Women’s Tour cycling race rearranged for 2021

Organisers have confirmed Oxfordshire will still get to host stage one next June.

Oxfordshire hosted stage three the OVO Energy Women's Tour in June 2019, which was won by Belgium's Jolien D'Hoore.

Nearly 100 pro-cyclists, with their support vehicles, pushed off from the start line in the centre of Henley.

The county was then picked to host stage one of the Tour this year, with the cycle race kicking off in Bicester in June.

But the prestigious event had to be postponed in March because of the coronavirus pandemic.

It has now been rescheduled for June 2021.

SweetSpot Group, organisers of the Women’s Tour, have confirmed that the seventh edition will begin in Bicester, Oxfordshire and finish with a sixth and final stage in Suffolk, between Haverhill and Felixstowe.

Hugh Roberts, from SweetSpot, said: “Following discussions with stakeholders and sponsors, as well as British Cycling and the UCI, we have decided to work towards June 2021 for the next edition of the Women’s Tour, and will not seek to re-arrange the race later in 2020.

“We recognise the unprecedented nature of the current global situation and the challenges for the UCI calendar and so wanted to take an early decision not to look for an alternative 2020 date.

“With the extra time now available we look forward to making next year’s Women’s Tour even bigger and better than before and a fantastic celebration of cycling and Britain.

“We are now working with partners on our plans for the Women’s Tour to be live streamed for the first time in 2021 and are also exploring opportunities to bring the race closer to our fans than ever before in these challenging times, such as the opportunity to race and ride past stages on their home trainer.”

Final confirmation of the exact dates for the next Women's Tour is due in the coming weeks.

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