Tour de Yorkshire the first step on Lizzie Armitstead's road to Rio

Lizzie Armitstead will return to racing at the Tour de Yorkshire after a short break, as she begins her build up to the Rio Games

Whatever the weather, there’ll be a rainbow in Otley this Saturday when world champion Lizzie Armitstead starts the women’s Tour de Yorkshire in her home town.

The one day event will be Armitstead’s first race after a short mid-season break designed to help her recover from a hectic, but successful spring campaign.

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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.