World-class Women’s Tour 2015 team list announced

12 of the top 15 women's pro cycling teams will race in the second Women's Tour in June

The top six ranked women’s international cycling teams are among the 16 squads that will be taking part in the 2015 Aviva Women’s Tour over June 17-21.

The second edition of the Women’s Tour has attracted a very strong line-up of teams from around the world, including seven teams making their debut in the race.

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Rabo Liv, the team of last year’s winner Marianne Vos, will return, as does the Boels Dolmans squad of 2014 World Cup winner Lizzie Armitstead.

Marianne Vos and Lizzie Armitstead, Women's Tour press conference 2014

The teams of Marianne Vos and Lizzie Armitstead (right) will both take part in the 2015 Women’s Tour

Home nation Great Britain fields three teams: Wiggle Honda, Pearl Izumi Sports Tours and Matrix Fitness.

“We have once again secured a world-class line-up of teams for the Aviva Women’s Tour, which surpasses even that of our inaugural event in 2014,” said Mick Bennett, director of race organiser Sweetspot.

“To have attracted so many of the world’s top teams to race in Britain shows the high regard in which the Aviva Women’s Tour is already held, a regard which we will reward with another exciting and high-profile race this June.

Provisional rosters for each of the teams are due to be released later in the spring.

Women’s Tour 2015 team list

Ale Cipollini (Italy)
Bigla Pro Cycling Team (Switzerland)
Boels Dolmans Cycling Team (Netherlands)
Germany national team
Lotto Soudal (Belgium)
Matrix Fitness (Great Britain)
Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies (USA)
Orica AIS (Australia)
Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International (Great Britain)
Poitou-Charentes Futuroscope-86 (France)
Rabo Liv Cycling Team (Netherlands)
Team Liv Plantur (Netherlands)
UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling (USA)
USA national team
Velocio SRAM (Germany)
Wiggle Honda (Great Britain)