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Big names confirmed for World Tour heading to Welshpool

Created on 21/05/2022 @ 06:41


National road race champion Pfeiffer Georgi heads a line-up of Britain’s most talented riders heading to the eighth edition of the Women’s Tour, Britain’s leading UCI Women’s WorldTour event, which will hit Welshpool on June 9.

The town will host stage four of the event which will start in QWrexham and meander through the Montgomeryshire countryside via Lake Vyrnwy on its way to a finish outside the town hall.

Georgi, who won her national title at Lincoln in October, finished eighth overall on her debut in the Women’s Tour last year and went close to winning stage two in Walsall with a late attack.

Commenting on her return to the race Georgi said: “I’m really excited to be racing at the Women’s Tour this year as it’s always special racing on home roads and even more so being able to wear the national champions jersey.” 

Previous British road race champion Jess Roberts (Team Coop – Hitec Products) will also be on the start line at the Colchester Sports Park for stage one.

For Roberts, the 2018 British champion, starting this year’s event will mark her debut in the six-day race. Stage five, which runs between Pembrey Country Park and the Black Mountain, will take place entirely in her native Carmarthenshire.

Roberts’ Team Coop – Hitec Products team-mate Josie Nelson also returns to the race next month. Runner-up to Georgi in last year’s British championships, Nelson finished in the top 15 of all but one stage of the 2021 Women’s Tour on her debut aged just 19.

Two-time Olympic champion Katie Archibald will return to the race after a four-year absence. The Scottish track star, who has also won four world titles during an illustrious career, heads up CERATIZIT – WNT Pro Cycling’s six-rider squad. Archibald has recorded three top-10 stages finishes during her four previous participations, including fifth in London on the final day of the 2017 race.

Reigning UCI World Hour Record holder Jos Lowden will line up for Uno-X Pro Cycling Team, helped by a brilliant second place in the Atherstone individual time trial stage.

Also confirmed to ride is Team Jumbo – Visma’s Anna Henderson, for whom the 2022 tour will represent a race debut. The Hertfordshire rider (23) beat Lowden to win the British time trial championships last October and took her biggest international victory of her career to date at the Festival Elsy Jacobs stage race in Luxembourg last month.

This year’s Women’s Tour begins in Colchester (Monday, June 6) with a stage that culminates in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

Following stage two in Harlow (Tuesday, June 7), subsequent legs will visit Gloucestershire (stage three, Wednesday, June 8) and Wales (stages four - Welshpool - and five on Thursday, 9 and Friday, June 10).

The race will conclude in Oxfordshire on Saturday, June 11 with a stage between picturesque Chipping Norton in the Cotswolds and the heart of historic Oxford.


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