Derbyshire hosts world-famous Aviva Women’s Tour cycle race

Pictured are riders in the 2015 Aviva Women's Tour cycle race.
Pictured are riders in the 2015 Aviva Women's Tour cycle race.

One of the biggest sporting spectacles of the year is set to hit the roads of Derbyshire, as plans get underway to welcome the 2016 Aviva Women’s Tour cycle race to the region.

Cyclists from the world’s top ten professional teams will head to Britain to line-up for the five-day road race which includes a day-long 112km stage 3 on Friday, June 17, from Ashbourne to Chesterfield, including Buxton and Matlock.

The overall race starts in Southwold, Suffolk, on Wednesday, June 15, and finishes in Kettering on Sunday, June 19.

Aviva Women’s Tour Race director Mick Bennett said: “This June’s Aviva Women’s Tour will have its best ever line-up of teams, headlined by the fact that we will have all of the world’s top ten teams racing.”

Number one ranked team Wiggle HIGH5 and UCI Women’s WorldTour leader Lizzie Amitstead’s Boels Dolmans team will be among the 16 teams during the first European stage race of the 2016 UCI Women’s WorldTour.

Among other high-profile teams will be Rabo Liv, who won the 2014 edition of the race with Marianne Vos, the Canyon SRAM team of defending champion Lisa Brennauer and a Great Britain national team preparing for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

They will be joined by a third British team, the domestic Drops Cycling Team, who have been newly formed for 2016. The field will comprise of 16 teams from 11 different countries.

The Nottingham to Stoke-on-Trent 119km Stage 4 also includes the Peak District.