Armitstead hopes to ride Tour de Yorkshire after 'brutal honesty' leads to full women's race

Having criticised the length of last year's women's race at the Tour de Yorkshire, Lizzie Armitstead says she has been involved in designing the 2016 stage

Lizzie Armitstead, Boels-Dolmans, Aviva Women's Tour 2015 team presentation

(Image credit: Andy Jones)

UCI world champion Lizzie Armitstead says she hopes to be part of the Tour de Yorkshire women's race, having criticised the 2015 edition.

With organisers Welcome to Yorkshire putting on a 60km circuit race in the inaugural edition of the event, Armitstead claimed it wasn't viable for her to return to her home county to participate in such a short race.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.