Further big names added to Aviva Women’s Tour line-up

RACING ROYALTY: Dame Sarah Storey is set to compete in the Aviva Women's Tour
RACING ROYALTY: Dame Sarah Storey is set to compete in the Aviva Women's Tour

Further cycling royalty including Dame Sarah Storey, Lizzie Armistead and Laura Trott have confirmed their places for the upcoming Aviva Women’s Tour on Wednesday.

Twelve of the world’s top 13 teams make up the 16 team roster, with the rider list containing seven of the world’s top ten ranked riders, headlined by World Road Race Champion Pauline Ferrand-Prevot, who will lead the Rabo Liv team, will be competing in the event which will go through Sudbury, Boxford and Hadleigh on the second stage on Thursday.

The race will start on Angel Hill in Bury St Edmunds on Tuesday.

The current first and second placed riders in the UCI Women’s World Cup will also take part, with first overall and Commonwealth Games Road Race Champion Armitstead leading the Boels Dolmans team, and second placed rider Elisa Longo Borghini part of the six-rider Wiggle Honda team that also includes double World Champion Giorgia Bronzini.

The provisional list includes 11 reigning national road race champions, led by British Champion and double Olympic Gold medallist Trott of the Matrix Fitness team.

Trott’s fellow London 2012 Team Pursuit Champions Dani King (Wiggle Honda) and Joanna Rowsell (Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International) will also ride, with the latter’s team including former World Track Champion Katie Archibald and Britain’s most successful Paralympic athlete Storey.

Among the national champions racing are Lisa Brennauer of Germany (also World Time Trial Champion), recently crowned American champion Megan Guarnier and Emma Johansson of Sweden who won the first ever stage of the Women’s Tour in 2014.

Fans will have their first chance to see the teams in the Aviva Women’s Tour team presentation, which will take place at the Apex in Bury from 5pm tomorrow, (Tuesday) before the town hosts the opening stage start the following morning.

Stage One on Wednesday will finish at Aldeburgh on the Suffolk Coast, before the race again passes through Suffolk a day later and between Braintree and Clacton in Essex.

Riders are due to reach Sudbury by 11.06am, Newton at 11.16am, Boxford at 11.24am, Hadleigh at 11.40am, Upper Layham at 11.46am and Raydon at 11.51am.

Likely delays are expected in Bulmer Road, Cross Street and Girling Street in Sudbury, in Boxford’s School Hill and Sand Hill, and in Hadleigh’s Gallows Hill, Calais Street, High Street and Benton Street.

Highlights of every stage will be shown on ITV4 at 8pm daily, with a repeat the following morning on the same channel.