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Women’s Tour set to return

The official launch of the opening stage of the Friends Life Women's Tour
The official launch of the opening stage of the Friends Life Women's Tour

Sudbury will once again be visited by the speeding cyclists of the Women’s Tour when it passes through the town this summer.

On June 18, stage two will see riders begin the day in Braintree, before heading to Halstead, Castle Hedingham and Great Yeldham ahead of its arrival in Sudbury.

It will then head on to Hadleigh, before moving through East Bergholt, Manningtree and on to the stage finish on the Marine Parade in Clacton.

Last year, the town was full with spectators trying to catch a glimpse of the sporting superstars, including British Olympic silver medallist Lizzie Armistead and Dutch Olympic champion Marianne Vos, who eventually won the tour.

Vos’ team, Rabo Liv, has confirmed it will be taking part, along with the five other top professional teams boasting all bar seven of the world’s top 50 riders.

It is not known yet which riders will be taking part but Sudbury mayor Robert Spivey is sure there will be another bumper crowd.

“It’s great news,” he said. “They came through last year, so we must have done a good job.

“It’s really encouraging for Sudbury that we are on their radar and it is really good for cycling in the town and for the promotion of women’s sport.”

After the success of last year’s event, Mr Spivey said the town council would again ensure a party atmosphere for those visiting.

“If events like this are taking place in the town, then people will want to come in and watch,” he said.

Stage one will also take place in Suffolk, with riders setting off from Bury St Edmunds.

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