Woman many consider to be world's top rider confirmed as taking part in inaugural edition of race...

World and Olympic road champion Marianne Vos, the woman many believe to be the world's most complete bike rider, male or female, will be back on British roads in May when she takes part in the inaugural edition of the Women's Tour.

The presence of Vos, who beat Great Britain's Lizzie Armitstead to win Olympic gold in the road race at London 2012, was confirmed this morning by organisers SweetSpot.

Her participation, and that of her Rabiobank Liv team, currently ranked number one in the world, reflects the stature of the new race as among the top-ranked women's events on the calendar.

Vos said: "It's great that we get a big new stage race on our calendar with The Women's Tour. The times that I've raced in Great Britain – with of course the London Olympic Games fresh in my mind – I have been amazed by the huge crowds and the enthusiastic people.

"I'm sure it will be a fantastic event and I'm looking forward to competing here with the best riders from all over the World.”

Still aged only 26, Vos has emerged over the past decade as the dominant rider in women's cycling, with multiple world championships on the road, track and in cyclo-cross.

With the Women's Tour taking part in the eastern counties of England, we'd expect a few of her Dutch fans to make the trip across the North Sea to cheer her on.

The five stages have been confirmed as follows:

Stage 1, May 7: Oundle to Northampton
Stage 2, May 8: Hinckley to Bedford
Stage 3, May 9: Clacton-on-Sea
Stage 4, May 10: Cheshunt to Welwyn Garden City
Stage 5, May 11: Harwich to Bury St Edmunds

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.


themartincox [553 posts] 4 years ago

This is great news!  36

mooleur [537 posts] 4 years ago

^^ definitely! (although maybe not for the others that are racing haha...poor things!!!)

Testament to the fact that women's cycling in the UK should be taken as seriously as the men's and a finger in the face of that Councillor from Welwyn who said it was silly.

Vos is without a doubt one of the greatest cyclists to have ever lived regardless of gender, if that doesn't give the sport here a boost then I'm not sure what would!

I hope the public appreciate the monumental step forward this race is making for our countries sport.

I am excite! <3

qwerky [183 posts] 4 years ago

Would love to go and watch this, shame it doesn't come within 100 miles of me.

prinzi [101 posts] 4 years ago

fox hunting in England in may ????? - superieure

Argos74 [472 posts] 4 years ago

Yes, yes, a thousand times yes. More of this sort of thing.

CarbonBreaker [86 posts] 4 years ago
qwerky wrote:

Would love to go and watch this, shame it doesn't come within 100 miles of me.

How does that stop you from riding over to see it?