When: June 7-11 2017
Where: Great Britain
UCI status: Women’s WorldTour

The international women’s peloton comes to the UK in June for the fourth edition of the Aviva Women’s Tour.

The 2017 race takes place from June 7-11, starting in Daventry, Northamptonshire, and finishing on Regent’s Street in London.

Last year the event received a significant boost, after the UCI awarded it WorldTour status, meaning that it is part of the top-level series of international races. All of the top women’s teams will therefore take part.

Each of the 16 teams will field six riders apiece. Among them will be defending champion Lizzie Armistead (Boels Dolmans), who will try and defend her crown after missing out on one day races earlier in the year.

Stage two will be one to look out for, starting and ending in Stoke-on-Trent riders will take on two cat 1 climbs as they traverse an already lumpy 144.5km ride around Staffordshire. It’s not all about climbing though we two sprints situated right before the two beastly climbs of the day giving the fast women something to ride for.

The 2017 Women’s Tour overall route

Women’s Tour 2017 stages
Stage one: Wednesday June 7, Daventry to Kettering, 148km
Stage two: Thursday June 8, Stoke-on-Trent to Stoke-onn-Trent, 144.5km
Stage three: Friday June 9, Atherstone to Royal Leamingston Spa, 151km
Stage four: Saturday June 10, Chesterfield to Chesterfield, 133km
Stage five: Sunday June 11, Central London circuit, 88.2km

Women’s Tour 2017: Teams
Ale Cipollini (Italy)
Boels Dolmans Cycling Team (Netherlands)
Canyon//SRAM Racing (Germany)
Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling (Germany)
Cylance Pro Cycling (USA)
Drops Cycling Team (Great Britain)
Hitec Products (Norway)
Orica-Scott (Australia)
FDJ Nouvelle Aquitane Futuroscope (France)
Team Sunweb (German)
Veloconcept Women (Denmark)
Wiggle-High5 (Great Britain)
WM3 Pro Cycling (Netherlands)

Women’s Tour: previous winners
2017 Kasia Niewaidoma (Poland)
2016 Lizzie Armistead (Great Britain)
2015 Lisa Brennauer (Germany)
2014 Marianne Vos (Netherlands)

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