Women's Tour of Britain: Oundle to host start of 2014 race
Last Updated: 29/10/13 4:27pm
Marianne Vos and Evelyn Stevens in action at the world championships
The Northamptonshire town of Oundle has been confirmed as the setting for the start of the inaugural Women's Tour of Britain next year.
Riders will depart from the market town, which is 12 miles south west of Peterborough, on Wednesday, May 7, with the opening stage finishing in Northampton.
The second stage will then head from Hinckley to Bedford, passing through Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire.
The Women's Tour will take place over five stages from May 7-11, with details of the remainder of the route still to be announced.
Mayor George Higgins from Oundle Town Council said: "We are extremely proud that Oundle has been chosen for the start of the first-ever Women's Tour.
"The picturesque surroundings of our historic town will provide a stunning backdrop to the Grand Depart for cyclists and supporters alike."
SweetSpot Group, the race organisers, recently announced the event has been awarded 2.1 status by the UCI, meaning it will attract leading riders.