Cylance Pro Cycling will feature Rossella Ratto (ITA), Valentina Scandolara (ITA), Sheyla Gutierrez (ESP), Doris Schweizer (SUI) and Alison Tetrick (USA) for the Aviva Women’s Tour this week in Great Britain.
The 3rd running of the 2016 Aviva Women’s Tour will take place June 15-19 in England, setting off from Southwold, UK on Wednesday. Aviva has upped the course profile for 2016, offering longer routes and more climbing, which will suit the strong riders of the Cylance Pro Cycling team.
Rossella Ratto won a stage of this race in her first season as a pro rider, and fondly remembers the supportive crowds of British cycling fans. “I couldn’t believe there were so many people cheering for us,” Roatto says. “I hope I can get on this important podium again.”
With five stages of racing, the Aviva Women's Tour is the longest WorldTour race for the women to date.
Stage 1 sees the riders starting from the Suffolk coast before heading north for 132km to finish in Norwich City, the first visit for the race to the county of Norfolk. The stage features two QOM competitions and two sprint points as well as a potential jumping off point for attacks with a hill before the flat finish into Norwich.
Stage 2 begins in Atherstone and is the longest stages of the race at 140km; it features quite a bit of climbing, including two impressive QOM competitions. By the time the stage finishes in Stratford-Upon-Avon, we should have a good idea who is in contention for the Aviva Yellow Jersey.
Stage 3 is entirely in the Peak District National Park and presents the riders with 2000m of climbing over 112km, including two QOM competitions. With a downhill entry to the finish line, we could see a reduced bunch make it to the finish line after traversing the last QOM.
Stage 4 starts in Nottingham and features 1500m of climbing, most of which will occur in the second half of the stage before finishing in the city of Stoke-on-Trent. Many of the roads on this stage have been featured in the Tour of Britain.
Stage 5 will see the riders starting in Northampton and traveling to Kettering over 113km. The ultimate stage is certain to be action packed despite, or perhaps because of, its shorter distance. There will be two QOM competitions and two sprint points on offer and the entire peloton will be looking for that final stage win in Kettering, so there is a good chance we will see a bunch sprint.