list of The Women's Tour teams
- Ale Cipollini (Italy)
- BePink Cogeas (Italy)
- Boels Dolmans Cycling Team (Netherlands)
- Canyon//SRAM (Germany)
- Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling (Germany)
- Cylance Pro Cycling (USA)
- Drops (Great Britain)
- FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope (France)
- Hitec Products (Norway)
- Lares Waowdeals (Belgium)
- Lensworld Kuota (Belgium)
- Orica Scott (Australia)
- Team Sunweb (Netherlands)
- Team VeloCONCEPT Women (Denmark)
- Team WNT (Great Britain)
- Wiggle HIGH5 (Great Britain)
- WM3 Pro Cycling (Netherlands)
What to expect from Derbyshire's Stage Four of the Women's Tour 2017
Watch Chesterfield Borough Council's video on what you can expect on the Derbyshire Stage of the Women's Tour, which starts and finishes in the town on Saturday June 10.
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