2022 Women's Tour stage one to pass through Suffolk ending in Bury St Edmunds
Colchester will welcome 97 riders from 17 teams, including 15 British riders, for the opening leg to Bury St Edmunds.
Among the field will be a pair of former winners in Coryn Labecki (Team Jumbo - Visma) and Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon//SRAM Racing), with the latter once again eyeing victory, having won the 2017 edition and finished second two years later.
She said: "My goal is to win a stage and fight for the best place in general classification (GC - overall champion). Of course, I will adapt it to the team's needs but I would like to feel some pressure for the performance during the race.”
This stage will be an 88.3 mile route (142.1km), starting in Colchester at 11am before going through through Bildeston (twice at 1.27pm and 2.17pm), Capel St Mary (12.54pm), Stowmarket (1.52pm), Needham Market (1.45pm) and Lavenham (2.32pm), before ending on Angel Hill at 3.04pm.
Heading to the Women’s Tour in good form is Team BikeExchange – Jayco rider Alexandra Manley, who won four stages and the overall of the Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour in Germany last week.
“It’s a WorldTour event and a notoriously hard week of racing”, said Manly. “But we are all ready and eager to race together again. I think we’re all really excited to try and carry the momentum we have from our May race block into this tour.”
Also lining up will be a number of distinctive jerseys, with European road race champion Ellen van Dijk (Trek – Segafredo) joining the national road race champions of Britain (Pfeiffer Georgi, Team DSM), Israel (Omer Shapira, EF Education – TIBCO – SVB), Italy (Elisa Longo Borghini, Trek – Segafredo), Canada (Alison Jackson, Liv Racing Xstra); Czech Republic (Tereza Neumanova (Liv Racing Xstra) and Austria (Kathrin Schweinberger, CERATIZIT – WNT Pro Cycling).
This will be the third appearance for the cathedral town’s in the race's history, although it will be the first finish there since Marianne Vos won in the 2014 edition.
Highlights of this year’s race will once again be shown on ITV4 in the UK, and around the world via Eurosport and GCN.
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