June 6, 2017
Lizzie Deignan headlines OVO Energy Women's Tour
Lizzie Deignan, the defending champion of the OVO Energy Women's Tour, headlines the start list for the 2017 edition of the UCI Women's World Tour event that gets underway in Daventry, Northamptonshire tomorrow, Wednesday 7 June.
The 2015 World Road Race Champion leads the Boels Dolmans team, which also contains world number one and reigning Olympic Champion Anna van der Breggen, plus former stage winners in the OVO Energy Women's Tour Christine Majerus and Amy Pieters.
"I'm very excited. It's always a privilege for me to race at home in such a prestigious event. It's developed into a race that everybody targets,” said Lizzie Deignan speaking ahead of the race start.
"I'm not very good at stage races normally; having the home crowd and a very strong team helped me achieve that victory last year. To be able to win a stage race on home soil was special.”
"I think it's a great race,” added the current UCI Women's WorldTour leader Anna van der Breggen. "I'm impressed with how it's organised. All the time you see schoolchildren and people watching. That's pretty different compared to Holland. I think seeing this stage race, it's getting bigger and bigger. We don't have many stages races and those that we do have been on the calendar for many years, so it's really cool to have this new event develop at such a high level.”
Joining van der Breggen on the startlist are seven other Olympic medallists, including fellow 2016 Gold medallist Katie Archibald who leads Team WNT and 2012 Olympic Champion Dani King of Cylance Pro Cycling.
In total nine of the world's top ten riders are on the OVO Energy Women's Tour startlist, with Deignan joined by two previous former winners of the race, Marianne Vos and Lisa Brennauer.
Stage One of the OVO Energy Women's Tour takes place in Northamptonshire, over 147.5-kilometres between Daventry and Kettering. The stage starts from Daventry town centre at 11:00, with intermediate Eisberg Sprints at Desborough and Oundle and SKODA Queen of the Mountains climbs at Haselbech and Rockingham Hill outside Corby, with an estimated finish in Kettering town centre at around 15:00.
Following stages take place in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire (Stage Two, 8 June), Warwickshire (Stage Three, 9 June) and Derbyshire (Stage Four, 10 June) before the final stage on Sunday 11 June at the heart of London. Ahead of the final day 800-women will also take to the same circuit as the professionals in a special 25-kilometre ride in aid of Breast Cancer Care.
Stage 1 – Wednesday 7 June – Daventry to Kettering 148km
Stage 2 – Thursday 8 June – The Stoke-on-Trent Stage 139km
Stage 3 – Friday 9 June – Atherstone to Royal Leamington Spa 151km
Stage 4 – Saturday 10 June – Chesterfield to Chesterfield 133km
Stage 5 – Sunday 11 June – The London Stage 88.2km