Final line-up is confirmed for inaugural Women’s Tour race

Cycling. Picture (c) Ian Tunnicliffe
Cycling. Picture (c) Ian Tunnicliffe

Spanish professional squad Lointek and the Swiss national team have been confirmed as the final two squads for the 16-team Women’s Tour line-up.

Switzerland will ride The Women’s Tour with a young squad, including reigning mountain biking U23 world cross country champion Jolanda Neff, ranked fifth in the UCI’s overall rankings.

The Swiss team will compete alongside fellow national teams from the Netherlands and Great Britain.

The Spanish registered Lointek will include a mixture of Spanish and French professionals, among the latter former French national champion Melodie Lesueur and Aude Biannic, 10th in the road race at the 2012 Olympics.

The Women’s Tour will take place over five stages between Wednesday, May 7 and Sunday, May 11 – 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.