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The Women's Tour Grand Depart, Southwold

By Sarah Groves, also posted in News on

Wow! What an amazing day! Southwold welcomed the riders, support teams, cycling fans and curious onlookers for the opening stage of The Women's Tour 2016. The Pier car park became the mustering point for the 16 teams, each comprising between five and six elite women riders, transforming the area for a few hours into a road-cycling fan's dream. Like a pop-up circus, the area was packed with bikes, specialist equipment, support teams and vehicles showcasing the world's finest female cyclists and astounding road-cycling technology. After the team sign-in and presentations, the riders were lead out by school children and local cycling club riders and the Women's Tour Stage One race was officially started by Karen Hester, Adnams Chief Operating Officer and Melanie Tucker, Southwold Town Mayor. The elite women rode along North parade and turned right along St James's Terrace before riding through the Adnams brewery yard, on to the High Street and onwards to Reydon and to the official race starting point near to the A12. Emma-presents-best-British-Rider-TrophyThe race ended in a nail-biting finish in Norwich. Alison Tetrick (Cyclance Pro Cycling) broke away from the peloton with over 20km remaining and rode the rest of the race on her own until very close to the finish line where she was suddenly overtaken by seven other riders. The race winner was Christine Majerus from the Boels Dolmans team. A huge well done to Lizzy Armitstead (Boels Dolmans) who was presented with the Adnams Best British Rider jersey by Adnams' Director of Marketing, Emma Hibbert. You can find the full race results on the Women's Tour website. You can view photos from the day on Flickr.      


Sarah Groves