Women's Cycle Race Returns To Northants

3 February 2016, 16:43 | Updated: 3 February 2016, 16:46

The Aviva Women's Tour will return to Northamptonshire for the closing stage of the race, as the world's top riders head from Southwold to Norwich to begin with, on Wednesday 15 June.

It will mark the first occasion that the Aviva Women's Tour has visited Norfolk, while Suffolk will host a stage of the race, which is now a part of the UCI Women's World Tour, for the third successive year. The race will begin from Southwold, home of principal stage partners Adnams, who have supported the Aviva Women's Tour and Tour of Britain stages in Norfolk and Suffolk since 2010.  It will mark the first occasion that either event has visited Southwold.

Taking place over five days, the 2016 edition of the race will be a part of the new UCI Women's World Tour calendar, currently one of just four multi-day stage races on the season long programme of races for the world's top riders and teams.  Highlights of each stage will be shown on ITV4 every evening during the race.

Commenting on the route announcement, reigning World Road Race Champion Lizzie Armitstead of the Boels Dolmans team said: "It's fantastic news that the Aviva Women's Tour will continue in 2016. As a British rider it's a privilege to be able to compete on home roads, the British public have really taken to cycling and you can see that when the race goes through different towns the community really gets behind it.

I'm excited to see the growth in women's cycling and I think the Women's Tour has had a really positive impact on that change."

After being on the route for the first two years, the even returns to Northamptonshire for the closing stage 5 this year; on Sunday the 19th of June between
Northampton to Kettering (covering 133km/82 miles).