Further details of the opening stage of the 2019 OVO Energy Women’s Tour in Suffolk on Monday 10 June have today been announced. Riders will tackle two SKODA Queen of the Mountains climbs and contest three intermediate Eisberg Sprints during the 157.6 kilometre leg from Beccles to Stowmarket.
Action will get underway in the centre of Beccles, with 96 riders from 16 teams due to take the start at 10:30, with the finish on Ipswich Road in Stowmarket expected between 14:30 and 15:10.
Eisberg sprints and SKODA Queen of the Mountains details
The first intermediate Eisberg Sprint, backed by the UK’s number one alcohol-free wine, will come after 98 kilometres or around two hours of racing outside the entrance to RAF Honington, near Ixworth.
The day’s second Eisberg Sprint comes not long after at Fornham St Martin on the outskirts of Bury St Edmunds, while riders will also contest a third Eisberg Sprint as they race through Stowmarket for the first time, before tackling a 12 kilometre finishing circuit.
The first three riders across the line at each Eisberg Sprint will earn points on a 3-2-1 basis, with the leading rider being presented the Eisberg Sprints Jersey on the podium in Stowmarket following Stage One.
Two SKODA Queen of the Mountains climbs are in the second half of the stage, the first at Little Whelnetham after almost 125 kilometres, while the second comes with just over six kilometres of racing remaining at Buxhall, giving riders the perfect opportunity for a late attack to try and steal victory in Stowmarket.
Jonathan Stephenson, Strategic Director at Mid Suffolk District Council, said: “We’re excited to see the world-class OVO Energy Women’s Tour come through Mid Suffolk, with the race finish held in Stowmarket for the first time. I hope our communities and local businesses seize this great opportunity to get involved and showcase what a wonderful place Mid Suffolk is. Spectators are in for a show-stopping race with a an Eisberg Sprint into Stowmarket before the riders cross the finish line.”
Full details of the race route, Eisberg sprints and SKODA Queen of the Mountains can be found on the OVO Energy Women's Tour website.