Vos enters women’s Tour of Britain

Reigning world and Olympic road race champion Marianne Vos will take part in the first ever women’s Tour of Britain.

The 26-year-old Dutch rider is the first high-profile entrant to commit to the

inaugural UCI ranked event,

which will be held over five stages in May.

Vos will return to race on British roads for the first time since

winning Olympic Gold at London 2012.

“It’s great that we get a big new stage race on our calendar. I’m sure it will be a fantastic event,” Vos said.

“The times that I’ve raced in Great Britain – with, of course, the London Olympic Games fresh in my mind – I have been amazed by the huge crowds and the enthusiastic people.

“I’m looking forward to competing there with the best riders from all over the world.”

Vos is widely acknowledged

as the greatest-ever female cyclist,

having won world titles on the road, track and in cyclo-cross, plus Olympic gold in the first two of those disciplines.

The women’s Tour will take place from 7 to 11 May, beginning in Northamptonshire with an opening stage from Oundle to Northampton.

Leicestershire, Bedfordshire, Essex and Hertfordshire will all host subsequent stages in the event, before the final stage finish in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/26273617

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