Sportswomen: Dani King previews the start of the Women's Tour

Last Updated: 06/05/14 2:48pm

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This week Sportswomen will preview the start of the Women's Tour with British cycling star Dani King who join us live from the start line in Northamptonshire.

This week Sportswomen will preview the start of the Women's Tour with Dani King who will join us live from the start line in Northamptonshire.

We'll also feature a Breeze Network cycle club in Watford to see how the Tour is inspiring women into cycling.

Gold medal winning London 2012 cyclist Dani King will be racing as part of a star-studded field for the inaugural Women's Tour. Eleven of the top 14 professional women's teams will take part in the inaugural women's Tour of Britain which runs from 7-11 May.

The opening stage will be from Oundle to Northampton, while Leicestershire, Bedfordshire, Essex and Hertfordshire all host subsequent stages in the event, before the final stage finish in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

The Women's Tour is Britain's first international level stage race for women in the UK. The event is ranked at the 2.1 level by the UCI, the sport's governing body, putting it alongside the Ladies Tour of Qatar, Giro Rosa and La Route de France, as one of the world's top ranked multi-day races for women.

Joining the already confirmed team of British Olympians Laura Trott, Joanna Rowsell and Dani King will be the Netherlands' reigning Olympic and world road race champion Marianne Vos, 26.

Elsewhere on Sportswomen, Clare Connor joins us from Lord's to exclusively reveal the recipients of new England contracts.

Plus we'll catch up with the all-female sailing crew of Team SCA who are training in the Atlantic. On Thursday April 24, Team SCA set off on their first transatlantic passage, sailing from their training base in Lanzarote, Spain to Newport Rhode Island, USA. The team includes British sailors Dee Caffari, Sam Davies, Abby Ehler, Annie Lush and Libby Greenhalgh.

This all-female sailing is hoping to become the first team made up of only women to complete The Volve Ocean Race.

Finally we will announce the winner of our Sportswoman of the Month vote live on the programme. The candidates are Charlotte Dujardin, Dame Sarah Storey, Lexi Thompson, Helen Housby and Remi Allen.

Four-time Horse of the Year Show winner Charlotte Dujardin made history competing for Britain in France last month. Dujardin became the first British dressage rider to win the Reem Acra FEI Dressage World Cup Final after a flawless ride on Valegro in Lyon.

The 28-year-old was a double gold medallist at the London 2012 Olympic Games and is also the current European Champion.

Dame Sarah Storey claimed two medals and a world record at the Para-cycling Track World Championships in Mexico last month.

Storey, who has claimed 11 Olympic Paralympic gold medals in her career as a swimmer and now a cyclist, was part of an 11-strong British team that travelled to Aguascalientes, Mexico.

Young American golf sensation Lexi Thompson claimed the first major of her career at the Kraft Nabisco Championship in California last month. Her victory at Mission Hills made her the second-youngest winner of the tournament.

Helen Housby left her mark on this year's ZEO Netball Superleague by scoring a last-minute goal to seal a dramatic title victory for Manchester Thunder in the Grand Final at the Worcester Arena last month. It capped a fantastic month for the student who was called up to the England squad to tour Australia.

And Remi Allen is as also on the list after she made an instant impact following her move to Birmingham City Ladies from FA WSL rivals Notts County Ladies.

It only took the England Under-23 international 26 minutes to score a debut goal and she followed that up with a goal in her next game in the second leg of the tie as Birmingham reached the semi-finals of the Champions League.

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