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When did the Women’s Tour and the Tour of Britain come to Suffolk and Essex?

PUBLISHED: 14:36 07 March 2018 | UPDATED: 14:45 07 March 2018

The Peleton passing through Boxford during Stage 5 of the Women's Tour of Britain 2014. Details of the 2018 route will be announced today. Picture: DAVID LAMMING

The Peleton passing through Boxford during Stage 5 of the Women's Tour of Britain 2014. Details of the 2018 route will be announced today. Picture: DAVID LAMMING

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Route details for the Women’s Tour 2018 are due to be announced later today and we will discover where the country’s elite female cyclists will be visiting this summer.

Riders travelling from Saxmundham to Leiston during the Tour of Britain. Picture: CARON GILLRiders travelling from Saxmundham to Leiston during the Tour of Britain. Picture: CARON GILL

Suffolk and Essex have played host to both the Women’s Tour and the male version, the Tour of Britain, on several occasions. Here we look back at our connection with the major cycling events.

Riders warm up before their trial in Clacton in 2017. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNRiders warm up before their trial in Clacton in 2017. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

2017 Clacton-on-Sea hosted an individual time trial stage of the Tour of Britain on September 7 and the following day stage six of the Tour of Britain came to Suffolk.

The Tour of Britain 2017  finishes in Aldeburgh High Street  last September.  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNThe Tour of Britain 2017 finishes in Aldeburgh High Street last September. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

The stage was entirely hosted in the county, starting in Newmarket and finishing in Aldeburgh. The elite male cyclists passed through Mildenhall, Bury St Edmunds, Framlingham, Woodbridge, Eye, Saxmundham, Leiston and north Ipswich.

The first stage of the Aviva Women's Tour leaving Southwold in 2016 and passing through Beccles. Picture: SIMON TALBOT-HURNThe first stage of the Aviva Women's Tour leaving Southwold in 2016 and passing through Beccles. Picture: SIMON TALBOT-HURN

2016 The 2016 edition of the Women’s Tour kicked off in Southwold on June 15 with the day one route taking riders to Halesworth, Lowestoft, Bungay and Attleborough before finishing in Norwich.

2015 Stage one of the Women’s Tour 2015 started on June 17 where the last event finished – in Bury St Edmunds. The leg finished in Aldeburgh where Lizzie Armistead famously crashed out of the competition after celebrating victory.

Cyclists start Stage Two of the Aviva Women's Tour in Braintree in June 2015. Picture: ARCHANTCyclists start Stage Two of the Aviva Women's Tour in Braintree in June 2015. Picture: ARCHANT

Day two, on June 18, started from Braintree, went up through Halstead, Great Yeldham, Sudbury and Hadleigh before dropping back into Essex and finishing in Clacton-on-sea.

The Tour of Britain races along Hadleigh High Street in 2015. Picture: PHIL MORLEYThe Tour of Britain races along Hadleigh High Street in 2015. Picture: PHIL MORLEY

Later that summer Stage seven of the Tour of Britain, held on September 12, started in Fakenham and travelled south through west Suffolk, into Essex and finished in Ipswich.

The Peleton passing through Boxford during Stage 5 of the Women's Tour of Britain 2014. Picture: DAVID LAMMINGThe Peleton passing through Boxford during Stage 5 of the Women's Tour of Britain 2014. Picture: DAVID LAMMING

2014 The first ever Women’s Tour visited Suffolk twice – stage three ran from Felixstowe to Clacton on May 9 and stage five between Harwich and Bury St Edmunds two days later.

The Tour of Britain cyclists ride through Christchurch Park in Ipswich in 2012. Picture: ARCHANTThe Tour of Britain cyclists ride through Christchurch Park in Ipswich in 2012. Picture: ARCHANT

2012 Ipswich hosted the opening stage of the men’s tour on September 9, which saw the riders race through Suffolk to the Royal Norfolk Showground.

Stage 7 of the Tour of Britain cycling race sets off from Angel Hill in Bury St Edmunds 2011. Picture: PHIL MORLEYStage 7 of the Tour of Britain cycling race sets off from Angel Hill in Bury St Edmunds 2011. Picture: PHIL MORLEY

2011 The seventh stage of the Tour of Britain started out in Bury St Edmunds on September 17 with the route heading north to Sandringham in Norfolk.

2010 The Tour of Britain came to Suffolk for the first time on September 17, 2010 with stage seven taking riders from Bury St Edmunds to Colchester.

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