Tour to visit town again! Women’s cycle race will culminate in last year’s spot

The stage finish of the Tour of Britain from Bath to Hemel Hempstead. Stage winner Mathias Brandle crosses the line
The stage finish of the Tour of Britain from Bath to Hemel Hempstead. Stage winner Mathias Brandle crosses the line

The legacy left by the Tour of Britain race’s visit to Hemel Hempstead is to continue into 2015, with another large-scale cycle event due to hit the town this summer.

The Friends Life Women’s Tour will conclude this June with an exciting stage through the Chiltern Hills between Marlow and Hemel Hempstead on Sunday, June 21.

The fifth-stage finish will be the first time the women’s bike event has visited the area, and will build on the successful hosting of the men’s Friends Life Tour of Britain in September last year.

That stage saw a memorable three rider escape, with Alex Dowsett pulling on the Friends Life Yellow Jersey.

The Women’s Tour will have the same finish location alongside Gadebridge Park in Hemel Hempstead.

Dacorum Borough Council leader Andrew Williams, Leader of Dacorum Borough Council said: “Last year’s Stage 6 finish of the Friends Life Tour of Britain was a fantastic event for Dacorum so it is a real thrill that we will be welcoming the overall final of the Friends Life Women’s Tour in June.

“It will be a challenging route, over twenty miles of which will be in Dacorum.

“Our community turned out in huge numbers for the men’s Tour and I am sure we can expect the same encouragement from spectators in the park for the women’s final this year.”

The second edition of the Friends Life Women’s Tour takes place from Wednesday, June 17 until its finish in Hemel Hempstead on June 21, again with daily highlights on ITV4.

Starting from Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, subsequent stages will be held in Suffolk, Essex and Northamptonshire before the penultimate stage from Waltham Cross to Stevenage on the Saturday.

The exact details of the Stage Five route and Ordnance Survey mapping will be announced in the Spring, along with the full line-ups for the 16 teams taking part.

Race director Mick Bennett said; “We are excited to be bringing the final stage of Friends Life Women’s Tour to a new area, and one we know, from last year’s Friends Life Tour of Britain, can prove testing and challenging for riders.

“With this in mind we are confident it will be an exciting and open race, with the destination of the race victory up for grabs on Stage Five, and look forward to working with our partners in Dacorum and Buckinghamshire to make it the best possible day for riders and fans.”