The 2015 edition of the Aviva Women’s Tour kicked off on Wednesday in Bury St Edmunds, with the cream of international women’s professional cycling descending on Suffolk.
Commonwealth Games road race champion Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans), British road race champion Laura Trott (Matrix Fitness) and multiple Paralympic champion Dame Sarah Storey (Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International) were among the star-studded list of starters.
This behind-the-scenes video shows the riders getting ready for the race, and signing on in front of the large crowds who turned out to watch the race in perfect weather conditions.
The 112.6-kilometre opening stage offered up a relatively flat course through the Suffolk countryside. But that is not to say it wasn’t without incident. Armitstead sprinted to win the day in Aldeburgh, but crashed shortly after the line after appearing to hit a group of photographers.
Armitstead was attended to at the scene my medics and helicoptered to Norwich Hospital where she was later given the all-clear but elected not to start the following day’s stage.
The 2015 Aviva Women’s Tour continues on Thursday with stage two from Braintree to Clacton over 138km. The race concludes on Sunday, June 21, in Hemel Hempstead.