August 22 2014 Latest news:
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
The first ever Women’s Tour of Britain got underway today and Emma Johansson has been named the winner of the first stage.
The five-stage event started with the Oundle to Northampton leg and concludes on Sunday with the final leg riding into Bury St Edmunds.
That final leg will see racers set off from Harwich and make their way to Bury St Edmunds through several villages in both counties.
But before that Friday’s third stage will also feature Suffolk and Essex, with the start in Felixstowe and the finish in Clacton.
It is hoped the race’s presence in will boost local economies along the routes as well as showcase the picturesque locations they pass through.
Before the start of the tour Alan Murray, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for health and adult care, said: “By bringing the tour to Suffolk, our communities have a real opportunity to get involved in a world class international sporting event.”
And councillor TJ Haworth from Suffolk Coastal District Council, said: “A lot of hard work has gone on behind the scenes to attract this prestigious event to the area.
“Hopefully it will prove to be a massive boost, not only to Felixstowe but the entire district.”
The second and fourth legs of the event will run from Hinckley to Bedford and Cheshunt to Welwyn Garden City respectively.
The tour will feature some of the best women’s road cyclists, including world and Olympic champions, from across the globe.
Some of the big names taking part include Marrianne Vos, Laura Trott, Dani King, Lizzie Armistead and Joanna Rowsell.
There will also be a massive TV audience following the event in the UK and beyond and thousands are expected to turn up to watch from the roadside.
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