Aviva Women’s Tour Preview (2.WWT)

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Three months after the inaugural race of the UCI WWT at the historic city of Siena, it is now turn for England. The third edition of the Women’s Tour (previously ranked as UCI WE 2.1) will witness the tenth round of the UCI Women’s World Tour, and the third stage race of the UCI WWT as the newborn series head back to European soil.

On Wednesday, June 15th Southwold will be the center of women’s cycling holding the start of the first stage of the 2016 edition of the race. Despite the fact that Aviva Women’s Tour has only been held since 2014, the race is one of the top stage races of cycling calendar. Its great media broadcasting along with prize gender parity, the great crowd support and the outstanding line-up of riders, have contributed to quick the growth and development of the race organised by SweetSpot.

Matching riders demand, organisers have prepared a more challenging race course than in previous editions of the race. Thus, during the five stages of the British race riders will have to cover 621.1 kilometres with a total elevation of 7,391 meters. Previous race winners Marianne Vos (in 2014) and Lisa Brennauer (in 2015) will be some of the top international riders that will participate in this edition of the race.

UCI WWT Race Schedule:

1. Strade Bianche, ITA – 05/03/16
Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans) 
2. Women’s WorldTour Ronde van Drenthe,  NED – 12/03/16
Chantal Blaak (Boels-Dolmans)
3. Trofeo Alfredo Binda – Comune di Cittiglio, ITA – 20/03/2016
Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans)
4. Gent-Wevelgem In Flanders Fields, BEL – 27/03/16
Chantal Blaak (Boels-Dolmans)
5. Ronde van Vlaanderen / Tour des Flandres, BEL – 03/04/16
Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans) 
6. La Flèche Wallonne Féminine, BEL – 20/04/15
 Anna van der Breggen (Rabobank Liv)
7. Tour of Chongming Island, CHN – 06/05/16 to 08/05/16
Chloe Hosking (Wiggle High5)
8. Amgen Tour of California, USA – 19/05/16 to 22/05/16
Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans)
9. Philadelphia International Cycling Classic, USA – 05/06/16

Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans)

10. Aviva Womens Tour, GBR – 15/06/16 to 19/06/16
11. Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile, ITA – 01/07/16 to 10/07/16
12. La Course by Le Tour de France, FRA – 24/07/16
13. Prudential Ride London, GBR – 30/07/15
14. Crescent Vargarda UCI Women’s WorldTour, SWE – 19/08/16
15. Crescent Vargarda UCI Women’s WorldTour TTT, SWE – 21/08/16
16. GP de Plouay-Bretagne, FRA – 27/08/16

17. LA MADRID CHALLENGE By La Vuelta, ESP – 11/09/16

UCI Women’s WorldTour Individual Ranking

1 Megan Guarnier Boels Dolmans 624
2 Emma Johansson Wiggle High5 398
3 Elizabeth Armitstead Boels Dolmans 368
45 [ESP] Sheyla Gutiérrez Cylance Pro Cycling 40

UCI Women’s WorldTour Youth Ranking

1 Katarzyna Niewiadoma Rabobank Liv  24
2 Floortje Mackaij Liv Plantur 12
3 Jip van den Bos Parkhotel Valkenburg 10

Women’s WorldTour Team Ranking

1 Boels Dolmans 1754
2 Wiggle High5 1096
3 Rabobank Liv 860

Programme

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From Wednesday, June 15th until June 19th 2016

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A total of 16 teams and 95 riders will participate in this edition of Aviva Women’s Tour. Sheyla Gutiérrez (Cylance) will be our Spanish representatives at the tenth UCI WWT round.

1st stage: Southwold – Norwich: 138.5 km Local Time: 10.15pm to 13.55 pm approx (UTC+1)

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The flattest stage of the race with just under 900 meters of total elevation in its 138.5 kilometres course. However rides will have face two QOMs during the first stage: Halesworth QOM (700 metres long, with 126 kilometres to go) and Homersfield QOM (3.2 kilometres long, with 66 kilometres to go). With both QOMs far from the finish line the stage will likely end up with a bunch sprint.

Our favourite: [HOL] Kirsten Wild   Our outsider: [AUS] Sarah Roy

2nd stage: Atherstone – Stratford-upon-Avon: 140.6 km Local Time: 10.15pm to 14.00 pm approx (UTC+1)

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Finishing in Stratford upon Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare (during the playwright’s 400th anniversary) the second stage will be longest one of this edition and one of the toughest with over 1700 meters of total elevation. Riders will have to face 2 QOMs: Burton Dassett (3.1 kilometres long, with 68 kilometres to go) and Wilmington (1.8 kilometres long, with 24 kilometres to go). Unlike in the previous stage the race will probably end up with the sprint of a reduced group and the first important differences for the general classification may arise.

Our favourite: [ALE] Lisa Brennauer Our outsider: [GBR] Lizzie Armitstead

3rd stage: Ashbourne – Chesterfield: 109.6 km Local Time: 10.45pm to 13.55 pm approx (UTC+1)

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Like the previous stage of the race, it will be a demanding day for the GC contenders with a race course shorter than in the previous day. Riders will have to face 2 QOMs during the stage: Winster (4.5 kilometres long but steady, with 47 kilometres to go) and Bank Road (1 kilometre long but very steep, with 37 kilometres to go). With a total elevation of nearly 2,000 meters the stage will end up with the sprint of reduced group.

Our favourite: [SUD] Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio  Our outsider:  [ITA] Rosella Ratto

4th stage: Nottingham – Stoke-on-Trent: 119.2 km Local Time: 10.45pm to 13.55 pm approx (UTC+1)

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The European City of Sport for 2016, Stoke-on-Trent, will witness the finish of the fourth stage of Aviva Women’s Tour. With a total elevation of 1,500 meters, the 2 QOMs on the final part of the course will be a key point in the stage resolution: Ramshorn (1.4 kilometres long, with 24 kilometres to go) and Oakamoor (1.7 kilometres long, with 19 kilometres to go). As in the previous stages the stage will likely end up with the sprint of reduced group or even a solo breakaway.

Our favourite: [SUE] Emma Johansson Our outsider:  [BIE] Alena Amialiusik

5th stage: Northampton – Kettering: 113.2 km Local Time: 11.00 pm to 14.00 pm approx (UTC+1)

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Riders will face two QOMs during the final stage: Newnham Hill (1.5 kilometres long, with 82 kilometres to go) and Naesby (1.1 kilometres long, with 54 kilometres to go). The 2016 Aviva Women’s Tour will likely end up with a bunch sprint.

Our favourite: [BEL] Jolien D’hoore Our outsider: [AUS] Lauren Kitchen

Favourites & Outsiders

Imagen Imagen [GBR] Lizzie Armitstead, [SUD] Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, [HOL] Anna van der Breggen
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[SUE] Emma Johansson, [HOL] Marianne Vos, [ITA] Elisa Longo Borghini
Imagen  [USA] Carmen Small, [GBR] Dani King, [ITA] Elena Cecchini, [BIE] Alena Amialiusik
Imagen  [ALE] Lisa Brennauer, [GBR] Emma Pooley, [ITA] Rosella Ratto, [POL] Małgorzata Jasinska, [AUS] Amanda Spratt

Betting area

Our favourite: [SUD] Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio
Our outsider:  [ALE] Lisa Brennauer

Who to watch

15 top riders to watch

Participants

Startlist

Previous edition

Final Podio

Lisa Brennauer (Velocio-SRAM) was the most persistent rider at the previous edition of the race winning both overall general and sprints classifications as well as winning the third stage. Belgian rider Jolien D’hoore (Wiggle Honda) and Luxemburger rider Christine Majerus (Boels Dolmans) completed the overall podium. Australian rider Melissa Hoskins (Orica-AIS) won the QOM classification, Hannah Barnes (UnitedHealthcare) won both the best young rider and best the British rider classifications, while Boels Dolmans was the best team at Aviva Women’s Tour. 

British rider Lizzie Armitstead (Boels Dolmans) won the first stage of the race. Just after crossing the line Armitstead suffered a crash that her abandon the race. Belgian bullet Jolien D’hoore (Wiggle Honda), Luxemburger rider Christine Majerus (Boels Dolmans) and Hannah Barnes (UnitedHealthcare) claimed one stage victory each.

Highlights of 2015 Aviva Women’s Tour (WE 2.1)

Results

 

Twitter coverage

A few Twitter accounts and hashtags to follow the race (among others):

Post race highlights (on ITV4)

The highlights of Aviva Women’s Tour will be transmitted by ITV4, presented by Ned Boulting and Helen Wyman, with commentary by Hugh Porter and Sarah Connolly.

  • 1st stage: Southwold to Norwich Wednesday, June 15th at 21:00 and Thursday, June 16th at 13:00 (UTC+1)
  • 2nd stage: Atherstone to Stratford-upon-Avon Thursday, June 16th at 21:00 and Friday, June 17th at 13:00 (UTC+1)
  • 3rd stage: Ashbourne to Chesterfield Friday, June 17th at 21:00 and Saturday, June 18th at 13:00 (UTC+1)
  • 4th stage: Nottingham to Stoke-on-Trent Saturday, June 18th at 21:00 and Sunday, June 19th at 13:00 (UTC+1)
  • 5th stage: Northampton to Kettering Sunday, June 19th at 21:00 and Monday, June 20th at 13:00 (UTC+1)

Sources

Official website
PCS
WomenCyclingFever

Written by:
Diego Martín

 

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