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Women's Tour 2016 cycling race to start in Suffolk

Germany's Lisa Brennauer, left, during the sprint finish Image copyright PA
Image caption Some of the world's top women's cyclists will head to Southwold on 15 June

The route of the 2016 Women's Tour cycling race has been announced, with the first stage starting in Suffolk.

Some of the world's top cyclists will head to Southwold on 15 June for the third Women's Tour, with the 132km (82 miles) stage one ending in Norwich.

The tour, which was won by Germany's Lisa Brennauer in 2015, will take place over five days and end in Kettering.

It will also pass through Warwickshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire and Northamptonshire.


Women's Tour 2016

Image copyright Aviva Women's Tour
  • Stage one: 15 June, from Southwold to Norwich (132km)
  • Stage two: 16 June, from Atherstone to Stratford-upon-Avon (140km)
  • Stage three: 17 June, from Ashbourne to Chesterfield (112km)
  • Stage four: 18 June, from Nottingham to Stoke-on-Trent (119km)
  • Stage five: 19 June, from Northampton to Kettering (133km)

The first stage of the race will begin a few miles down the coast from Aldeburgh, where Lizzie Armitstead crashed while celebrating a stage victory last year.

Armistead, who was ruled out of the rest of the tour, says she is excited about this year's event.

"As a British rider it's a privilege to be able to compete on home roads," she said. "The British public have really taken to cycling and you can see that when the race goes through different towns the community really gets behind it."

Image caption Lizzie Armitstead crashed in Aldeburgh following a stage victory

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