Bury St Edmunds to host finish of opening stage of The Women’s Tour

Submitted by Amelia O'Hanlon | 10/03/2022

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The Women’s Tour, Britain’s biggest and longest running international women’s cycling stage race, will return to Bury St Edmunds this summer as the Suffolk town hosts the finish of the opening stage on Monday 6 June.

To coincide with International Women’s Day, event organisers SweetSpot have revealed details of the 2022 race, which will begin at Colchester’s Northern Gateway Sports Park for an opening leg through Essex and Suffolk before culminating on Bury St Edmunds’ Angel Hill.

It will mark the cathedral town’s third appearance in race history, although it will be the first finish there since Marianne Vos won the finale of the 2014 edition.

The Suffolk stage will take place on Monday 6 June, which follows the four-day Bank Holiday weekend in the UK to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee.

Mick Bennett, Women’s Tour race director, said: “Suffolk and Bury St Edmunds have a special place in Women’s Tour history so we’re thrilled that they will feature in this year’s opening stage, which, given the country-wide weekend of celebrations planned, will be the grandest Grand Départ we’ve ever had. We’re looking forward to taking the race into parts of Suffolk that we’ve not visited for many years as the route heads into the county from Colchester, before a long-awaited return to Bury St Edmunds for the stage finish, scene of an unforgettable victory for Marianne Vos in 2014.”

This year’s Women’s Tour will also include a return to Carmarthenshire for the toughest summit finish in race history to date, taking place on Black Mountain near Llangadog. Organisers expect all 17 teams with mandatory UCI Women’s WorldTour event invitations to be on the start line in Colchester, including the 14 UCI Women’s WorldTour teams.  The final line up of teams for the race to be announced in the coming weeks.

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