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Women's Tour set for its first time-trial as more 2021 start and finish towns announced

Will Strickson
18 Mar 2021

Atherstone, Warwickshire to host 10-mile TT as more details of the 2021 race's start and finish towns are announced

The Women's Tour will hold its first time-trial at the 2021 race. Organiser SweetSpot has announced that Stage 3 of the six-stage route will be a 10-mile (16km) time-trial around Atherstone in Warwickshire.

As well as being a first for the race, with its new start date on 4th October, this will be the first individual time-trial foloowing the World Championships in Flanders so whoever wins the rainbow jersey will get to show it off for the first time on British roads.

Annemiek van Vleuten, twice the time-trial World Champion, said, 'This news makes me really happy! Time-trialling is an important part of cycling – it is an Olympic discipline – but we don't have many opportunities to ride them, so I'm really excited that the Women's Tour has addded one.

'This type of stage is good for me – but it's also good for the future of cycling: younger athletes can learn so much by doing them.'

Cycling delivery director at British Cycling, Dani Every, said, 'We're immensely proud of the way in which the Women's Tour continues to break new ground, establishing itself as one of the real highlights of the international racing calendar and taking women's racing to a bigger and wider audience than ever before.'

It was also announced that the race will go to Walsall for the first time on Stage 2 as the town becomes the third to host the start and finish of the same road stage.

This leaves only Stage 4 to be announced, with Oxfordshire, Essex and Suffolk hosting the first, fifth and sixth stages, respectively, however due to the Tour's rescheduling the organiser has been left looking for a backup plan and is still searching for a host.

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