Further line-ups confirmed for Aviva Women’s Tour
Posted: Sat, 28 May 2016 16:00
Top Dutch sprinter Kirsten Wild will make her Aviva Women's Tour debut this June, heading the list of the latest riders to be confirmed for the first British round of the UCI Women's WorldTour.
The four-time winner of the Ladies Tour of Qatar recently won the final stage of the Amgen Tour of California, also a UCI Women's WorldTour event, and also won on her appearance at the Women's Tour de Yorkshire in April plus two stages of the Energiewacht Tour.
Wild, who is a World Champion on the track in the Scratch Race, will lead the Hitec Products team, who return to the race after a year's absence and also include 2009 World Champion Tatiana Guderzo, Simona Frapporti, sixth overall in the 2015 Aviva Women's Tour, and 2015's Oceanic Road Race Champion Lauren Kitchen.
Alé Cipollini will be led by 2007 World Champion Marta Bastianelli and reigning Polish Road Race Champion Małgorzata Jasińska, along with Giro Rosa stage winner Annalisa Cucinotta and multiple Swedish champion Emilia Fahlin.
The Parkhotel Valkenberg team will replace the Astana squad in the Aviva Women's Tour line-up, bringing an all-Dutch roster to the race led by promising youngster Jip van den Bos, who has recently won the Best Young Rider classification at the Tour of Chongming Island UCI Women's WorldTour event and the Euskal Emakumeen Bira race in Spain.
Alé Cipollini provisional rider line-up: Marta Bastianelli (Ita); Annalisa Cucinotta (Ita); Emilia Fahlin (Swe); Małgorzata Jasińska (Pol); Marta Tagliaferro (Ita); Anna Trevisi (Ita)
Hitec Products provisional rider line-up: Kirsten Wild (Ned); Simona Frapporti (Ita); Tatiana Guderzo (Ita); Lauren Kitchen (Aus); Julie Leth (Den); Emilie Moberg (Nor)
Parkhotel Valkenburg provisional rider line-up: Eva Buurman (Ned); Janneke Ensing (Ned); Ilona Hoeksma (Ned); Jermaine Post (Ned); Esra Tromp (Ned); Jip van den Bos (Ned)
The Aviva Women's Tour begins in Southwold, Suffolk on Wednesday 15 June, finishing five stages later in Kettering on Sunday 19 June.
Fans can look forward to highlights of each stage of the Aviva Women's Tour on ITV4 each evening, with repeats the following daytime and all programme's available on demand via the ITV Player.
Amateur cyclists can also ride part of the Aviva Women's Tour route this year in the Tour Ride Northamptonshire, the official sportive of the Aviva Women's Tour. Taking place one month after the final stage, on Sunday 17 July, 40 and 80-mile routes starting and finishing from Delapre Abbey in Northampton will take place using sections of the Stage Five route, while there is also a fun, off-road 10-mile route for families. To sign-up head to www.tourride.co.uk