05 Jun OVO Energy Women’s Tour Preview (2.WWT)
After a three week hiatus the UCI Women’s World Tour heads back to European soil for the first European stage race of the 2017 series. The fourth edition of OVO Energy Women’s Tour will witness the 11th round of the 2017 UCI Women’s World Tour. Since its inception in 2014, the British stage race has become one of the better rated and one of the favourite races of the women’s cycling calendar for the international peloton. Despite its popularity, the race won’t be streamed live (video highlights will be available on a daily basis).
For its fourth edition, the race has been once again slightly lengthen, totalling 650 kilometres throughout the five days of racing, becoming the longest course five-day stage race of the international calendar. The previous winners of the stage race, Marianne Vos (WM3 Energie), German Lisa Brennauer (Canyon SRAM) and British rider Lizzie Deignan (Boels Dolmans); will participate in the fourth edition of The Women’s Tour.
From Wednesday, 7 June until Sunday, 11 June
Stage 1 : Daventry-Kettering 148km Local Time: 11:00 until 15:05 approx (UTC +1)
Kettering will host the first finish line of the fourth edition of OVO Energie women’s Tour, after witnessing Lizzie Deignan’s overall victory in 2016. A slightly undulating 148-kilometre race course to kickstart the British stage race. The stage will likely end with a bunch sprint.
Our favourite: Jolien D´hoore Our outsider: Katie Archibald
Stage 2: Stoke-on-Trent-Stoke-on-Trent 139km Local Time:11:00 until 15:05 approx (UTC +1)
On paper the second stage is one of the most decisive ones of the fourth edition of the race. With start and finish in Stoke-on-Trent riders will have to cover the 139-kilometre undulating race course. The two categorised climbs of the day, within the final 40 kilometres, will likely cause important front selection. We expected a very reduced group fighting for the victory in Stoke-on-Trent or even a solo-breakaway crossing first the finish line.
Our favourite: Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio Our outsider: Janneke Ensing
Stage 3: Atherstone-Royal Leamington Spa 151km Local Time: 10:00 until 14:15 approx (UTC +1)
Similarly to the previous stage, the third stage is one of the key stages of the 2017 edition of the race. With start in Atherstone riders will cover a 151-kilometre course heading towards Royal Leamington Spa. Like in the second stage, the two categorised climbs of the day will come within the final 40 kilometres of the stage and it will likely end up with a reduced group battling for the win.
Our favourite: Marianne Vos Our outsider: Christine Majerus
Stage 4: Chesterfield-Derbyshire 123km Local Time: 10:30 until 14:00 approx (UTC +1)
After two demanding stages, there will likely be some important yet somehow small differences on the general classification. Despite the fact that the two categorised climbs of the day are in the first half of the stage, some small difficulties on the final kilometres of the race may prevent a bunch sprint finale.
Our favourite: Giorgia Bronzini Our outsider: Sheyla Gutiérrez
Stage 5: London-London 88.2km Local Time: 15:30 until 17:40 approx (UTC +1)
The British capital city will host the final, shortest and flattest stage of the 2017 edition of the race. The main opportunity of the 2017 OVO Energie Women’s Tour for the pure sprinters and criterium racers. Anything but a bunch sprint will came as a surprising finale for the five-day British stage race.
Our favourite: Chloe Hosking Our outsider: Sarah Roy
Favourites & Outsiders
Ellen van Dijk, Elisa Longo Borghini, Dani King
Gracie Elvin, Leah Kirchmann, Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig, Kasia Niewiadoma
Lucinda Brand, Maria Giulia Confalonieri, Elena Cecchini, Tiffany Cromwell, Shara Gillow
Our favourite: Marianne Vos
Our outsider: Maria Giulia Confalonieri
Sheyla Gutiérrez (Cylance) will be our only Spanish representative at the fourth edition of The Women’s Tour.
Who to follow
15 riders to watch in OVO Women’s Tour
Then World champion Lizzie Deignan (Boels Dolmans) claimed overall Aviva Women’s Tour victory last year in Kettering. South African rider Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (Cervélo-Bigla) and Italian Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle High5) finished in second and third place respectively.
How to follow the race
Once again OVO Energy Women’s Tour Race won’t be TV streamed live. However the race a comprehensive set of post race highlights will be available every night.
Post race highlights
- Highlights of each and every stage of the racer will be shown on ITV4 and Eurosport on the evening of each day’s racing with a repeat of the hour-long programme shown the following day.
A few Twitter accounts and hashtags (among others) to follow the race:
A few Facebook accounts: