Women's Tour confirms world's best teams will take part, with the race due to visit Suffolk later this year
The world's number one team in women's cycling, SD Worx, will visit Suffolk later this year when the Women's Tour comes to a conclusion in the county.
Twelve of the top 15 teams in the world will compete in the UK's most prestigious women's cycle race. The race will begin in Oxfordshire on Monday, October 4, before finishing in Felixstowe on Saturday, October 9.
The Women's Tour has visited Suffolk on a number of occasions previously, the last of which was in 2019, when the first stage of the race finished in Stowmarket.
SD Worx, who currently possess world number one Anna van der Breggen in their roster, will be joined by squads from four of the previous overall winners.
Trek-Segafredo (USA) will attempt to defend their crown once more following last year's postponement to the race due to the Covid-19 pandemic. British rider Lizzie Deignan won the race for the American side in 2019.
German team's Canyon SRAM Racing, Team DSM and Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling, will also be competing.
Mick Bennett, the Women's Tour race director, said: "After the challenges that the Women’s Tour has faced since the start of 2020, it is extremely uplifting to know that when we finally return in October our passionate fans will again be able to enjoy watching the world’s best teams and riders along the roadside – all for free, too!
"We’ve designed a route that will make sure the battle for overall glory goes down to the final day. Roll on October!”
Danielle Every, British Cycling's cycling delivery director, added: "Year after year, the Women’s Tour attracts the best teams in the world and 2021 is proving to be no different.
"Despite the disappointment of last year’s postponement, we know that the riders on show – who will be cheered on by brilliant crowds over six days of racing – will make this latest edition one of the most spectacular yet.
"After the explosion in cycling participation that we have seen during the pandemic, we hope that this event will be a fantastic showcase to help us nurture the next generation of female talent and to inspire more women and girls across the nation to have a go at a local cycling event whatever their age or ability."
The final stage of the race, which is part of the UCI Women's World Tour, will begin in Haverhill before finishing in Felixstowe.
The full list of teams competing is: Alé BTC Ljubljana (Italy), AWOL O’Shea (Great Britain), CAMS-Basso Bikes (Great Britain), Canyon SRAM Racing (Germany), Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling (Germany), Drops-Le Col s/b TEMPUR. (Great Britain), FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope (France), Liv Racing (Netherlands), Movistar Team (Spain), Parkhotel Valkenburg (Netherlands), SD Worx (Netherlands), Team BikeExchange (Australia), Team DSM (Germany), Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank (USA), Trek-Segafredo (USA), Valcar-Travel & Service (Italy).