Marianne Vos returns to UK to ride the Women's Tour in May

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

by Simon_MacMichael   February 20, 2014  

Marianne Vos wins 2013 road worlds (picture credit Toscana 2013)

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

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This is great news! Party

posted by themartincox [466 posts]
20th February 2014 - 12:59


^^ 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

Merlin Cycles women's race team ~
Manx nerd peddler ~

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posted by mooleur [542 posts]
20th February 2014 - 13:29


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

posted by qwerky [180 posts]
20th February 2014 - 14:12


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

posted by prinzi [92 posts]
20th February 2014 - 18:07


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

posted by Argos74 [338 posts]
20th February 2014 - 19:52


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?

posted by CarbonBreaker [87 posts]
20th February 2014 - 20:04