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Spectators will line the streets of Suffolk tomorrow as the AJ Bell's Women's Tour comes to a finish in the county.

The world's best riders in women's cycling will descend onto Haverhill High Street for the beginning of stage six before completing a 155-kilometre route of the county.

It will race through Glemsford and Long Melford, where bonus parts will be up for grabs, before the peloton passes through the centre of Sudbury, leaving the town via the B115.

Riders await the start of Stage One of the AJ Bell Women's Tour. Picture by Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com.
Riders await the start of Stage One of the AJ Bell Women's Tour. Picture by Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com.

Riders will then navigate the narrow lanes between Sudbury and Stowmarket, before passing through Needham Market and Woodbridge before finishing in Sea Road, Felixstowe.

Dutch rider Demi Vollering is leading the race after four stages. The 24-year-old SD Worx rider moved into the lead on Wednesday afternoon following the stage three time trial in Atherstone, Warwickshire, and maintained her lead on Thursday afternoon after finishing 21st in stage four.

When will the race begin?

Riders will set off for the final time in this year's race at 11am from Haverhill.

The map of stage six of the race. Picture: AJ Bell Women's Tour
The map of stage six of the race. Picture: AJ Bell Women's Tour

After looping back through the town, the race will officially begin in Sturmer Road at 11.15am.

The race will reach Skate's Hill in Glemsford by 12.05pm, when the penultimate Queen of the Mountains climb will take place. The peloton will then sprint through Long Melford at 12.15pm.

Needham Market will host the last sprint of the race at 1.39pm, before it eventually comes to a climax at 3.20pm.

SD Worx's Demi Vollering takes the stage victory & the AJ Bell race leader's jersey. Picture by Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com.
SD Worx's Demi Vollering takes the stage victory & the AJ Bell race leader's jersey. Picture by Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com.

Where can I watch the race?

Streets across the county will be packed with spectators.

Spectators looking to catch a glimpse of the race in Haverhill should place themselves in Ehringshausen Way, with riders due to pass through after re-entering the town via Withersfield Road.

Alternatively, a number of extra activities will be taking place across Suffolk. In Stowmarket, the Time Machine festival will be taking place at a number of locations across the town.

With the race due to pass through the centre of the village, spectators can descend onto Long Melford, for fast-paced sprint action.

People looking to see the end of the race should line the streets of Felixstowe, with the overall winner also expected to be crowned following the race's completion.

Who should I watch out for?

Vollering will be the rider to look out for when the race begins. The current leader of the race will the don the leader's blue jersey.

After Thursday's race, the Dutch rider said: "We have a really strong team here, so I think that we will be fine.”

Joscelin Lowden is the top British rider, currently sitting in seventh place.

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