British Cycling rejected application for Women's Tour to expand to seven days

Minutes from a British Cycling Board Meeting reveal that the governing body didn't favour an expansion to Britain's premier women's race

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As this year’s Women’s Tour wound up in Kettering last June, rumours the race would be extended to seven days began to circulate around press and peloton alike. However, the 2017 Women’s WorldTour calendar, published by the UCI earlier this month, reveals next year’s event will, like the three previous editions, consist of only five stages.

Organisers Sweetspot have confirmed to Cycling Weekly that they did indeed ask for an extension, but that British Cycling rejected their application. We also understand the UCI had indicated they were happy to approve such an extension.

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Owen Rogers is an experienced journalist, covering professional cycling and specialising in women's road racing. He has followed races such as the Women's Tour and Giro d'Italia Donne, live-tweeting from Women's WorldTour events as well as providing race reports, interviews, analysis and news stories. He has also worked for race teams, to provide post race reports and communications.