29 Abr Asda Women’s Race Tour de Yorkshire Preview (WE 1.2)
After hosting the historical “grandest” Grand Depart in the history of the Tour de France, Yorkshire became a known region for cycling. Nearly 5 million people who lined in Great Britain streets to follow the first three stages of the Tour de France in 2014. Thus, A.S.O. decided to keep momentum going and organised a new stage race named Tour de Yorkshire (including a one-day women’s race).
This will be the second edition of the Women’s Race Tour de Yorkshire and this year the race will be ranked under UCI 1.2 category. Race organisers announced that the 2016 prize pool was going to be the most lucrative in women’s cycling (in an effort to bring prize parity to a reality) with a total of €63,623 on offer to individuals and teams.The first prize for this one day race will be over 19,000€, the second will be over 12,700€ and the third over 6,000€, with prize money down to 20th place. The women race will be the exactly the same course as the men’s second stage that will be that day, on a 136.5km route from Otley to Doncaster.
Born and raised in Otley, current World, Commonwealth and British road race champion Lizzie Armitstead was the first rider to announce she would compete in the Asda Women’s Tour de Yorkshire with the Great Britain Cycling Team. There will be full TV coverage of the women’s race.
After an intense duathlon spring season, Emma Pooley will finally start her adaptation for Rio Olympics road racing, taking part with Great Britain in the race before heading to Spain for competing at Mallorca 70.3 Ironman. “If I can prove to both myself and the GB team selectors that I have the capacity to win the time trial in Rio, I’ll compete for selection for the Olympic team – I’m happy knowing I won’t get selected unless I really do have the potential to win.I have no desire to go to the Rio Games, and sacrifice some of the most exciting triathlon races of the season, just for the experience of another Olympics – I’m committed to aiming for gold.” said Pooley in December when it was released her possible Rio 2016 appearance.
Saturday 30th April 2016 Local time: 08:15-12:10 approx (UTC+1)
Same race course as the men’s second Tour de Yorkshire stage. It will be a tougher race course than in the previous edition, with a few short steep climbs. However, it is unlikely that the race will not end with a bunch sprint.
Favourites & Outsiders
Lizzie Armitstead, Kirsten Wild, Marta Bastianelli
Lauren Kitchen, Annalisa Cucinotta, Sheyla Gutiérrez, Leah Kirchmann
Valentina Scandolara, Eileen Roe, Floortje Mackay, Lucy Garner, Audrey Cordon
Our favourite: Kirsten Wild
Our outsider: Lucy Garner
ITV4: Live Asda Women’s TdY: 10am – 12.30pm, commentary by Rochelle Gilmore.