Derbyshire will welcome the world’s top cyclists again this summer when the Women’s Tour returns to the county for the second year in a row.
Starting and finishing in the historic market town of Chesterfield on Saturday 10 June the Tour’s penultimate stage will take the fastest women cyclists from across the globe on a journey of discovery around the county.
The exact details of the 81-mile route are yet to be finalised but it’s expected to take in many key towns including Wirksworth, Belper, Bolsover and Staveley.
The return of the Tour builds on the huge success of last year’s race which was enjoyed by thousands and boosts Derbyshire’s reputation as a prime destination for major cycling events. The popular family festival Eroica Britannia takes place on the following weekend.
Councillor Amanda Serjeant, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for town centres and visitor economy, said: “It is a real coup for Chesterfield to host both the start and finish of a tour stage and is part of our commitment to supporting the local economy and bringing visitors to the town.
“I know the organisers were impressed by the crowds and organisation of the event in Chesterfield last year and it is great that this time the route will also take in Staveley, Walton and other parts of the borough, which will enable more residents to see some world class cycle racing on their doorstep.”
Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for highways, transport and infrastructure Councillor Dean Collins said: “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 bigger and better as it’s on a Saturday which should allow even more people to come and experience our fantastic county for themselves.”
Commenting on the announcement, 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.”
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 Boels Dolmans, of defending race champion Lizzie Deignan (formerly Armistead), ensuring British fans can again look forward to cheering on the world’s best riders. 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.
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.