Route for The Women's Tour confirmed, which includes Haverhill, Sudbury, Stowmarket and Felixstowe
Twelve of the top 15 teams in the world will compete in the UK's most prestigious women's cycle race this autumn. The tour will begin in Bicester, Oxfordshire, on Monday, October 4, before finishing in Felixstowe on Saturday, October 9.
Haverhill will host the final stage of the race this year, with riders beginning their 155-kilometre route in the centre of the town on Market Hill.
They will then head east towards Sturmer, before turning left on to the B1061, where they will pass through Kedington along Haverhill Road. Riders will then loop back towards Haverhill via Withersfield and Great Wratting, before passing through the town again along Ehringshausen Way.
The peloton will then begin their journey east properly, snaking through Clare, Cavendish and Glemsford, before turning right at Melford Hall Stately Home.
The race will then weave through Sudbury, before leaving the birthplace of Thomas Gainsborough via the B1115. Riders will then traverse through Monks Eleigh and Bildeston, before leaving the road for a visit to the runway at Wattisham Flying Station.
The route will then return to the road, pass through the centre of Stowmarket, before leaving the town via the B1113 towards Needham Market.
Riders will then weave their way towards Wickham Market, before heading south towards Felixstowe via Woodbridge.
The race will then enter Felixstowe, before finishing along Sea Road, where the overall winner will be crowned.
Cllr Andrew Reid, Cabinet Member for Public Health, Communities and Public Protection for Suffolk County Council, said: "We’re thrilled to be welcoming the Women’s Tour back to Suffolk for it’s sixth visit to the county, and I’m so pleased to have this year’s exciting route for the final stage confirmed.
"The last 16 months have been a particularly challenging time for so many, and it is a nice feeling to have a world class sporting event coming to Suffolk, that we can all look forward to and celebrate.
"Initiatives like ‘Love to Ride Suffolk’ have helped us to keep active during times of restrictions and I hope that welcoming the World’s top female cyclists to Suffolk will continue to inspire people to get out on their bikes and enjoy what this county has to offer."