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Women's Tour 2021 stage routes revealed

Will Strickson
21 Jul 2021

Maps for the return of the Women's Tour have been released as the race traverses central and south eastern England

Routes for all but one of the Women's Tour stages have been revealed as the 2021 edition sees the race sweep around central and south eastern England.

As the race returns for the first time since Lizzie Deignan narrowly beat Kasia Niewiadoma in 2019, with a year off in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the new October dates mean riders will be looking to top their season off in style.

The 2021 Women's Tour will kick off in Oxfordshire on Monday 4th October as the peloton sets off from Bicester and finishes in Banbury with the 147.6km stage ending on a 29.4km circuit.

While the route for Stage 2 is not yet available, the race organiser confirmed that it will be a kermesse around Walsall and the surrounding areas.

Stage 3 is the Women's Tour's first ever individual time-trial as riders take on a classic 10-mile out-and-back route from Atherstone in north Warwickshire.

Following that the race heads east, with the fourth stage covering a 117.5km route from Shoeburyness to Southend-on-Sea, as the organiser hopes that crosswind action and a tough climb up Hambro Hill 12.7km from the finish spice up proceedings.

Colchester hosts the start of Stage 5 as the race moves up the east coast with riders beginning on a circuit at the new Northern Gateway Sports Park and finishing on a loop to Clacton-on-Sea in what's sure to be a bunch sprint.

The final stage of the Women's Tour 2021 sees the peloton head from Haverhill and skirt around Ipswich to another beachside finish at Felixstowe.

Race director Mick Bennett said, 'We are all set for what promises to be another memorable edition of the Women's Tour.

'From our first ever individual time-trial in Warwickshire, an innovative stage in Walsall, potential for crosswinds en route to the finishes in Southend and Clacton plus the bonus seconds that line the route from Oxfordshire to Suffolk, there are plenty of opportunities for the race to come alive.'

For more information visit womenstour.co.uk