On tour: Last year's Women's Tour heading through Ashbourne
Derbyshire is set to welcome the world's top cyclists this summer when the Women's Tour returns to the county for the second year in a row.
Top women cyclists from across the globe are set to take to Derbyshire's roads on Saturday, 10 June 2017 to battle it out in the penultimate stage of the hotly-contested Women's Tour 2017.
The 80m route takes in some of Derbyshire's best-known towns including Wirksworth, Belper, Bolsover and Staveley.
The return of the tour builds on the huge success of last year's race which was enjoyed by thousands and boosts Derbyshire's reputation as a prime destination for major cycling events. The popular family festival Eroica Britannia takes place the following weekend.
Our Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure Councillor Dean Collins said:
"We're delighted to welcome the Women's Tour back to Derbyshire this summer. Last year's event was brilliant and attracted lots of cycling enthusiasts and tourists alike.
"This year's tour is set to be bigger and better as it's on a Saturday which should allow even more people to come and experience our fantastic county for themselves."
Commenting on the announcement, Mick Bennett, race director for the Women's Tour said:
"We are delighted to be returning to Chesterfield and Derbyshire after the success of last year's stage. This year with the stage coming on a weekend and Chesterfield hosting both the start and finish, it will be a fantastic occasion and attract cycling fans from far and wide."
All of the world's top 15 teams will take part in the race, which is a part of the UCI Women's WorldTour, including the world's number one team Boels Dolmans, of defending race champion Lizzie Deignan (formerly Armistead), ensuring British fans can again look forward to cheering on the world's best riders. In addition the British-based Drops and WNT teams will complete the 17-team field.
The stage 4 route map is attached to this page.
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