The World’s top female cycling talent will be passing through East Anglia this year as a host of top riders have confirmed their involvement in the upcoming Aviva Women’s Tour.
The Tour, which sees 14 of the world’s top 17 teams competing from North Parade, Southwold to Norwich on June 15, will also pass through Wortwell, Pulham St Mary, Pulham Market, Tivetshall St Margaret, New Buckenham, Old Buckenham, Bunwell, Tacolneston and Fundenhall as part of the route.
As of the latest UCI rankings (17 April) all of the world’s top ten teams will be racing led by the world’s number one ranked team Wiggle HIGH5 and the Boels Dolmans team of UCI Women’s WorldTour leader Lizzie Armitstead.
Among the other high-profile teams racing will be Rabo Liv, who won the 2014 edition of the race with Marianne Vos, the Canyon SRAM team of defending champion Lisa Brennauer and a Great Britain national team, as they continue their preparations for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
They will be joined by a third British team, the domestic Drops Cycling Team, who have been newly formed for 2016 and will be making their Aviva Women’s Tour debut.
The 2016 field will comprise of teams from 11 different countries, including four teams who will be making their Aviva Women’s Tour debuts in June as Astana, BTC City Ljubljana and the Cylance Pro Cycling team join Drops in making their first appearance in the race.
Each of the 16 teams will field a six rider team in the Aviva Women’s Tour. Further announcements about the provisional rider line-up will be announced in May.
“This June’s Aviva Women’s Tour will have its best ever line-up of teams, headlined by the fact that we will have all of the world’s top ten teams racing,” said Aviva Women’s Tour Race Director Mick Bennett.
“The response we have had from teams wishing to participate has been overwhelming leading to a very hard decision making process to select the final teams for the race, but this has enabled us to select our best ever line-up. We know this combined with the tougher parcours will make for a super competitive and exciting race with the world’s best racing for the Aviva Yellow Jersey.”
The full list of 16 teams for the 2016 Aviva Women’s Tour is as follows:
nAle Cipollini Galassia (Italy)
nAstana Women’s Team (Kazakhstan)
nBoels Dolmans Cycling Team (Netherlands)
nBTC City Ljubljana (Slovenia)
nCanyon SRAM Racing (Germany)
nCervelo Bigla Pro Cycling (Germany)
nCylance Pro Cycling (USA)
nDrops Racing Team (Great Britain)
nGreat Britain national team
nHitec Products (Norway)
nOrica AIS (Australia)
nPoitou – Charentes Futuroscope 86 (France)
nRabo Liv Women’s Cycling Team (Netherlands)
nTeam Liv Plantur (Netherlands)
nUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling (USA)
nWiggle HIGH5 (Great Britain)